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ANDROID ANDROI TABLETS 8 ANDROID T PLAY FOR WORK AND 10 LAPTOPS UNDER Rs 35,000
SMARTPHONES TAKE OVER
Leave your laptop at home—smartphones can take care of everything you need
Smartphones Take Over
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ANDROID ANDROI TABLETS 8 ANDROID T PLAY FOR WORK AND 10 LAPTOPS UNDER Rs 35,000
SMARTPHONES TAKE OVER
Leave your laptop at home—smartphones can take care of everything you need
Smartphones Take Over
| 8 Android Tablets & 10 Budget Laptops | Back Up Your Phone
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Acer Iconia Tab A500 conia HTC Desire Z Samsung Galaxy Fit Apple MacBook Pro Canon IXUS 1000HS Razer Onza Zotac Fusion 350-A-E
How 3D street maps are made Pro tips for YouTube The batteries of tomorrow
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Is Android the next Windows?
hen using a Windows PC today, it’s easy to take for granted that the software will just work. If you need something new, just pop in a CD or download it from the Web—there’s usually no question of whether it will work or not. With the combined market shares of all available versions hovering around the 90 percent mark for well over a decade, Windows is effectively the standard that developers must adopt unless they have very good reasons for remaining available to only a small niche. It wasn’t always like this though, back in the early days of personal computers, multiple different platforms existed and it wasn’t always easy to share data between them, let alone entire programs. Software (including the operating system) became one of the main reasons you’d choose one platform over another, and when smaller players became unsustainable and the industry crystallized around the Windows and Macintosh, it was still software that differentiated them. There are various reasons for which the Mac platform didn’t gain as much popularity as Windows in the 1990s, but it’s always been a viable alternative.
Today’s mobile devices are in a similar situation. We have a number of completely different platforms, mainly differentiated by their operating systems and all mutually incompatible. Differences aren’t limited only to the look and feel of the hardware and software, but extend to the kind of situations you’d want to use each of them in. Some have been developed with no-frills business applications in mind, some with games and multimedia, and some trying to bridge the two worlds. In many ways, Apple is playing the same game it played with desktop computers—tightly controlling the hardware and software to give users a premium and polished—if somewhat constrained—experience. This time though, it’s had a clear first-mover advantage, arguably defining the modern smartphone experience on its own. Recognizing that third-party software is key to the platform’s success, Apple also created the App Store, which we now know to be the center of the iOS ecosystem. Google, on the other hand, is playing things the way Microsoft did twenty years ago: building only the software, and letting anyone who wants it use it. To beat Apple’s early advantage, they decided to make it free of cost to manufacturers, and it’s paid off. That’s how we have dozens of models from various manufactuers, and also why there are so many differences in hardware, power, and usability. Android’s reach is now arguably greater than iOS’s, but it comes at the cost of stability, predictability, and now also security—the hallmark weaknesses of Windows. If Android continues to gain popularity, it will become the default choice for software developers, and thus become the standard that everyone else must become compatible with. In such a world, iOS, BlackBerry OS, WebOS and Windows Phone would live on as niche minority options, or some of them would die out entirely. Who knows, if Android truly is the Windows of the post-PC era, it might even overtake its desktop-bound ancestor as malware authors’ favorite target.
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.000 face the CHIP test..Contents 90 COVER STORY SMARTPHONES TAKE OVER The world in your pocket NEWSWIRE 14 In the News. TEST CENTER 34 Product Spotlight A QWERTY keypad in an Android phone. products and innovations that have got the tech world talking. 100 Pro Tips for Youtube Deal with country bans and find videos quickly. 112 Seeking a New Home? Here are some of the best Home replacement apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Affordable. 104 Power Batteries of Tomorrow A look at the latest advances in this field. A look at what's making news in the world of technology. we find out which performs best. 63 Touch Computing The biggest buzz words in technology . 102 The Streets Are Yours to Wander This is how those cool panoramas are created. 30 AirJaldi: Connecting the Hills How one company is innovating with wireless connectivity to bring Web access to rural India. combine in his comparison. 26 Social Gaming: Join the Club! The social gaming phenomenon has taken the virtual world by storm. mobile phones and peripherals tested and rated. 22 New Products Launched A round-up of the latest products that are hitting shelves now. 20 The Buzz List The people. Powerful Ten entry-level laptops priced under Rs 30. 70 Software Tested Everything from image editors and system tools to file converters and disc burning suites. Does the HTC Desire Z make it work? FEATURED 90 Smartphones Take Over It's never been possible to have so much power in your pocket. 56 Stylish. 96 Browser Browsing With so many great Web browsers vying for your attenion. 68 Software Spotlight Is the ESET Smart Security 4 security suite good enough to challenge the big boys? 108 Online Reviews: Your Verdict User reviews are a great way for you to get first-hand feedback on products and services. and it's here to stay.Android and tablets. 6 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . 36 Hardware Tested The latest PC hardware.
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Can I get an iPad 3G SIM in India? Thanks in advance. downloads and uploads? Do they think people will be happy just by the speed? Will they be delighted when they notice their Internet bills? Then comes the Tata-Docomo e-stick with its heavy promotions and tempting tariff plans. Who are they kidding? Telecom companies in India always hype their services. Reliance Infocom set up a data card demo booth in my college campus. with monthly charges starting from Rs 1. attracting crowds with its awesome speeds. This i is what it meant: as per the fair usage policy the download speed of 21. The same goes for wireless technology also.000) Dear CHIP. My argument for this is that if they have taken license for pan-India services then how can their resources/ infrastructure be inadequate? Shouldn’t they have invested in it long time ago when they started planning? The solution for this is simple: learn from the Japanese and Koreans. I want a big touchscreen multimedia monster with a good camera (I would prefer Android or iOS). Just while I was scanning through the entire p page I saw an ‘*’ which took me to the ‘Terms & conditions’ section. and of course the so called “unlimited” data usage. I. STAR LETT'sEinR th w ner This mon cool gets a set accessories What Am I Paying For? or? After years of delays. which almost made g me to go ahead and buy this thing. – NIKHIL S R BELGAUM. I doubt whether their intention is to satisfy the customer or cheat them. Then what’s the point of showing demos of fast video buffering. The companies always throw up the peculiar reason ‘rare resource ‘or ‘lack of infrastructure’. I asked the executive one simple question ‘kya apke pas koi unlimited plan hai?’ the answer was simple ‘nahi sir’. Check this month’s Android tablet comparison which should help you Hi. I really 10 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Tata Telecom has launched the high speed 3G e-stick with speeds up to 21 Mbps. the Japanese internet/mobile service provider has been so successful in implementing fiber optic technology that the maintenance and development costs are much lower than traditional copper wire. – TEAM CHIP Please send your letters to: editor@chip. your only choice is the iPad 2.LETTERS SPONSORED BY INBOX Next month's Star Letter wins accessories set (worth Rs 5. I wanted you to suggest some good tablets like the iPad 2 or Xoom. beyond this limit 128Kbps speed is applicable up to 30GB. I hope one day there will be a revolution and technology implementation will be free and fair. 3G is finally here.1 Mbps is limited only up to 15GB per month. The article ‘How Well Do Security Suites Protect’ from the April 2011 CHIP issue covered a lot of ground on the security front. A couple of months ago. I was surpris surprised to see the plans. NTT-Docomo. like others. There is a lot of opportunity in India for this kind of service. At first. It should also have a good storage capacity. especially the ‘Unlimited usage’. 3G microSIM cards for the iPad are easily available from most carriers. If you want iOS. Thanks. – SIDDHANT decide what to buy.000.in with "LETTERS" in the subject line Free to decide Hi Siddhant. beyond this limit 10Kbps of download speed is applicable. was amazed looking at the YouTube video buffer which happened with seconds. KARNATAKA Sachin Pandit CONTACT INFO Tablet advice Dear Editor. I have been reading CHIP for two years and it has helped me in buying a good Android mobile.
product review. and you 12 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Are there any genuine sites or are the all spam and fraud sites? Thanks. You have to click on an ad. send your messages to 51818. Stay updated with news of the kind of threats and scams that are spreading around. From my experience it’s a really great platform to work on.000 12 SOLID-STATE DRIVES TO SPEED UP YOUR PC this topic. we bring you another way to get in touch. SAMSUNG RV411. It has lots of development and a great community. I feel naked whenever I connect my laptop to the Internet. We’ll definitely keep your point in mind—free alternatives deserve just as much coverage. Cheers! Please keep comments to 160 characters per message! Include your email address to help us reply or check out the SMS Feedback thread at www. That was back at 2003 and now I've finished engineering and work as a mobile developer. My inbox is always full of ads for survey sites. CRYSIS 2 SMART Stream digital movies. There should be definitely an article on 18 QWERTY PHONES UNDER RS 6. But when you do the same on Android market you get apps from all over the world which will be irrelevant. For example. I feel as though the screen is watching my every activity and I can be cheated with a single wrong click. Again thanks for this wonderful magazine. Staying informed is the best form of safety. paid emails. influence decisions. and that you keep all your software up to date (including. If you search for the Hi Rahul. I believe there are many others like me who would be interested in free security solutions. create the following message: ICCO <Your comments here> Example: ICCO The cover story was very useful To rate a story. Happy surfing! – TEAM CHIP US store. In iTunes there's an Indian store and a Piracy woes Dear Sir. – RAHUL ROY Record HD video without spending a bomb Can the Government kill the Internet in India? Save your kids from social networking addiction MAY 2011 • VOLUME 8 • ISSUE 6 • Rs 150 supposedly get paid for it. They offer $10 for every click after you pay a registration fee and start taking surveys. there’s no need to be suspicious of everything to the NOKIA E7. amongst other purposes to settle scores. Most of them use pirated software. What I love most about the magazine is the news section. Regards. A number of job applications/resumes including those for government jobs are filled using services provided by local cybercafe owners. While a little bit of caution is always necessary online. or can be sold to criminal and political organizations. It would be great if your magazine could do an article about apps and marketing techniques. The data thus harvested can be used at a later date. I recently released an application to the Android market. browse the Web and play games online—all without spending money on a new TV TV Control your movies and music with your iPhone Build a home theater PC with the free XBMC OS The best April Fool’s Day pranks online point that you just stop using the Internet altogether. It makes me updated about technology. Yours faithfully. The same pitfalls are waiting for people using pirated software on their personal computers out of sheer ignorance or lack of availability genuine software. I think this would be a valuable article as every mobile platform is all about the apps. the Android market isn't helpful in promoting apps. Avoid the obvious traps like clicking on scandaloussounding links and opening email attachments from unknown senders. But I was surprised to see that none of the free alternatives were reviewed.LETTERS SMS US Since we like knowing what’s on your mind and what you think about our magazine. I am currently using MSE and would love to know where my system security stands right now. No success in app development means no apps. Do you have something to say about a test or review? Liked a feature story? Was the workshop useful? SMS us your feedback! For general comments. TUNEUP UTILITIES 2011. Get-rich-quick schemes usually have some catch involved. GEFORCE GTX 590. click-now schemes etc. even those which look like genuine Yahoo and Google pages. etc look out for the story tag at the base of each article and type: ICCO <Story tag> <Rating> Example: ICCO PWS 5 The “Story tag” is mentioned at the base of every story in the magazine and the “Rating” is on a scale of 1 to 5. We’ll have a lot more coverage of WiMAX and related wireless tech coming up soon! – TEAM CHIP keyword 'tax' on iTunes you get the Indian apps first. of course. I really loved the supplement about the Android platform. and that means a dead platform. – ADARSH ACHARYA Hi Adarsh. I first want to say thanks for this great magazine. I have been reading CHIP since its beginning. – BLESSAN MATHEW App promotion Hi. I would like to add to the discussion on the pitfalls of piracy.chip.in/forums appreciate the hard work the CHIP team goes through. Sometimes I doubt every site. And I would be interested to know more about WiMAX. The cybercafe owners often feign ignorance. I go through a lot of tech news sites everyday just to keep in touch with the new stuff but your magazine always seems to bring something that I didn't see anywhere. Microsoft offers its own free system security solution Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). TATA SKY+ HD. Thanks for your feedback about the article. thus allowing personal information and scanned documents required to fill these forms to be compromised through active collusion or complacency. This app was highly successful on the iPhone and iPad but so far it’s failing to gain any attention on the Android side. I've been a reader since I was in the 10th standard. Finally. Make sure you have a good security suite and modern browser. wait for 30 seconds. I don’t know which page popups are phishing tricks. a non-pirated operating system). Since the mobile market boom there are a lot of single developers who are trying to get some attention. so do your research before signing up for any of these offers. In this world of cybercrime and fraud. – SANDEEP MANKOTIA Safe or sorry? Hi Team CHIP. There are more Android phones in India than the iPhone. a free financial app named 'MyTaxIndia'. but from what I understood.
rather than the usual audio.NEWS SNIPPETS NEWSWIRE HAZARDS PREDICTION HIGH RISK IN THE NEWS. allowing users to safely hide large amounts of sensitive data. A current study by Symantec shows that the number of Web-based attacks has increased since 2009. 2009 Mar. nearly all security vendors including Sophos. 2010 Average number of web attacks per day in million Trend line home to a malware server. The functioning of the EXE is unaffected by the process. news outlets including the CNN were spoofed.000 new Android devices are activated each day. Users are of course warned not to click on such links. 2010 July. video or photo ﬁles commonly used. though. Facebook users especially at risk As is the case with any major global event. These of course are then pasted onto unsuspecting friends' walls. Computer scientists Rajesh Kumar Tiwari of the GLNA Institute of Technology. Source: McAfee CYBERCRIME ON THE RISE 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Jan. to Osama bin Laden's hideout identiﬁed". 2010 Mar. and G Sahoo of the Birla Institute of Technology.. and downloads more instructions. These usually lead to rogue applications that want nothing more than for users to click through various "security" procedures that end up in completing payper-referral surveys. There were an average of 15 million per day in 2010. Over 100 million activations have been registered in total Source: Google 14 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: NSN to 51818 .S. This time. malware authors immediately latched onto the death of Osama Bin Laden. COMPILED BY JAMSHED AVARI Security firms expect more attacks on social communities such as Facebook in the coming weeks SECURITY MEDIUM RISK Osama-related spam and malware attacks rampant throughout May. have published a paper outlining a method of obscuring ﬁles within EXE ﬁles. 2009 May 2009 July 2009 Sept. 2010 Sept. The method could be used on any data storage device. FIGURE OF THE MONTH 400. Source: Symantec RESEARCH Indian scientists' steganography breakthrough Two Indian scientists have developed a new algorithm for improving steganography. More dangerously. Most notably. The advantage of EXE ﬁles is that even extremely large ones don't arouse much suspicion. Ranchi. which might lead others to probe their contents. and their identities used to carry out phishing attacks and spread Trojans. 2009 Nov. Symantec and F-Secure have reported amazing volumes and varieties of security threats using the infamous terrorist leader's name and image as a social engineering tactic. not matter how strong the allure of a gruesome video might be. the art of embedding a digital ﬁle within the datastream of another ﬁle. 2010 Nov. reports typed data back to its owner. 2010 May. Another approach was spam offering links to a rich text format ﬁle (RTF) with the title "Courier who led U. The ﬁle uses a known exploit to dump an executable ﬁle on the user's hard drive. Mathura. links claiming to lead to photos and videos of the slain Bin Laden have been spreading around Facebook and Twitter. 2009 Jan. which then phones LOW RISK HAZARDOUS SEARCH TERMS Screensaver 59% 25% 16% 13% 8% 2% Free Games Telework Rihanna iPhone Viagra The probability of landing on contaminated Web sites is extremely high.. when searching for these terms.
thermostats. running the soon-to-beﬁnal ChromeOS. HD movie rentals have also come to the Android marketplace. Though a version number was not announced. WEB SOFTWARE TRENDS SECURITY Sony suffers another setback ARM Windows to Ebooks outsell New IE9 filter be incompatible? print on Amazon cuts infections Intel Senior Vice President Renee James has kicked up a storm by announcing that Windows on ARM platforms will be incompatible with Even after a highly embarrassing month in which its entire PlayStation Network. First. The justrestored PSN's password reset page has had to be suspended following the revelation that a vulnerability in it allows anyone to take control of a user's account if they know the user's email address and birthdate. helped by the release of a cheaper ad-supported Kindle reader.1. GPU acceleration. codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. Google also announced its next major revision. including lighting. Users can also read Kindle books on their tablets and smartphones. Sony's woes aren't over. but hasn't clariﬁed the situation any further. and eventually appliances via simple Wi-Fi commands. Intel will begin fabricating chips using a 3D structure. the vast library of current Windows software. A rental model will brings costs down to as little as US$ 20 per month for the business and education markets.NEWS SNIPPETS WEB TECH HARDWARE NEWSWIRE Future of Android. Chrome and Google cloud services revealed at 2011 IO Conference Google pulled a number of surprises out of its hat at this year's IO conference. Other major announcements included the much-awaited Google Music cloud service. Rather than the planar construction that has been in use since the invention of the transistor. Intel's Atom CPUs for tablets have not quite taken off yet. The new Android at Home project is aimed at using Android devices to control home automation. who pioneered digital eBook sales via their Kindle reading device back in 2007. Google showed off upcoming "Chromebooks" from Acer and Samsung. Microsoft has called her statements "factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading". Intel reinvents transistors in 3D Intel has announced a historic change in the way it fabricates transistors. The new "Tri-Gate" design will increase efﬁciency and allow transistors to switch states faster. Amazon is widely expected to launch its own Android tablet this year. Sony Online Entertainment and Qriocity services were unavailable and over 100 million user accounts have been compromised. including. Using a reputationbased system. essentially an online locker that will let users access their libraries from multiple devices. and now they outsell all print formats. Chromebooks will turn on in a few seconds and users will be able to access a ﬁle manager to browse through stored media. Amazon. 2011 has also seen the fastest year-onyear growth of eBook sales so far. which adds UI improvements and USB host functionality for storage media and accessories including game controllers. The IE9 team has released statistics showing that the browser's new security features have helped prevent malware infections up to 95 percent of the time. On the Chrome side of the fence. apart from helping ﬁt billions of transistors into smaller and denser packages. users are often tricked by social engineering tactics or scams. Sony is now faced with cleaning up its image. Kindle books overtook hardcover editions a year ago. 18 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . the fudamental building block of today's microprocessors. According to the report. and a Web store for app purchases. which was largely dedicated to its Chrome and Android projects. The Chrome browser itself gets a ton of new features including voice-powered search and translation. of course. Angry Birds. signiﬁcantly fracturing the market. IE9 warns users whether ﬁles being downloaded are likely to be harmful to their computers or not. this will be the release that uniﬁes Android's tablet and smartphone UIs. and can similarly be watched on a variety of devices. have announced that they now sell 105 eBooks for every 100 print books. She also strongly hinted that different versions of the OS would need to be compiled for each ARM vendor. and the company faces stiff competition from ARM in the low-power arena. New CPUs using the Tri-Gate process will ship this year. but 95 percent of them now choose to delete or not run downloaded ﬁles that are ﬂagged as potentially harmful. and will not have any native emulation capability. the company revealed Android 3.
8 billion. Despite the fact that the program can't be installed unless users click a fake-looking popup ad and also supply their administrator passwords. and has not responded to critics who have called the move pointless. causing mischief such as pornographic popup ads. still known only by its codename "Llano". and delayed for years. has been doing rather well.5 million for Japan last month. The partners. and attempting to steal credit card details by claiming that users need to pay US$ 85 in order to "unlock" the software and fix the problem. has been shipping to manufacturers for a few months now. and Mac users are therefore much less likely to be running security software. LinkedIn's initial public offering neatly doubled the company's LIST COMPILED BY JAMSHED AVARI BUZZ The simple lowdown on what everyone's talking about this month SECURITY Mac users caught off guard Apple's Mac computers have always had the defied all expectations of how much the floundering VoIP perceived reputation of being immune to viruses. long-awaited Fusion series of mainstream processors is about to be complete. Skype overvalued? Microsoft's US$ 8.5 billion buyout of Skype pioneer could have been worth. the top-of-the-line Bulldozer-based "Zambezi" for enthusiasts and gamers will also release before the end of this year. Mac users are warned not to be lulled by a false sense of security.NEWSWIRE BUZZ LIST POP CULTURE Zynga creates Gagaville. Finally. social gaming pioneer Zynga has teamed up with social media darling Lady Gaga to promote her new album. However. Purchasing a certain amount worth of Zynga games will entitle players to a free digital download of the album. a rogue application that pretends to be an antivirus program called "MAC Defender" has been spreading around in the past month. perfectly suited to tap the huge youth market that spends hours each day on Facebook and Twitter. while others are salivating at the prospects of more IPOs—Bloomberg estimates that at the same valuation. plenty of people are falling victim to this scam. net worth to $ 8. Here's what we know about the microarchitecture so far: the Bobcat core design for small portables. and mere days layer. Speculation is that Skype could find itself integrated into the Windows Phone platform. The market's response to LinkedIn. but now AMD's After Farmville and Cityville. Players can earn limited edition rewards in the form of Gaga merchandise and previews of unreleased songs. which launched earlier this year in the form of E-series and C-series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Some analysts are advising caution. is being likened to the early days of the dotcom bubble. BUSINESS LinkedIn. Microsoft is yet to announce a specific strategy or reason for its acquisition. The mainstream product line. or even Lync. helping the company post first-quarter profits that exceeded even their own expectations. 20 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: NBL to 51818 . Microsoft's lesser-known business collaboration tool. Gagaville combines the gameplay and mechanics of Farmville with a number of typically oddball Gaga touches including shiny unicorns. promised. Windows Live Messenger. whose IPO is now officially the biggest since Google listed in 2004. hopes to cash in HARDWARE AMD Fusion is almost here It's been teased. and PCs with these APUs should launch in June. Facebook would be worth $94 billion today. sheep on motorcycles and rhinestonestudded produce. had raised US$ 1.
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but they have now evolved in their own right. bakers. and poker aficionados are creating quite a stir. amongst other things. ﬁghting mobs and 26 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Chaitanya Surpur SMS us! Story code: FSG to 51818 . Joseph sent you some lucky chips. The fact that these games are played online adds to their charm. with their consoles and high-end PCs. the help of 10 more friends. The trend of social games was birthed by the social networking sites. What makes them social? Apart form the fact that they were popularized by social networking sites. you can invite your family members and friends to play along with you. may look down upon and shrug off the whole trend of social gaming. they act as mini social networks in themselves. Once you start playing a particular game. and she still needs building cities. the very nature of these games is social. Today. raising ﬁsh. Social gaming is gaining tremendous popularity all over the world. and in India itself. over 10 million Facebook users play social games. Ronald sent you an extra pair of eyes to help you get started in Maﬁa Wars. BY PRIYANKA TILVE J ennifer needs help in a good old fashioned barn raising to let her store more items.SOCIAL GAMING NEWSWIRE Social Gaming: Join the Club! The so-called serious gamers. running restaurants. where like minded people can interact while gaming. but the humble farmers. You need help from your friends to move ahead in the game. and it means that one can easily connect with friends no matter what part of the world they are in. Do these messages sound familiar? There is a whole new breed of gamers who are busy farming. Afshaan just visited your restaurant and found a locked crate with two ingredients inside. All these games are part of the social gaming phenomenon.
missed the routine when she moved to another city. What’s more. but has also contributed in making innovations (for example.tilve@chip.” Shalini is not alone. Social gaming is emerging as a parallel universe and has generated enough buzz to woo even the advertisers and brands. Ask any avid Farmville buff and they will tell you how satisfying it is to see their crops ready for harvest. “Social games have gained popularity because of the enhanced social interaction that they bring along. where male gamers could attract women in virtual space with the help of the product. Little wonder then that online Poker and Teen Patti were the most popular games played during Diwali last year. They are available in denominations starting from Rs 100. Zynga’s Country Manager for India. India is a vibrant market. These games act as an escape from the hassles of everyday life. and topping it all off is the introduction of pre-paid game cards. Zynga’s largest gaming studio outside of the US in Bangalore. Online and mobile gaming will be the key drivers for this growth. Zynga has already made some of its popular games available on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. “I believe that the social gaming industry in India is moving to the next level and is on a verge of experiencing a huge boom in the coming years. Some of the reasons for the growth of online and mobile games are 3G rollout and the evolution of next-gen devices like smartphones and tablets. Cityville. you can purchase points. an avid Scrabble buff who grew up playing Scrabble with her elder sister. Another angle that’s set to give a further ﬁllip to social gaming is that of the smartphones. Shan says. I got ﬁrst-hand experience of this during our recent Zynga Fan Club launch in Bangalore. What started with games available only on social networks. Having set up its India office in Bangalore early last year. your scores and achievements will be visible on your proﬁle. Zynga. Zynga games are liked because they are social. For instance. but also in terms of the talent to build games. higher rate of Internet adoption across users. Our mission always remains to connect the world through our games. She says. “For Zynga. Another great thing is that we can save a game and continue it later. she can now play the game at leisure. There are approximately 1. The fan summit was one of the ﬁrst ever social gaming fan summits in India. Maﬁa Wars. Zynga Game Cards are available in smaller currency values.in What makes them so popular? There are many factors that make social gaming popular. Zynga games in India. Zynga is now looking at doubling its headcount by getting more talent on-board across engineering. I and my sister can connect on weekends and play a game or two. interactive. Zynga recently rolled out these Game Cards in India and they can be purchased from Reliance World or Gameplex outlets. who have rediscovered the joy of playing games online. Talking about their popularity. creative. but also from the other parts of the country. Also. and senior management. Studio-I will focus on innovative game development to create new features that will delight players. there is an emotional aspect that should be taken into consideration. Recognizing this potential early. In the coming months. Café World.” Quick to capitalize on these emerging trends. greater penetration of social networking websites. creative.” – priyanka. with India contributing its fair share. Zynga Poker. But thanks to the online version of the game available on social networking sites. If you permit it. which can then be used to move ahead or buy goods in your favorite games. which can act as a catalyst. The India team has not only spearheaded technologies for Zynga games. we will see a lot of games being launched across platforms. Besides it is whole lot of fun. In 2011. There are many others like her. Shan says.” Social gaming is serious business Social gaming has millions of users hooked and is now a serious business. which will give players more choices for amounts they want to spend on virtual goods within the game and will be available for use with Zynga’s most popular games. with many gaming companies cashing in on the trend by developing games to appeal the growing fan base. Over 250 million people play Zynga games each month. engaging. and greater awareness of online and social gaming. “The idea behind this is to make our games more accessible by providing more options for users in India and other Asian markets. We recently launched Studio-I. and gave our players an opportunity to connect with each other and also engage with the members of the Zynga team in Bangalore.SOCIAL GAMING NEWSWIRE Shalini Nair. Armed with this game card. and also invite your friends to play along with you regardless of what part of the world they are in. One look at the app stores of major service providers is enough to give you an idea of just how popular gaming is. and Frontierville seems to have got the recipe right. fun. New gaming apps are being launched all the time and are devoured by eager gamers.5 million daily active players of 28 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . the company behind popular social games like Farmville. we set up our ﬁrst office outside the US in Bangalore in the beginning of 2010 and What next? Shan is bullish about the trend of social gaming. or how depressing it is if crops were to wither. “Thanks to the online option. There is an unmistakable sense of achievement as they complete tasks and move to the next level. I believe India will continue to grow in signiﬁcance for the industry as well as for Zynga. He says. Similarly. and above all. you will also see the gaming updates of your friends in your news feed. Firstly. the deodorant brand Axe ran a promotion. The fan event attracted fans not only from Bangalore.” got on-board some great engineering talent. the open source database Membase) that have had an industry-wide impact. we can even invite our friends from any part of the world to play at the same time. India is a great market not just in terms of players. Shan Kadavil says. has slowly but surely established its presence through dedicated gaming sites. With over 52 million Internet users and an equally high number of mobile users. wherein gamers could drive the vehicles to get a feel for them. Similarly. Mahindra promoted its newly launched SUV’s and scooters on Zapak. you can play them on social networking sites that you are already a part of. and quite relaxing.
you may not get network on your cell phones. which is bringing about a Wi-Fi revolution in far away locations like Dharamsala. and Wi-Fi was really the only viable option at that time. Our initial motivation was ﬁrst of all the need to connect the number of campuses that were some distance away from each other and needed connectivity. In relation to setting up a Wi-Fi network in Dharamsala. this picture is changing slowly with efforts on the part of the government as well as some private parties. In addition. Kumaon and Jharkhand now enjoy wi-fi. he says. Director. where he has been working on various development projects with the Tibetan community in exile. He has a close association with Dharamsala. One such initiative.org. especially the rural areas. but there are still many and rural development projects in many developing countries. courtesy AirJaldi. far-flung areas like Dharamsala. It was the only technology areas of our country that are deprived of Internet access. So my colleagues and I started Air Jaldi. none of these technologies were either matured or reasonably priced for what we were looking at. but rest assured that you will be able to enjoy Wi-Fi access. “There were other wireless technologies that preceded Wi-Fi. Israel. 30 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: NAJ to 51818 . Wi-Fi was the most feasible and economical option then.” They went about setting up Wi-Fi relays in the hills after having looked at various other options ﬁrst. So it offered very good testing ground for new connectivity technologies. Rural Broadband Pvt Ltd and CEO of AirJaldi. Michael Ginguld. Strategy and Operations. a nonproﬁt organization. Kumaon and Jharkhand. has vast experience in working closely with community Thanks to AirJaldi. we had a long-term interest in communication technologies and the ways in which they can help rural areas. he says. is AirJaldi. TehriGarhwal. says “When we started in 2005.NEWSWIRE FEATURE AirJaldi: Connecting the Hills Over 3. but at that time. it was a kind of a semi-rural area with quite a challenging topography. However. BY PRIYANKA TILVE T hose of us living in urban areas have taken the Internet for granted. who was born and raised in a Kibbutz. “It so happened that we were already there doing other things.” Michael. but only in selected locations in rural areas. Tehri-Garhwal. connectivity was available. and back then. AirJaldi ﬁrst came into existence in 2005 as a non-proﬁt enterprise with the aim of providing viable and sustainable broadband for rural communities.000 feet above the sea level in Dharamsala.
the AirJaldi networks are made up of three closely related. The third component is the client link to the network.” In line with this approach. He says. When we started. This knack for experimentation and their determination to do their best has certainly come in handy. “This is the way we get our upstream bandwidth that allows us to connect to the Internet. That was in 2005. then maybe this idea would have not left the drawing board.NEWSWIRE FEATURE that really offered something that was workable. especially in the rural areas. They tackled every obstacle that came in their way in the most practical and economically feasible manner. Aside from the he topography. we have the backbone. be the solution solar. Next. electrical or wind energy.” Michael points out that some people’s initial reluctance towards getting a connection was not due to lack of need. There was a need and so the adoption. to us to ﬁnd the best solution. so it’s a different situation now. But when we started out. Another major challenge they faced was the irregular power supply. but the question is one needs to ask is ‘at what cost’? We at AirJaldi don’t try to throw money at the problem. which we build on our own using wireless relays. which was costly and required a certain amount of knowledge. “The ﬁrst is the upstream relay. This meant that there are periods without power or there are power surges that may cause the voltage to ﬂuctuate or surge to very high levels. power back-up. “We faced multiple challenges. Wi-Fi as a protocol was not designed for outdoor usage. So the ﬁrst challenge was to actually take something that was not meant for outdoors and to adapt it for outdoor usage.” However. This was something that we had to go through quite a lot at the beginning. setting up Wi-Fi in the hills was not an easy task at all. which can damage equipment. but somehow separate. other factors like irregular power and weather conditions posed hurdles. In fact. The upstream as well as the backbone are both solar powered. we have multiple products that are actually suited for the outdoors. electricity is not the only problem that they successfully found a solution for. and a range of value-added services”. Our approach has been to use and employ combinations of technologies available INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 31 . In fact. has been enthusiastic over the years. AirJaldi's aim is to be significant contributor in bringing broadband connectivity to rural India.” says Michael. clients have a choice of required bandwidth. Six years later. “We believe that every technical problem has a solution. he is of the opinion that rural areas have a much of advances in ﬁguring out systems that provide the needed backup and are decently priced. but that did not deter them. most of the technology was not geared for outdoor deployment.” says Michael. even though the response they received was enthusiastic.” he said. I would say. but the lack of trust. affordable and it actually did the job. components. it was a big challenge. If you were living in a place where connectivity was not something that people needed. There. which is a common problem. the adoption was a bit slow. “We had to deal with supplying power back-ups. I dare say that we have made quite a number Varied topography presented a challenge in setting up Wi-Fi networks in the hills. When they started off in 2005. but instead spend time and effort on identifying the origin of the problem and then come up with a simple and robust solution. “I think people were enthusiastic. It has worked well so far.
saying. which allows anyone who has some interest in the technology and knows English to take the course. they also have a non-proﬁt institute. but they are rarely fulﬁlled. The second is building the system in anticipation of what it needs to do. the new experiences. I Given their success. then the number will grow. “We also run AirJaldi Research and Innovation. and for good reason. 000 users. Michael is very modest when it comes to talking about the impact that AirJaldi has had in the hills. which provides training on wireless technologies. and that includes us. but this doesn’t mean that the urban areas in India are not in need. If people come to know that the connectivity that is offered is of good quality. One of the problems in rural India is that people come and a lot of promises are made. We are coming across a whole range of practical lessons that could be of importance to others as well. – priyanka.tilve@chip. the good and the bad. you will ﬁnd that the numbers are really low to begin with. People have seen our service and have some conﬁdence in us. so much so that over the years. capacity building. we are trying to solve the problem.the new vistas. What sets them apart from other service providers is the fact that they have a hands-on approach to all problems. It’s the rural areas where the players are few and far between. and looking at their determination. but problems do occur. One is by having trust-worthy up stream providers and ensuring that our link to them is as good as possible.” And conﬁdence is something that the AirJaldi network has managed to earn. “Well. We believe that there are many players trying to get into in the urban areas with many competing technologies. we are taking it out into the world and everything that comes with it . we give a basic course on wireless. it may not be long before that is achieved.in higher connectivity potential then is initially apparent. Right now. The idea is to share knowledge. and we have spent a lot of time into really understanding what it takes to build a good network. their network has directly beneﬁtted over 20. “It’s the impact of having a bicycle. What is important is that the clients can trust you. The way in which we develop our technology really made it more suitable for the rural areas. He says. research and development. think that it’s more important that your clients know that you are there for them. and that’s really where the challenge lies. Some of them have actually graduated from the academy and have involved themselves in the work that we do. we do not have 99. The third thing is service. One just needs to hang around patiently to see the results. 32 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . As Michael puts it. which focuses on training. but our clients know that whenever the lines are down. Nobody is perfect. I try to ensure seamless Internet access in multiple ways. It allows him or her to get a feel for what the technology is like. That’s what the Internet has done for people around the world. Michael says. and that you are accessible and reachable.9 percent uptime. and as opposed to riding it around the yard in the house. but they are clear that they want to remain focused in the rural areas and tier 3 and 4 towns. “If you walk into a rural area and ask how many people are interested in getting an Internet connection. “We focus only on the rural areas. it would have been easy for them to replicate the same in big cities.NEWSWIRE FEATURE AirJaldi employs a combination of technologies to find the best connectivity solution.” Michael says that AirJaldi’s aim is to be a signiﬁcant contributor in bringing about universal broadband connectivity in rural India.” People have come to rely on the AirJaldi networks. We believe that if you can expand and wait long enough. then they will sign up. and lakhs more indirectly.” Apart from connecting these remote areas.” AirJaldi Research and Innovation provides training on wireless technologies. Michael and his team have done everything possible to provide the best possible service. the new people. and it should be shared. but you need to be patient. We have been present in rural areas for a few years now. and that’s what it’s doing for people in these areas. so it’s important that they are convinced of what they are being offered.
We’ve said time and again that 34 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HCI to 51818 . FOR: Looks great. An optical trackpad is also present. Slide the keyboard out though. the OS and the interface are super as a normal touchscreen handset. It forces you to use the optical trackpad. Overall. as well as the battery cover has. running at 480x848. The phone doesn’t feature a front-facing camera. Add to that the optical trackpad for scrolling and selection. and the Desire Z brings FroYo goodness. good battery life. and this is the ﬁrst Android smartphone with one that HTC have released. XXXXX: XXXXXX. India. it was received with much appreciation. That also makes you type with one hand most of the time.dushyant. but the keyboard is very disappointing. It doesn’t lock down though. though it feels nice while typing. and the rubbery hinge is a bit of a concern. Also . Even the minutest touches were captured and responded to by the screen.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI on top. T here aren’t many Android smartphones many n with QWERTY keyboards. The presence of a dedicated menu button and two customizable shortcut keys are probably the only saving grace. but fell short in the loudness department. you wouldn’t want to drop it on concrete. That is in large part due to the super sensitive display. HTCSense. The 3. but it’s still a cool touch. XXXX FOR: XXX AGAINST: XXXX Design and Build Quality XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX The ﬁrst thing you notice when you hold the Desire XXXXXX Z in your hands is how heavy it is. AGAINST: Poor keypad. so when HTC keyboards announced the release of the Desire Z in we feel Sense e is probably the the best custom Android UI we’ve seen. The shift and the function keys really should’ve swapped positions and the lack of a D-pad is criminal. obviously. the display gets raised onto a rubbery hinge and then drops down. below which the four standard Android touch-sensitive keys reside.TEST CENTER HARDWARE PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT VERDICT XXXXX SMARTPHONE HTC DESIRE Z VERDICT: A good smartphone with a failed keypad. which led to an excellent multitouch experience. I hardly encountered any lag. The slideout function for the QWERTY keyboard is rather unconventional and funky.XXXX. but it still instills a feeling of solidness.7-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen. but that and the bulkiness are the only negatives in the design of the Desire Z. Once you start sliding out. and the problems start cropping up. The ﬁrst LAPTOP Android handset .XXXX like it could wear down over time. Obviously. but just as I thought it was Interface The Desire Z has Android 2. since then. too. This is in no small XXXx contributing to that is the metallic ﬁnish that the front of the phone. Things have changed. It looks and feels very well built. has a pretty poor layout. There’s a bit of history involved. and we stick to that. I tried giving it some artiﬁcial gain using Mixzing (which also gave me the graphical EQ settings). which kinda defeats the purpose of a physical keyboard. The phone does switch plus). adorns the front of the Desire Z and is encased by Gorilla Glass. an S-LCD screen and a whole bunch of other features to the table. and the Desire Z provides a very wholesome package as a smartphone. It looks automatically to landscape mode (which is a big part thanks to the slide-out QWERTY keypad. it doesn’t make it sluggish either. and while the 800MHz processor doesn’t exactly make operations silky smooth. The four-row keyboard. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL XXX XXX XXX RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY Media The inbuilt music player is nice. but the issues start from there.in X SPECIFICATIONS Rs XXX www.the HTC G1 .com integration. which on its own wouldn’t have been a bad thing if my big thumb wasn’t hitting the damn touch-sensitive menu button right above it (on the left in landscape mode) every single time.had a QWERTY keypad as well.khilnani@chip.
going smoothly, the sound started cracking. Video playback is excellent, though. The Desire Z supports DivX and XviD, as well as H264 videos all the way up to 720p. High-proﬁle 720p H264 videos start framing though, so maybe the processor is just a little under-powered to handle those. Otherwise, videos look and play great on the Desire Z. pictures including white balance, exposure,
sharpness, saturation etc. It also has a bunch of post-processing options, which can lead to some pretty hilarious pictures. The picture quality is very middling. It’s neither excellent nor horrible, and sits comfortably in the middle, probably tilting a little towards the good side because of the customization. Outdoor pictures are a little better than the ones taken indoors, but there isn’t a very big difference. The camera also supports 720p video recording which is pretty cool. I tried it out and didn’t experience any kind of framing in the video, which is fantastic.
The Desire Z has everything you’d expect from a phone in this price range. 3G (HSDPA at 14.4Mbps), EDGE/GPRS support, WiFi connectivity, 3G WiFi Hotspot capability and also DLNA for streaming media to other DLNA-enabled devices. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP is present too. There are built in apps for Facebook and Twitter, though they’re a bit redundant with Friend Stream being bundled. The widget displays updates from Facebook and Twitter simultaneously, and is a very convenient one. Obviously, the other standard LAPTOP Google connectivity apps like Gmail, Gtalk, Places, Google Maps, Navigation etc are all bundled too.
The 1300mAh battery serves the Desire Z well, even if it is a bit out of its league when put under heavy load. Heavy usage saw the battery die out in about a day, but medium (with some music and YouTubing thrown in for good measure) and light usage saw it last two and two-and-a-half days respectively. It’s not exactly winning (see what I did there?), but it’s decent nonetheless.
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The Desire Z’s USP, the QWERTY keyboard, lets it down. It functions very well as a smartphone, but would you really tolerate the extra bulk if the very XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX reason for it is inadequate? At Rs. 24,999, you’d expect more from your phone. - Sriram Gurunathan
features when using a desktop Internet browser. If XXXXXX you’ve misplaced your phone somewhere, you can XXXx send it a command- to ring – even if it’s in silent firstname.lastname@example.org mode – and if you’ve managed to lose it completely, you can track it using GPS, lock it down completely or even wipe out all personal data from the device remotely. It also includes features for call and message forwarding, backing up of contacts and messages and even allows you to send messages from your phone using your desktop keyboard! All in all, HTCSense.com is a great addition and with all new HTC devices sporting it, it’s a nice experience enhancer.
Dimensions (W x H x D):60.4 x 119 x 14.2 mm; Weight: 180 g; Display: 3.7 inch, 480 x 800; Internal Storage: 1.5 GB, 512 MB RAM; Camera: 5 megapixels, autofocus, LED flash; Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1
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SAMSUNG S8530 WAVE II
FOR: Great media playback, amazing battery life, good camera. AGAINST: Bada OS.
potting the differences between the Wave and Wave II is not easy. Look closer, and the Wave II is
Thanks to the crisp display, the black levels on videos are superb. The Wave II supports 720p HD video ﬁles in MOV and MKV formats with DivX and XviD codec support. For connectivity, the Wave II packs in Wi-Fi with DLNA for media sharing, 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, and USB 2.0. TV Out (Pal NTSC) via the 3.5mm handsfree socket is also supported. Facebook and Twitter apps are preloaded and so is Samsung’s Feeds and Updates combined widget. Setting up email is just a little harder than doing so on WP7, iOS or Android, but not an issue. For the GPS module, Samsung has thrown in Samsung LBS, which uses Route 66 mapping for navigation. The 5 megapixel autofocus camera now includes an LED ﬂash, as well as features like face and smile detection, auto-stitch panorama, etc. Image quality, be it outdoors or inside, is really good. Although details aren’t the sharpest, colors are retained well. Macro images look really good, with a high level of detail and focus. Another area where the Wave II excels is battery life. We had no need to charge the device for two full days with regular usage of calls messages, email and videos. What does drain the battery very heavily though is the camera. For Rs 15,400, you could get an Android device, but the Wave II is an excellent multimedia handset that delivers on all those fronts. So if you’re looking for a smartphone that isn’t too complicated to use, get the Wave II. - Shayne Rana
heavier and thicker, and the display is now larger at 3.7 inches. The AMOLED screen gives way to a Super Clear LCD with a 480x800 resolution with Gorilla Glass casing. Bada has not changed much. It’s a clean OS that performs quite smoothly, although there’s a hint of lag sometimes. Powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor on a Hummingbird chipset, overall speed and ease of access is not an issue. You can customize the multiple desktops with preloaded widgets or get more off of the Samsung App Store. The apps can also be moved around. Handwriting recognition is supported, but Swype support would’ve been great. Social network integration was a problem, and for some reason we were unable to sync Facebook accounts with contacts. Twitter was no problem. There was also no option to sync the device with a Google account. There were also preventing us from merging contacts. The Wave II is a fully loaded media-
The memory card is not hot-swappable forcing you to switch off the phone to remove it.
friendly handset, enough to deter you from considering a PMP. The music player dishes out clear tones with a punch in the bass line. Seven EQ presets are provided along with a few audio enhancement settings. Samsung’s DNSe adds virtual 5.1 surround. The FM radio took about 13 seconds to ﬁnd and store 6 of the 9 available radio stations. Reception was good outdoors in almost all locations.
Dimensions (WxHxD): 60 x 124 x 12 mm; Weight: 135 g; OS: Bada OS v1.2; CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8; Internal storage: 2 GB; Display: 3.7-inch SLCD, 480 x 800, Camera: 5 MP; Connectivity: Wi-fi N, Bluetooth, 3G.
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VERDICT: Average looking, but feature-rich. FOR: Good music player, responsive UI, 3G-enabled. AGAINST: Average looks.
he C3-01 is a candy bar phone with a metallic matte ﬁnish throughout, except the keypad, which is plastic.
are present, and the C3-01 is also 3G-enabled. Images from the 5 megapixel camera are just about average. Even after two hours of phone calls and some slight music and Web usage, the phone lasted an entire day. It’s hard to say if the C3-01 is worth paying Rs 9,389 for. The phone costs about Rs 400 less than the X3-02 and the features are almost the same. There’s a slight advantage of the LED ﬂash, but that’s only if you really intend to use the camera extensively. If you’re in it for looks, the X3-02 is a great option. This one on the other hand, is a more average looking version of the X3-02. - Ashish Koshy
The 2.4-inch 240x320 screen displays good brightness and colors levels. It runs on the Symbian S40’s 6th edition. The touchscreen is resistive and responds well. Transition between menus is fast, apart from a few instances of lag. On the home screen, you can add three shortcuts, and a quick launch bar lets you add four more. The music player didn’t disappoint. The mids seem almost perfect and the highs sound good as well. The bass seems a little low, but that’s not too bad. Wi-Fi, EDGE/GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity
Dimensions (W x H x D):47.5 x 111 x 11 mm; Weight: 100 g; Display: 2.4 inch, 240 x 320; Internal Storage: 30 MB, 64 MB RAM; Camera: 5 MP, LED flash; Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1
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SAMSUNG GALAXY FIT S5670
VERDICT: Falls just a little short of ‘ﬁt’. FOR: Great sound, good camera. AGAINST: Poor battery life, low screen resolution.
he Galaxy Fit is deﬁnitely more attractive than the Galaxy 3, but the 3.3-inch capacitive display
with A2DP, and USB 2.0 connectivity. Setting up multiple email accounts (POP/ IMAP or other) for Push services is easy, and with Adobe Flash 10.2 support, Web browsing was a breeze. The saving grace for the Fit is the 5 megapixel AF camera. It comes with a plethora of features, many scene modes, and geotagging. In daylight, picture quality seemed reasonably sharp, and low light conditions weren’t bad either. The battery life didn’t impress us. The camera and Wi-Fi seemed to drain the battery before our very eyes. On an average, talk time was just about three hours. At Rs 12,860, we wouldn’t recommend the Galaxy Fit over the Galaxy 3. - Shayne Rana
with a low 240x320 resolution was disappointing. Running on a 600 Mhz processor, Froyo functioned well on the Fit. Scrolling through menus worked without a hitch. Social networking integration with contacts is a painstaking manual process. Samsung DNSe audio enhancement adds EQ presets and 5.1 stereo for music for a great audio experience. The video player didn’t support DivX or XviD, though Rockplayer played all ﬁles just ﬁne. Google Voice Search and a voice recorder are also present. The Fit is 3G-enabled, and also supports EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions (W x H x D):61.2 x 110.2 x 12.6 mm; Weight: 108 g; Display: 3.3 inch, 240 x 320; Internal Storage: 160 MB; Camera: 5 megapixels, autofocus; Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1
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the M2 will stay alive throughout the day.Ashish Koshy phone with a nice dull-gray color and metallic ﬁnish.7 g. Like most Java-based mobile handsets. bad camera. however. 1600 x 1200. T he M2 is a candy bar mobile The M2 has basic connectivity features. The M2’s USP is music. Users can also transfer data using Bluetooth or the micro-USB slot. The back panel cannot be opened and the SIM card slots are located on the top of the phone. A full charge will almost last you the whole day. Weight: 109. there was lag when browsing through menus.TEST CENTER HARDWARE MOBILE PHONE MICROMAX M2 FOR: Decent music features. At a price of Rs. 3. We noticed that while playing music. and unit and currency converter. but is deﬁnitely very good for its price. The phone includes hot-swap dual SIM card slots with protective ﬂaps. texts and music. the M2’s bass also has sufficient thump and boom. Internal Storage: 2 GB. world clock. For a phone.com Dimensions (W x H x D): 44. limited video options. The colors as well as level of details are really bad.8 x 113 x 10. this phone doesn’t have anything great to offer. While the treble might feel a little low. Also.5 mm audio jack. Camera: 2 megapixels. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 3. a 3. the M2 is a neat option for a music phone.micromaxinfo.8 mm. The keys below the wheel are a tad small. The sound quality it offers cannot be classiﬁed as stellar.500 www. Bluetooth CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Micromax Informatics 1860-500-8266 info@micromaxinfo. However. which doesn’t make it great to watch movies. but a separate volume rocker would have been better. we expected the phone to give us average pictures at least. but there’s the usual GPRS and EDGE for Internet connectivity. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 38 06/2011 . but no custom EQ option. Turning the volume all the way up.263. The handset gives a decent call quality and although the caller’s voice doesn’t sound too loud. It uses a Java-based user interface. calendar.com VERDICT RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY A GOOD PHONE FOR MUSIC. one of the biggest reasons why this mobile phone is not recommended is because of its really tiny storage capacity of 2 GB. which lasts almost a day with the normal load of calls. which is quite ordinary and the icons lack any sort of aesthetic appeal. Although this is not a camera phone. The M2 doesn’t have any kind of expandable memory. the phone deﬁnitely has a good ability to catch signals in closed places. There’s a 2-inch 240x320 resolution screen and a click wheel similar to that on an iPod designed to house music shortcuts. The M2 churns out great sound. is not a good idea as the sound starts to distort. Display: 2 inch. There’s FM radio and the phone also comes with some preloaded games. The handset doesn’t support any video format apart from H. 240 x 320. and it bundles a pair of circumaural headphones. There’s no 3G or Wi-Fi. AGAINST: No memory expansion. but comfortable to use. and packs in SRS WOW HD equalizer settings with nine presets. where signal reception is not too high. the M2 has quite a few miscellaneous features like notes. The * and # keys double up as volume keys. AND NOTHING MORE.500. The 2 megapixel camera delivers really poor indoor shots and the outdoor shots are only marginally better. so all you get is the 2 GB of inbuilt memory. . and a micro-USB port. Connectivity: GPRS. and as long as you’re not using it heavily (even for music). The handset has a standard 850 mAh battery. the mids are easy to identify and sound really nice. apart from the music.
otherwise images looked great. The d-pad has one-touch shortcuts for delete.Anand Tuliani Since this is an entry-level model. The entire shell. and below it are tiny rubber dimples for thumb grip. bringing out details in shadows and dark areas.in Dimensions (WxHxD): 93 x 60 x 28 mm.The camera draws power from a pair of AA batteries. If you’re on a very tight budget and want a simple point-and-shoot camera. The SPECIFICATIONS Rs 5. A protection ﬁlm for the LCD is a must and a piece of lint-free cloth for wiping the shell is recommended. Focal length: 32-96 mm (3x optical zoom). focal length of 32 mm on the widest end. which comprises a 5-way d-pad. Weight: 168 g (with batteries). The camera sports a 14 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens with a The camera gets its bulk from a pair of AA batteries. It looks classy. A wider lens would have added good value because shooting portraits.TEST CENTER HARDWARE DIGITAL CAMERA FUJIFILM FINEPIX AV200 FOR: Excellent performance. The exposure levels in both indoor and outdoor shots were very good. However. The camera is very easy to use thanks to the highly intuitive user interface. zoom rocker is placed right at the top. The quality of video recording was also good.7-inch. Videos can be shot at 720p. 640x480 or 320x480. The imaging quality of the camerais one of the best we’ve seen in entry-level models. LCD: 2. and the center button is the Menu/OK button. It’s a very basic point-and-shoot digital camera with automatic and program modes and a few scene modes. ﬂash modes and self-timer.7-inch LCD. Aperture: F2. Captured videos get stored in MJPEG format. don’t expect too many features. T he FinePix AV200 is FujiFilm’s latest offering for those who want a super-affordable camera. The control panel. very easy to use. including the 2.499 www. Shutter speed: 8-1/1400 sec.2. playback and display/back buttons is just perfect to operate the camera. this one deserves serious consideration. The camera is available in silver and black and the one that we got from FujiFilm was black with a thick chrome band running around the sides. it was only visible when viewed at 100 percent zoom. The FinePix AV200 is about the size of a pack of playing cards and is just about pocketable. the available shoot duration is displayed next to the resolution options. . CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Fujifilm India 0124-4325500 firstname.lastname@example.org VERDICT RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY AWESOME CAMERA AT AN AWESOME PRICE. 720p video recording. The auto and scene modes only allow setting the image size. has a glossy ﬁnish. although it’s a bit on the heavier side. focus mode and face detection. A Li-ion battery would have made it slimmer. macro. AGAINST: The entire body is a ﬁngerprint magnet. wide landscapes and large groups of people would have been more convenient. Depending on the size of the memory card inserted. The Program mode is a little advanced with options for manually setting the ISO. quality and color mode. The color reproduction was excellent but JPEG compression artefacts killed details in certain areas of the photos. but it easily attracts ﬁngerprints and scratches. Video recording: 720p @30 fps. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 40 06/2011 . Resolution: 14 megapixel. white balance. Optical zoom while shooting is supported but the audio gets completely muted while zooming in or out while shooting. The key feature of this camera is the ability to shoot videos at 720p (1280x720) and it’s a big bonus because it’s a rare feature for an entry level digital camera.fujifilm.9-F5.
Battery life is rated at 10 hours.TEST CENTER HARDWARE TABLET APPLE iPAD 2 (64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G) VERDICT: First-gen iPad owners need not upgrade unless they really want to own the latest gadgets. and ran intense apps including iMovie.Jamshed Avari SPECIFICATIONS improvement over its predecessor. which is just for basic stills and videos. and is just a fraction more expensive.com Dimensions: (WxHxD) 185. and there are magnets under the surface that hold the new optional Smart Covers in place. Wi-Fi A/B/G/N. Cameras: 720p rear. unmatched OS and loads of apps available. though the new beveled edge makes it harder to reach the volume controls and dock connector. and FaceTime.1+EDR. VGA front. this could have been better. HSPA. which is disappointing. . FaceTime. UMTS. It’s easier to hold in the hand.900 www.apple. the Rs 46. AGAINST: Still quite expensive.7 x 241. The 1024x768 screen is identical to the older model. CPU: Apple A5 (1 Ghz. Photo Booth. GarageBand and several 3D games without a hiccup. ambient light. dual core). The iPad 2 has a much faster dual-core CPU and improved graphics as well. but thinness was obviously a priority. but it ensures that all apps will run smoothly. FOR: Powerful CPU. Sensors: 3-axis gyro. J ust three months after the Indian launch of the original iPad comes the iPad 2.2 8. for many of the novelty effects found on the OS X version. Connectivity: Dock connector. accelerometer. To make use of them. The iPad 2 is available with white or black faceplates. There are also cameras on the front and rear now. The iPad 2 is a lot slimmer and lighter. Apple’s own video chat service. The iPad 2 is a signiﬁcant iPad 2 includes three new apps: Camera. Weight: 613 g.com RATINGS ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 41 . EDGE CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Apple India 1800-425-0744 indiasales@mac. Bluetooth 2.8 mm. Our 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G sample was noticeably snappier than a ﬁrst-gen iPad.
The focusing though could have been quicker.co. AGAINST: High price. it can go to as low as 15 seconds in some shooting modes. The buttons on the dial aren’t as tactile and ﬁngers tend to slip over it.TEST CENTER HARDWARE DIGITAL CAMERA CANON IXUS 1000 HS FOR: 10x zoom. as is panning. Though the resolution is modest.in Dimensions (WxHxD): 101.5 x 22. but only just. The noise at ISO 3200 still leaves the picture useable. but the controls are intuitive.3 mm.995 www. Aperture: F3. The IXUS 1000 HS houses a 1/2. W e received the silver variant of the IXUS 1000 HS. 1080p videos shot by the IXUS 1000 are insanely high on ﬁle size and the visual quality is exceptional. this camera is equipped with a powerful lens boasting of 10x optical zoom in a rather compact body. . no manual mode. can shoot 1080p video. There is no manual mode. average picture quality. with accurate colors.in A FEATURE-PACKED POINT-AND-SHOOT WITH MEDIOCRE PERFORMANCE. focusing is very slow. With the styling reminiscent of some jet plane. Resolution: 10 megapixel. Weight: 190 g (with batteries). RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 43 .3 x 58.63.Pranav Tonseker The control panel has been made compact to accomodate the large 3-inch LCD. which with its corners and edges and metallic build.canon. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 25. However. where the noise increases and is noticeable. the resolution gets dropped down to 320x240. the lens should do a good job of clicking distant and nearby subjects alike. until the camera is taken indoors.co.3 . The user interface is quite similar to the ones used on most IXUS and Powershot cameras.4 – F5. The backlight ideally translates to better performance in low light situations. However. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length ranging from 36 mm at wide to 360 mm at telephoto.6. this point-and-shoot boasts of a large feature list. looks pretty mean. Video recording: 1080p @24 fps. LCD: 3-in. but the completely metal body makes it very sturdy. The ‘miniature effect’ is also another attractive feature that blurs the top and bottom of any video or picture to give a faux tilt-shift effect. Navigation on the IXUS 1000 is slightly difficult. On the right side of the camera lie an HDMI and a mini USB port. However. The IXUS 1000 HS takes great pictures outdoors. The shutter speed can vary from 1 second to 1/4000. The camera allows macro shots up to a minimum distance of 1 cm and does not disappoint with the result. Full HD videos can be captured at 24fps. Shutter speed: 15-1/ 1400 sec.0 mm (10x optical zoom). On the back lies a relatively large 3-inch LCD screen. the pictures look either too dull at the lower ISOs or too washed out at the higher ones and color reproduction isn’t all that good either. and the resulting video is too dark to be used. Focal length: 6. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL VERDICT Canon India Pvt Ltd 1800-1803-366 info@canon. it can shoot slow motion videos at 240 fps. this camera is slightly heavy. albeit with slight graining and noise present. with 720p at 30 fps. The dial also doubles up as a D-pad and takes time getting used to. making shooting videos a laggy affair. leaving you with very few settings to play around with. Added effects are a fun feature. This can be overlooked. At 190 grams. Once indoors. In simpler words.3inch backlit CMOS sensor.
The battery test saw the netbook run for 3 hours 50 minutes.1-inch 1024x600 resolution screen rests on a sturdy hinge and doesn’t wobble too much. headphone and mic jacks and a VGA port.3 x 187. but but scrolling is impossible Dimensions (WxHxD): 258. Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet LAN. The sides have three USB ports. . which has 2 GB of RAM. The netbook houses a tiny VGA webcam that is just good enough for video chat. The keyboard is standard and keys are well sized and spaced out. Display: 10.in RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY NETBOOK SAMSUNG NF210 VERDICT: A netbook with sexy curves.Ashish Koshy the 10. Performance-wise. 1024 x 600.com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 44 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Graphics processor: Intel GMA3150.5 GHz. It runs on a dual-core Atom N550 processor that clocks 1. There was a minuscule two percent difference in the Cinebench R10 scores.35 kg . Processor: Intel Atom N550 1.25 in Cinebench. Bluetooth 3. 802.1 inch. and packs in a 250 GB hard drive. the Acer Aspire is quite a bargain. We were pleasantly surprised to see the NF210 fare almost as well as other netbooks in our tests. Storage: 250 GB HDD. With a single core Atom N455 clocked at 1. The Android 1.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN. Benchmarks weren’t too impressive.5 mm .0 and Wi-Fi 802. we’d suggest you go with the NB520. and its buttons are hard to press. Display: 10. The lid has a glossy ﬁnish.25 kg . 1024 x 600. so the sound tends to get blocked. all under Rs 20. Bluetooth 3. The Chiclet keyboard makes it pretty comfortable to type on.in T he Acer Aspire One Happy is a sleek netbook with an excellent build quality.com/in Dimensions (WxHxD): 275 x 25.co. The hard drive didn’t perform too well though. and while the bass is almost negligible.75 MB/s. and compressing a ﬁle took two seconds less on the Toshiba.samsung.Pranav Tonseker it extremely susceptible to scratches and ﬁngerprints. Weight: 1. Firing up Windows 7 was a relief. Graphics processor: Intel NM10 Express.09 port isn’t too useful. Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet LAN.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN. a memory card reader. The glossy top makes on the trackpad. the mids and highs are quite distinct. which is quite low for a netbook. AGAINST: Poor hard drive transfer rates.599 www.acer. Weight: 1. average trackpad. RAM: 1GB DDR2. The Aspire One boots two operating systems – Windows 7 Starter and Android.1-inch LED backlit display inside is non-glossy.co. considering Android is an OS made for smartphones and tablets. Storage: 320 GB HDD.000. Bluetooth 3.5 GHz. it’s a toss-up between the NF210 and the Toshiba NB520. DDR3 RAM. and assorted ﬁles worth 4 GB at just 16 MB/s.0 CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Samsung India Electronics 0124-4881234 ravi.0 CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Acer India 080-39408700 ailenquiries@acer. FOR: Good looks. FOR: Lightweight.gulati@samsung. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 17. RAM: 1 GB DDR3 . The battery lasts up to 6 hours 23 minutes when idle.1 inch. The 10. but the size is a little smaller than usual. AGAINST: Sluggish operation. decent performance. The trackpad also felt a little small and lacked the required responsiveness. and 1 GB DDR2 RAM. transferring a 4 GB ﬁle at 22. it logged a meager 1145 on PCMark and 0. Speakers are situated on the underside.TEST CENTER HARDWARE NETBOOK ACER ASPIRE ONE HAPPY VERDICT: A decent netbook at a reasonable price.5 x 24 x 185 mm. it features a surprisingly poor viewing angle. If you’re not too caught up on looks. In terms of scores. it’s close SPECIFICATIONS Rs 22. and while to Toshiba’s NB520. but average performance. 802.66 GHz. The 3 Watt speakers are loud enough.66 GHz and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. With sufficient specs and hefty battery. Processor: Intel Atom N455 1.990 www. this is a no frills netbook.11 N are available for connectivity. . T he ﬁrst thing we noticed about the NF210 is its curvy design.
Connectivity: Wi-Fi N.0. RAM: 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz. There isn’t even an Rs 1.99 kg. The Core i7 CPU tore through all our tests and the Radeon HD 6750 M is good enough for medium-quality gaming. Optical drive: 8x DVD RW. the MacBook Pro’s design now feels quite dated. FOR: Extremely powerful components.900 www. T he 2011 MacBook Pro refresh brings Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge CPUs to the entire line. with even iMovie and Garage Band starting up in mere seconds. quad core. we were unable to test it. OSX switches seamlessly between the Radeon and the CPU’s integrated graphics. the new Pro is a pleasure to use.com/in/mac Dimensions (WxDxH): 393 x 267 x 250 mm. and an ExpressCard slot. Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M.com RATINGS ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 45 . Gigabit Ethernet. . with no compatible products on the market yet. CPU: Intel Core i7 (2. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Apple India 1800-425-0744 indiasales@mac. auto switching.2GHz. but our unit got noticeably hot during use. but we were left wanting for all the conveniences we’d get in similarly priced alternatives. Overall. Apart from a good selection of core components. gets a bit hot with use. Intel HD3000.Jamshed Avari SPECIFICATIONS us its top-end 17-inch model for review. On the downside. Weight: 2. Expansion is limited to three tightly packed USB ports. Performance was snappy.apple.TEST CENTER HARDWARE NOTEBOOK APPLE MACBOOK PRO 17-INCH (2011) VERDICT: Despite plenty of annoyances. this is a beast of a machine. the most interesting addition is the new Thunderbolt high-speed port. 6 MB cache). The battery easily matches its 7 hour rating. FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort. Apple shipped SD card reader and you can forget about Blu-ray or USB 3.42. Sadly. HDD: 750 GB. Gigabit Ethernet. AGAINST: Limited expansion.
two SATA ports and jacks for the on-board Creative X-Fi sound controller. FOR: On-board Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The layout of the motherboard is excellent.TEST CENTER HARDWARE MOTHERBOARD ASUS RAMPAGE III EXTREME BLACK EDITION VERDICT: A killer board for building a mean gaming machine. There are no FireWire ports on the rear. While the standard unit bundles a mini USB and micro USB cable. but you get seven USB 2.11n and Bluetooth 3.choiix. Power output: 5 V.com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 46 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . 1 A. The unit also supports bypass charging.0 ports.asus. The Rampage III Black Edition sports four PCIE x16 slots. over-charge and discharge protection technologies are implemented to prevent damage.com Dimensions (WxHxD): 64 X 12 x 110 mm. The front features a standard mini USB port for charging and a standard USB type-A male connector port to plug in any USB device that needs charging. fast charging. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Abacus Peripherals Pvt Ltd 022-40914603 enquiry@abacusperipherals. SATA ports: 8 (2x 6 Gb/s).500 www.0 ports. With the Black Edition of Rampage III. The front face has four blue LEDs indicating the charge status. I SPECIFICATIONS t’s been over two years now and the Intel X58 chipset is still going strong. . The Power Fort weighs just 102 grams. The Power Fort can boost your portable device’s battery life by anywhere from SPECIFICATIONS RS 3. AGAINST: Glossy body. Multi-GPU support: Up to 3-way SLI and 4-way CrossFireX. The top corner is labelled OC zone and you’ll ﬁnd check points for measuring voltages and debugging LEDs for POST. It adds an on-board module for Wi-Fi 802.com RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY MOBILE BATTERY PACK CHOIIX POWER FORT VERDICT: The perfect device to ensure that your portable gadgets don’t run out of juice. increase battery life and retain power for longer periods. has eight SATA ports out of which two are 6 Gb/s. It charges completely in less than 3. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL ASUS Technology 022-67668800 reachus@asus. Weight: 102 g. making it possible to ﬁt large coolers. The performance of the Rampage III Extreme was excellent and this board is even better. and a PCIE x1 card called ThunderBolt with discrete sound and LAN controllers. which can help re-charge your handheld devices 10 to 95 hours. eSATA ports: 2. and the board features a dual-BIOS design. AGAINST: None. The right side Rs 39. the output power rating of 5 V 1 A increases charging speed by almost 30 percent. Chipset: Intel X58.5 hours using any standard USB port or charger. discrete sound card. USB ports: 15 (6 via headers). Additionally. with the components spread across evenly. The CPU socket has ample clearance around it. and is very easy to operate.Anand Tuliani Asus has built the meanest X58 board ever. The bottom features an emergency torch.in Form factor: ATX.standard and advanced. Short-circuit. T he Choixx Power Fort is a portable battery charger. excellent design. allowing the user to simultaneously charge any device while charging the unit itself.0. two USB 3. Expansion slots: 4x PCIE x16 and 2x PCIE x1. . Asus has included BIOS tweaks for better and more stable overclocking. has an excellent built quality. which support 3-way SLI and 4-way CrossFireX. The battery pack comes in two variants . light weight. FOR: Built-in torch. the advanced unit additionally bundles the AC power charger and a car charging unit. Charging ports: mini USB for charging.500 www.Francis D’sa anywhere and at any time. RAM: DDR3-1600 (up to 48 GB). Battery rating: Li-polymer 2700 mAh. USB A for devices.
the heat sink temperature was below 60 degrees C. Audio: 8-channel. HDMI and DP) ) and connectors for the bundled Wi-Fi antennae. Video outputs: DVI.co. and this one performs equally well.zotac.0 ports: 4 (2 via headers).11 n. All you have to do is ﬁt it in a cabinet and add RAM and a hard drive. Wi-Fi n.0 ports: 6 (2 via headers). but it uses 204-pin SO-DIMM modules. the layout of the board is excellent. HDMI and DisplayPort. The twin heatpipebased cooler has been designed by Cooler Master and it is very effective. APU: AMD E-350. RAM: Up to 8 GB DDR3-1066. . video outputs (DVI.TEST CENTER HARDWARE MOTHERBOARD ZOTAC FUSION ITX VERDICT: Perfect for a low-cost home theater PC. which are used in laptops. Despite the compact form factor. Wi-Fi: 802. T he Zotac Fusion ITX is based on the AMD E-350 APU. The integrated Radeon HD 6310 GPU handles full HD playback seamlessly. FOR: Excellent feature set. an eSATA SPECIFICATIONS Rs 8. USB 3. SATA ports: 4. USB 2.com Form factor: Mini ITX. Just below the massive heatsink. all-solid capacitors. but what sets it apart from the rest is the port. Zotac has gone with a fully-passive design for cooling the APU and chipset. The motherboard can take up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory.in RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 47 . Even under full load. We’ve already tested a few Fusion-based motherboards. you’ll ﬁnd a tiny Wi-Fi adapter plugged into a mini PCIE slot. AGAINST: None.0). The rear panel sports six USB ports (four USB 2. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Neoteric Infomatique 9891282522 tarun.Anand Tuliani on-board Wi-Fi n adapter. defeating the dual-core Atom with Nvidia Ion by a good margin.0 and two USB 3. It’s a big bonus because you won’t need a separate USB Wi-Fi device for wireless Internet access and media email@example.com www. This board is perfect for a small form factor HTPC.
NETGEAR STORA MS2000
FOR: Mirrored RAID, designed for home use. AGAINST: Software needs improvement, premium services charged extra.
ith the Stora appliance, Netgear is targeting basic home users who shouldn’t
maximizes space but you won’t know which ﬁles are on which drive. If one dies, you lose an arbitrary portion of your data). Even basic conﬁguration options are accessible only by logging into the mystora.com Web service, making you dependent on an Internet connection. Thankfully you can browse the Stora through Windows Explorer. You can use the mystora.com login service to get to your ﬁles from any Web browser, but only if you pay for the Premium service. The Web interface lets you create and share photo galleries, and stream your media over a broadband connection from anywhere in the world. This is also the only way to control which folders are automatically shared online and with other devices via DLNA. Performance for local ﬁle copies is as good as any NAS drive, but lag when using the Mystora Web access from other computers. The Stora’s main attraction is the unbeatable peace of mind you get by having everything automatically mirrored. You can swap out a crashed drive and the Stora will rebuild its array from the surviving one. Also, it should be easy enough to swap the drives out for larger ones if needed. Netgear has tried to create a simple device that anyone can use, but you still need a certain comfort level to use networked devices. Once set up, it should be a breeze to use, but we do wish it had a little more power and ﬂexibility. - Jamshed Avari
need to know the vagaries of network conﬁguration. The unit is stylish but chunky, and its fans and front panel LEDs are thankfully unobtrusive. The setup instructions suggest you plug the device into your DHCP-compliant router and run the setup CD before installing hard drives. However, the setup wizard refused to run past the ﬁrst step because bizarrely, it won’t proceed if your computer is set to a time zone with a +/- 30 offset, which affects every user in India! Changing to +5:00 GMT worked. Once the setup was complete, we were prompted to try Netgear’s “premium” services such as streaming to mobile phones and more than ﬁve user proﬁles. These “features” ought to be standard. Installing drives was fairly simple due to the hot-swap capability and screwless design. Adding a second drive automatically creates a mirrored RAID array as long as the sizes are compatible. The device’s ﬁrmware has no options for
The Web-based interface should be easy enough to ﬁgure out, but we wish there was also a standard conﬁguration page.
creating and managing root folders or controlling which users can access them. These are all basic features, and they make the Stora unsuitable for anyone with basic ﬁle security needs. You can’t even choose to run your two drives in striped mode for better speed, or mount them individually. The only choices are mirrored RAID and JBOD (combining the two into a single logical space, which
Dimensions (WxDxH): 150 x 146 x 175.25 mm; Weight: 1.36 kg (without drives); Interface: Gigabit Ethernet; RAID support: RAID 1 (mirroring), JBOD; Servers: DLNA; USB host support: storage media, printers.
CONTACT PHONE EMAIL
firstname.lastname@example.org 011-41207446 email@example.com
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IDEAL FOR MIRRORED BACKUPS OR A LARGE MEDIA SERVER AT HOME.
INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP
VERDICT: A feature-rich, future-proof router with an awesome price tag. FOR: Rugged build, 8-port switch, IPv6-ready, looks sleek. AGAINST: Glossy ﬁnish, no Gigabit networking.
ince most homes and offices are heading towards wireless connectivity, manufacturers are
routers in the category, which feature SPI ﬁrewall, WPA and WPA2 security options, WPS, QoS, access control and port forwarding. The router has a sleek look with a black glossy shell, but is slightly wider due to the integration of the 8-port switch within. The USB port on the rear can be conﬁgured for USB sharing (storage or printer), 3G internet or WCN. Basic testing of the router revealed good performance and a wider range throw even in dead spots where conventional routers ﬁnd hard to perform. The DIR-632 should deﬁnitely be considered for a future-proof networking, and at just Rs 4,700, it’s a steal. - Francis D’sa
reducing the size of their wireless routers by decreasing the physical Ethernet connectivity options. Yet D-Link embeds an 8-port hub into this N-series router. Though some might not ﬁnd this move necessary, small office and cybercafé owners will love it. The DIR-632 features an 8-port 10/100 Mb/s switch which can prove beneﬁcial for those who need additional wired networking along with a wireless N network. It is one-step ahead by implementing the IPv6 protocol for a future-ready networking scenario. The router is similar to other conventional
Rs 4, 700
Dimensions (WxHxD): 230 x 33 x 150 mm; Weight: 272.2 g; WLAN Standards: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; LAN ports: 8 x 10/100 Mbps; Firewall: SPI; Security: WPA, WPA2.
CONTACT PHONE EMAIL
D-Link India 022-29215700 firstname.lastname@example.org
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COLOR LASER PRINTER
HP LASERJET CP1025
VERDICT: The ideal choice for a compact personal color laser printer. FOR: Good print speeds, excellent print quality. AGAINST: Glossy white exterior gets smudged easily.
he CP1025 color laser printer from HP is surprisingly compact, occupying less space than most
each color cartridge can yield around 1,000 pages. The printer consumes a maximum of 300 watts while printing on full load, while taking up around 8 watts when idle. Printing tests back up the manufacturer’s claims - 17 pages per minute in black and 4 pages per minute in color. The print quality is excellent and sharp; color details even on plain paper are bright. The printer only features a USB 2.0 interface for connectivity and lacks an automatic duplex mechanism. Based on the printing speeds, print quality, compact design, connectivity features and the price, the HP CP1205 is the ideal choice for upgrading to a personal color laser printer in the home or small office. - Francis D’sa
mono laser printers. The printer has a 150-sheet front loading tray, but does not have any enclosure to keep dust away. The control panel is located neatly on the top right side and consists of six buttons; four individual buttons to change each color cartridge, and the regular ‘cancel’ and ‘continue’ buttons. There is no display panel whatsoever. The cartridges are placed deep within the unit and mounted on a rotary drum. You have to press the appropriate the color button on the panel to change the respective cartridge before opening the cartridge door. The black cartridge can yield just 1,200 pages while
Dimensions (WxHxD): 15.7 x 15.8 x 9.9 in; Weight: 12 kg; Technology: 4-pass color laser printing; Print resolution: 600x600 dpi; Duty cycle: 15,000 pages; paper handling: input 150 sheets, output 50 sheets; Interface: USB 2.0.
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VERDICT: The ideal wireless 2.1-channel speaker system for portable devices. FOR: Good audio reproduction, excellent build quality, Bluetooth dongle supplied. AGAINST: Slightly boomy bass at high volume, aux-in auto cutoff does not work.
reedom from wires! Well, not exactly. The S2 from Creative is a Bluetooth-enabled 2.1-channel
with a matte-ﬁnished exterior. The S2 delivers a total of 33 watts RMS.The speakers reproduce good quality music with the right levels of bass and treble. Though the bass sounds a little boomy at volume levels higher than 80 percent, it isn’t too bad. We did ﬁnd a ﬂaw with the connectivity; while using the Bluetooth as the audio feed, plugging in an auxiliary source does not cut off the existing input. In fact, the audio can be heard from both the Bluetooth source as well as the auxiliary inputs simultaneously. Apart from this issue, the S2 is the perfect 2.1-channel wireless speaker system for Bluetoothenabled laptops, netbooks, mobile phones and portable media players. - Francis D’sa
speaker system which can link up to your PC using the bundled pre-conﬁgured USB Bluetooth dongle. You can comfortably stream music from a distance of 30 feet. The S2 can also be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled gadget. Alternatively, you can plug in an external audio source using the auxiliary input on the right satellite. The right satellite also features the headphone jack, along with digital buttons for power and volume control. The subwoofer is pretty small, with the bass control and bass reﬂex port located on the rear, and delivers decent bass. The speakers have an excellent build-quality,
Dimensions (WxHxD): Satellites - 2.9 x 2.9 x 4.1 in, Subwoofer - 9.1 x 7.1 x 7.9 in; Weight: 1.3 kg; Power output: 33 Watts RMS; Interface: Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and AVRCP.
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and the braided cord is a great addition. which gives you a lot of settings and effects.com Inspan Infotech 022-42088250 sharon_chiang@geniusnet. it’s clear that the controller has some serious ﬂaws. and which works a lot better. Video resolution: 640 x 480 CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Creative Technology 9223101322 vinayendra. expensive.geniusnet.razerzone. Power output: 9+9 Watts RMS. The rear also features the oddly placed power switch and a bass reﬂex port. Interface: USB 1. which is more at home on a mouse than a game controller.499 in.0 is all the rage. The camera lens needs to be focused manually. SPECIFICATIONS GENIUS ILOOK 300 VERDICT: An entry level webcam with disappointing performance. with rich trebles and bass but only at around 50–60 percent volume levels. good bundled software. So this is not a plugand-play device. does not seem ﬂimsy. . Programmable buttons: 2. Weight: 1. Platforms: Xbox 360.4 in. programmable buttons work on few games. T he Genius iLook 300 is a budget Web camera with a modest 640x480 resolution. Connectivity: Bluetooth. quick pairing. FOR: Customs keys. Still image resolution: 640 x 480 (upto 8 megapixels with interpolation).tw Dimension: 6. The drivers are encased in highgloss shell and the front is covered with cloth. triggers could be better. but some basic design ﬂaws nullify these positives.6 Kg.bhandaru@razerzone.TEST CENTER HARDWARE BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS WEBCAM GAMING PERIPHERAL CREATIVE D200 VERDICT: An average Bluetooth wireless speaker system for personal use.Francis D’sa having tried it across Xbox 360 and PC and over several game genres. though entirely made of plastic. Connectivity type: Wired. The top of the speakers have just a power button and a volume up/down rocker switch. Picture and video quality is abysmal with a lot of noise visible. Colors are washed out and slight lag was noticeable too. Aux-in. which makes these speakers useless at higher volumes.Pranav Tonseker M any gamers had their hopes pinned on the Razer Onza.5-mm auxiliary jack for nonBluetooth media players. The D200 is a good wireless speaker system for listening to music as long as it’s at low volume levels. bad sound at high volumes. and nothing else. Windows 7 CONTACT PHONE EMAIL RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY Razer Zone 07837090922 sashank. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Dimension: 49 x 60 x 66 mm. you can tweak the sensitivity of the analog sticks.Sameer Desai 52 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . which is almost obsolete in a time when USB 3. rather than pulling them back as you do on the stock controller.com. Pairing using Bluetooth is easy.com Rs 7.9 x 10. AGAINST: Oddly placed power button. On connecting the iLook 300 to the PC. That may be ﬁne in shooters. The speakers deliver above average sound quality. . it does not get detected immediately.499 www. The triggers protrude and require you to push them downwards. The music tends to rumble with loss of audio quality due to immense bass levels.creative. Auto or full focus would have been preferred since this is a webcam.3 x 2. The rear features the standard 3.com Rs 3. all the face buttons and shoulder buttons have an annoying clicky feel. FOR: Above average sound quality. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 900 www. but in sports and hack-n-slash games.singh@compuageindia. but It features an 18 watts of RMS power output. you need to install drivers. Bundled software includes CrazyTalk Cam Suite Pro. simple design. First-off.1. FOR: Sturdy build. AGAINST: Clicky buttons. The Onza has two additional programmable shoulder buttons. with no pass codes required. Build quality is decent and the camera. Operating range: 10 meters. adjustable analog. AGAINST: Poor performance. glossy shell.com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY T he Creative D200 is a compact Bluetooth stereo speaker system. Weight: 90g. Sensor: VGA CMOS. it completely throws you off your game. . It uses the USB 1.1 x 4. SPECIFICATIONS RAZER ONZA VERDICT: Use it for shooters.1 interface.6 x 3. Interface: USB. It’s a decent camera for video chat if you’re on a budget or if your Internet cannot handle uploading higher resolution videos.com Dimensions (WxHxD): 46.1 cm. where use of face buttons is occasional.
the Barracuda XT delivers great performance. and a combination to access the [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] function.6 MB/s and the sequential write speed was 119 MB/s.85 x 26.999 www. this drive gets a strong recommendation from us. Range: 10 m.TEST CENTER HARDWARE INPUT DEVICE HARD DISK HARD DISK LENOVO MINI WIRELESS KEYBOARD VERDICT: A good keyboard-trackball combination for HTPCs FOR: Responsive trackball. the Lenovo N5901 is T he Seagate Barracuda XT is equipped with ﬁve 600 GB platters to choose components. a [Fn] toggle key. Spindle speed: 7200 rpm. You’ll need an updated BIOS or a newer UEFI motherboard and a 64 bit OS to use all 3 terabytes on the drive. The real world scores were very close to those of HD Tach. The same single ﬁle is read at 143.9 MB/s. The drive has a spindle speed of 7200 rpm and is armed with 16 MB of cache. but smaller than a keyboard. you’ll have to use Seagate’s DiscWizard tool to use the full capacity. The trackball is very smooth. Connectivity: USB 2.7 MB/s and an average write speed of 122.com Fortune Marketing 011-2641 4468 sales@fortune-it. Most users upgrade their hard drives only when the existing one crashes or when they’re running out of space.com Western Digital 9880293193 srinivas. Weight: 130 g. The drive must be partitioned using the GUID partition table. you’ll ﬁnd yourself satisﬁed with its performance.Anand Tuliani and connects via the new SATA 6 Gb/s interface. Cache: 64MB . Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s. With speeds comparable to a desktop hard drive. SPECIFICATIONS WD SCORPIO BLACK VERDICT: A big upgrade from regular laptop hard drives.0. however. good range AGAINST: Build feels cheap SPECIFICATIONS SEAGATE BARRACUDA XT 3TB ST33000651AS VERDICT: A good storage solution at a justiﬁably steep price FOR: Great performance. There are bottlenecks.seagate.com Rs 1.com Dimensions (WxHxD): 126 x 27 x 134 mm.com/in/en/ Rs 14.52 MB/s.3 MB/s respectively.lenovo.Rossi Fernandes 54 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .Pranav Tonseker a good choice. comfortable keypad. There is a set of multimedia buttons at the top of the keyboard.01 MB/s and multiple ﬁles at 122. and the wireless range is pretty impressive as well. The keyboard is light. Dimensions (WxHxD): 101.2 MB/s on HD Tach. it writes a single ﬁle at 148.900 www. Spin Speed: 7200 RPM CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Form factor: 2. If you’re planning to replace/upgrade your laptop hard drive. SPECIFICATIONS Rs 5. It has a trackball mouse built into the device. We tested the highest capacity variant and our experience with the drive was extremely good. you you don’t have the ﬂexibility I f you want a full QWERTY keyboard for your HTPC. AGAINST: None.5-inch. In real world tests. For Windows XP and systems with older BIOS. . . It’s a little larger than a remote.1 x 146. AGAINST: None. but feels somewhat cheap. even outdoing some of the SSDs tested last month.275 www. Capacity: 3TB.com RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS BUILD QUALITY FEATURES ERGONOMICS PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY W hen you buy a laptop. It logs an average read speed of 122. give the WD Scorpio a thought. HD Tach reported average read and write speeds of 105 MB/s and 79. If you’re building a high-end HTPC and you do not want to spend too much. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Lenovo India 18004252666 pmatthan@lenovo. The device is powered by a set of AAA batteries. lots of storage space. Cache: 16 MB. Battery: 2 x AAA CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Interface SATA 6Gb/s . The lower half houses the trackball in the centre and two mouse clicks within it.99 mm.21 MB/s and the multiple ﬁles at 113.sampangi@wdc. The keys on the keyboard panel above it are large enough to type short messages on. FOR: Excellent read/write speeds. In synthetic benchmarks as well as real world tests. . Capacity: 750 GB. This drive is available in capacities ranging from 160 GB to 750 GB and it’s one of the best performing models.wdc. The sequential read speed in SiSoft Sandra 2011 was 122. Weight: 700g.
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If used as a desktop PC replacement. cores. TEST PROCESS This comparison being of entry-level laptops priced under Rs 35.000 when Intel had just launched them. BY ANAND TULIANI. memory card reader. The entry-level starts from Rs 23. more processing power and improved battery life. FRANCIS D'SA AND PRANAV TONSEKER L aptops get more powerful year after year as Intel and AMD refresh their mobile platforms. The kind of power this conﬁguration packs is ideal for day-to-day applications. Affordable and Powerful! Entry-level laptops pack a lot more power than before and come in at attractive prices. A laptop should be light so that it’s easier to INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 FEATURES: The more powerful the hardware.0 ports are also becoming a common feature of entry-level laptops. The best time to buy one is when brands have launched models based on the latest hardware. hard drive capacity. The presence of integrated features such as Bluetooth. USB 3. The advantages you get with Intel Core i3 CPUs are better graphics. number of CPU SMS us! Story code: TLC to 51818 57 . the better will be the performance of the laptop. amount of RAM installed. Whether you want power. By then. and so on. ergonomics. Today. 320 GB hard drive. In this roundup. Intel Core i3 powered laptops used to cost around Rs 35. 3 GB RAM and 500 GB hard drive would score higher than a model with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core CPU. it’s all here. we grouped them under one category. Moving up the ladder are more powerful laptops powered by Intel Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs. the previ- ous models get huge price cuts and offer great value. Here. display size. battery life or pure value for money.ENTRY-LEVEL LAPTOP COMPARISON TEST CENTER Stylish. these compact machines don’t eat up much space and give you more mobility. performance and warranty period. a few thousand Rupees more than the most basic desktop PC. DVD-writer. webcam and Wi-Fi are standard components for entry-level laptops. 2 GB of RAM. Intel Pentium Dual-Core CPU. we put 10 entry-level laptops priced under Rs 35.000 through our battery of rigorous tests.6-inch display. HDMI output and eSATA port were also noted and points were awarded accordingly. build quality.000 and that too with a large 15.000. Take your pick from these 10 budget-friendly road warriors. The laptops were evaluated on the basis of features. we logged technical speciﬁcations such as the processor model.0 ports. Features such as HDMI output and USB 3. So a laptop with a Core i3 processor.000. you can one for under Rs 30. 2 GB RAM and 320 GB hard drive.
Hence. We awarded more points to laptops with full-matte ﬁnishes. The load scene was rendering ERGONOMICS: User comfort is a HDMI output and eSATA port are bonus features in entry-level models. the Lenovo IdeaPad G570 is the sweetest deal. and I’m not complaining! It performed great too. this section was allotted a weightage of 30 percent of the overall score. but you’ll have to spend extra for Windows. Windows 7 came bundled with the Zenith Uranium. DESCRIPTION Time taken to compress 100 MB of multiple ﬁles using ‘Ultra’ mode and encryption. First of all. Laptops with glossy shells look stylish. keyboard. for the stunning looks. The time taken to complete each task was measured using a stopwatch. For me. The USB 3. We awarded the model which performed best and the one that offered the best value for money. Here we noted the warranty period and extra points were awarded to the ones that offered longer periods. We used SiSoft Sandra 2011 to assess performance of the CPU.0 ports were the cherry on the icing. a larger display. Real world tests reﬂect the actual performance and hence were given more importance. Higher weightage was given to the battery life under load. one doesn’t have to use the mouse or keyboard for volume control and media playback. you get more power.3 58 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . features and performance. but all this comes at a steeper price. I’d go for the MSI CR640. Time taken to ray trace an 800x600 pixels image with AA set to 0. The Zenith Uranium notebook too was a great deal. memory and hard drive to the fullest by running tasks such as ﬁle compression. but the Lenovo IdeaPad G570 and the MSI CR640 were the ones that stood out. and the presence of status indicators and hotkeys were logged and points were given accordingly.in When you’re looking for an entry-level laptop. who doesn’t want a good-looker! The entry-level range starts at Rs 23. the comfort and satisfaction is largely dependent on the ergonomics and build quality. Last but not the least. The aesthetic appeal was also rated subjectively on a ﬁve-point scale. it scrolls through a document as if an individual is reading or browsing webpages. Our objective was to stress the CPU. Time taken to encode a 1 minute MPEG video to x. very important factor when it comes to portable devices such as laptops. We subjectively assessed the quality of material used in construction of the chassis and keyboard. hinges. memory and hard drive. PERFORMANCE: We ran a battery of synthetic and real-world tests to evaluate the performance of the various subsystems of the laptop. The battery life was evaluated using Battery Eater Pro. Details such as the size. large size. and a Windows 7 Home Premium license.in This comparison left us with 10 similarly configured entry-level laptops. A keyboard with big keys and good layout is very easy on the hands. it’s important for a laptop to be backed by robust warranty and support. PRANAV TONSEKER feedback@chip. The synthetic tests stress the core components by simulating real-world activities and report scores. The Acer is no doubt the best option if you’re on a tight budget. Second to performance. and battery retention mechanism.tuliani@chip. but they attract stains and scratches very easily. The CR640 (don’t be mistaken by the nomenclature. but it’s worth spending a little extra for better performance and ergonomics. because your laptop will be your companion for at least the next three years. Given the choice (and money). Next up. given its low price tag and the decent specs it came with. and are very prone to malfunction. Being a more important parameter than build quality. In this section. video encoding and ray tracing. go in for a strong configuration and it should be available for a sweet price. with the G570. BENCHMARK File compression Video encoding Ray tracing APPLICATION USED 7-Zip Avidemux POV-Ray WARRANTY AND SUPPORT: Laptops are highly complex electronic devices with several subsystems. Unlike many other laptops that came with Linux preinstalled to cut costs. Also with the presence of hotkeys. which made it an even better deal. it isn’t that Google Chromebook you’ve been waiting for) was most visually appealing. a small 3D scene in an endless loop until the battery gave up. PERSONAL TAKE BUILD QUALITY: A laptop should be able to withstand the occasional bumps that come in its way.ENTRY-LEVEL LAPTOP COMPARISON TEST CENTER carry around. Although the Acer Aspire 4738Z is also a good buy. and the ease in detaching the battery.000. spacing and tactility of keys. An example of a good keyboard. These included the quality of chassis.264 format. We used a digital weighing scale to note the weight of each laptop. We paid close attention to the keyboard and mouse. location of various ports and card reader. there is much to consider. wellspread out keys and a numeric keypad. better ergonomics. we allotted 15 percent of the overall weightage to this section. In an ideal scenario. VALUE FOR MONEY: The Value for Money index is calculated by stacking up the sum of performance and ergonomics against the price of the laptop. It aced almost every real world test. screen frame. we logged attributes that make a laptop robust. ANAND TULIANI anand. The design is reminiscent of the Macbooks. The IdeaPad G570 was the best in terms of performance.
The lid has a glossy ﬁnish with very subtle glitter. In synthetic benchmarks as well as real world tests. Display: 15.000 Weight: 2 kg. performs brilliantly. the latter offers better performance at a price premium of just Rs 1. On opening the lid.000. the Uranium is a great bargain. the highest overall score.com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY laptop. The trackpad of the Uranium disappoints. great aesthetics. However. The Zenith Uranium comes bundled with Windows 7 Professional.0 ports.6-inch display and an islandtype keyboard. The glossy screen has a native resolution of 1366x768 and has a decent viewing angle. and aren’t too loud either. reasonable price tag. The Uranium is well conﬁgured.000. You’ll ﬁnd the USB. AGAINST: Poorly constructed screen hinge. but the screen frame is too glossy and prone to scratches. and a 320 GB hard drive. The keyboard consists W hile comparing the laptops. but it goes a long way in augmenting the aesthetics. metal body. The Uranium wasn’t the best looking laptop around. with integrated Intel HD Graphics. HDMI. It’s based on the latest platform and the conﬁguration is far superior to the T he Lenovo IdeaPad G570 is a winner on all counts.ENTRY-LEVEL LAPTOP COMPARISON TEST CENTER sleek. which is a step up from the G560 and G565. HDD: 600 GB.6-in. very good performance. but ﬁngers often run off the trackpad and its buttons are not great to use either. The new G570 is very comfortable to use thanks to the brilliant keyboard. with a ﬁrst gen Core i5 processor with two cores clocked at 2. which looks very pleasing. RAM: 2 GB. Had the lid been scratch-resistant. but you deal with notebooks just as you would with books. the Uranium was at par with most other laptops. VERDICT: Great looks and stellar performance at an attractive price point. 2 GB RAM and 320 GB hard disk. which looks decent and protects it from scratches. ergonomics and performance. It’s also the most affordable laptop based on Intel’s new Sandy Bridge platform. Performance is where the Uranium actually shines. it would have also scored highest in build quality. with a 14-inch screen. which is why it earned the Best Value title. It sports an excellent feature set. You would need to hook it up to a better pair of speakers or headphones. CPU: Intel Core i3-2410M. This laptop is dressed in an all-black shell. which has a brushed aluminium ﬁnish. so you don’t have to invest in a separate OS. Not only does it feel better. For Rs 23. This variant of the IdeaPad G570 is powered by the Intel Core i3-2410M CPU. Lenovo has paid a great deal of attention to make sure its new model stands out from the rest. With an old-fashioned keyboard. it is easy to hold and carry around. The screen hinge is extremely ﬂimsy and tends to wobble often. The chipset is the older Intel HM55. 3 GB of RAM and a 600 GB hard disk. Lenovo has gone with a metal palm rest. looks standard Intel Pentium P6200 CPU. bad speakers. This baby was the best looking out of all the models in the comparison. A 1. FOR: Good performance. In PCMark Vantage. not judging them by their cover. the Ideapad G570 is good value for money. which has a separate numeric keypad. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Lenovo India 1800-425-2666 pmatthan@lenovo. LENOVO IDEAPAD G570 SPECIFICATIONS Rs 30. It also compressed a 100 MB ﬁle within 75 seconds. and is very comfortable to use. This laptop comes pre-installed with Window 7 Home Premium. Run your ﬁngers through the overall scores and you’ll see this model is a top scorer in features. it looked quite unimpressive and slightly clunky. you won’t have any problems typing on this one. but it would have been much better if Lenovo included USB 3. The Uranium boasts of decent build quality. The body is made of aluminum and the top panel has a brushed metal ﬁnish. Display: 14 in. OS: Win 7 Home Premium. CPU: Intel Core i5-560M. ZENITH URANIUM A14HM02 SPECIFICATIONS Rs 23.6 kg. OS: Win 7 Professional CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Zenith Computers 1800-222-004 info@zenith-india. Speakers sound tinny. It is supposed to be hidden. The keys are very well laid out and the tactility is very good. For its conﬁguration. FOR: Excellent build.490 Weight: 2. So you can rest assured that it will deliver very good performance and at the same time won’t get outdated for at least another year or two. you’re greeted with a sweet 15. The mouse buttons also have very good tactile response. With the G570. VERDICT: A laptop that gives great value for money and performs just as well.3 megapixel Web cam is also included. It comes with 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Weighing just 2 kg.67 GHz.com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 59 . eSATA and LAN ports placed on the sides for easy access.0 ports. it logged 5381 PCMarks. RAM: 3 GB. even outperforming some of them. AGAINST: No USB 3. the Acer 4738Z was on par with the Zenith Uranium of decent buttons with great tactility. HDD: 320 GB.
5 | 3 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 56 Mpix/s 14. 2.35 MB/s 4419 | 3013 | 3304 | 3830 | 2827 1.1 cm | 2. DDR3 1333 | 500 GB 15.6 Kg Intel Core i5-2410M.1 GHz Intel HM65 | Intel HD Graphics 3 GB.5 | 3 ✖ ✔|✔ ✔ N|N 38.5 4100 mAh 4. 1366x768 Gigabit | 2 | 1 | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Linpus Linux 4 4400 mAh 4 | 4.57 GB/s 3.6-inch.5 | 3 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 34 x 3. 30.1 GHz Intel HM65 | Intel HD Graphics 2 GB.6 Kg Intel Core i3-2310M. 29.84 MB/s 4566 | 3145 | 3649 | 4058 | 2971 1.com Rs.5 | 2.47 Pts | 7345 MIPS 55.31 MB/s 87 sec | 117 sec 63. 1366x768 Gigabit | 2 | 2 | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Win 7 Home Premium 5 4400 mAh 5|4 3|2|2 ✔|✖ 2. DDR3 1333 | 500 GB 15. DDR3 1333 | 600 GB 15.3 GB/s 4 MB/s 3846 | 2991 | 2480 | 3610 | 3041 2.5 3 | 2.93 MB/s 90 sec | 69 sec 49.47 Mpix/s 13.3 x 25.5 | 2.5 | 7.zip benchmark Real-world tests File copy test: Read | Write (Average) Video encoding | File compression Ray-tracing Battery Eater Pro: Idle| Load WARRANTY Warranty period MSI CR640 Micro Star International 011-41758808 email@example.com ✔|✖ 3|3 3 | 2.999 75 83 73 79 100 0 50 100 2 3 LENOVO IDEAPAD G570 Lenovo India 1800-425-2666 pmatthan@lenovo. 1366x768 10/100 | 4 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Win 7 Home Premium 4.44 x 23.735 MB/s | 49.275 MB/s | 66.53 GB/s 3.92 Pts | 6145 MIPS 58.91 Pts | 6247 MIPS 69.3 GHz Intel HM65 | Intel HD Graphics 3 GB.1 x 3.46 Mpix/s 8.6-inch. 2.88 sec 3 hrs 37 min | 1 hr 39 min 1 year # Scores out of 5 43. 2.75 sec 4 hrs 43 min | 1 hrs 7 min 1 year ** Scores out of 3 43.58 Kg Intel Core i3-2310M.0 | eSATA Wi-fi-N | HDMI | MMC reader Operating system Aesthetic appeal# Battery BUILD QUALITY Chassis | Keyboard# Buttons & switches | Hinges | Screen frame** Resistant to scratches | Use of metal in construction ERGONOMICS Keyboard keys: Size | Spacing** Mouse buttons: Size | Placement | Tactility** Media player controls Status indicators: Wi-fi | Bluetooth Switch for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth No of hotkeys | Dedicated volume control PERFORMANCE Synthetic tests SiSoft Sandra 2011 Processor Multimedia (Aggregate) Mem bandwidth Float HDTV TV Transcoding PCMark Vantage: Overall | Mem | Game | Prod | HDD Cinebench R11.5 | 5 3 | 1. 35.349 64 79 76 75 50 0 50 100 78 78 71 38 x 3.56 sec 4 hrs 36 min | 1 hr 24 min 1 year * Prices are indicative and are subject to change.490 75 79 82 82 50 0 50 100 ACER ASPIRE 5750 Acer India 080-39408700 firstname.lastname@example.org | 2.com Rs.4 x 26 cm | 2.5 | 3 3 | 2.ENTRY-LEVEL LAPTOP COMPARISON TEST CENTER 1 SpecScan NAME Contact Phone E-mail Price* OVERALL Features (30%) Build quality (10%) Ergonomics (15%) Performance (40%) Warranty & support (5%) Overall Value for money FEATURES Dimensions | Weight Processor Chipset | Graphics RAM | Storage Display Ethernet | USB 2.co.0 | USB 3.075 MB/s 88 sec | 116 sec 63.in Rs.35 MB/s | 47. taxes extra 60 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Joshua Navalkar .3-inch.5 ✖|✔ 3|3 3 | 2.
com Rs. 2.62 Kg Intel Core i3-350M. 30.34 x 23.490 69 60 71 68 50 0 50 100 70 69 67 67 37.5 | 2.442 MB/s 5381 | 2933 | 2739 | 4368 | 2495 2.27 GHz Intel HM55 | Intel HD Graphics 2 GB.9 x 3.77 Pts | 5926 MIPS 45.63 GB/s 0. 1366x768 Gigabit | 4 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Linpus Linux 4 6000 mAh 4. DDR3 1066 | 500 GB 14-inch.97 MB/s 4471 | 2704 | 2866 | 4123 | 2828 1.5 | 2 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 38 x 3.395 MB/s | 48. 1366x768 Gigabit | 3 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Win 7 Professional 3.852 65 65 80 74 50 0 50 100 ZENITH URANIUM A14HM02 Zenith Computers 1800-222-004 info@zenith-india. 2.in Rs. DDR3 1333 | 320 GB 13. 2.7 cm | 2 Kg Intel Core i5-560M.8 MB/s | 51. 25.6-inch.5 4400 mAh 4|4 3 | 2 | 1.5 ✖|✖ 3|3 3 | 2.685 MB/s 75 sec | 92 sec 62.29 Pts | 3967 MIPS 62.6 Kg Intel Core i3-380M.8 | 2.9-inch.51 sec 3 hrs 38 min | 1 hr 15 min 1 year 29.36 x 3.37 MB/s 90 sec | 106 sec 85.3 Pts | 7449 MIPS 53.000 69 72 65 73 50 0 50 100 ASUS K52F Asus India 022-67668871 email@example.com | 3.31 MB/s 4232 | 2776 | 2652 | 3789 | 3290 1.6 Mpix/s 6.52 Pts | 6862 MIPS 56.6-inch.67 GHz Intel HM55 | Intel HD Graphics 2 GB.5 | 2 3 | 2.15 sec 3 hrs | 1 hr 39 min 1 year 47.com Rs.13 GHz Intel HM55 | Intel HD Graphics 3 GB.5 | 3 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 34.5 | 3 ✖|✖ 3|3 3 | 2.6 x 3.99 sec 5 hrs 33 min | 1 hr 39 min 1 year 62.26 GB/s 253 MB/s 4074 | 2818 | 2358 | 3019 | 3623 1. DDR3 1333 | 500 GB 15.5 Mpix/s 7.1 x 23.63 GB/s 3.0 | 2.5 | 4 3|3|3 ✖|✖ 3|3 3 | 2.co. 23. 1366x768 Gigabit | 3 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Win 7 Home Basic 3 4400 mAh 3.6 sec 4 hrs 36 min | 1 hr 35 min 1 year INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 61 .29 x 25.5 | 4 3 | 2.35 MB/s 129 sec | 157 sec 115.4 MB/s 95 sec | 122 sec 82. 1366x768 Gigabit | 3 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ FreeDOS 5 4400 mAh 4.67 GB/s 0.5 3 | 2.57 x 25.77 Mpix/s 6. 28.4 5 6 7 ACER 5745 Acer India 080-39408700 firstname.lastname@example.org | 1.22 MB/s | 45.53 GHz Intel HM55 | Intel HD Graphics 2 GB. 2.5 | 3 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 19.16 MB/s | 41.5 | 3 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ 2|N 34.5 ✔|✔ 2.14 Mpix/s 6.gulati@samsung. DDR3 1333 | 320 GB 15.com Rs.2 Kg Intel Pentium P6200.399 65 74 76 66 50 0 50 100 SAMSUNG NP-RV411 Samsung India 0124-4881234 ravi.
06 sec 3 hrs 7 min | 2 hr 4 min 1 year # Scores out of 5 13.5 | 3 ✖|✖ 3 | 2.13 GHz Intel HM55 | Intel HD Graphics 2 GB. 2.0 | USB 3.211 MB/s 3507 | 1870 | 1702 | 2723 | 2513 1. 1366x768 Gigabit | 3 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Win 7 Home Basic 4 4400 mAh 4|4 3 | 2.45 GB/s 0. DDR3 1066 | 500 GB 13.68 MB/s | 53.98 MB/s 70 sec | 160 sec 114.5 | 3 3|2|2 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 29.5 | 7.6195 MB/s | 49.9-inch.5 | 3 3|2|2 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 34.5 4400 mAh 4|4 3 | 1.52 sec 3 hrs 41 min | 1 hr 30 min 1 year ** Scores out of 3 30.5 x 4 x 24.5 | 2 ✖ ✔|✔ ✖ N|N 34.6 GHz AMD Hudson K14 | Radeon HD 6310 2 GB.1 MB/s 2195 | 1672 | 1800 | 1719 | 2846 0.86 x 2.29 MB/s | 56.2 x 3.0 | eSATA Wi-fi-N | HDMI | MMC reader Operating system Aesthetic appeal# Battery BUILD QUALITY Chassis | Keyboard# Buttons & switches | Hinges | Screen frame** Resistant to scratches | Use of metal in construction ERGONOMICS Keyboard keys: Size | Spacing** Mouse buttons: Size | Placement | Tactility** Media player controls Status indicators: Wi-fi | Bluetooth Switch for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth No of hotkeys | Dedicated volume control PERFORMANCE Synthetic tests SiSoft Sandra 2011 Processor Multimedia (Aggregate) Mem bandwidth Float HDTV TV Transcoding PCMark Vantage: Overall | Mem | Game | Prod | HDD Cinebench R11.000 65 60 65 60 50 0 50 100 ACER 4253 Acer India 080-39408700 email@example.com Rs.64 Pts | 2382 MIPS 45. 22.5 ✔|✖ 2.com Rs.2 Kg Intel Pentium P2600.co.2 MB/s 3862 | 2499 | 2284 | 2965 | 2900 1.ENTRY-LEVEL LAPTOP COMPARISON TEST CENTER 8 SpecScan NAME Contact Phone E-mail Price* OVERALL Features (30%) Build quality (10%) Ergonomics (15%) Performance (40%) Warranty & support (5%) Overall Value for money FEATURES Dimensions | Weight Processor Chipset | Graphics RAM | Storage Display Ethernet | USB 2.5 3 | 2.2 x 33.zip benchmark Real-world tests File copy test: Read | Write (Average) Video encoding | File compression Ray-tracing Battery Eater Pro: Idle| Load WARRANTY Warranty period ACER ASPIRE 4738Z Acer India 080-39408700 firstname.lastname@example.org 59 78 66 51 50 0 50 100 65 62 58 34.144 59 78 66 67 50 0 50 100 9 10 WIPRO EGO Wipro Ltd 9920356929 arun.5 | 2.5 Kg Intel C2D T6600.in Rs.co.2 GHz Intel GL40 | Intel HD Graphics 2 GB. taxes extra 62 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .mishra2@wipro. DDR3 1066 | 500 GB 14-inch.9 | 2.3 Pts | 3950 MIPS 61. 1. 1366x768 Gigabit | 3 | ✖ | ✖ | ✖ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Linpus Linux 4 4400 mAh 4|4 3 | 2.28 Mpix/s 2.3 Kg AMD E350.52 GB/s 0.6 MB/s 329 sec | 313 sec 201.687 MB/s 140 sec | 153 sec 102. 35.5 | 2.65 Mpix/s 6.16 GB/s 0.5 ✔|✖ 2.26 Pts | 3974 MIPS 55. 1280x800 10/100 | 3 | ✖ | ✖ | ✔ ✔|✔|✔|✔ Win 7 Professional 3.78 Mpix/s 4. 2.5 x 24.1-inch. DDR3 800 | 320 GB 14.91 sec 4 hrs 50 min | 2 hr 7 min 1 year * Prices are indicative and are subject to change.39 | 2.5 cm | 2. 25.
Browsing the Internet is a whole new experience on a tablet. BY ANAND TULIANI. and with most of the tablets featuring 3G and a secondary camera. Tablets have been running on processors with clock speeds around 1 GHz. tablets are here to stay. Tablets have changed the face of e-books and magazines. Google’s Android L aptops and netbooks are handy portable devices than can handle a lot of your daily tasks. we are going to have a closer look at Android tablets. to watch movies. As an alternative. Tablets are not just portable. We got together seven such tablets and put them to the test to see which one proves to be the best of the Androids. the multi touch gestures. In this roundup. You don’t need to ﬁre up your laptop or computer every time you want to look something up or catch up on the news. no longer does browsing imply sitting for long hours in front of your PC. in the classroom and outside of it. A tablet is often mistaken to be a mere shiny or a useless gadget. there also exist tablets running Android. They are even said to be great SMS us! Story code: TTC to 51818 Joshua Navalkar 63 . The newest tablet devices also feature dual core processors. to catch up on the latest shows. around 1 GB RAM. touchscreen computing is already here and is taking over! Tablets have been all the rage lately. With the launch of the Apple iPad 2. For all you know. Then there’s the mobility factor. but the recent tablet devices have been housing quite powerful components. FRANCIS D'SA AND PRANAV TONSEKER given their weight and bulky form factor. they can be great devices for video calling and video conferencing. However. They combine touchscreens and a unique user interface. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 components like the Nvidia Tegra 2. Honeycomb platform. Read on to ﬁnd out which one of these devices can revolutionize the way you look at mobile computing. with pages you can actually touch and turn. or to sway to your favorite tunes. While Apple’s iPad brought tablets into the limelight. Apps such as Google Voice. and the kinetic scrolling. and mobile devices for learning. they aren’t ideal to lug around everywhere you go. combine in this comparison. With the full screen browser. the traditional mice and keyboards are made redundant. Thus. showing you the way around town. which makes using them a much simpler. making reading a more true to life experience. be it in the kitchen listing recipes. which are capable of doing just as much. they might even outperform those modest little netbooks. and oodles of storage.TABLET COMPARISON TEST CENTER Touch Computing The big buzz words in technology today . but it can be used well for quick presentations. quicker and fun experience. Innovative stands let you use tablets wherever and whenever you would need them. or probably more.tablets and Android. or on the dashboard of your car. ooVoo and Skype have made VoIP on tablets far easier.
built quality. We logged battery ratings. We also noted features of the camera. which need a stylus for usability. which evaluate the performance of the CPU. and the package contents such as sleeves. with a dual core processor. when compared to its competitors. the version of the Android operating system was noted. the A500 is the sweetest deal. The main reason for opting for a tablet is faster access to minimal computing. We evaluated the handling comfort and ﬁnally the location of the VALUE FOR MONEY: We combined scores of the features. Here.dsa@chip. and networking and data interfaces. and the Tegra 2 dual-core processor. a faster processor increases the overall performance and ease of use.990. BUILD QUALITY: A device that is meant for regular use and designed for portability should deﬁnitely sport a rugged build. decent front and rear cameras. The sound quality of the built-in speakers matters. I would blindly pick the Acer Iconia A500 simply because of its feature set . and the latest operating system. What did frustrate was the rear panel mechanism. we noted if the interface is capacitive or resistive. The Acer Iconia A500 hit that sweet spot. but the scores are listed in the table for reference purposes only. we haven’t included these scores in the ﬁnal performance evaluation. USB host. performance. We tested each of these using parameters such as features. Even when comparing its price with other tablets. larger and better display. I did have a soft corner for the Dell Streak. and features a built-in GSM phone and 3G out-of-the-box. The ﬁnal outcome helps use determine if the product is worth its price. higher the better. a discrete GPU. I’d consider it only if the price was ERGONOMICS: As an Android tablet has a touch screen as the main input. FRANCIS D'SA francis. The headphone jack is also oddly placed on the right side of the device. a large display. Tablets with touch-sensitive buttons are more ergonomic than those that feature physical ones. Let’s give you closer look at the details of each of these parameters. The processor specs were also noted. search. We gauged the smoothness of the GUI and the touchscreen sensitivity. Till then. AnTutu System Review and Quadrant Professional. for just Rs 600 more than the Galaxy tab. such as home. Finally. etc. chargers. It is highly portable. and though huge. Since tablets are portable and more convenient to handle than netbooks.the latest Honeycomb OS. we put together the scores of the ergonomics and performance to determine the best performer. ergonomics and warranty against the retail price. But since it would be carried around in my bag anyway. lower. We played a few music tracks and viewed photos and video ﬁles to test the speakers and the performance and clarity of the display. Though overall the Dell Streak is quite decent. PRANAV TONSEKER feedback@chip. if any. An3DBenchXL. We allotted extra points for a scratch-resistant sheels. the battery compartment.in FEATURES: To start with. I would rather pick the A500 for its superior performance.in Being on a ‘college student budget’. this tablet is a great bargain! However. build quality.TABLET COMPARISON TEST CENTER TEST PROCESS This roundup features Android-based tablets. The display type and size was noted. scores were evaluated to these tablets accordingly. and 512 MB RAM. it is very sleek. Connectivity options such as USB host. The device has rather powerful insides. a tablet makes better sense. more features. memory. menu and back. We also took note of the types and sizes of the buttons. it’s the A500 for the win! 64 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . In this section. Since some tablets refused to run the Quadrant Professional tests. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were also logged. camera and headphone jack. The USB port on a tablet can be used for a USB keyboard or to access files from a pen drive. I liked the design. Since this makes for sluggish ergonomics and affects productivity. 3G. as a larger screen and higher resolution creates a richer experience. Armed with a 5-inch screen. The 5-megapixel camera didn’t disappoint either. we benchmarked each tablet using applications such as An3DBench. we noted characteristics such as the quality of the shell. the ergonomics relies completely on the touchscreen. with a 1 GHz processor. GPU. performance and warranty. especially during VoIP calls. At Rs 27. The dimensions and weight of each tablet were also noted. We noted the memory and storage space as well. cleaning cloth. a gigabyte of RAM thrown in. I/O and storage. Some tablets featured resistive touchscreens. I always look for products that give me good value for money. ergonomics. We then noted the capacity of the bundled memory cards. WARRANTY: A device that is used almost every day should carry an extensive warranty coverage. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is decent too. speakers and sensors. location of the interface ports and presence of port ﬂaps. PERSONAL TAKE PERFORMANCE: Here. the Streak switched itself off each time I removed the back panel to swap memory cards. the Streak 5 struck the perfect balance between phone and tablet. This section mainly affects the performance scores of the tablets and hence the ergonomics score is clubbed with the performance scored to arrive at the winner of the Best Performance title. and Android Honeycomb. The tablets with the highest number of years of warranty were scored higher.
RAM: 408 MB. The A500 does look rich. VERDICT: A portable Android-based entertainment tablet with quite a few ﬂaws. HDMI. The A500 is very well-priced and can give competitors a real run for their money. The tablet sports a 10. Games. USB 2. an HDMI port. we found a couple of ﬂaws. FOR: Good build. Processor: Tegra 2 1 GHz. The ZiiO has a rugged build. A micro HDMI port for connecting a larger monitor or an LCD TV is also featured. the product beats the rest of the gang simply because of the dual core processor. glossy screen. 750 MHz. The tablet features the latest Android operating system . the tablet has a slight problem with the viewing angle. Wi-Fi.TABLET COMPARISON TEST CENTER the latest operating system. The capacitive display can recognize 10 simultaneous touch inputs for a great onscreen keyboard experience. VERDICT: One of the most powerful Homecomb-based Android tablets. sluggish UI. OS: Android Honeycomb. forcing us to use the ZiiStore app for downloads instead. Camera: VGA. Connectivity: Bluetooth. Camera: 5 megapixels.3 cm. On the performance front.singh@compuageindia. Ravi Hansdak 080-39408700 ailenquiries@acer. Finally. Search. but took away the Best Value award and the Android Market app is not available.33 cm. Storage: 8 GB. Also. which can also be folded to be used as a stand. the ZiiO could stand a chance. judging the limited feature set.0. with a large display and a brush-ﬁnished aluminum shell with almost no physical buttons on the front. Storage: 16 GB.990 Dimensions (WxHxD): 26 x 17. Though the display quality is great. and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. AGAINST: Slightly heavy. The main reasons . It features a powerful dual core Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB of RAM and a massive 16 GB of storage space. it includes a rear 5-megapixel camera capable of taking T he Acer Iconia A500 was the most awaited tablet. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Mr. It sports a 7-inch resistive touch screen with touch sensitive buttons for Home. The product did attract us at the start. you will have to try it out yourself. the Back button is placed around 1 cm to the left of where it should be. Wi-Fi. the OS is only targeted towards entertainment T he Creative ZiiO 7 was the last to enter the Test Center.com RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 65 . RAM: 1 GB.7 x 1. CREATIVE ZIIO 7 SPECIFICATIONS Rs 17. we would recommend the Wespro. Overall. which is easy to operate. 400x800.co. delivering great audio and display quality does conﬁrm what Creative calls this device . If entertainment is your only preference. Additionally. ACER ICONIA A500 SPECIFICATIONS Rs 27. USB host.in RATINGS BUILD QUALITY ERGONOMICS FEATURES PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY primarily because of the lowest price tag in this tablet roundup. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Creative Technology 9223101322 vinayendra. Weight: 415 g. The battery life maxes out at 8 hours while watching movies and 18 hours when idle. the Best Value award was surely Acer’s.7 x 13. Menu and Back functions. HDMI. faulty Back button.0. Multimedia and Social.the entertainment tablet. The tablet also includes the Clear. The operating system is quite buggy too. but the screen’s surface is highly glossy and a ﬁnger-print nightmare. which is good enough for enjoying 720p HD movies. with icons for E-reading. which is in a similar budget range.1 or Honeycomb. Though the stock Home application is a tad jittery. Processor: ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD.1-inch crisp display which a resolution of 1280x800. and a micro SD card slot allows for further expansion. however. 1280x800.999 Dimensions (WxHxD): 20. Other features include Bluetooth. good price. it features a stunning interface. Connectivity: Bluetooth. but as for real-world performance. OS: Android Froyo. the unusually sluggish ergonomics and buggy operating system of the product.3 x 1. Display: 7 in resistive. and a physical switch for orientation sensor locking. HDMI port. with a matte-ﬁnished shell. and a VGA front-facing camera. which can be used to connect an external keyboard or a 3G dongle. The A500 supports an additional 32 GB storage expansion via a micro SD card and the package bundles a free carry sleeve. but after using it. There is 8 GB of storage included onboard. Wi-Fi. For example. Weight: 730 g. Display: 10. the resistive touchscreen makes the UI sluggish and hinders the overall ergonomics of the tablet. Battery rating: 3260 mAh. FOR: Audio and video quality. We did try installing the Market app from the SD card. It is well organized. dual core processor. but it refused to work. On the performance front.a faster processor and 720p videos at 35 fps.ﬁ media sharing app for wirelessly sharing media ﬁles with DLNA compatible devices. AGAINST: Buggy OS with limitations.3.0 host. with force closes and application crashes at almost every step.1 in capacitive. The ZiiO is powered by Creative’s own ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD processor clocked at 750 MHz and backed by 408 MB of RAM. If it hadn’t been here. like a USB 2. large screen. the ZiiO did well. but the price would be too high. which were serious enough to make us think twice about awarding it the Best Value award. resistive touch screen. plus some very useful features.
5 | 4.in Rs 27.91 x 1 cm | 220 g Android v2. Wi-Fi None | Mono | 5 MP ✔|✔ 1530 mAh Sleeve 5 4.co. Ravi Hansdak 080-39408700 ailenquiries@acer. 3G (optional) 1 | Stereo | 5 MP ✔|✔ 3260 mAh Sleeve.29 x 7.5 | Touch | 4. Bluetooth. Bluetooth.33 cm | 730 g Android v3 (Honeycomb) Tegra 2. 1 GHz 512 MB | 16 GB | 2 GB 7-inch.01 x 12. 1280x800 Bluetooth.3 MB/s 777 1626 | 1088 | 496 296 | 379 1 year * Prices are indicative and are subject to change.6 MB/s | 16.5 4|5|5 5 7114 Failed 2052 359 629 | 148 161 | 404 9 MB/s | 15. EDGE. 1 GHz 1 GB | 16 GB | None 10. Capacitive.2 (Froyo) Scorpion.5 Rear | Top 4. EDGE. Wi-Fi. Cleaning cloth 5 5|5 ✔|✔ 4.1 MB/s 1087 1659 | 1697 | 1003 200 | 874 1 year 15.2 (Froyo) ARM Cortex A8. 3G.5 ✔|✖ 4 | Touch | 5 Front + Rear | Top 4.3 MB/s 2162 6639 | 2338 | 1097 86 | 652 1 year ** Scores out of 5 19.7 x 1.TABLET COMPARISON TEST CENTER 1 SpecScan NAME Model Contact Phone E-mail Price* OVERALL Features (30%) Build quality (10%) Ergonomics (10%) Performance (45%) Warranty (5%) Overall (Out of 100%) Value For Money FEATURES Dimensions | Weight Operating system version CPU Memory: RAM | Internal | Bundled Display Connectivity options USB ports | Speakers | Camera Sensors: Proximity | Light Battery rating Package contents Aestheric appeal** BUILD QUALITY Quality: Shell | Buttons** Resistant to scratches | Port flaps ERGONOMICS Button size | Button type | Handling comfort** Location: Camera | Headphone jack PERFORMANCE Overall GUI smoothness** Quality: Audio | Video | Photos** Touchscreen sensitivity** Synthetic tests An3DBench (Overall) An3DBench XL (Overall) AnTutu System Benchmark: Overall Memory CPU: Integer | Float Graphics: 2D | 3D SD card: Write | Read Quadrant: Overall CPU | Memory | I/O Graphics: 2D | 3D WARRANTY Warranty period ACER Iconia A500 Mr.5 | Touch | 3. 1 GHz 512 MB | 512 MB | 16 GB 5-inch. 800x400 GPRS.390 66 78 84 76 100 0 50 100 DELL Streak 5 Dell India 1800-425-4026 dechama_uthappa@dell. taxes extra 66 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . 1024x600 GPRS.5 Front + Rear | Side 5 5|5|5 5 6932 22412 3566 734 1147 | 1010 128 | 168 10.2 cm | 380 g Android v2.com Rs 34. 3G.990 64 81 85 69 100 0 50 100 87 75 72 26 x 17.1-inch.5 5|5 ✖|✔ 4. Capacitive. Capacitive. Wi-Fi None | Stereo | 3 MP ✔|✔ 4000 mAh None 4.5 MB/s | 8.05 x 1.5 4|5|5 5 4457 10398 1575 285 628 | 270 123 | 46 3.990 73 100 70 96 100 0 50 100 2 3 SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab Samsung India 0124-4881234 NA Rs 27.
5 ✖|✖ 3.com Rs 17.000 61 76 57 48 100 0 50 100 WESPRO PC Tablet 802 Wespro Digital Pvt Ltd 022-32916036 email@example.com (Froyo) ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD. Sleeve 4. Wi-Fi None | Stereo | VGA ✖|✔ NA Stylus. Wi-Fi None | Stereo | 3 MP ✖|✔ 3240 mAh None 4 3.1-inch.5 | Physical | 3 Front | Side 2.5 1174 1267 469 69 188 | 14 78 | 20 3.65 cm | 1700 g Android v2.5 2 | 3. Wi-Fi. Capacitive.3 x 1.5 | 4 | 4 3.5 | Touch | 4.5 Rear | Bottom 4.5 3.5 | Touch + Physical | 4 Front | Bottom 3 2.p@olive. Wi-Fi.6 x 15. 800x480 Bluetooth.5 | 3.3 MB/s | firstname.lastname@example.org Front | Bottom 2. 1024x600 Bluetooth.5 2. email@example.com cm | 415 g Android v2.net Rs 25.000 34 48 57 34 100 0 50 100 64 62 58 41 41 11 x 17. Bluetooth.3 MB/s | 18.5 | Touch + Physical | 4.5 2.9 MB/s Failed Failed Failed 1 year 20.2 (Froyo) VIA WM8650.2 (Froyo) Intel Atom.000 35 50 55 34 100 0 50 100 WESPRO PC Tablet 786 Wespro Digital Pvt Ltd 022-32916036 firstname.lastname@example.org x 11. Resistive. 750 MHz 408 MB | 8 GB | None 7-inch. Capacitive.5 4 | 3.4 5 6 7 8 OLIVE OlivePad V-T100 Olive Telecommunication 0124-4648040 ravi.viewsonic. Resistive.6 GHz 2 GB | 16 GB | None 10.5 | 2.5 | 2. 480x800 Bluetooth. 3G (optional) 2 | Stereo | 1.5 ✔|✖ 4. USB + Ethernet Dongle 2. 3G (optional) 2 | Stereo | VGA ✖|✖ 1700 mAh Stylus.5 | 3 ✖|✖ 3. USB + Ethernet Dongle 3.5 | 2.1 MB/s 2127 3853 | 1911 | 4098 227 | 545 1 year 27. 800x400 GPRS.1 MB/s | 5.7 x 1.com Rs 22.15 cm | 375 g Android v2.5 3.5 4.990 55 66 84 62 100 0 50 100 CREATIVE ZiiO 7 Creative Technology 9223101322 vinayendra.5 | 2.5 x 17 x 1.5 3.2 MB/s | 7.5 MB/s Failed Failed Failed 1 year INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 67 .5 ✖|✔ 4. 800x480 Bluetooth.2 (Froyo) ARM 11. Wi-Fi.5 | 3.com Rs 38. Resistive.5 MB/s 421 641 | 817 | 373 107 | 165 1 year 20. 3G.3 MP ✖|✔ 3200 mAh None 4. 800 MHz 256 MB | 2 GB | None 8-inch.5 1319 1213 603 83 221 | 16 82 | 23 4.1 cm | 500 g Android v2.2 (Froyo) VIA WM8650.7 x 13.8 x 1. 3G (optional) 2 | Stereo | VGA ✖|✖ 2000 mAh Stylus.5 | 2. EDGE.999 42 85 79 62 100 0 50 100 VIEWSONIC ViewPad 10 ViewSonic Technologies 011-42603195 deepak.94 x 1. 600 MHz 512 MB | 512 MB | 16 GB 7-inch.5 5276 1213 1561 268 466 | 110 206 | 218 8.5 5|5 ✔|✖ 4 | touch | 4 front | top 3.7 cm | 390 g Android v2.com Rs 20.5 5 6023 5920 Failed Failed Failed Failed Failed Failed Failed Failed 1 year 20.5 | 4 | 4 5 5458 7920 995 98 207 | 132 193 | 113 4.5 2. 800 MHz 256 MB | 2 GB | None 7-inch.
no parental control. FEATURES ESET has decided to keep this suite simple. and Custom scan allows creating proﬁles wherein you can specify scan targets. We have used tuning utilities offered by security suites. extensions. but has instead kept it simple so that it’s easy to use. You can also specify whether or not to clean the infected ﬁles while scanning. It doesn’t offer parental control. Smart scan scans the local disk on which the operating system is installed. which by default is in Easy mode . personal ﬁrewall. ranked high by independent test labs. security. this all-round suite offers a personal ﬁrewall and spam ﬁlter. SECURITY SUITE C ybercriminals and crackers are ﬁnding newer and more intelligent means to spread malware and compromise CCleaner more effective. it’s good that ESET has stuck to the basics. The antivirus. Click any of these and the status/options get displayed in the right pane. The main UI is clean. The left side has the main functions – Protection status. we feel that the inclusion of online storage would have added good value. So. There are no menu bars and shortcut buttons. but we’ve found freeware tools like ESET has focussed on ease of use rather than jazzing up the interface. Many users consider these parameters while going in for a security suite. This is the main interface.clean and simple. Advanced users will like this feature. In addition to the features offered by NOD21 Antivirus. Setup and Help and support. Security vendors track these newer attack methods and continually improve their antivirus and security suites. Computer scan can be run in two modes. Computer scan. Update. However. ﬁle types. ESET Smart Security 4 is built on the NOD32 antivirus and antispyware engine. ESET hasn’t spruced up the visual elements. and anti-spam protection are enabled by default and work straight out of the box without having to set any parameters. AGAINST: Slow scan speed. system tuning utilities or online storage like other security suites. unless you need to specify proxy settings. online storage would have added value. It would have been useful for backing up critical documents and priceless photos. FOR: Very easy to use. 68 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: TSM to 51818 . but these are functions that add value to the suite and don’t contribute to beeﬁng up security. and so on. The setup section allows you to configure each and every component of the security suite in great detail. without too many functions that may bog a beginner. antispyware protection.TEST CENTER TESTED SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT ESET SMART SECURITY 4 VERDICT: An effective and affordable security suite. in a way.
71 Norman Malware Cleaner 1. FULL GAMES Action Ball 2 Air Force Missions Amelie’s Cafe Astro Avenger . The scan speed is slow compared to other suites.0.0323 Glarysoft Registry Repair 4...1266 GPU-Z 0.0.1 NOD32 AntiVirus 4.0. you can refer to the built-in help.0. However.11. After installation and updates.0. the read and write speeds were 23 MB/s and 18 MB/s respectively. SYSTEM 4Media PDF to Word Converter 1.0 Samsung Kies 2.. costs a few MUST HAVES .14 Foxit Reader 4.0 Free Nokia Video Converter Factory 3.org has also rated this suite highly in the detection tests.Anand Tuliani Rs 999 (single PC) Rs 1. personal ﬁrewall and anti-spam module in great detail.1 Evernote 4.0.4. AV-Comparatives.Developer Interview Video and more.117 Shogun 2: Total War +1 Trainer Warcraft 3 Map .43 AVG Free Edition 10.Teaser The Darkness II .620 OS: Windows XP/Vista/7.40. .11032_12 Samsung PC Studio 7.999 (3 PCs) www.0 CollabShot Beta 4 DAEMON Tools Lite 4. VERDICT For its price.0 m-Indicator-3.0 and more.0.0.2. MOBILE Free BlackBerry Video Converter Factory 3.2474 Codec Pack All-In-1 6..0. ON DVD JUNE 2011 RED HOT APPLICATIONS Autodesk Maya 2012 Autodesk MotionBuilder 2012 Autodesk Mudbox 2012 012 Autodesk SketchBook Designer 2012 k i Avast! Free Antivirus 6. GAME TRAILERS Asura’s Wrath .Space Shooter Beetle Bomp Billiards Club .0.. ﬁle transfer speeds (using a 2. 3 Story Hunted: The Demon’s Forge Power of Two InFamous 2 . datahaven rev4758 GLPI 0.0 PhoNetInfo 3.6 Gemini Rue Kill Switch and more.0.0. Whether to go in for the best or buy this suite is your choice.3 IZArc 4.3. The boot time took a slight hit (around 5 seconds or so).0. Inventory & Billing Software .0 CutePDF Writer 2..1 Beta FastStone Capture FotoMorph 13.0. SPECIFICATIONS hundred Rupees more.A.esetindia. 2 GB of online storage. TOOLS MULTIMEDIA AKVIS HDRFactory Alcohol 120% 2. which was an entry-level laptop powered by the Intel Pentium P6200 CPU and 3 GB of RAM.Kara Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City .5.NET Framework Version 4..1198 Feed Demon 4.1.3.. but offers parental controls.com SECURITY Active@ ZDelete Ad-Aware 9.5.91 BUSY Accounting. It took 24 minutes to scan a 180 GB partition with 30 GB occupied.0.DotA AI 6..69c Beta and more.2.1.04.1091 AVG Anti-Spyware 7. RAM: 45MB.27 E-BOOKS CHIP ARCHIVES April 2010 to March 2011 RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY LINUX TOOLS Age of Fear: The Undead King Audio/Video/Image/Text/ISO Convert 0..5 GOM Player 2.97 Cloud Antivirus 1.9 Beta Google Talk 1.0.635 ARTAV Antivirus Rev.3 FileZilla 3. The Setup section offers options to conﬁgure the antivirus.15th Anniversary Ridge Racer Unbounded Risen 2: Dark Waters Cinematic Section 8: Prejudice Launch Spider-man: Edge of Time .3.6.1156 Free Download Manager 3.4 Vista ATI Catalyst Drivers 11.04 9619303008 nawale@esetindia..The Setup section has options to temporarily disable the antivirus and personal ﬁrewall.1321 (32-bit) BitDefender 10 Free Edition ClamWin 0.0 Nokia PC Suite 188.8.131.52 XP DirectX 9.8112..5-inch hard drive) and scanning speed.Facebook FX & Features 184.108.40.206.0.0 Google Chrome 12.80 RC3 and more.0.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ADOBE PLAYERS Adobe Air 2...181..0.9 and more. which is normal.1 EASEUS Partition Master 8.50. you get a dialog box with a tree view of the setup with all the parameters that can be conﬁgured.19 and more.2..E.220.127.116.11. you get options to watch network and ﬁle system activity and view statistics reported by the various modules of the suite. after which you immediately get the username and password for updates. On the bright side.0.104 Beta Hamachi 2. It’s easy to use and its overall protection is excellent.0.9.7.0.3D Pool Game Born To Be Big Deadly Race Jane Croft: The Baker Street Murder and more...0.3.556 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.Quest for Power 2 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Gameplay Red Faction: Armageddon .20 (32-bit) Adobe Reader 10. read and write speeds stood at around 12 MB/s due to the delay caused by the real-time protection. PERFORMANCE It took under a minute to install the suite on our test machine.22 FeedReader 18.104.22.168.5.3.2. and toggle Advanced mode.2 Family Tree Builder 22.214.171.124 Miranda 0. If you wish to replicate the settings on another PC. under Protection status.0 ATI Catalyst Drivers 11. On clicking the conﬁgure link.8 EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.04 Dead Meets Lead: Challenge 0.1. 1 a-squared Free 4.0 BurnAware Free 3.0 XP Internet Explorer 9 9.25 (32-bit) and more.3 (2011.Captivate 2011 F.13) Rootkit Revealer 1.6.0. the settings can be backed up to an XML ﬁle.3.0 Firefox 4. The license has to be activated online. INTERNET Core FTP LE 126.96.36.199.9 Snaptu 1. and system tuning tools. which explains everything in detail. Drive space: 50 MB.4 Kaspersky Anti-Virus 11. this suite is great value for money.5 RC 1 (Non-IE) Shockwave Player 11. Dennis Technology Labs has rated ESET Smart Security 4 among the top ﬁve in overall protection.0 AntiVir Personal 10.1..19350 RC 1 Flash Player 10. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL ESET India LINUX LINUX DISTRIBUTION Ubuntu 11. We measured the boot speed.1.228 DivX Play 8.0. which is the best overall performer.111 Internet Explorer 188.8.131.52 DeepBurner 1.2654 Notepad++ 5.2074 ImgBurn 2. Prior to installing Smart Security 4. GAME ADD ONS Conquer Online Cumulative Patch All to 5381 Conquer Online Patch 5382 FlatOut Patch 1.1.1 GTA: San Andreas Addon Hyundai Santa Fe Highstreet 5 Patch 0.. If you aren’t well-versed with the parameters.1-Surya MobiShield (Android) 2.5039 Google Earth 6.742.2 (Build 1675) Digsby Beta (build 90) FaceTweak .16421IC Final LeechGet 2009 Version 184.108.40.206.2 DP Animation Maker 1. which adds sub-elements to the functions in the left panel. If you want top-notch protection without spending much.5.R.0.1.28.4 MobiShield (Symbian) 3.181415 HijackThis 2.3.1 FlashGet 3.71 and more. ESET Smart Security 4 is an excellent package.0.24.0.5 RC 1 (IE) Flash Player 10. Norton 360. the successive scans took almost the same amount of time.2.0c (Jun 10) Java Runtime Environment 1.6 CDBurnerXP 220.127.116.11 ArcThemALL! 4.0 Comodo Internet Security 5.5.0. For example.852 Free Online TV 1.0.7.. GAME DEMOS Metro 2033 Black Mirror III Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps v1.2033 Aurora Flash Site Builder 1.1..116 7-Zip 9.0 and more.
The Full-Diskﬁghter's quick defragmenter only takes care of the frequently called up ﬁles. slows down the PC start-up a little. The quicker working duplicate ﬁnder was quite effective. For this. With that. CONTACT EMAIL PHONE SPAMfighter NA NA RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 70 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . the junk module ﬁnds only half as SPECIFICATIONS as many as the Windows data carrier clearing up agent. Unfortunately the software does not reveal exactly which ﬁles these are. RAM: 256 MB or higher. the tool enumerates the results in a long list. BUT HAS A SET OF GLITCHES. music or ISO ﬁles using the display ﬁlter. Disk space: 15 MB. as the software also partially deletes system ﬁles like double DLLs or the recycle bin of the email box. which however. The results can be further restricted to videos.TEST CENTER TESTED VERDICT A VERSATILE TOOL FOR SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION. no task scheduler. . and defragmentation of the entire hard disk drive. Even a task planner for regular cleaning is missing.spamfighter. but somehow managed to delete important system ﬁles. On our test computer. SYSTEM TUNING UTILITY FULL-DISKFIGHTER FOR: Multiple features and tools in one package. the tool shows its strengths during the identiﬁcation of application remnants on the whole. C leaning tools like the FullDiskﬁghter promise to clean up the junk data comfortably at the touch a separate module for the cleaning up of Internet traces. easy to use. display memory hogging ﬁles and applications. During the search for trash data like temporary ﬁles. The Full-Diskﬁghter diagnoses considerably more redundant material compared to diverse freeware tools. the scan managed to shovel up over 2 GB of free data space. it works less rigorously than manually calling each individual tool.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 2000 or higher. AGAINST: Double killer is erratic. identiﬁcation of duplicate ﬁles. The user gets an overview of remaining memory hogs with a search routine for big ﬁles too. The routine tracks down ﬁles that can be deleted from numerous common programs. However. Processor: 1 GHz equivalent or higher. Still. Although the program has a fast cleaning option. After speciﬁcation of the drive and the minimum ﬁle size. It uncovered 4 GB of duplicate ﬁles from the storage. cleaning can be done with every boot process.Francis D’sa of the button. This makes up for the fact that Full-Diskﬁghter does not have $10 (approx Rs 500) www. the tool also wipes out cookies and the cache of Internet browsers installed. Instead.tracking down of the trash data. backup is not present The duplicate ﬁles ﬁnder does an excellent job. the tool offers four different modules .
in The basic purpose of Zoner Photo Studio 13 Pro is to organize. Editor and RAW. or sent by email. edit and print photos. The tab on the top right side allows switching between the main modules of the program – Manager. it can be conﬁgured to display slideshows. with complicated menu structures and lots of icons that make it difficult to use. Photos can be opened individually for adding key words and description. RAM: 512 MB. which will satisfy beginners and serious photographers. it’s a sort of ﬁle browser. Note the color correction tab to the right. Info@zoner. panoramas. The automatic photo corrections may be helpful to beginners though. Flickr. Photos can be published to Facebook.300) www. However. The Manager helps organizing the photos. using GPS data if present.99 (approx Rs 3. the photos cannot be simply imported into the database. A better user interface would improve the learning curve to a large extent. Experienced users have the option to create HDR. the sheer abundance of options across several menus and toolbars may be intimidating for some. which displays photos in the speciﬁed folders on the hard drive and external storage devices. saved as a Web gallery or on an FTP server. or Picasa. face recognition is missing. However. PHOTO MANAGEMENT TOOL ZONER PHOTO STUDIO 13 PRO FOR: Lots of functions. Instead. or 3D photos. where they can be ﬁltered by metadata in the EXIF info. The Editor offers extensive editing functions.com NA RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 72 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . CONTACT EMAIL PHONE Zoner Inc. AGAINST: The user interface could have been a lot better. and displays them in Google Maps.Zoner Photo Studio 13 is powerful. All the images in the opened folder can be indexed in a catalogue. Slideshows are also available and can be burnt to DVDs. RAW photos can be processed in a separate module. Here. Unfortunately. instant photos were never so easy to capture. but it will take quite some time to master all the functions. T hanks to multimedia phones or portable media.zoner. -email@example.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows XP/Vista/7. BUT NOT TOO EASY TO USE. SPECIFICATIONS Viewer. If you connect a second monitor. the functions are presented in a confusing user interface. The program has a separate module for processing RAW ﬁles. RAW editor. The program offers a slew of features. The program can also organize photos $69.TEST CENTER TESTED VERDICT AN APPLICATION WITH LOTS OF FUNCTIONS. very good results. Drive space: 300 MB.
anniversaries. you can choose to save it as a JPG ﬁle or print. rotated or aligned on-the-ﬂy. Using the application is a very simple task. The number of pictures on a single collage can vary depending on size. RAM: 512 MB or higher. FOR: Ease of use. shapes and template of each picture frame. The application is available for personal use as well as commercial use for Rs 2. share. colors. and themes to make your collages look unique. CONTACT EMAIL PearlMountainSoft info@pearlmountainsoft. bags. cropped. Page setups can also be deﬁned for different sizes and formats. mugs.500 respectively. centered. and more. skins. Initially. sizes. shapes. or even send them across to online studios to order custom printed products such as T-shirts. etc are available. The evaluation version is available for a 15-day trial with a few features locked. Pictures can be placed or added either using the drag-n-drop method or simply using the wizard to add multiple photos and folders. The output ﬁles are watermarked in the trial version. yet powerful application for creating personalized collages of can be added to spruce up your pictures. borders. You can design your own collage styles or pick from any of the pre-designed built-in templates and add your pictures to it.picturecollagesoftware. drag-n-drop feature. stretching or opacity. Disk space: 50 MB. cliparts and backgrounds. EASY-TO-USE PICTURE COLLAGE TOOL. AGAINST: None. set as the desktop wallpaper. Processor: 1 GHz equivalent or higher.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows 2000 or higher. COLLAGE TOOL PICTURE COLLAGE MAKER PRO Picture Collage Maker is very easy to use and photos can be inserted using the drag-n-drop method too.000 and Rs 3.000) www. which can be further tweaked for tiling. birthdays. Templates such as calendar. unless you want to go ahead with custom designed templates and designs. You can select from different SPECIFICATIONS backgrounds. simple interface. -Francis D’sa pictures shot at various occasions. a wizard helps you with the collage setup. Backgrounds can be chosen from personal ﬁles or from pre-designed cliparts.TEST CENTER TESTED VERDICT A POWERFUL. Individual photos can be stretched to size. P icture Collage Maker is a simple. Once your collage is created. email.com RATINGS FEATURES PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 74 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Cliparts $40 (approx Rs 2. The registered version can gain you access to resource sites with downloadable templates. seasons.
Using the ‘text recognition by OCR’ option. The user interface is uncluttered and easy to use. FLV. inexpensive AGAINST: None. management. producing a pseudo 3D effect from 2D ﬁlms. no ﬁle can be converted to PDF. The excellent PowerDVD is responsible for the playback of DVD. You can also design and print labels via LabelPrint.000) www. Every ﬁle format that a PDF can be converted to is under a proﬁle. The formatting had been botched and fragments of text were randomly distributed in text boxes. Fonts SPECIFICATIONS €83. A brand new inclusion here is MediaEspresso. easy to use. Disk Space: 20 MB CONTACT PHONE EMAIL PixelPlanet GmbH +49-421-24778-0 NA RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY 76 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows XP/Vista/7. PDF Grabber is expensive. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL CyberLink Corp +886-2-8667-1298 NA RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY PDF CONVERSION TOOL PIXELPLANET PDF GRABBER VERDICT: Not the best PDF conversion tool around FOR: Easy to use. The other parts of the suite are less outstanding.TEST CENTER TESTED MEDIA PLAYBACK SUITE CYBERLINK MEDIA SUITE 9 ULTRA VERDICT: A comprehensive suite with functions for processing and managing media. an easyto-operate conversion solution for videos. however. ranging from gibberish to inaccurate results. -feedback@chip. many conversion proﬁles to pick from. AGAINST: High price. add a ﬁle. game consoles. are processed using the WaveEditor. photographer can embellish their images with photo processing features of PhotoNow. each with a number of output options. MVK and WTV formats.95 (approx Rs 5. PowerDirector takes the responsibility of HD video editing. select the output folder and range of pages. photos and music.cyberlink. The conversion process was riddled with errors. FOR: Loads of features. but the converted tables are slightly skewed. It allows only one-way conversion. Finally.Pranav Tonseker documents. and more. In only a few mouse clicks. None of them. and even the trial version is severely crippled.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows XP or higher. one way conversion. The result. For the burning of all possible data. and you’re ready to export. which also supports BDXL for burning Blu-ray up to 128 GB. RAM: 256 MB. The tool processes the data for smartphones.in processing and production of media content of all types. especially on older computers.496) www. and then organize them via the MediaShow photo manager. are customizable. images and HTML are replaced with closest alternatives. Audio ﬁles $99. and PowerProducer burns the productions easily on a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Processor: Pentium 4 2. PowerDVD achieves very good results during upscaling of standard DVDs to HD. RAM: 1 GB or higher. Power2Go is available. you can optimize video for Blackberry. Blu-ray. .pixelplanet. The output was disappointing. PSP or other devices. we scanned a book in PDF format and converted it to DOC and TXT formats.2 GHZ equivalent or higher. C SPECIFICATIONS yberLink’s Media Suite 9 Ultra bundles up twelve programs for the playback. however. For a conversion tool. with inconsistent text recognition. is pretty decent as PDF Grabber does its best to retain the original layout.19 (approx Rs 5. PDF Grabber takes quite a while to export and render every page. Every converted ﬁle has watermarks and the character ‘X’ gets added in almost every sentence. The process is simple. TrueTheater 3D is more a funny rather than an important feature. click on a proﬁle. iPhone 4. P DF Grabber is a conversion tool that can export PDFs to Microsoft Office ﬁles. Disk space: 5 GB.
SPECIFICATIONS $19. video capture. Screenshots can be saved in common image formats and PDF. multiple screenshot options. Ultima is easy to use. ZDelete Can. It takes a few seconds for the tool to prepare the output image. You can capture individual windows. Internet cache. The application is easy to conﬁgure and use. which contains hidden information. Technically. with explanations at every step. RAM: 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended). which can permanently shred and delete your data securely. It creates a ZDelete Can icon like the system’s Recycle Bin. SPECIFICATIONS FAST STONE CAPTURE VERDICT: A simple.95 (approx Rs 1.org PHONE EMAIL OS: Windows XP and above. Vista or 7. useful tool for effective capture of screenshots. FOR: Simple operation. this tiil is quite easy to use. JPG. or a cropped section. AGAINST: Slightly overpriced.faststone. The tool accepts container images in GIF.net OS: Windows XP/Vista/7. FOR: Ease of use. It installs T his tool uses a technique with which a user can hide conﬁdential quickly. Using the Screen Recorder. opens as it usually does. RAM: 256 MB or higher. and on running it. Shortcut keys can be conﬁgured for one-click batch cleaning of user-selectable areas.org SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS $30 (approx Rs 1. ICO. and temp ﬁles without any possibility of recovering them.170) www. multiple image formats supported. FOR: Very easy to use.enplase. Longer webpages that require scrolling can be captured with the Capture Scrolling Window tool. AGAINST: None. folders. – Pranav Tonseker Z Delete is an application that has the ability to securely erase selected ﬁles. Disk space: 20 MB. the entire screen.95 (approx Rs 998) www. Every screen capture method has its own shortcut. a tiny toolbar turns up on your desktop. Changes can be made from here. TIF.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS $24.com RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY RATINGS FEATURES EASE OF USE PERFORMANCE OVERALL RATING VALUE FOR MONEY F astStone Capture is a powerful screen capture tool.zdelete. Drive space: 5 MB. This is a no frills image editor. Make sure you use it intelligently as data once deleted using ZDelete cannot be recovered in any possible way. customizable. but this tool makes it easy for anyone to use. 2003.500) www. Captured screenshots are sent to a very basic integrated editor almost immediately. – Anand Tuliani 78 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Internet history. folders and Internet data. cookies. The data from the image can be extracted via the application on entering the correct key. but don’t expect too much.com SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS OS: Windows XP. A 30-day fully functional download is available for trial purposes. BMP.TEST CENTER TESTED STEGANOGRAPHY TOOL SCREENSHOT TOOL SYSTEM UTILITY ULTIMA STEGANOGRAPHY VERDICT: Convenient for hiding conﬁdential data within images. Processor: 1 GHz equivalent or higher. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL Enplase Research NA info@enplase. – Francis D’sa data within an image. quick. videos of the screen can also be grabbed. it’s a complex process. The application is entirely wizard-driven. but only the intended recipient would know the secret. CONTACT PHONE EMAIL LSoft Technologies +1-905-812-8434 sales@lsoft. RAM: 128 MB. each one with an explanatory tooltip. but the resulting images are bloated because they are uncompressed. SPECIFICATIONS ZDELETE VERDICT: A powerful system utility for securely erasing ﬁles. With a minimalistic UI. It houses a variety of screen capture options. The resulting image. EMF and WMF formats. The utility is a clean-up and Internet eraser that helps completely erase your tracks and conforms to the US Department of Defense cleaning and sanitizing standards. AGAINST: The resulting images are too large. PNG. Disk Space: 60 MB CONTACT FastStone Soft NA support@faststone.
Additionally. and PowerPoint compatibility. so this is actually pretty good value (a non-premium $9. You can also open several other ﬁle formats including PDF.Jamshed Avari Real-time strategy games are well suited to touchscreen devices.99 (approx Rs 89. you’ll appreciate the native Word. Allies and Japanese. bass. Graphics run smoothly on the iPad and iPad 2. though a few bugs are known to creep up with heavy formatting. The massive variety of instruments includes pianos. and drums. However the game controls take a bit of time to get used to.Jamshed Avari Two dollars might seem a bit much to pay for a simple note-taking app. iPod touch. synths.99 extra for packs such as organizer pages. the game is engaging and missions last for ages. but Documents To Go is one of the most powerful productivity options out there. You should be able to handle most ﬁles. but should run quite well on the original model too.Jamshed Avari work. you can email notes to yourself as JPG images or PDF notebooks. The campaign stretches out over ﬁve maps for each of the three factions. and C&C: Red Alert makes pretty good use of the medium. iPad. If you’re the type to carry an iPad and external keyboard with you on the road. you can choose your paper’s background. Basic line and graph patterns come free. A $0. music score and specialized designs. which takes a lot of the guesswork out of previewing email attachments. allowing you to use your iPad for serious 80 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . such as velocity detection on the piano and drums. if you have one) and the app renders your scribblings as handwritten notes. . Skirmish mode offers eight maps which can be played at three difficulty levels.2 OVERALL RATING Documents To Go Premium $16. You can share documents through iTunes.99 (approx Rs 767) iPhone. iOS 3.66) iPad.99 (approx Rs 225) iPad.99 (approx Rs 225) iPad.Jamshed Avari Garage Band $4. or via online services such as Google Docs or Dropbox. You can choose six different pen colors and three different thicknesses. . but just like expensive notebooks.99 each. Apple’s own iWork apps sell for $9. a simple desktop client. the Soviets. skirmish and multiplayer MUSIC PRODUCTION OFFICE SUITE to eight tracks consisting of the virtual instruments you play. The app lets you create any number of notebooks. many people appreciate simplicity and clean design. iOS 3. but also adds a ton of unique touchscreen-enhanced features. acoustic and electric guitars. making it easy to create a cohesive track even with no knowledge of music theory. . keyboards. and the tutorial mode is often unhelpful. Just draw on the screen with your ﬁnger (or stylus. This app was designed to compliment the iPad 2.TEST CENTER TESTED NOTE TAKER GAME Penultimate $1. iOS 3. “Smart” instruments let you simply trigger sequences in related keys. and you can pay $0. Excel. You can arrange up It might seem a bit much to pay for a single app. voice recordings. iOS 4. When you’re done. Still. Instruments use the iPad’s sensors to modulate sound. and preset loops.99 version is also available for iPhone and iPod touch users.2 OVERALL RATING GarageBand on a Mac is a powerful tool. Fans of RPGs will enjoy this classic game. you can import images from your photo library.99 version is available too). You can reorder pages and see thumbnails of your work. You can play the game in campaign.2 OVERALL RATING modes. and this version not only brings the best of its tools to the iPad. .2 OVERALL RATING Command & Conquer: Red Alert $4.
Built-in live widgets for clocks. The backups can be restored on all Android devices. To make a word you have to spell it out by tapping on the tiles at the bottom of the screen. Also. system settings. no reboot required.Francis D’sa Word Wrench is an anagrambased word game in which you have to solve the six-letter anagram and make as many words with three letters or more. The Lite version has 250 puzzles and displays ads.5 inches for a good experience. MyBackup Pro offers increased ease of use. each puzzle has a two-minute timer. . calendar. tablets and live wallpapers are not supported. etc). you will have to rerun the app. . It is simple enough for those who frequently try out different ROM updates. call logs. There are no hints. and the app requires a graphics processor.44 Android OVERALL RATING While most users familiar with Titanium Backup will swear by its performance. You can simply scroll through the desktops add from a collection of desktop panels and 3D widgets. bookmarks. rooted or not.TEST CENTER TESTED HOME REPLACEMENT / LAUNCHER APPS SORTER SPB Shell 3D Rs 665 Android OVERALL RATING TouchWiz Application Sorter Free Android OVERALL RATING SPB’s Shell 3D is a nice home replacement app wit a few drawbacks. the app drawer of Samsung TouchWiz lists the app by date.Anand Tuliani DATA BACKUP GAME MyBackup Pro Rs 222 Android OVERALL RATING Word Wrench Rs 88. etc including scheduled backups and online backups. which offers many more features. The upper portion of the interface has empty slots with dashes which indicate the number of possible words and their lengths. photos. Create a simple folder and drop your app icons in it and the smart folder automatically renames itself according to its contents. which can be set to 30 seconds. . and you can manage and view these backups with ease. 4 minutes or unlimited. Incremental backups are stored in a separate folder. and messaging are great eye-candy. TouchWiz doesn’t support sorting apps and this is where TouchWiz Application Sorter comes in handy.000 puzzles minus the ads. . but you can shake the phone/tablet to shuffle the letters. The prerequisite for this app is that your phone has to be rooted. The application is quite expensive and no trial version is available. Though it is completely threedimensional. there are very few customization options. To progress to the next puzzle.Anand Tuliani INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 81 . By default.Francis D’sa By default. music playlists. The price is high when compared to Titanium Backup. photos. The app runs smooth even on handsets with a 600 MHz processor. It has the ability to save installed apps and theirdata. contacts. Once the root permission has been granted. the app takes only a few seconds to sort all the installed apps. Galaxy S. However. Note that running the sort process once doesn’t mean the apps you install later will get sorted automatically. TouchWiz Application Sorter works with TouchWiz UI ver 3 (Samsung Galaxy 3. The free Trial and Root versions work on a single device only. These slots get ﬁlled up as you go on making words. Choosing individual apps and data is also possible. you have to solve the six-letter anagram. Alphabetical listing of apps makes it easier to ﬁnd applications. while the full version has more than 8. Rooted users get access to market links as well. messages. but needs a display size of at least 3.
but it wasn’t too comfortable either. there aren’t any quick-reach controls for volume or media playback. but I wish these could be remapped to other events such as an email alert. I decided to take a short break from my Android phone. the phone triggers a loud alarm and starts calling these numbers one after the other until one is answered. except for the backlight color selection area. On the downside. The idea of providing hotkeys on the sides for FM radio. It’s designed to be compact and portable enough for LAN parties. except in the niche of expensive products targeted at gamers.anand. and on activating SOS. I pulled out my old Nokia charger and gently pushed the pin into the phone’s charging jack. The contact list shows just names. the popular RTS game. However. the Marauder’s best trick is the number pad with arrow and paging blocks superimposed over it. Those used to the T9 dictionary will ﬁnd it cumbersome because the only text input mode is multi-tap. While travelling. which should make anyone give it a thought. etc without hassle. Macros come in handy with all kinds of software. . You’d have to be pretty serious about gaming or your comfort to spend Rs 7. I’m not a Starcraft player. The FM radio doesn’t require the hands-free and the tiny speaker on the rear is really loud. It would be great if the quirks are worked upon and the price is lowered to make it more affordable. I can reach across and hit the arrows. it’s the best compromise between size reduction and ease of use. The most useful feature is the big red SOS switch on the rear. . which is a big plus point for a phone targeted at senior citizens. an ingenious way to avoid eliminating the number pad or squishing the paging keys into an awkward vertical row. Surprisingly. the SOS mode got accidentally activated a couple of times while pulling the phone out from my pocket. The only inconvenience is when using professional applications that map shortcuts to the numpad. You can set ﬁve numbers as SOS contacts. Still. The elders at home were quite pleased to see this phone mainly because of its large keypad and large-font display. farsighted elderly people won’t need reading glasses to dial numbers and read text on the screen. It was designed to complement Starcraft II. as constantly hitting [Num Lock] defeats the purpose of shortcuts. it worked! The features are so limited that I got done with checking out the phone thoroughly in less than 10 minutes. and the Marauder throws in quite a few twists that we’ve never seen before.099 price tag high. everyone found the Rs s 3.500 on a keyboard. I noticed that the earpiece didn’t sound very clear although it was loud. Layout-wise. However.tuliani@chip. Razer is one of the foremost innovators in this area. it was all the more difficult to understand what the person at the other end was saying. The interface is extremely simple. This phone is a good initiative by iBall.in K eyboards haven’t changed much over the years. and though they aren’t mechanical. The battery lasted for about three days with moderate usage. LED torch and locking the keypad is brilliant. My journey with Aasaan started with h charging it. The upshot of this is that while touch-typing. so the keys are the old-fashioned raised type. you have to select the contact and select the option to view the number. they feel more satisfying than the ﬂat chiclet style that is now common. To ﬁnd out how ‘aasaan’ it really is. the Marauder is the only compact yet typist-friendly keyboard.Jamshed Avari 82 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: TLT to 51818 . I’m amazed no one has thought of this before. it took me ages to ﬁnd the lowest brightness setting. Starcraft II involves a lot of heavy button mashing. Messaging wasn’t as bad. With an extra-large keypad and an amber lit dot-matrix display with extra-large fonts. On my ﬁrst call. The driver control panel is easy to use. The preset options are garish and too bright for regular use. so the custom lighting and APM (actions per minute) alerts are lost on me. [Ins]. The charger’s pin looked quite familiar. [Del]. a shade of gray just marginally off from black.TEST CENTER LONG TERM Long Term Test MOBILE PHONE The CHIP Test Center steps out into the real world! KEYBOARD iBall Aasaan Razer Marauder I t’s good to see companies like iBall coming up with phones tailored for an audience that hasn’t been addressed by any brand yet—senior citizens.
com/in/en/home.0 and HD display would have been great additions.25 Kg.56 Kg. hate Like in the S10-3c. CPU: Intel Atom N570.2 Kg. Hard disk: 320 GB.990 www. CPU: Intel Atom N550. Hard disk: 250 GB. Others: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth SPECIFICATIONS Weight: 1. hate USB 3. good battery life. Hard disk: 250 GB. RAM: 2 GB. RAM: 1 GB. OS: Win 7 Starter. carry sleeve included. hate Mouse buttons under the touchpad feel awkward.599 verdict A sweet-looking netbook with excellent battery life. Hard disk: 320 GB. OS: Win 7 Starter. NETBOOKS www.66 GHz.co. OS: Win 7 Starter. USB ports: 3. Display: 10-inch. Others: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.co. very good conﬁguration. SPECIFICATIONS Weight: 1. CPU: Intel Atom N455. 1. Display: 10-inch. love Large keyboard feels very comfortable. Others: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. USB ports: 3.com/in/en Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Rs 19. SPECIFICATIONS Weight: 1.dell. love Dual-core CPU.com verdict Best in class with excellent performance and great audio quality.toshiba-india.66 GHz. verdict Great looks. 1. hate Glossy lid is prone to scratches and stains. ANAND'S PICKS Light weight. ultra-portable and ideal for anywhere computing.in HP Mini 110-3612TU Rs 19. love Great bang for the buck. verdict This one has the most powerful conﬁguration and is priced very well. Display: 10-inch. 84 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . love Dual-core CPU. RAM: 2 GB. more than 5 hours of battery life. CPU: Intel Atom N450. USB ports: 3. USB ports: 3. 1. CPU: Intel Atom N455. Display: 10-inch. good conﬁguration.lenovo. Others: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. hate Average speakers. Others: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth SPECIFICATIONS Weight: 1.html Acer Aspire One Happy Rs 17.66 GHz.32 Kg. OS: Win 7 Starter.66 GHz. the touchpad feels s awkward. SPECIFICATIONS Weight: 1.T EST CENT TE T CE NT TEST CEN E R ES C NTER CENTER PC CONF S C CONFIG C FIGS CONFIGS Toshiba NB520 Rs 21. USB ports: 3. OS: Win 7 Starter. Hard disk: 320 GB.acer.450 www. good build quality. 1. but slightly bulky.000 www.500 www8. good keyboard. Lenovo S10-3c Rs 16.in verdict Are you on a shoestring budget? This one offers the best value for money. RAM: 1 GB. harman/kardon speakers deliver great audio quality. excellent keyboard.22 Kg. 1. great build.5 GHz.hp. RAM: 2 GB. Display: 10-inch. love Available in ﬁve colors.
2. is it really worth rooting your phone and installing custom ROMs? When I bought the Samsung Galaxy 3. The developer had also updated Google Maps. Phones by HTC are the first to get custom ROMs because of their popularity. com. Custom ROMs are available for all the Android phones by big brands in the market. which worked like a charm. which wasn't officially supported by my phone.2. So I downloaded the ROM with Android 2. The Samsung Galaxy 3 offers 192 MB of storage space for installing programs and I used it all up in no time. which is a custom ROM. BORED OF YOUR ANDROID PHONE? TRY CUSTOM ROMS! – anand. I felt the need to root it because I wanted to gain additional space by uninstalling unwanted apps. It's pre-rooted with Live Wallpapers enabled. The solution to this problem was Android 2. xda-developers. OR BOTH? ANAND TULIANI. unwanted apps removed and some useful additional apps included. It was just what I was looking for. My experience with the Samsung Galaxy 3 is just an example. The best source for custom ROMs is forum. I waited for two months until I came across Super One-Click Root. SMS Backup Pro is a great app for backing up and restoring your messages. which allows moving the apps installed on the phone memory to the memory card. After a few weeks.2 meant for Galaxy I5800 which uses the same hardware as I5801. It came with Android 2.ANAND'S COLUMN PC CONFIGS TEST CENTER ROOT ACCESS. which is also known as Galaxy I5801.0 was out with additional tweaks and updated apps. Carefully read the instructions for installing the ROM and make sure your phone isn't low on battery at the time of flashing. I started with Kyrillo's ROM version 2. Before going ahead with installing a custom ROM make sure you have backed up your contacts. I also managed to enable Live Wallpapers. I couldn't wait endlessly for Samsung to release the next version of the ROM for Galaxy 3. The stock ROM and apps from Android Market suffice. or be adventurous and install custom ROMs developed by online communities. Within the fi rst week of owning the phone. which has the ROMs listed. I came across Kyrillo's ROM on forum.xda-developers.7 and after a few weeks version 3.com. I then used Titanium Backup to uninstall apps and backup installed apps and app data. much lighter and responsive than the stock ROM. and it was one of the few affordable Android phones.in INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 85 .TECHNICAL UNOFFICIAL UPGRADE Y ou have two options with an Android device .1 and Samsung said the device would be upgradeable to 2. Backup/ download your phone's original ROM in order to revert if you aren't comfortable with the custom ROM. Find your device on the home page and go the Android Development section. using Root Explorer. included additional apps. The latest stable version is 5. CUSTOM ROMS.firstname.lastname@example.org the stock ROM and applications provided by the manufacturer. wallpapers and ring tones. it had just been launched. I update my phone's ROM at least once a month when the next version of the ROM is out. messages and apps along with their data. DEPUTY EDITOR .
500 5.500 1.800 950 1.650 12.550 Watts Windows 7 Home Premium TOTAL TOTAL HOME Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard and mouse combo Speakers Sound card PC Case Power supply unit Operating system AMD Athlon X2 250.500 3.900 1.990 1.93 GHz Asus M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3 2x 2 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 MHz Western Digital Caviar Green .1 GB DDR5 LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer Samsung SyncMaster B2030N .600 2.8 GHz Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H.600 6. 3.600 4.750 1.700 795 1.300 27.1 TB SATA Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 .1-channel Cooler Master Elite 430 Corsair CMPSU-550VX . 12x Blu-ray Writer BenQ V2400 Eco.460W Windows 7 Home Basic Rs 42.1 GB GDDR5 LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer Benq V2200 Eco . 24-inch TFT (LED) Logitech Wireless Combo MK320 Creative Gigaworks T3 Asus Xonar DX 7.00 GHz Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H.800 4.1 TB Sapphire Radeon HD 5570.MID-RANGE Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard Mouse Speakers Sound card PC Case Power supply unit Operating system AMD Phenom II X6 1055T.300 42. AMD 880G 2 GB Strontium DDR3-1333 MHz Seagate Barracuda 7200.800 3.700 2.800 4.000 17.200 94.190 HTPC 2. 2.2 x 2GB Western Digital Caviar Black .895 1. AMD 890GX G.12 .400 2.900 11.20-inch TFT Logitech Deluxe 250 Desktop USB Altec Lansing VS2621 Onboard high-definition audio iBall Pride Included with the PC Case .800 2.800 6.300 1.1 TB Rs 79.430 Watts Avermedia AverTV Speedy PCIE Windows 7 Home Premium Rs 94.600 Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Amp! .850 8.600 8.1-channel Silver Stone LC16B MR220 Corsair CMPSU-430CX .000 11.22-inch TFT (LED) Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Razer Salmosa Altec Expressionist Ultra MX6021 Asus Xonar DX 7.700 2.300 2.190 5.190 Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard and mouse combo Speakers Sound card PC Case Power supply unit TV tuner card Operating system AMD Athlon ll X4 635.200 79.190 GAMING .300 6.395 Samsung SyncMaster B2030N . 3.3 GHz Asus M4A88T-M.800 2.Skill Rip Jaws F3-12800CL9S .000 2. 1 GB Sony BD-5300S.395 4.ENTRY-LEVEL Processor Motherboard RAM Hard disk Graphics card Optical drive Monitor Keyboard Mouse Speakers Sound card PC Case Power supply unit Operating system AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Ed.650 4.700 1.000 5.700 7.000 950 12.795 15. AMD 880G 2 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 MHz Western Digital Caviar Green 500 GB SATA Onboard graphics LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer Rs 27. 2.TE CENTER T E ST C ENT TEST CE N TE R ES TER PC CONFIG PC CONFIGS CONFIGS GS PC CONFIGS GAMING .20-inch LCD Logitech G1 Gaming Desktop Included in Combo F&D FD600 Onboard high-definition audio Cooler Master Elite 310 Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus .550 4.200 4.900 950 6.750 7.300 950 6.250 Watts Windows 7 Home Basic TOTAL TOTAL 86 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .
900 CPU Intel Core i7-720QM. HDMI DELL XPS 15 Rs 65. Webcam. Webcam PRICE RANGE Rs 23.73 GHz. WEIGHT 2.990 CPU Intel Core i5-2410M.5 Kg. DISPLAY 15. Webcam. GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT520M.900 CPU Intel Core i7-2630 QM. DISPLAY 15. Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi. DISPLAY 14 in. HDMI.7 Kg.990 CPU Intel Core i7-740 QM. 1 GB.000 to Rs 35. OS Windows 7 Home Basic. 1 GB. 2. 1. 1. HDMI TOSHIBA SATELLITE L640-I5012 12 Rs 29. Wi-Fi.000 DESKTOP REPLACEMENT PROCESSOR Intel Core i5. GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT 540M. OS Free-DOS. MEMORY 3 GB. Webcam. OTHER Bluetooth. MEMORY 3 GB. GRAPHICS On-board. DISPLAY 15.LAP P CONFIGS L APTOP CONFIGS LAPTOP CONFIGS PTOP T EST C E TE S T CEN T ER TEST CE NTE CENTER LAPTOP CONFIGS BUDGET PROCESSOR Intel Celeron. HDMI.4-inch GRAPHICS On-board or Discrete WEIGHT 2. DISPLAY 16. WEIGHT 2. OS Windows 7 Home Premium. DISPLAY 15. OS Windows 7 Home Premium.6-in.13 GHz. WEIGHT 2. HARD DISK 500 GB. HARD DISK 250 GB. DVD-writer.6 in.50. Wi-Fi n. OS Windows 7 Home Basic. OS Windows 7 Home Premium. MEMORY 2 GB. DISPLAY 15.53 GHz.6 Kg. HARD DISK 320 GB. 1 GB. Card reader SONY VAIO VPCEB44EN Rs 36. OTHER Bluetooth. Webcam. TV Tuner PRICE RANGE Rs 45. DISPLAY 14 in. OTHER Bluetooth.6 in. Webcam PRICE RANGE Rs 35. WEIGHT 2. HDMI MI ACER ASPIRE 5742Z Rs 26.900 CPU Intel Pentium P6200.1-inch or 15.1-inch or 15.64 Kg. HARD DISK 320 GB. 1 GB. Wi-Fi. 2. 2.4 Kg. OTHER Bluetooth. Webcam.13 GHz. WEIGHT 2. 1 GB. Wi-Fi. HARD DISK 500 GB. 2 GB. 512 MB. eSATA HP PAVILION DV6-3124TX X Rs 56. OTHER Bluetooth.000 MAINSTREAM PROCESSOR Intel Core i3.30 GHz.53 GHz.990 CPU Intel Core i3-380M. 2. GRAPHICS ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730.66 GHz.6 in.000 CPU Intel Core i5-450M. HDMI LENOVO IDEAPAD Y560 59-052245 52245 Rs 57.000 CPU Intel Core i3-380M. Wi-Fi. HARD DISK 640 GB.6 Kg. 2. GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT540M. DISPLAY 15. AMD Turion X2 MEMORY 1 GB or 2 GB HARD DRIVE 160 GB.500 CPU Intel Core i3-2310M. 320 GB DISPLAY 14. Radeon HD 5650 or higher WEIGHT 2. Wi-Fi.6 Kg. Blu-ray combo. GRAPHICS On-board. MEMORY 4 GB. MEMORY 4 GB. HARD DISK 500 GB. WEIGHT 2. eSATA INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 87 .799 CPU Intel Pentium P6200. OTHER Bluetooth.6 in. HDMI SONY VAIO VPCF136FG/BI Rs 69.13 GHz. MEMORY 2 GB. 2. MEMORY 4 GB.00 GHz.51 Kg.4-inch to 17-inch GRAPHICS GeForce GT435M or higher. 2. OS Windows 7 Home Basic. GRAPHICS On-board.10 GHz. GRAPHICS On-board. HARD DISK 640 GB. 2. HARD DISK 500 GB.3 Kg to 3 Kg OTHER Bluetooth. Wi-Fi. GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT425M. OTHER Bluetooth.3 Kg. MEMORY 4 GB.000 to Rs 1. OS Windows 7 Home Premium. DISPLAY 15. DISPLAY 15. HDMI HP PAVILION G4-1008TU Rs 39. Intel Core i7 MEMORY 3 GB or more HARD DRIVE 500 GB or more DISPLAY 15. DVD-writer or Blu-ray.4 GHz. Webcam. WEIGHT 3. OTHER Bluetooth.5 Kg to 5 Kg OTHER Bluetooth. DISPLAY 15. MEMORY 2 GB. Pentium Dual-Core. OTHER Bluetooth. WEIGHT 2.3 Kg to 2. WEIGHT 2.4 in (Full HD). GRAPHICS On-board. Wi-Fi b/g. MEMORY 1 GB.6-inch GRAPHICS On-board WEIGHT 2. MEMORY 4 GB. MEMORY 3 GB.6 in(Full HD).7 Kg OTHER Bluetooth. GRAPHICS ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470. OTHER Bluetooth.000 CPU Intel Core i5-480M. OS Free-DOS. OS Linux. OTHER Bluetooth. WEIGHT 2. 2. 2. Webcam. GRAPHICS ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650.000 To Rs 45. WEIGHT 2. WEIGHT 2.6 in. Wi-Fi.60 GHz.6 in. OS Windows 7 Home Premium.6 in. Webcam. 250 GB.000 CPU Intel Pentium P6200. Blu-ray combo DELL INSPIRON 15R Rs 28. HARD DISK 500 GB. Card reader ACER ASPIRE 5750G Rs 44. OTHER Bluetooth.2 Kg.000 LENOVO G460 59-057056 6 Rs 24.78 Kg. HARD DISK 640 GB.1 Kg. Wi-Fi b/g or n. Wi-Fi. Intel Core i5 MEMORY 2 GB or 3 GB HARD DRIVE 250 GB or 320 GB DISPLAY 14. OS Windows 7 Home Premium. Webcam LENOVO IDEAPAD Z570 59-069601 Rs 39. DVD-writer. HARD DISK 500 GB. Wi-Fi.
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III Ma di PC Au C m Vid Go UT tt Wa s) R k an oce Pr ss o r C e od na me P o erf rm a ed S c Clo L od Pr uc tio n Nu we po 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Intel Core i7-990X XE Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-970 Intel Core i5-2500K Intel Core i7-875K AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE Intel Core i5-760 AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Intel Core i7-860 AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE Intel Core i7-920 AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Intel Core i5-2400 Intel Core i3-2100 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Intel Core i3-550 Intel Core i5-650 AMD Athlon II X4 645 AMD Phenom II X2 565 BE AMD Athlon II X3 450 AMD Phenom II X2 560 BE AMD Athlon II X4 630 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 AMD Athlon II X3 445 Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 AMD Athlon II X2 265 AMD Sempron 140 Gulftown Sandy Bridge Gulftown Sandy Bridge Lynnﬁeld Thuban Thuban Lynnﬁeld Thuban Lynnﬁeld Deneb Bloomﬁeld Deneb Thuban Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge Yorkﬁeld Clarkdale Clarkdale Propus Callisto Rana Callisto Propus Yorkﬁeld Rana Clarkdale Wolfdale Regor Sargas 100.20 3.7 69. besides the Intel Core i5-2500K.8 80. 1120 stream processors and support for DirectX 11 are provided for this purpose.7 65.80 3.7 84.3 75.10 2.80 3.in Graphics Cards: Currently Nvidia and AMD are in a neck-to-neck race in the enthusiast-class GPU segment.93 3. even though its price-performance index had been excellent.20 2. thus.80 2. mi llio n) s( TD n Pi s r lo s) (fp g* c.50 2. 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Story code: HCG to 57007 .8 71.9 65.30 3. mid-range GPUS are more interesting.5 1 2 4 1.67 3.2 73. Both the GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990 are top-end models which can bring high-end power supply units to their knees.5 2 1 1.0 57.2 58. Even though no official launch date for the Llano chips has been declared. The power consumption of the chips should be between 65 and 100 watts. These GPUs are good for those who don’t have a high-resolution 30-inch display for gaming.2 75.20 3. Considering the prices of these monstrous graphics cards.9 95. prices of Intel processors have DESKTOP CPUs nd ei nc ex t ke oc typ e N b um er of C re co PU s ks pe ed (GH z) ac 2c he (M B) B s us pe ce pro ss ) (nm mb er o an f tr s( tor sis Ma x.2 58.5 1 1 3 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 0.00 2.46 3.5 1 1. It’s high time AMD buckles fallen signiﬁcantly.6 57. For just Rs 3. AMD will be launching around eleven dual-core and quadcore Llano APUs in the market.10 3.9 58.50 3. I ntel’s new Sandy Bridge processors with integrated graphics are a big success. our purchase tip of the month is the Core i7-2600K.3 60.06 3. 6850 and 5770 GPUs as our purchase tips.40 3.83 3.0 59. We recommend the AMD Athlon II X2 265 in the entrylevel category. and so on.07 3.8 77. the latest games with intense graphics run smoothly on monitors with resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.4 66.0 56. many tip-offs indicate the end of third quarter or so. For the average gamer.7 36.5 0. Hence. making it at par with Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs.4 58.30 2.5 77.CPU GPU GUIDE HARDWARE CHIP CPU-GPU Guide The CHIP guide provides you the necessary perspective on the processors and graphics chips market. the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series GPUs shine in their segment.
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COVER STORY FEATURED SMARTPHONES 90 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Chaitanya Surpur .
Huge libraries of streaming audio and video are available online. BY JAMSHED AVARI t’s hard to believe that today’s phones are just as powerful as desktop computers were less than a decade ago. Today’s smartphones fit into your pocket and can do everything that’s needed. most of these smartphones have screens in the 3. through video cameras. For personal entertainment. just load up your phone at home—you won’t ﬁnd less than 8 GB of storage space today! SMS us! Story code: CSP to 51818 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 I 91 . and always-on Internet connections. which is great for watching movies without being disturbed. smartphones add new dimensions to our interaction. In fact. and if that’s too much for your 3G connection. For those occasional times when you need more grunt. many of today’s phones can be expanded via video outputs.5–4-inch range. GPS location awareness. plug-in keyboards.COVER STORY FEATURED TAKE OVER It’s time to forget about sitting at a desk or carrying a laptop everywhere you go. environmental sensors. Bluetooth accessories or even laptop-like docks with full-sized keyboards and screens. even if phones weren’t so powerful. Apart from the freedom to move around. the advent of alwaysavailable online “cloud” services means you can safely cut the cord and live entirely out of the phone in your pocket.
and without much fuss. Users are bound to come across a number of niggles.COVER STORY FEATURED IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLATFORM The ﬁrst question you should ask yourself when considering a new smartphone is whether you need a full keyboard (which then precludes an iPhone) or you prefer a touchscreen (which makes BlackBerrys less likely). such as what software you can install and when you’ll receive updates. rich music and movie support. Still. a few come with interesting twists including sliding keyboards. The greatest strength of iOS is its App Store. The operating system. tools and downloadable apps are what mainly differentiate the smartphones from different manufacturers today. look for the Nexus line that Google themselves design as showcases for what the stock platform can do. The iPhone’s enduring popularity has much more to do with software than it does with hardware. It’s the only thing that comes close to iOS in terms of look and feel. Apple pioneered the very idea of an app store. and the vast array of games and apps available. Android phones are bringing some funky new ideas to the table. We outline their basic strengths and weaknesses below: mostly painless. the pace of development is rapid. but some manufacturers and carriers are imposing restrictions on the kind of things you’re allowed to do with your phone. and has enjoyed many ﬁrst-mover advantages. In the coming months. it’s all about the software you’d prefer to use. not many competitors have managed to match iOS’s ﬁnger-friendly interface. and while most models are the classic all-touchscreen candybar shape. any other type. and the majority of excellent smartphone choices today run some form of Android. You get different features and functionality from each of these platforms. There are literally thousands of apps available—everything from currency converters to 3D games. and customizable. Most of the world’s major phonemakers now use Android. mostly ways in which functionality is locked down. This is leading to a bit of fragmentation in the market—there’s no single Android experience. ﬂexible. You don’t get true multitasking. superb built-in Web browser. Smartphone users who choose iOS will appreciate its polish and responsiveness. and we still wouldn’t be overstating the importance of Apple’s launch to this product category. but overall. there’s no easy way to store ﬁles or share them between apps (unless you have speciﬁc apps designed to share speciﬁc ﬁletypes). If you want the true Android experience. power users could easily feel stiﬂed. but more Android phones sell today than 92 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . However. network diagnostic tools and interactive magazines. huge speakers. and most popular apps are making their way over. Beyond that. easily. and after years of playing catch-up. and unless you want to deal with the hassles of jailbreaking. iOS gives users the tools and toys that they need quickly. This is the device that essentially redeﬁned the entire category and made it possible for us to expect a level of power and ease of use that we never could before. you’re limited to those apps that Apple approves. new possibilities for connecting accessories iOS We can easily divide the history of smartphones into “pre-iPhone” and “post-iPhone” eras. options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles aren’t available unless you drill down into the settings menu. That’s both an advantage and a disadvantage— there’s a lot of innovation happening. Interacting with an iPhone is ANDROID Android wasn’t much of a force to reckon with when it ﬁrst appeared in late 2008. multi-touch gestures and overall ease of use. Many are free and of surprisingly high quality. The most important factor distinguishing Android from iOS is that it was designed to be open. and manufacturers aren’t always able to release satisfactory updates to older phones. Even four years after the ﬁrst iPhone launched. and even dedicated game controls. The Android Marketplace is growing steadily.
but the lack of a clear future makes it almost certain that app developers will stop spending time and effort on it. with a standard BB keyboard and layout. is probably the biggest reason people are buying Blackberrys today. but also a new way of thinking about what a smartphone should be. and the company has only recently started WINDOWS PHONE To be honest. Microsoft has managed to build not only a whole new OS from the ground up. In fact we’re all a bit tired of seeing grids of icons now. Nokia’s latest devices are still excellent choices today. HP now owns it. Large corporations still swear by the Blackberry ecosystem’s brilliant email and messaging features. electronic and eccentric. chances are you won’t have much of a choice. so you’re doomed to a life of limited options. BlackBerry OS deﬁnitely feels dated in comparison to today’s frontrunners. you might even ﬁnd that the cost of a phone plus the data plan required make the “free” service more expensive than regular SMSes. Their keyboards are probably the best in the business. and games are rarer still. If you spend more time on Twitter and Facebook than on Angry Birds. so we’re excited to see where WP7 will go. That said. which we hope will result in those phones launching in India. but you should still consider WP7 if you want something stylish and unique. but that was when “smartphone” meant “only good for business”. however. and whether app makers will ﬁnally jump on board. WebOS has a brilliant multitasking system and handles notiﬁcations like no other. which combine actions such as social networking and contact management.COVER STORY FEATURED and controlling home appliances will make Android a serious force to reckon with. the “Metro” experience is unashamedly modern. potentially making interactions easier but blurring the lines between casual contacts and close friends. The user experience is fresh and unique—rather than mimicking real-world objects in its icons and app layouts. so if you’re getting one from work. so let’s hope that today’s Windows phones will be upgradeable when the inevitable updates do come out. Blackberry phones now come in a variety of shapes and sizes. and Symbian will most likely live on in lower-end phones for a while to come. you’ll probably be happy with a Blackberry. so WP7 devices are slick and powerful. plus touch functionality on the screen. Blackberry phones used to be the slickest and smartest around. a sort of exclusive instant messaging community. On the consumer side. Microsoft needed to compete in a changed world where people don’t want to poke screens with a stylus anymore. Microsoft needed something to sell. BLACKBERRY OS Research in Motion is the only company apart from Apple to maintain complete control over both the hardware and the software that goes into its devices. but their touchscreens haven’t been well received so far. but sadly. The platform has a lot going for it. Windows Phone 7 feels more like a placeholder than anything else. On the plus side. unlike Palm’s own Pre and Pixi that never took off here. and Nokia will continue to release a few new models till it’s ﬁnally laid to rest next year. that was never meant to be. We’ll wait and see how its new owners capitalize on it. Their upcoming Bold 9900 model should combine the best of both worlds. If you’re buying a BB just because friends are pressuring you to join the gang. We also like the use of homescreen “tiles” which combine shortcuts and status updates for individual contacts or sections. WebOS was supposed to usher in a new dawn for the beleaguered Palm. OTHERS Symbian is still popular in India. To its credit. including Nokia’s dependable hardware. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 93 . We’d wait at least till the much-awaited “Mango” update is released later this year. You won’t ﬁnd anywhere near the variety of apps on a Blackberry as you will on the other platforms. Microsoft has laid down the law in terms of hardware requirements. The messaging feature. adopting friendlier menus and navigation. and “hubs”. but it feels like there’s just too much missing for it to be a serious contender right now.
Save yourself from shoulder aches and leave the bulky laptop behind. but that’s an individual preference. Samsung Nexus S WEB SURFING: There’s nothing quite like breaking free from crippled mobile sites and browsing the full Web on your phone. BEST PICKS: BlackBerry Bold 9780. followed by Nokia’s E-series. BEST PICKS: BlackBerry Bold 9870. These are the best phones available anywhere in the world today. BEST PICKS: HTC Sensation. BlackBerrys are usually the styled well and are comfortable for long periods. The physical keyboard might make texting and typing more comfortable. plus much more. If you need to punch out lots of long emails. these phones will be even better poised to take advantage of the cloud. but also capture HD video and play intense 3D games. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc BLACKBERRY TORCH 9800 Big screen plus keyboard HTC SENSATION Sleek multimedia powerhouse APPLE IPHONE 4 Gorgeous Retina Display SAMSUNG NEXUS S Unadulterated Android NOKIA N8 For brilliant stills and video 94 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . BASIC PHONE AND TEXT COMMUNICATION: Voice clarity and battery life are important. a physical keyboard will most likely be more comfortable in the long run. it pays to have it all built in. Samsung Nexus S SOCIAL NETWORKING: Get all your updates live and in real time! Chat with Facebook friends and send photos to Twitter without the hassle of logging into their websites or waiting for them to load. Nokia E7 CLOUD SYNC AND BACKUP: Android was designed around the Web. though the main pain point is still Adobe Flash support. which is what the latest crop manage to do quite well. schedules and business collaboration. BEST PICKS: Apple iPhone 4. You can not only stay in touch via email and surf the Web without wires and dongles. When Google’s music and movie services launch later this year. Social networking should be seamlessly integrated with the phone’s main functions. better standards mean you won’t really miss it much these days. Most handle Web surﬁng with ease. Microsoft’s own Windows Phone devices aren’t the best when it comes to syncing with a corporate Exchange server for mail. Still. See how the phone feels in your hand and choose one with a comfortable weight and grip. considering your phone is still also a phone. and even though others try to integrate Web-based storage and backup features. Samsung Galaxy S II EMAIL AND BUSINESS: Surprisingly. BlackBerry phones win this round hands down.COVER STORY FEATURED LEAVE YOUR LAPTOP AT HOME Today’s smartphones are capable of doing anything you might need your laptop for on a business trip or holiday. BEST PICKS: BlackBerry Torch 9800.
note takers. but the Xperia Play should pick up steam soon. dual-core CPUs are becoming the norm. BEST PICKS: Apple iPhone 4. Dress your phone up with any of the dozens of covers and accessories available for even more oomph. it’s no surprise that Apple’s iPhone has the best media functionality. sleek choices available. just the sheer number of games available makes Apple stand out. HTC Sensation LG OPTIMUS 2X Dual-core processing power BEST PICKS: LG Droid X2. there are plenty of slim. Nokia N8. It’s only if you need a much larger screen or advanced format support that you need to look elsewhere—the Nokia N8 for instance has HDMI output and can read ﬁles from USB pen drives (dongle required). the Atrix is a ﬁrst-of-itskind phone that can be docked into a laptopsized shell for more comfortable use. For sheer oomph. BEST PICKS: Apple iPhone 4. If you want to look just as good as you’ll feel. BEST PICKS: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. To make sure you have enough grunt going forwards. but navigation and playback are easy as can be.COVER STORY FEATURED AUDIO. ali lit li i You’re stuck with iTunes for desktop syncing. but Android is fast catching up. making control fun and intuitive. Motorola Atrix 4G SONY ERICSSON XPERIA ARC HTC DESIRE HD Global roaming in style MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G Docks with a laptop-like shell Super slim and super stylish SONY ERICSSON XPERIA PLAY PSP-quality gaming INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 95 . accelerometer and gyroscope. LG Optimus 2X RAW POWER AND EXPANSION: Although it depends on the OS and software you’ll be running. BEST PICKS: Apple iPhone 4. VIDEO AND STREAMING: Considering how many iPods they’ve sold. STYLE: There’s no point having a supersmart phone if you can’t whip it out and catch people staring in awe. the raw processing power of a phone greatly improves your chances of keeping up with the latest upgrades. Sony Ericsson’s foray into serious mobile gaming on a phone has been a bit of a slow starter. The iPhone 4 has a tilt sensor. Productivity apps include schedulers. document editors. HTC Desire HD GAMING AND ENTERTAINMENT: Again. and even utilities that sync with online services. ﬁle storage and security tools. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play PRODUCTIVITY APPS: iOS rules the roost in terms of polish and variety again.
8 4 FIREFOX 4. Opera Unite will solve that. even when ten tabs were opened. uploading pictures. released eight months after on March 22. which tries to fulﬁll all your Web needs within Opera itself. quick and featurerich browser packed into just a 7 MB executable ﬁle! of the Opera UI. just the way you open a new tab. Ad-Block is a handy extension that does best what Mozilla Firefox 4 The ﬁrst Firefox 4 beta appeared sometime in July 2010.0.1ms 100 293 7031 7057 3474 13302 15352 3323 13746 209. a single button. close. speciﬁcally an all-in-one client.1ms 95 130 5658 3171 4433 10347 10361 4963 8025 214. Mouse gestures and voice commands make usability much easier. Look to the right of the tabs and you ﬁnd a tiny icon that takes you to a Tabs Group menu.11 Opera’s servers and chops off a great amount of time spent in loading pages. You can then arrange them in groups. A lot like Expose on Mac OSX.5 OPERA 11. You can revert to the old menu bar look. However.0. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 97 . The UI is reminiscent With tab groups in Firefox 4.0. making the Firefox 4 release cycle the longest. For those who like to…err cover their tracks. You also have an email client and a bit-torrent client.BROWSER COMPARISON FEATURED SpecScan 1 BROWSER Version Peacekeeper Overall Rendering Social networking Complex graphics Data DOM operations Text parsing Sunspider ACID3 HTML5 Test RAM consumption On Startup (approx. or open any tab or tab group from here. You can group.696 3 INTERNET EXPLORER 9. is what you seek. instant messaging.0.3ms 100 228 2 CHROME 11.6ms 97 255 5507 2517 3922 5689 8005 7517 8533 293. single menu interface. you have a quick view of all tabs open as thumbnails. it showed no signs of slowing down. play around all you want.) 60 MB 412 MB 40 MB 469 MB 21 MB 458 MB 42 MB 454 MB 79 MB 240 MB 11429 10864 8004 24206 8866 11072 22848 229. Streaming music. Every tab loaded quickly. you get an overview of all the tabs open on Firefox.1 5 SAFARI 5. The title and menu bars have been replaced by the tabs that stay on top of the window.11 is a powerful. Internet Explorer 9 features a brand new user interface and an integrated download manager. only open that group or open only one out of the many tabs.) With Load (approx. however. The ﬁnal version. you name it. Add-ons and extensions are many.8ms 100 258 10846 6287 4941 18887 36880 6702 19555 240. Unite is one amazingly ﬂexible and nifty tool. and you've got it. Opera 11. Opera consumes a substantial amount of memory even at startup. If convergence. you can quickly start browsing in a private tab.
You can exclude certain words by inserting a minus sign before the search word. YouTube ﬁnds only videos that have that speciﬁc word in the title. like so: ‘-searchword’.com/topics. only Internet Explorer and Safari have trouble with these functions. PRO SEARCH: YouTube understands many of the advanced operations that Google uses for searching. We show you how you can deactivate this permanently. Chrome or Opera. Avoid age verification Insert 'nsfw' in the domain name so that you can view videos with age verification without an annoying login process. ‘Topics’ is currently in the Beta phase and works only in English. Most of the tricks work across Firefox. you can view all videos that YouTube has in its collection. this comes at the cost of sorting through them all! However we must remember that the video portal is run by Google. but the function is useful nonetheless. Control buttons New convenience features can be added with the You Tube Enhancer extension Find videos faster No other video portal has such a large collection of video clips. open the site ktunnel. To use it. and whether or not they play automatically Without Flash Many clips run even without the Flash plug-in: just visit youtube.com/ html5 Y ouTube has earned its place as a huge source of entertainment on the Internet. and even deal with the age veriﬁcation process. YouTube Topics. To make it more enjoyable. and use 3D. and download your favorite clips. Intelligent search The new feature YouTube Topics returns suitable keywords for a search term and classifies them in categories. REMOVE HURDLES QUICKLY: Not all clips are allowed to be displayed in all countries. the video site additionally suggests suitable keywords during a search. for example. But with a small trick. insert a ‘*’ between search terms and you will soon ﬁnd something. With the command “allintitle:” inserted before the term.com.PRO TIPS FOR YOUTUBE FEATURED Pro Tips for YouTube This is how you deal with country bans. 100 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FPT to 51818 . but unfortunately. As this option is only available in the US version. usually because the music and movie industries lock out a lot of videos. you will ﬁrst have to change the language to “English (US)” using the menu on the bottom of the page. You’ll be able to ﬁnd the best clips quickly. as it offers enough material for hours and hours of enjoyment—if only it wasn’t so clunky to use. CLEVER SUGGESTIONS: With a new feature. BY DOMINIK HOFERER Search easily Our search tips simplify y hunting around in the huge video archive Extra options Choose the default quality of the videos you watch. when you are hunting for a band. and paste it there to mask your country of origin. so it’s only logical that the search ﬁeld should be able to handle complex requests. log on to youtube. and then click to activate it. This function is useful. it’s the note: “This video is not available in your country”. avoid age checks without logging in. Simply copy the URL of the video. Sidestep bans If there’s something that irritates us on YouTube. since YouTube lists similar sounding groups. view videos banned in India. If you cannot remember the complete title of a clip. we can add a remote control with which you can upgrade the page with a number of interesting and useful functions. find the relevant videos quickly.
photos and laser-enhanced distance measurements (Lidar: Light Detection and Ranging). The expenses that both Microsoft and Google are incurring are just as enormous as the amount of data they now process. which was taken over by Microsoft exclusively for the purpose of creating Streetside. Microsoft. create a 360-degree snapshot from six individual images with a nominal resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixels each. In normal. BY MARKUS MANDAU When a Streetside car scans the surroundings. is the Lidar. Microsoft has been sending its own camera-equipped cars around the world. which processes all data centrally—in all 50 to 100 terabyte per week. for Bing Maps. only every eight meters. The real highlight. which concurrently takes laser measurements. Besides. but they're not the only ones doing it. Microsoft has launched a rival project called Streetside. GPS transmitters and lasers Special cars survey their surroundings with the help of 360 degree camera units. it limits itself to three types of data: GPS coordinates. bis 100 Terabyte pro Woche. Then the hard disk with the data processing center in Boulder. The high performance camera was developed by the Austrian company Vexcel. The latest generation scans 1. so that all pictures are created with roughly the same lighting conditions. but Streetside cars will also soon travel through Europe and Asia. on wider roads. UltraCam mobile Every four meters. Lidar determines the distance of all surrounding objects by sending out laser beams and measuring how long they take to be reﬂected. the camera shoots an all-round view every four meters. just as discreetly. The Streets Are Yours to Wander Google isn't the only one photographing everything in sight. At present. mounted on the top of the car. photographing every major city and town. the cars travel only between 10 am and 2 pm and only when the weather is good. They thus produce up to 250 panorama pictures from 1. The six lenses that are on the UltraCam.500 individual samples for every kilometer traveled. Colorado. which is necessary to create the 3D effect in the browser. photos is sent by courier to a 102 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FSV to 51818 . PHOTOS: MICROSOFT People around the world are becoming uncomfortable with the amount of detail Google's street view cameras have been collecting. a 12 megapixel camera with six lenses shoots six images.5 million unique points in each panorama. each around 16MB large and with a color depth of 16 bits. it concentrates mainly on the USA.3D STREET VIEWS FEATURED 1 The pictures: Passenger cars with cameras. Lidar A laser scans the surroundings and measures the distance to all objects in its path. seems to have learnt from its competitor's many faux passes and is being careful of anything that might be interpreted as invading people's privacy. narrow city roads. though.
The loading process can be detected by the fact that the image is not sharp for a brief time. The small blue figure. Streetside Interface Users control navigation using the on-screen controls to guide the image of a small blue man In Bing Maps. Faces are recognized in just the same way as normal image processing tools work: with the help of the typical color values of human skin tones. it can then identify people as well as cars and can also differentiate whether the picture concerns a real person or. and simultaneously balances the color and brightness differences. This is the main reason why Streetside requires the Silverlight browser plug-in.5 million spatial points per panorama image. Then the software cuts the panorama image into a cube with six "sides". you can switch on the Streetside View by clicking the small blue man. Simplified structure The software works out a simple polygon model of the street image from the large amount of raw data. In addition. it only considers data which identifies the edges of houses. simpliﬁed space coordinates are derived from laser points. Lidar raw data The laser measurements are saved as Depth Maps with up to 1. With the help of this. Only when you zoom in to the details does browser spring to the point of the cube file at which detail is saved at a higher resolution. coherent photos are made from individual images. you move from one cube file to the next. Three-dimensional model The program marks the surfaces of the polygons as streets or house fronts and saves the edge points. and the people in the photos are made anonymous. the software lays the raw Lidar data as a Depth Map over the photo. then he might receive data from a number of different locations. It is then available as a large JPEG file and is ready for the next stage. By doing so. which was another Microsoft research project just like Photosynth. the six individual images are put together as a panorama. 3. which need not be made anonymous. When you navigate along a street.in 103 CALCULATING THE SPATIAL STRUCTURE 1. This tracks similar features in the images to join them together. users get the impression that he can move in the space. Microsoft acheives this using the code of its own Photosynth software. – feedback@chip. to display Processing takes place in the t background when you surf through Streetside interactive media and high-quality video through the browser without much loss in quality. walls or the street itself. The data is then mirrored on Microsoft's servers all around the globe by an online data processing center. The process that combines all the various perspectives and resolutions is based on Seadragon technology. This decentralized distribution is intended to guarantee a short reaction time of less than 20 milliseconds. The data processing center delivers cube files for new locations every two weeks— one package comprises 400 hard disks totalling 100 to 160 terabytes— which cannot all be stored in Webaccessible locations for security reasons. which has been available for quite some time now. the software presents the area's cube file at its lower resolution. for example. each of which store different subsets of the whole cityscape. which was Microsoft's answer to Flash. Seadragon was first implemented in Silverlight. For that. models on billboards. it creates at least one more reduced-quality version of each of the six images at a lower resolution. If a user calls up the Streetside function. For that. If they are overlaid with the images in the cube file. which creates the final 3D view. always runs on the street surface using the underlaid spatial coordinates. 2. which account for the perspectives required to generate the immersive 3D images. A simplified 3D model of the photographed surrounding is created in this way. 3 B Browsing: 3D surfing in 3 the city area th COMBIN COMBINING INDIVIDUAL IMAGES First. ORIGINAL PROCESSED . The software saves all individual images as files shaped like unfolded cubes in the last step.3D STREET VIEWS FEATURED 2 Data processing: From panorama photos to completed cube files in three steps Here. with which you navigate through Streetside. so that for the user the impression should be of a smooth transition. MAKING THE PICTURES ANONYMOUS The software masks all the faces of passersby as well as the license plates of cars in the panorama images.
there are quite a few similarities between cars and notebooks.831 of these batteries are interconnected to generate the amount of power the Tesla Roadster needs. They offer the highest energy density and thus PHOTOS: MICROSOFT kilometers from Munich to Berlin without a recharge. but even notebook and smartphone makers are desperately searching for new methods of storing more energy in less space. which were actually ﬁrst developed with notebooks in mind. Although the authenticity of the recordbreaking drive was debated among experts. They are planning to store power with the help of nanotechnology and viruses—or literally take it from the air. Not only car manufacturers. These are lithium ion batteries in the form of a cylinder measuring 18 x 65 millimeters (hence their name).POWER BATTERIES OF TOMORROW FEATURED 2015 Virus battery Cellphones last for a week with viruses improving the batteries' electrodes Power Batteries of Tomorrow Cellphones. Volume vs energy: concentrated power This shows the requirements of the future: batteries must not only become smaller and lighter. The electric Roadster. In spite of the high demand requirements. CHIP takes a look at the latest advances in this field. their starting point today. The battery can store 56 kilowatt-hours of energy. allows the car to travel a range of 340 kilometers per charge. but also store more energy at the same time. Lithium batteries in different shapes are widely used at present. and weighs approximately 450 kg. a sportscar made by US company Tesla Motors. the fact that it represented a huge advancement in the ﬁeld of battery technology was indisputable. notebooks and electric cars—all mobile devices need better batteries. In is mostly the lithium ion technology used 104 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FPB to 51818 . is driven by so-called ‘18650’ batteries. No electric car before this had been found to be suitable enough for daily use and cover a longer stretch than the specially converted vehicle. BY ANDREAS WINTERER A battery-operated Audi A2 created a sensation in October 2010 by managing to run just under 600 spite of their vastly different purposes. 6. Scientists all over the world are conducting research in order to achieve this.
the basics of battery technology remain unaffected: when charging. Scientists have increased the energy density of the Li-Ion batteries time and again by improving the chemicals. The microUSB plug will take the place of all the different charger types as a uniform standard in Europe. the Li-Ion batteries absorb only about 1. which all have different battery types and power requirements. The disadvantage is that you currently need to put a special skin on your iPhone or BlackBerry before charging. and the battery releases electrical energy.000 charge cycles before its capacity drops by 20 to 50 percent. Hybrid car pioneer Toyota presented its research into prototypes of new solid lithium batteries at the end of 2010. which can overheat and cause the batteries to burst. However. which redirect the kinetic energy generated during dancing directly into a person’s cellphone. Their electrodes comprise lithium cobalt dioxide and graphite. the electrolyte. The batteries thus don’t need to be cooled actively. Other efforts go to the extent of converting unused kinetic energy into a current for charging. There have been a few examples in the past few years of notebooks and cellphone batteries catching ﬁre. or in the worst case. and will surely spread to the rest of the world. the plug chaos for smartphones and MP3 players could end soon. In addition. For comparison. devices such as Powermat (powermat. in many tests. Even today. Brother introduced batteries of the AA and AAA sizes. Lithium technology: still some scope The material of the electrodes can also be improved. The amount of energy that can be stored depends on the materials of the electrodes and the electrolytes between them. and Apple has patented a ted method of supplying solar electricity to notebooks. Electric toothbrushes already receive their current via induction without cables—this principle is also going to be used for smartphones. In spite of this. UNIFORM CHARGERS The good news first: while we’re stuck with chargers for a while still. For instance. which could be charged by being shaken–this has been possible for a long time and used in flashlights and radios. Last year. the reaction is then reversed. graphite has been replaced with silicon. When discharging. which has increased the storage . It will possibly take another couple of years till the standard power adaptor becomes widespread. Samsung already ady has a solar cell phone in the pipeline. save the most energy per unit of weight. the latter does not suffer from the common “memory effect” which tends to deplete the capacity of a battery which is not discharged completely before being recharged. unlike the current lithium batteries in cars. exploding.TECHNOLOGY GETS CHARGED UP 2017 Fuel cells Electric cars run on fuel cells which can be recharged quickly and allow you to cover greater distances Batteries inevitably become empty and need to be plugged to a socket. a lithium ion battery (Li-Ion) achieves between 100 and 245 Wh/kg. Even if new technologies are being researched.com) give the option of charging smartphones by simply placing them on a charging area. Designers have developed systems on paper.ch for instance. in most cases. Upgrading is also a very affordable option in this s case: external solar panels in n the form of a case can be seen en at sunbagshop. This is still wishful thinking in case of notebooks because of the different sizes and types of models available. This is because these devices absorb the wireless power and transmit it to the charging socket of the cell phone. USE SOLAR ENERGY A few designers have designed notebooks which work entirely on solar ely energy. whereas an outdated nickel cadmium battery (NiCd) has an energy density of approximately 40 Wh/ kg.com or offgridsystems. com) and WildCharge (wildcharge. your devices might soon manage without a power cable. With the h E1107 model. they convert electrical energy into chemical energy like any other battery. the electrolyte is stable and heat-resistant. However. notebooks and electric cars in future. 2020 Air batteries Notebook runtimes double because their batteries “breathe” oxygen from the air CHARGING WITHOUT CABLES It will not be long before we start charging our devices without cables. this frequently has undesired side effects: as the chemical process releases heat when charging and discharging.
which is suffused by oxygen from the air. Paper-thin tech: printed batteries What is useful in electric cars would also be desirable for notebooks and smartphones: for charging to take considerably less time than what it does today. They coat electrodes with so-called “Nanoscoops”: atomic. As a result. however. At the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. 1. serves as the second electrode that reacts with lithium. which used biological viruses in batteries. seem spectacular. not even with atmospheric humidity. Bigger surface The structure of the tobacco mosaic virus helps to increase the reactive surface of battery electrodes Carbon When discharging. On the other hand. The viruses only serve as molds for the nanostructure in this case. Full and long When charging. which charges to full capacity in less than a minute. As usual. without being damaged due to overheating. The wire doubles its length during charging as it gets accumulated with lithium ions. There are hardly any limits set to fantasy: IBM and the Scottish University St Andrews are researching a lithium oxygen battery which is believed to have ten times the energy density of current Li-Ion batteries. However. the complete structure shrinks along with its carbon base – the battery can thus perform better Thus. If the electrodes are rolled into narrow bundles. The efforts of a research group at the Maryland University. NANO TURBO FOR BATTERIES Nanoscoops are tiny. Chemnitz University Modern electrodes: more reaction surface Another way to increase energy density is to make the electrodes thinner. a porous carbon membrane. Since they expand during charging and shrink during discharging. The advantages of higher energy density are somewhat nulliﬁed owing to the costs of treating air that would be required. the lithium-iron-phosphate batteries have lower energy densities than li-ion batteries in particular. they retain the mechanical charge which develops due to storage of the lithium ions when charging and release of the ions when discharging. on the surface of electrodes before they are coated. which can expand and contract unscathed during the course of charging and discharging. they are not directly involved in the processes in the battery later on. cone-like structures on battery anodes. charging times of the battery can be made quicker and life span higher by factors of 40 to 60. it will be possible to accommodate more electrode surface area in the same space. the energy density of the battery increases. in model airplanes. researchers are using classic nanotechnology under the guidance of Professor Nikhil Koratkar. battery researchers also have their sights on new designs and production methods. Whether notebooks will really be able to harness this technology is a completely different story. Byoungwoo Kang and Gerbrand Ceder have developed a lithium-ironphosphate battery at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). where maximum capacity is less important. At present. “printable batteries”. one problem with lithium is that it must never come in contact with water. Even Sony has introduced different batteries on the basis of this material. this “air battery” uses an electrode comprising lithium. As a result. Empty and short The anode is basically short and straight under the electron microscope 2. were jointly explored in 2009 by the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS). The oxygen is released again during “power fuelling”. but 106 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . In addition to higher energy densities. which grow on tobacco plants. they are already being used as boost chargers. capacity many times over. you get an electrode with microscopically ﬁne surface structures. which increase the capacity of the battery many times over. roughening up their surface so as to increase the effective surface area for reaction processes. That way. The same effect can also be achieved by leaving the electrodes as big as they are.POWER BATTERIES OF TOMORROW FEATURED New approaches: Miniaturization has great potential THE SMALLEST BATTERY IN THE WORLD Sandia National Laboratories in the USA have built the smallest battery in the world for basic research. Its anodes comprise a nanowire made of stannic oxide. For instance. which has been popular with nanotech researchers in recent years. cornet-shaped silicone batteries. cultures of the tube-shaped tobacco mosaic virus. but the researchers are still expecting such batteries to go into series production in 2014 or 2015 at the earliest. the wire absorbs lithium ions and doubles in length Silicon The material absorbs lithium ions during charging and expands Aluminium The link layer absorbs the mechanical load when expanding VIRUSES INCREASE THE CAPACITY Researchers at the Maryland University add mosaic viruses. Their performance is impressive: the “infected” battery manages six-times the capacity of comparable “virus-free” models. In this process. are captured in electrodes and coated with metal. they can be charged about 40 to 60-times faster and can generate currents. This increases the surface of the electrodes and thus the capacity of the battery built.
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of Technology and a company called Menippos founded by the students there. They weigh less than a gram and are thinner than a millimeter. Even the lithium-polymer battery at the Advanced Materials Innovation Center (AMIC) in Japan is half a millimeter thick. These thin batteries could be integrated on the rear of solar modules or extremely thin e-paper displays for instance. And this can be implemented such that it is absolutely harmless to the environment: In Sweden, a group of researchers at the Angström laboratory at Uppsala University are experimenting on batteries created on the basis of algae cellulose. The battery performs better after a coating owing to the nanostructure of the algae. This energy density is a bit less than that of current batteries, but they can be fabricated into textiles or paper packaging.
Mobile mini power stations as battery replacements
For years now, the fuel cell returns as hype in the media. What does the eco-friendly super battery contain?
Like an internal combustion engine, a fuel cell consumes fuel. During a chemical reaction in the cell, it releases its energy. Hydrogen is used as “tank contents” in most cases. It reacts with oxygen and the waste-product is thus eco-friendly water. Even the Apollo missions of NASA flew to the moon with “fuel cells”, and the Germany Navy operates submarines of the “212 A” type which are considered to be the first air-independent submarines, thanks to the fuel cell drive for silent running. Even everyday operations are stirring up. With “FCHV”, Toyota is producing a fuel cell vehicle in a limited series. And Mercedes, with its test drive going on since the 30th of January (“around the world in 125 days”), wants to prove that the FC technology used in F
the B-class concept “F-Cell” is suitable for daily use. However, car companies are expecting to start production only by 2015.
THE FUEL-CELL CELLPHONE
It sounds fascinating: just insert a hydrogen cartridge into your smartphone or notebook and it starts running. Such notebooks were announced way back in 2003, but are not available even today. The technology is still very difficult to implement, also because the cell becomes extremely hot in use. The USbased company Lilliputian Systems generated the most recent hype when it was praised by Intel at the end of 2010. However, concrete products have still not been announced.
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One of the first applications of the fuel cell for individuals could be an external battery charger so as to be able to recharge smaller electronic devices on journeys. The “99-Dollar fuel cell” Horizon MiniPAK (horizon fuelcell. com) is already available; it generates 2 Watts (400 mA at 5 V) which is enough for a very basic cellphone. Its exchangeable hydrogen cartridges are supposed to be filled at home using a charger which splits tap water into oxygen and hydrogen.
Cellphone boom: the biggest requirement
A breakthrough in battery technology would probably result in a boom in demand for certain chemicals, which stock markets all over the world are already considering. Experts are warning of an imminent scarcity of lithium, which would result in rapidly increasing prices of the raw material. In any case, sensible use of batteries is also a matter of infrastructure. If it is very difficult to increase the capacities of batteries, it will be a problem if they can’t be charged very quickly. Standardized charging stations will need to be available across the world, not just for cars, but also for portable electronics that require a lot more power than batteries can hold. Battery specialists all over the world are continuing with their experiments, but are understandably keeping their cards close to their chests. For instance, the electric Audi A2 went up in ﬂames after its record journey, and various sources are
Mobile power station The US manufacturer Horizon offers a fuel cell system for charging cell phones & co.
Mobile power station American manufacturer Horizon offers a fuel cell system for charging cell phones etc.
wondering whether there was something about the test ride that needed to stay unkown. The battery manufacturer has asserted his innocence, but the rumor mills are spinning conspiracy theories
involving everything from scams to fuel lobbies which want to hobble potential rivals. Improved mobility will be a hardwon ﬁght.
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Online Reviews: The Consumer’s Verdict
In today’s digital age, the Internet has evolved into the ultimate source of information, and playing a crucial role are online review sites that strive to present the real picture.
BY PRIYANKA TILVE
f you’re planning a vacation and need to book a hotel, you will ﬁnd plenty of information on several
Zomanto. Sites like MouthShut.com provide reviews across categories, right from restaurants and hotels to electronic appliances and movies. These sites have pioneered the concept of user reviews and perfected it over the years. The phenomenon of online review sites is not new, but what has changed now is the perception of people; the consumers as well as the brands and service providers. While some may argue that these reviews are often paid for by the brands themselves, that’s not the case. These online review sites are an ecosystem that works like
a community. If one user was to upload a review for a restaurant, it will then be rated by other users for its usefulness. If they have had similar experiences, they would echo his/her sentiments, but if not, they will voice their opinions. Thus, you will be presented with both sides of the story and have an unbiased overview.
websites, but very few will show you the real picture. That’s when you go to sites like Tripadvisor, where you will ﬁnd hotel reviews written by the people who’ve stayed there. This information is crucial as it comes straight from the people who’ve stayed there and used its facilities, which may paint a different picture than what you saw on the hotel’s website. Similarly, if you want to ﬁnd a good restaurant, then you can check out sites like Burrp! or
What Makes Them Popular?
Faisal Farooqui, founder of Mouthshut, which was amongst the ﬁrst online review sites to go live in India in 2000, is of the opinion that real buying happens
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good experience? The reason for this, he says, is that users realize that others could beneﬁt from their reviews. Antoine, on the other hand, says that it’s a mix of vanity and ego. According to him, users want their opinions to be heard, and the impact to be felt, even if they’re hiding behind a pseudonym. The Internet, he feels, is the world’s truly democratic soapbox; almost everyone has the opportunity to be heard. Posting reviews is about more than just helping others. The Internet today is a powerful medium and the brands conscious of their image can no longer afford to ignore it. Initially, it was only
Burrp! is one of the most popular websites for listings, recommendations, and trusted user reviews on restaurants across India.
the big brands that were present on the Internet, but now almost every brand, big or small, is exploring ways of engaging people online. This also means that any negative review posted about a brand is immediately noticed and efforts are taken to rectify it. If you were to post a negative review, be it about a restaurant or a service or a brand, rest assured that you will hear from them. You will often be offered discount coupons or other beneﬁts if your claims are justiﬁed. In fact, reviews offer valuable feedback to the brands, as they can gauge what their customers think about them. Based on this, they can improve their services and implement suggestions. For people like you and me, these reviews will help us to make an informed decision. Usually when you want to buy a new gadget, try a new restaurant or book a hotel, you tend to ask your family members and friends for their opinions. Online reviews take this a step further, and you can now beneﬁt from the experiences of the community at large. One may wonder how far the reviews can be trusted, as they could be biased and/ or written in the heat of the moment. To address these issues, reviews on most of the popular sites are moderated and other members are encouraged to rate them for their usefulness. Higher ratings would mean a high rate of accuracy, which means that the review can be trusted. Also, sophisticated algorithms, along with manual intervention, fork out biased reviews or reviews that seem to have been uploaded by brands. So go out there and voice your opinion. Just as a review has helped you, your review can make a difference too.
when people consult other people, and not necessarily through the medium of advertising. He says, “When I returned from the US, I didn’t see anything even similar to Mouthshut. There were no independent review sites, so I went ahead and built a platform, which slowly started growing. Our goal was to provide an opportunity for Internet users in India to share their opinions of products and services. It’s a basic human need to talk to somebody before they buy something, especially in India. We are a little averse to risk and not a very impulsive buying society. We tend to do a lot of homework and a lot of research before buying. Even women, who may be impulsive shoppers in India, haggle to try and get the best deal. I think Indians spend their money very consciously, and so sites like Mouthshut play a crucial role in helping them decide.” Antoine Lewis, Editor of Burrp!, feels that people favor online reviews, as unlike print media, they are a permanent repository with fresh reviews added by the minute. He says, “Whether it’s for a product or a business, I'd say people take online reviews a lot more seriously than ever before, particularly when it's a non-mainstream media platform and there are multiple opinions available. I think people are looking for honest, unbiased reviews from people like themselves, who may not be experts on the subject (they actually don't value the 'expert' anymore), but have experienced something special (be it good or bad) and feel that it is important enough to communicate to others. It's has a certain
word-of-mouth appeal, with the mouths now extending beyond the immediate circle of friends and acquaintances. Also, the technology is constantly being updated, so users can access reviews from a variety of devices.”
How Effective Are They?
While one may think that most of the reviews posted online must be negative, you will be surprised to know that this is not the case. At Mouthshut, for instance, Faisal says approximately 60 percent of the reviews are positive, recommending a product. When you have a bad experience with a product or a service, it’s natural for you to air your grievances, but why do that when you have had a
Ranting about your boss or your job on social networking sites is not a good idea. Instead, go to ‘rateyourjobrateyourboss.com’, and vent your frustrations anonymously. Professors and students often share a love-hate relationship. You can now rate your college professor on an egg scale at ‘myfaveteacher.com’. Not satisfied with the remuneration and perks offered in your company? Log on to ‘talentequity.in’ to rate your company. On ‘ratemds.com’, you can rate doctors and medical professionals. It’s also a great place to find out the best doctor in town on the basis of the reviews uploaded by other members.
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The Home is pretty tiny and offers plenty of settings and tweaks under the hood. The app drawer is pretty neat as it categorizes 91 Panda Home 2 (FREE) This home replacement app is heavily customizable. dxTop Lite (FREE) A great home launcher for those who want a blend of looks and functionality. Drawer settings can be switched only between horizontal and vertical in the free version. Plenty of free and paid themes are also available. cluttered or heavy for the OS itself. animated and live widgets. It features ﬁve desktop screens in a diamond-shaped layout. Icons can be customized. Separate catalogs with names can be applied and applications can be set according to their categories. app drawer. Settings and desktop conﬁgurations can be backed up on the SD card. and is widely used by custom ROM developers and modders. themes. W hen you step out to buy an Android-based smartphone or tablet. dockbar sounds. which can change the skins and icons to make your desktop look extraordinary. The launcher also has a built-in auto-saving screenshot feature by switching the camera’s physical button to screenshot mode. app icons can be hidden. icon replacements. and more. the stock Home customizable home launchers. but which one is the best of them all? We give you 10 options and let you decide. but are too tedious. menus. themes. Most often they are heavily loaded with useless widgets and additional settings just to make the phone look good. shortcuts. App icon hiding. six dock bars and ﬁve drawer styles. Icons of apps can be changed with custom icon packs or photos. Crazy Home Lite (FREE) This Home features three separate desktops and ﬁve screens on each desktop for a total of 15 screens to play around with. and makes operating the device simpler and faster. The desktop looks pretty good. while the paid version offers Vertical 4D scrolling. There are several home replacement applications available and most are free. Unlike other home launchers. The launcher can be themed and free and paid themes are widely available. portrait and highdeﬁnition. They give you an option to change the whole look and feel of your device by allowing various customization methods and settings such as drawer animations. app titles can be changed. the notiﬁcation bar can be hidden and widgets can be resized.ANDROID LAUNCHERS FEATURED Seeking a New Android Home? There are numerous Home replacements for Android phones and tablets on the Market. individual desktops can have separate wallpapers. auto-stretching of icons. Trash can positions can also be set to the top or sides. the better it gets. unlike other launchers which have them at the bottom. but may not be efficient in terms of processor and memory usage. You do have an option to replace these Home launchers and optionally uninstall the original Home app by rooting your phone. ADW is quite similar to Launcher Pro. Most might be customizable. standard system applications and a simple dock bar.Launcher (FREE) One of the most renowned and highly 112 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FAL to 51818 . with support for up to 11 multi-screens. while the Pro version also offers the cube. twist and fade effects. skins. desktop speed and desktop overshooting are some of its screen options. this is a pleasant home replacement with minimal settings to tinker with. Screen transitions such as slide and squish are available. Settings can be backed-up and restored too. with alphabets placed along the side of the screen for easy listing. It also features three separate dock bars. Hiding icon labels. the applications alphabetically. with rich icons for ADW. Each desktop can be skinned with individual themes. We have put together a collage of the different home replacement launchers available on the Android Market. wallpaper scrolling hack. The more you customize it. Overall. Screen gestures make operating the device even more convenient. which also supports third party themes from ADW. BY FRANCIS D’SA environment is usually great eye candy. landscape. widget management. The Dynamic Theme option allows you to randomly change themes on-the-ﬂy by simply shaking the phone. it allows you to customize the wallpaper selection with formats such as square. swipe up or down gestures can be customized to start frequently used applications. Themes are available for enhancing the look and you can also use themes built for other home replacements such as aHome and OpenHome with Panda Home. etc can be further customized. aHome and others.
HeLauncher is a great for those who like a simple interface. want on the screen. The app does not need any third party widgets as it contains built-in 3D live widgets such as tool buttons. It features up to 16 3D desktop panels that can revolve around in a circle with a 3D effect. and presently running apps. calendar. SPB Shell 3D (Rs 668) Launcher7 (FREE) The launcher simulates the Windows Phone 7 UI. dock settings. add wallpapers.dsa@chip. the app drawer consists of three sections. The only customization option is a change Android Seven (FREE) This one is completely skinned to simulate the Windows 7 PC UI. and backup or restore the settings. The top right corner of the screen has an arrow icon for the app drawer. Helix may be noncustomizable. change the background colors. transition effects for desktops. LauncherPro (FREE) This is one of the most popular and heavily customizable apps used by ROM developers. apps and replacement app stands out from the rest by removing all customization options and making the home launcher simple and straight-forward. ﬂing speed and elasticity. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 113 . weather. adjust animation options for home. The taskbar shows the date. The app drawer can be styled as 2D or 3D with ﬂy-in effects. Some of these features include wallpaper scrolling. features and a non-system-heavy application. clocks. nor can you add or remove desktop screens. and gallery. Browser and More Apps. contacts and message are available for free. time. The desktop has the standard wallpaper and icons from Windows too which are Computer. gesture conﬁguration. It also supports app icon and notiﬁcation bar hiding. Additional free widgets for task manager. time zone. – francis. The great feature it sports is the swipe up/down feature to hide or show the notiﬁcation bar and make your desktop look bigger. recently used apps. The application features up to ﬁve desktop screens and a removable dock bar. The dock bar is also scrollable with three bars that can be customized with a personal choice of application shortcuts. ﬂip and cube are available. but is certainly faster. One look and you will deﬁnitely want to ﬂaunt it on your phone. Documents.ANDROID LAUNCHERS FEATURED in the look of the dock bar. SPB Shell 3D is a true 3D launcher. The launcher is powerful and is a must-have if you prefer lots of animations. volume. an app drawer. A huge list of settings in the preferences menu can get you a bit dizzy. Desktop screens are limited to seven and transition effects such as scale. add Windows-styled notiﬁcation bar. Additional unique features include enabling double tapping to show screen previews and the ability to disable long press on-screen to stop loading the option for wallpapers and shortcuts. but the launcher is not at all comfortable to use on a smaller screen and is a bit clumpsy with portrait mode on a larger screen. The launcher has very few customizable options. high price. We also found the CPU utilization to be an average of 14 percent. The tiles are of two sizes . Flickr. High memory and CPU consumption. but only a vertical scroll and also does not feature any animations. The app drawer does not feature a horizontal scroll. contacts. Unlike other launchers. styles. scrolling and orientation of tiles. The launcher is pretty similar to a Windows 7 PC environment and makes you feel at home if you are a Windows user. which is displayed on the top left corner of the desktop and continuously highlights the speed of the desktop in use. The launcher works brilliantly even on a 600 MHz processor. The launcher is pretty smooth with no hiccups whatsoever. The application consists of just a dock bar. The dock bar features the desktop scrolling icon along with three user-selectable shortcut icons and the app drawer icon.in HeLauncher (FREE) HeLauncher is a very simple home replacement with absolutely no customization settings whatsoever. A useless feature included here is to show the FPS (frames per second) of the launcher. HelixLauncher (FREE) This is a fast and easy-to-conﬁgure launcher. You can lock the tiles layout. theme preferences and backup and restore. and the paid version costs a steep Rs 668. The launcher has lots of settings to help customize the look and feel. battery and network. When left idle. but it does contain several customization options. Sadly. there is no trial or free version available. just like Windows. messaging.half and full sized. and lack of a trial version are a few drawbacks. continuous screen scrolling. The interface is pretty simple and easy to conﬁgure. namely all apps. and ﬁver desktop screens. Most of the settings and functions are similar to ADW. Go Launcher EX (FREE) Go Launcher Ex features up to 30 desktop screens for those who need a lot of desktop space for apps and resizable widgets. which allows you to add tiles and place them wherever you icon label hiding. rotate. The dock bar is scrollable and can be completely customized with app shortcuts. This home with the start icon as the app drawer and other app shortcuts as quick launch icons. The dock bar represents the Windows 7 task bar. Facebook. Settings. it starts a demo of its features. Neither can you add anything to the dock bar.
This funding will further strengthen their position in the market.com. then you are sure to get a headstart in your career. and health care categories. Not only do you get to earn some money. The portal follows some strict rules and access to the work is restricted.com. It’s also possible to compare various products before buying. and the students have to pass a Ninja Challenge to be able to compete for the projects.000 to Rs 10. It was in the news recently because it received $6 million in venture capital funding from Helion Venture Partners. Internfever also gives you the opportunity to earn some money by becoming Internfever’s brand ambassador in your college. However. this task has been made considerably easier. especially if you are adept with computers and the Internet. PHP developer. and you can make anything from Rs 1. HP. and apply to the one that most interests you. The site offers free home delivery and multiple payment options. but you can also fairly new. 114 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: FWW to 51818 . iBall. While some of them are hone your skills. which allows them to offer great discounts. you will receive exclusive deals and discounts. the site plans to start a subscription plan for startups. These days.com has forged partnerships with several brands. Sony. the start-ups are currently being charged a premium over and above the project money. COMPILED BY PRIYANKA TILVE GET A HEADSTART a chance to intern at a reputed and well established ﬁrm. Letsbuy. it’s the perfect portal for IT students who are looking to earn some money. All products come with warranty and in-transit damage insurance. home appliances. etc. Right now.000 depending on complexity of the project.com. If you register on the site. The site has a wide array of accessories to choose from. Nikon. One such online shopping site is LetsBuy. etc. Samsung. Thanks to various portals. Nokia. Set up in 2009. T he internship plays a crucial role in establishing your professional career. To ensure the completion of projects. cleaning kits. Even the projects uploaded are only from trusted sources. select an area of interest. Set up by IIT Madras alumni. including cash on delivery. computers. Panasonic. check the available internships. etc. USB hubs. like Bluetooth headsets. Acer. the company may even hire you. Accel Partners and Tiger Global. universal remotes. They currently have a presence in over 30 major engineering and management institutes and are looking to expand further. clearing junk ﬁles from a Web server. In order to identify and encourage the entrepreneur in you. The site includes in-depth product speciﬁcations and in some cases it even includes videos explaining the product features. It also adds to your knowledge and makes for an impressive addition to your resume. electronics. Here you can create a proﬁle. LetsBuy aims to be a one-stop site for electronics. Nintendo. Apart from this. upload your details. One website that offers you the opportunity to apply for such freelance jobs is StalkNinja. batteries. Finding freelance work is not as difﬁcult as you might think. there are some that have been around for quite sometime. The reason these start-ups prefer outsourcing the job is that they usually function on shoe-string budgets. gadgets and appliances. Depending on your performance. and taking this a step further is internfever. Internfever has an Entrepreneurship Spirit Development program to connect students and start-ups. the difference here is that Internfever will do the initial level screening and only send ahead those candidates most suited for the job. The service is currently free for students. digital cameras. but also allows you to hone your leadership skills. Some of the projects ﬂoated on the site include bug ﬁxing. The site sells products from leading brands like Apple. gaming. lots of start-ups are looking for people to do small jobs for them. Internfever also provides guidance and counseling to students who are confused about what role to look out for. the site features a wide range of products across mobile phones. This not only presents you with an opportunity to earn. In the future.WEB WATCH FEATURED Web Watch Here are some interesting websites you might want to visit. If you are able to bag yourself FREELANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS ONE-STOP SHOP F reelancing when studying is always a good idea. receiving details of the internship offered by various companies can be quite an uphill task. Canon. T he recent boom in e-commerce has ushered a wave of online shopping portals. However.
then it will be like an open invitation for others to access your account and the damage done can be irrecoverable. and so she changed her password. there is no guarantee that it will be published. When matters got worse and the girl was about lodge a complaint. You can even comment. in order to have quick access later or at times due to pure negligence. Apart from this. For instance. Here. and click send. When you sing in to your accounts for the fi rst time. Though this may seem great. they will be directly taken to your profi le. You have to sign out of TweetDeck itself. But there are still many amongst us who cannot start their day without reading the daily newspaper. and in fact. So think twice before saving your account details. so you can access your account in a jiffy. BUT IT ALSO LEAVES US VULNERABLE. However. Many of us log in to our accounts and save our login details so we don’t have to key in the details every time. if you wish to be heard. . country. or send it only to the publication and publish it on the site after seven days. These days. there was a report where a college girl was harrowed with the distasteful messages regularly being sent to her friends from her Facebook profi le. it will directly open your account. ﬁll in your details. her friend owned up to sending the messages just for fun. We no longer have to rely on traditional media SECURE YOUR PHONE ecently. PRIYANKA TILVE. SENIOR FEATURES WRITER VOICE YOUR OPINION like newspapers or even television news channels. we tend to get a little careless about security. topic. But the messages continued. Startlingly. there are phones that are being touted as social networking-friendly.in INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 115 .com is a great way to go about it. there are also many third party apps for social networking sites that integrate all your accounts. you will have to select the country. The girl used to access her account from her mobile phone and she had saved her login details. It’s better to be safe then sorry. While this may be true. Her friend would often use her phone under the pretext of accessing his account. Simply click on ‘Write a letter to the Editor’ on the site’s homepage. These phones come pre-loaded with apps for the most popular social networking sites. that information will be permanently saved. does not allow you to log-out of your Twitter account. On the site. as R if you simply exit the app instead of logging out. Select the second option if you want to see if the letter is published by the publication ﬁrst. but many simply tend to exit the app. And even if you don’t save your login details. so it’s a perfectly safe practice. accessing social networking sites from smartphones has become the norm. So if someone simply starts the app. rate and share them on popular social networking sites. as we are more likely to get breaking news as it unfolds by the minute via news websites or social networking sites. TweetDeck. that’s not the case. Since these phones are mainly for personal use. the next time when you open the app. While one may argue that phones are strictly for personal use.tilve@chip. the fact is that not all of them allow you to log out of your account. This makes it easy for anyone who has access to your phone to log into your account. compose the letter. then PublishaLetter. you can also browse through the recent letters written by people across the globe by category. What if you were to lose your phone or misplace it? If you do not have a lock code that restricts access to your phone. Even if you do shoot off an email. or even read.priyanka.WEB WATCH FEATURED SOCIAL NETWORKING ON SMARTPHONES HAS BECOME THE NORM. there are very few of us who would take the trouble to write a letter to the editor of a publication to voice their opinions about something that was reported. which is a popular app for Twitter and Facebook. Your letter will be sent to the editor of the publication you have selected. how many of us really log out before closing the window? It is equally unsafe as saving your login details. At the end. most smartphone users do not log out from their accounts. T he digital era has changed the way we consume news. select the publication. so that you have easy access. She initially thought that someone had hacked into her account. etc. you have the option to send the letter to the publication and simultaneously publish it on the site.
in Sachin Pandit [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. If the problem persists. Viruses can also be a cause for system reboots and erratic shutdowns. the temperatures can rise out of control for want of proper air ﬂow for sufficient cooling. – S.Intel processor and motherboard. Now check your system for the same problem. Try changing the PSU and see if the issue continues. There was an application mentioning a name of the If dust clogs the processor fan and chipset heatsink. more details. Make sure there is no play in the processor fan assembly. It also said that it’s really dangerous because my IP address is really vulnerable to hackers. They also recommended an application which hides my IP address. [Q] Dear Dr. – Arnab Choudhury INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 site as ‘http://raid2raid. Please suggest another authentic site or another solution to recover deleted mail from Outlook. Recently. My system suddenly turns off completely when I am working on it. 2 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard disk. To conﬁrm this. Now I am a bit paranoid about this application. You might need to have your motherboard checked for problems. the PC can heat up due to poor airflow. CHIP. If the problem still persists. Please suggest a new website as the website is showing that the domain is up for sale.com’. What could the problem be? – Eeshwar heatsink paste between the processor and fan heatsink and clamp the fan assembly properly on the processor.stellarinfo. I read an article on the internet stating that our IP address is available to everyone over the internet. then you should have the power supply unit inspected. I would recommend that you check the processor fan and the motherboard chipset’s heatsink to know if the temperature is too high.Ojha [A] Hello Eeshwar. Make sure that the fan is spinning properly and the heatsink is not clogged with dust. com’. there was an article ‘Data recovery for free’. You can download the application from ‘www. If there is dust clogging the processor fan and the chipset heatsink. The main reason for your system turning off on its own can be the power supply unit or possibly the processor or motherboard chipset heating over its handling temperature. and I downloaded it. Check out their website ’www. A powerful application for recovering and managing emails for Outlook is also available from Stellar Phoenix. I am not much of a computer geek. but was unable to download the software.diskinternals.HANDS ON DR CHIP Dr CHIP SEND YOUR QUERIES TO: drchip@chip. Should I go and install the software? And even if I install it. will it really hide my IP address? Will it slow down my Internet speed or do some kind of damage to my system? I have done everything I knew to satisfy myself that the software is not laden with viruses and even scanned the link with Dr Web Antivirus link checker and found it to be clean. [Q] Dear Sir. I tried getting on to this site.N. My system has following conﬁguration . in the CHIP issue of July 2007. Stellar is renowned worldwide for its data recovery tools and utilities. Remove the fans and heatsink and clean them thoroughly. Please help me with my issue.com‘ for SMS us! Story code: HDC to 51818 117 . Also check your system for viruses. Yours truly. Apply a fresh coat of [A] Hello Mr Ojha. Thanks. then you should troubleshoot further. You can also download ‘Outlook Recovery’ from the same website for recovering emails from MS Outlook.
As for your second query.com’. your Internet connection speed will be slower than usual as you are now tunneling your Internet usage using some other server’s Internet connection. Note: Make sure that you do not reset or power off your computer when ﬂashing the BIOS. Yes. You can also refer to the website ‘http://unlockforus. You can use third party applications and proxy servers to hide your original IP address from others in order to be safer on the Internet. You should ﬂash your motherboard’s BIOS ﬁrmware only if you are facing a problem with your motherboard. but only to those who are using the same Internet service. I have Windows 7 Ultimate operating system installed. Here. I am a regular reader of CHIP Magazine and ﬁnd your articles very useful. How can i ﬁx it? My other question is. In order to be safe on the Internet. then you are relatively safer as your IP address is not visible to everyone across the globe. You will need to share the Internet connection for the other computer to access the Internet.xx. Since you are using two computers in Wi-Fi. which Use proxy plug-ins for Firefox or use CyberGhost VPN 2011 to help you stay anonymous online. com/2008/10/vistaxp-how-to-shareinternet. This will pull up the ‘Services’ window where you will have to locate the line ‘Security Center’ and double click on it. If you are not sure you can do this yourself.xx. You will need to manually start the service. I have a question regarding one of my friend’s PC and need your help.blogspot. Thanks for helping in my previous queries. So you are relatively safer. To know this. it states that the Security Service Centre can’t be turned on. The Security Service Center is not starting because the service itself has been stopped. [Q] Hi Dr CHIP. you will need to either install a proxy server or startup internet connection sharing on the main PC that is using the TATA Docomo 3G Internet connection. Thanks. If the IP address is in the series of 10. You can also run the command from the ‘Run’ window by pressing the Share the Internet connection for the other PC to access it.Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 processor. but in both ways. updating the BIOS is a very risky procedure. please suggest me the possible steps. He has an Asus motherboard and dual core Intel processor. get help from an experienced service engineer. you can check the status of your network card. McAfee and Quick Heal are some of the internet suites that you can opt for to keep your PC secure. But if your ISP is providing you with an IP address from their server. this IP can be visible all over the internet and a hacker can get through your PC using this IP address. have maximum internet speed and restrict hackers from entering your PC. I want to know if I can use the Internet on both the computers at the same time.HANDS ON DR CHIP [A] Hello Arnab. Windows is now notifying me that the Windows Security Service Centre is turned off. 500 GB of hard drive and an ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card. [A] Hello Sagar.html‘ for a similar workaround. your IP address is available for everyone on the Internet.xx or 192. In both cases. Restart the computer and the Security Center will automatically start with Windows. which connects the Internet to your PC. whatismyip. If yes.msc and press [Enter].. You can also cross check your LAN card’s IP address with the one that is showing up on the Internet by logging on to the website ’www.xx. [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. As this cannot be completely explained via email. You will need to download the latest BIOS ﬁrmware ﬁle and the BIOS ﬂashing tool from the respective manufacturer’s website. – Sagar Goel Some manufacturers provide a Windows-based utility to flash the motherboard’s BIOS. and accordingly tweak the IP addresses of the other PC. This can damage the motherboard permanently. The ﬁrewall has also turned off. I assume that you are either connecting them using a router or using the ad-hoc solution. [A] Hello Rajesh.xx. 3 GB of DDR2 RAM. start the command prompt and type the command services. how do I [Q] Dear Dr CHIP. you will need to help me with your present connection scenario in detail. key combination [Win] + R. For this.xx. Run the application by referring to the instructions for the given application and ﬂash your motherboard’s BIOS. You can use plug-ins for Firefox or the application ‘CyberGhost VPN 2011’ to hide your IP address. If your Internet service provider is providing you with a live internet IP address. and tweak the IP addresses accordingly. then you are not using a live IP address. In the pull down list of the ‘Startup Type’ select ‘Automatic (Delayed Start)’ and save the settings. you should use a good Internet security suite and maintain the updates. which can render your motherboard useless or dead if done incorrectly. I have two computers connected using Wi-Fi and am using Tata Docomo 3G Internet connection on one computer. My PC conﬁguration is . update the BIOS? – Rajesh 118 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . The problem is that only one of his stereo speakers. Norton Internet Security. the IP address shown on the website is the one of your service provider and the one which is set for your LAN card should be different. but it purely depends on your Internet service provider. Intel motherboard. When I click to turn it on. who can help you do it.
I have tried removing the CMOS battery and the laptop battery. com/?mwzdynmxvyz. Please also help me with some way of resetting the password from the BIOS. Keep the battery disconnected Most motherboards and audio cards have a front panel connector for headphones.cgsecurity. He will have to connect it to another audio source.8. There can be a possibility of the rear audio jack being faulty. Windows states that there is an HD audio hardware present in the device manager. for around half an hour till the entire stray power from the motherboard is drained.zip’ from ‘www. Can I run the card with my existing GeForce 9600GT? The conﬁguration for my new PC would be Core i7 . you will have to repair or replace it. This will conﬁrm if the problem is with the speakers or the motherboard’s sound card section. So I would really like to appreciate the good work. Then where is the problem? Is it with the rear audio port? Also. Intel dual core 1. I would be getting my new PC the following month and I really want to make the best use of my old PC’s components.0. Please suggest if I would be able to make the best use of my old components. – Sarvsareshth Malhotra. Its speciﬁcations are 80 GB hard drive. you should unplug the power adapter. I wanted to know if it would be necessary to use Windows 7 instead of Windows XP. advancing from Pentium D straight up to Core i7. softpedia. Make sure you have an antivirus installed and updated before you transfer any data to your laptop. If the problem is with the motherboard. He got the speakers checked by an electrician and conﬁrmed that there was absolutely no problem with it and all circuits within were working.2600k processor on an Asus Sabertooth P67 motherboard with Corsair 4 GB RAM kit and Cooler Master CM690 II advanced cabinet with Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 power supply unit. neither did making any changes to the registry.HANDS ON DR CHIP are connected to the PC. ‘cmospwd-5. to make sure that both the speakers and the volume control are perfectly working. Even the driver updates available from the Internet INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 119 . remove the main battery. Firstly. If this does not work. which is a cheaper alternative.iso’ which can be downloaded from http://www. [Q] Dear Dr CHIP.com.8 GHz processor. especially regarding computer technology. Once this is done. This should reset the CMOS values and password completely. If you have not received this disc. such as an MP3 player or a mobile phone. Thanks. you should install the drivers from the original driver CD which came along with the laptop. but it doesn’t help. your friend has to make sure if his speaker set is functioning properly. I have been regularly reading CHIP since four years now and it’s only because of CHIP that I was able to convince my father to buy me a high-end gaming computer. 1.mediaﬁre. – Vishwa Inder Singh the Linux-based CD bootable utility called ‘PCCMOSCleaner. But the volume control switch on the speaker works perfectly ﬁne. misplaced it or damaged it. Also. I am facing a problem with my HCL notebook which is about a year and a half old. Try enabling the front audio jacks and try the speakers there. is working. Moreover.exe’ from http:// www. comfortable in using Windows XP but not Windows 7. Plenty of free utilities to reset the motherboard’s BIOS passwords are available online.mediaﬁre. So is there a way of using my old hard drives in my new system by just removing old drivers of components and installing new ones and still use Windows XP? I am planning to buy a new video card (Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp Edition). Make sure he checks all these factors too. Thanks in advance. Regards. I am not able to install the sound card’s driver by any means.zip’ from www. The installation of the driver stops at around 86%. his front speaker port is not functioning. [A] Hello Vishwa. – Arjun V Prakash did not work. or simply opt for an audio card. You can also try using External hard drive cases or docking stations are best suited for additional hard drives to your PC. You can download any or all of the following utilities and try them. [Q] Hi Dr CHIP. I wanted to make use of my old hard drives. Firstly. I am really [A] Hello Arjun. you should download the latest drivers from the Internet and install it. and then disconnect the CMOS battery. I would like to congratulate CHIP for their huge success and thank you guys for providing us with so much knowledge about technology in our day-to-day lives. you can download a few tools from the internet which can reset the BIOS values and passwords from the DOS prompt. You should format your entire hard drive after creating necessary partitions and reinstall Windows to make sure there are no bad sectors on the hard drive and your system is also virus free. Please help him out.5 GB of RAM and Windows XP SP2 operating system. ‘BIOS320. To reset the BIOS password of the laptop. The front audio ports might not be connected to the motherboard or might not be enabled in the system BIOS settings. org or ‘CmosPwd-4. Ever since I reinstalled Windows completely.com/?yymgczylmz2.
which is cooling the inside temperature more than necessary and causing the water vapor in the air to condense on the RAM slots. Make sure the PC is not placed directly in the path of the air conditioner’s draft. [A] Hello Amish. you cannot use it in SLI mode with your GTX 560 as they are not compatible for SLI. but are quite expensive. iBall PC case without fans. Every single day I have to open my PC cabinet. Whenever I shut down the PC and start it the next day. But I am not able to install it along with my older hard disk with the existing cable. If you have lost it. Frequent removal and re-insertion of RAM sticks can ruin the slot connectors or slots themselves. you would need a SATA data cable and SATA power cable to connect the drive to the motherboard. my monitor’s power LED glows orange instead of green.1-channel Altec Lansing speakers. I needed a new hard disk and therefore recently purchased a Seagate 500 GB hard drive. and Seagate 160 GB hard drives. I installed that card on my PC and it is working perfectly ﬁne. As far as your older 9600GT graphics card is concerned. LG DVD writer. Hence. Thanks in advance. Around three months ago. 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. I haven’t faced any problems like this one.HANDS ON DR CHIP [A] Hello Sarvsareshtha. which is insufficient for high-end rigs. I have connected both my hard drives and the graphics card inside the PC case. I have a problem with my desktop computer. Make sure you increase your budget and don’t compromise on quality. Before installing the card. Since your motherboard is compatible with SATA. and Windows XP SP 2 operating system. If you use it as a primary hard drive. I would advise using Windows 7 instead of Windows XP. Do I really need a SATA cable or will some other connecter also be required? Please help me with this. I have a problem with my PC. but I would suggest that you use them for your backup purposes or as a secondary hard drive only. – Amish All motherboard manufacturers include at least one SATA data cable in their package contents. Gigabyte GA G31M S2L motherboard. You will ﬁnd it difficult to get the appropriate drivers for Windows XP. You can make use of your older hard drives on your new system. newer hard drives are only available with SATA connectivity. You can make use of it as an additional GPU for your new PC and make use of it for multi-monitor support. Please help me out of this problem. This has started happening only after I have installed the graphics card. iBall power supply unit with the case. I would suggest you opt for a 600 Watt or higher power supply for your system. I am awaiting your reply. [A] Hello Pratik.53 GHz processor. as all motherboards come with extra SATA data cables. [A] Hello Bhushan. — Send your queries to Francis D’Sa at drchip@chip. Check your motherboard for additional PCI Express slots and also conﬁrm if your power supply unit can handle the extra power requirement. Presently. The graphics card requires a higher rated power supply unit. clean the RAM sticks and then it starts working properly.in 120 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . or your RAM stick leads are corroding. XFX ATI Radeon HD 5670 1 GB DDR5 graphics card. Try temporarily replacing the RAM sticks with other ones and check if the problem persists. Since PATA hard drives are now obsolete. I hope that you can help me out with a good solution. Seagate 1 TB. Cooler Master and Corsair offer good PSUs. Your motherboard’s original box contents included a SATA data cable. you would lose out on performance from your new PC as older hard drives are slower than newer ones. [Q] Hello Francis. Thanks. – Pratik Sawant [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. The corrosion can also be due to an air condition in your room. Is this because of low-end power supply unit? I don’t have a bigger CPU cooler either. But the problem I am facing now is that my PC crashes sometimes and also the power turns off anytime. you can get one from a computer store or ask a friend. The problem could be a loose or faulty RAM slot. 2. The problem resolves when I clean the system’s RAM sticks thoroughly with the help of a clean cloth. You might need to replace your motherboard if the issue is not resolved. Your system’s power supply unit is the cause for the problem. Since the past three days it has been hectic for me to run the errands all over again. Entry-level PC cases usually come with 350W or 400W PSUs.Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2. The power rating of the power supply is around 350 Watts and is not sufficient to handle the power requirement of the graphics card and the additional hard drive put together. I had purchased an XFX ATI Radeon HD 5670 1 GB DDR5 graphics card. Samsung 17-inch CRT monitor. All new hardware is advised to be used on Windows 7 as support and drivers for Windows XP is not available any more. One of my friends told me that a SATA cable is required in order to connect my new hard disk. The motherboard in my desktop PC is an Axper XP-M5VM800. My PC’s conﬁguration is as follows . Can I even use my hard drive on my system or not? – Bhushan Mehar [Q] Hello Dr CHIP. You have rightly guessed the problem.
but it’s crippled in more ways than one. and files. For example. Some Android phones come with a suite. it doesn’t allow backing up and restoring messages. you need a good suite with which you can manage your contacts. apps. And to do that. messages. As they say. be able to afford to lose your handset. which works with all their Android devices. important calendar events. Samsung offers KIES. but the data on your phone may be more precious. calendar events. messages.TOTAL ANDROID MANAGEMENT HANDS ON Total Android Management Manage your contacts. Here’s what you can do with this powerful suite and how to go about it. photos. ﬁles and apps with great ease. My Phone Explorer is an extensive suite that works with all Android devices and offers all the features that a good suite should. Go to ‘File | Connect’ and the software will push My Phone Explorer Client to your phone.fjsoft. BY ANAND TULIANI Jagdish Limbachiya A ndroid phones are highly versatile communication devices. and ﬁles stored on the memory card can be a nightmare. huge archive of messages. You might be safe than sorry. Some phones don’t even come with a suite. The connection can be established via USB data cable.at/en. it’s better to Device connection First activate USB debugging on the device by pressing the Menu button and navigating to ‘Settings | Applications | Development’. and so it’s critical that you back up your phone data from time to time. Then connect your Android phone to your PC and start My Phone Explorer. and they’re expensive too. Losing thousands of contacts. and do a lot more with just one application. You can download it from www. Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. To pair up your phone with the software you have to run the client on your phone and connect via the software. For example. 122 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HTA to 51818 .
XML. Sending messages to single or multiple contacts also becomes a breeze. Double-clicking a contact allows adding details such as address. . click the New Message button on the toolbar. contact thumbnail. Hovering on the messages displays the entire message. Archiving messages is useful for backing up and restoring messages to the phone. CSV. You have to synchronize the calendar for the changes to take effect. Simply select multiple contacts.TOTAL ANDROID MANAGEMENT HANDS ON Manage your contacts The contact manager comes in very handy for adding. Just like contacts and messages. Double-click on a day of the month to create an event. very useful for adding multiple contacts. etc. events are added to the phone. HTML or TXT ﬁles. Recurring event). Managing SMSes The messages section has links to view threaded conversations. the entire calendar or selected events can be backed up. Managing calendar events The Organizer section helps managing calendar events and alarms. phone numbers (mobile. compose your message (emoticons available) and hit the send button. The Calendar management interface has the hours of the day to the left and the days of the month to the right. XML or LDI formats. but you can change it to get added to your Google account. By default. Right-clicking on a message allows replying and forwarding messages. You can also backup the entire phonebook or selected contacts to VCF. The toolbar on top has buttons for ﬁltering messages by user-speciﬁed keywords and moving selected messages to archive on the PC. deleting and editing the contacts on the phone. subject and the type of event (Birthday. home and work). individual inbox items. drafts and sent items. Specify the time of the event. alarm duration. email address. Messages can be exported to CSV.
Backed up APK ﬁles and downloaded apps can also be installed to the phone. However. The Image Wizard helps scaling down high resolution images on the PC for using them as contact images and home screen wallpapers. you can only view the ﬁles on the phone memory because write access is not permitted for the purpose of security. events. and specify the ﬁles you wish to upload to the memory card. The ‘Load screenshot’ option is useful for grabbing screenshots of the phone screen.TOTAL ANDROID MANAGEMENT HANDS ON File Manager The Files tab has links to manage ﬁles on the phone memory and memory card.tuliani@chip. SMS. select upload ﬁles. Installed apps can be backed up to APK ﬁles on the PC. App Manager The Applications link lists the apps installed by the user along with the installation size and date. Extras The additional features aren’t listed in the left pane. rotated. but you have to right-click in the opened folder. You have full read and write access to the memory card and the ﬁles and folders can be managed just like how you manage ﬁles in Windows. – anand. Images can be zoomed in/out. Right-click on the installed app and you can choose to uninstall it. ﬁles on phone memory and memory card and installed applications.in 124 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . very handy for migrating data after a factory reset or installing a custom ROM. you can back up contacts. but can be accessed via the Extras menu. You cannot drag and drop ﬁles onto the window. ﬂipped and cropped. With the useful backup tool. You have to specify the ﬁle you wish to install and proceed with the installation of app on the phone.
99 MB application. This also means the application needs an Internet connection. but you cannot format them. it’s on Android. search for Google Docs. we are going to look at how to get the most from the Google Docs for Android application. Google Docs. Android id t h BY PRANAV TONSEKER there is a lot you can do with your device. The app will sign in to the default Google account your Android device is synced to. and now. Google Docs for Android saves ﬁles and accesses them from the cloud. your documents can be accessed from your tablet. and you need to mail across that important Word document with minor changes here and there? You could use applications like Quick Office or Documents to Go. Web browsing. and video playback are all handled well by any Android smartphone.DOCUMENTS ON THE GO HANDS ON Documents on the Go Get Goog e Docs play nice with Get Google Docs to play nice with e Google oc o g pla nice it lay la your A d id smartphone. But what happens when you’re travelling. Google Docs is simple to the extent of being a heavily limited application. Head to the Android Market. Editing documents is possible. Unlike other office applications. To get Google Docs on to your Android device. simply go to ‘Options’ and click on ‘Switch Account’. However. head to the applications. You can fall back on Google’s cloud document editing service. and install the free 0. have no access to your personal computer. and in this workshop.you’re going to need an Android device with at least Éclair (2. PC or phone without the need to mail or transfer them over and over again. No longer just a browserbased application. Google Docs gives you a gigabyte of storage for all your documents. you cannot directly access a text document or spreadsheet from Google Docs without uploading it ﬁrst. there are workarounds. so you will need your documents to be saved on your Google Docs account. Gaming. Once you’re done downloading and installing. The advantage of using a cloud service is that once uploaded. You’ll be welcomed by a simpliﬁed and minimalistic dashboard. but they would come at a price. Neither do you have Gmail integration.1). By default. and ﬁre up Google Docs. the new Google Docs for Android application is a native app. It isn’t easy downloading Jagdish Limbachiya 126 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HGD to 51818 . like saving an attachment to Google Docs or directly opening it from there. To sign in through another account. W ith an advanced operating system like Android.
you’ll need to have an application called Download All Files. create a new document by clicking on the ‘New Document’ icon on the top right of the dashboard. we will stick to the File Expert ﬁle manager. This takes you to the default camera app. You can now view it as it is or click on edit to make changes. If asked. sign in with your Google Account. check ‘Convert to Google Docs document’ and upload. grant the required permissions. You can also quickly create a new document from Google Docs for Android. you get a menu full of actions or operations you want to perform on the ﬁle. Google Cloud Connect is a helpful add-on for Google Docs that auto uploads every Microsoft Office document from your PC to the Google fr Docs account. so a single tap on the ﬁle won’t help. Look around on the Android Market. To download a document you have on mail. Not a bad deal after all! – feedback@chip. Long tap on the ﬁle. The app will refresh the list of documents and it should ﬁnd your newly uploaded document. Once you have the ﬁle saved on to your phone. You can make a new text ﬁle or a spreadsheet. Get Google D Cloud Connect from ‘tools. You’ll need a decent camera with autofocus for OCR to function correctly. Now opening the document with Google Docs directly isn’t possible. Open the app and head to the sdcard folder on your phone memory and ﬁnd the document you need to access.com/dlpage/ cloudconnect’. For this workshop. If you want to jot down notes that you want to access later from a computer. open Google Docs. You’ll end up receiving an error. You now have full access to your documents on-the-go from your Android device for free. The application will convert the photo to text using OCR and upload it back to the Google Docs account.in INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 127 . On uploading the ﬁle. Get it from the Market and run Gmail. This application will save your ﬁle to sdcard/download. you will need a ﬁle manager to upload and access it on Google Docs. Your ﬁle should now get uploaded to the Google Docs server. On prompt. Pick ‘Share’ and select ‘Share to: Docs’. You can also use the optical character recognition function by selecting create document from photo. Open an Office application.DOCUMENTS ON THE GO HANDS ON an attachment from the native Gmail application on an Android device. ‘Complete Action Using’. Open your mail with the attachment and click on ‘Preview’. it’s light and free. and you're set. C google. select ‘Download All Files’. Click a picture and select ‘OK’. and go to ‘Documents or All Items’. Install File Expert or the ﬁle manager of your choice.
application data and settings. and settings for such as alarms. applications. View to view 128 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Manage to view and delete stored backups. BY FRANCIS D'SA cases inevitable. rerware. we’ll walk you through he backup process on MyBackup Pro. The two applications cost nearly the same. Start up the application and you will be greeted by the home screen. it is not as simple as MyBackup Pro. we show you how you can take a complete backup of your important data. The whole process takes a few minutes (depending on the amount of data and type of data selected). There is always a high risk of losing important data such as contacts and text messages in the process. Symbian. data loss is possible.ANDROID BACKUPS MADE EASY HANDS ON Jagdish Limbachiya Android Backups Made Easy Many of you may have been victims of important data loss. and in many systems. such as Android. In this workshop. etc. text and multimedia messages. There are a few backup applications available online and presently two well-known utilities seem the most powerful Titanium Backup and MyBackup Pro. Windows Mobile and Blackberry. or simply when replacing it with a newer one. network. Restore to restore previously backed up ﬁles.com for just Rs 223. which has all the necessary options — Backup to create backups. including phone contacts. While Titanium Backup features a lot more than just backup and restore. but other versions may have minor differences. either due to loss of your phone. during a firmware update. You can easily backup and restore data and settings on the same OS platform or even across other OS platforms depending on the application and data support for the phones and the operating system. We will be using the Android version of the application. Download and install MyBackup Pro from the Android market. Other mobile platform users can follow the same procedure. The application can be downloaded from the Android market or from the website www. In this workshop. calendar data. MyBackup Pro is a very simple and powerful backup application that supports various mobile operating W ith everyone changing phones frequently these days. We show you how you can take backups and easily port the data from one phone to another. The backed-up data is stored in a separate folder on your SD card and can be restored on your new phone.
where you can select system apps and non-system apps and clear their cache or data. You can either select the checkbox that will select all apps or you can click on the pull-down menu to select individual apps. MyBackup Pro will scan all the apps on your phone and highlight ’Apps’ and ‘Photos’ on screen.ANDROID BACKUPS MADE EASY HANDS ON stored backup contents. Follow the on-screen wizard and restore your data on the new phone. – francis. click ‘OK’ and the next screen will prompt you to give the backup a name. you’ll get an error stating that the market link is not valid or available. click on ‘MyToolbox’ and select the system apps you also wish to backup. or simply swap the memory cards. Select between ‘APKs. you can create a rule to backup data automatically at a given time. This is normal. so select your backups accordingly. If an app is not installed via the Android Market. Once done. and MyToolbox. This is purely optional as some users might want to backup their system apps and data too. The app will start backing up data content and storing it on the destination folder.in SMS us! Story code: HAB to 51818 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 129 . Backups take up a lot of space. individual data and settings as well as Market links. Select the time and day for the backups and choose the number of data backups to keep. go back to the main menu and click on ‘Backup’. we can skip them unless you want to back these up online. wherein MyBackup Pro will store the backups in a default folder ‘Rerware’ under the ‘/mnt/sdcard’ folder. Select the ‘Applications & Media’ and the next screen will prompt you to select the destination for the backup ﬁles. Data’ or ‘APKs + Data’ accordingly. To begin with. That’s it! Your data is backed up and you can simply copy the contents of the folder to the other phone’s memory. you have a choice to select ‘Applications & Media’ or just the ‘Data’. which will take a few minutes. NOTE: MyBackup Pro will work on all Android mobile devices regardless of whether or not they have root access. start the Android Market. Those who prefer ‘Online’ may do so. Schedule for scheduling automatic timely backups. Remember that you get only free 100 MB space online for your backups and can purchase more if needed. Here. else. Using the scheduler option. To restore. When it’s completed. Users who have a rooted phone can backup apps. a summary of the apps and their data and any other issues will be listed on the screen. Once done. The next screen will prompt you for the type of backup you want. select ‘Local’. Since the photos are already on your SD card. download ‘MyBackup Pro’ and select the restore option.dsa@chip.
options’ tab in the ‘Mouse’ panel. 2 Windows XP. Sometimes the mouse cursor is hidden If you are distracted by multiple windows on a large monitor. Then you need to shake the mouse violently or move in the direction of a corner of the desktop just to ﬁnd it again. which move wherever the cursor goes. You are searching fast and simple way – preferably with a shortcut. Thus the operating system helps you ﬁnd the current position of the cursor. the next time you ﬁnd yourself searching for the mouse cursor. You will reach the same place by double clicking on ‘Mouse’ in the classic view of the Control Panel. Activate the option ‘Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key’ in the section ‘Visibility’. Conﬁrm this action by clicking on ‘OK’. Click on ‘Hardware and sound’ (or under XP on ‘Printers and other hardware’). Click on ‘Programs’ and ﬁnally on ‘Programs and Features’. jus use the button combination [Win]+[Home] to minimise all windows except the currently active one in a single stroke. and you can again concentrate on your actual job. Vista 7 Find mouse cursor anytime even on big desktops 3 Windows 7 Obtain additional information for installed applications 1 2 You want to check when you installed an application and exactly which version.in Sachin Pandit WINDOWS without disrupting work in your active window. 1 Windows 7 Minimize inactive windows in a quick and simple manner You want to create space on your desktop and minimise all the inactive windows at one go. Moreover you are also interested in other information like its memory location. Now. you will reach the Multiple windows open in the background can cause havoc due to Windows' transparency effects. If you use the classic view of the Control Panel. Open ‘Start | Control Panel’. This allows you to quickly see what’s happening on your desktop. You can use the same button combination a second time to immediately restore the hidden windows again in their positions on the desktop. simply press the [Ctrl] key. same window directly through ‘Programs and Features’. Finally open the ‘Pointer on the desktop and you cannot ﬁnd it. product ID or a support link. Then Windows shows clearly visible rings around the mouse cursor. 130 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us! Story code: HTT to 51818 .TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON Tips & Tricks JUNE 2011 SHARE YOUR TIPS. Write to: tnt@chip. Now there is a smart solution. Never lose track of your cursor! This simple option will locate it for you anytime. Open ‘Start | Control Panel’ in Windows. This also helps you in times when Windows 7’s transparency effects are distracting you by letting inactive background windows shine through.
7 Ban the language selection toolbar permanently from taskbar As you do not work with various languages. Vista. Mark the entry ‘Advanced key settings’ in the area and then click on ‘change key sequence’. You will also ﬁnd columns for ‘product ID’ and ‘support link’ amongst others. Otherwise an unintentional keyboard shortcut could cause a language change in Windows. If you do not work with various languages. to be ready for an eventual new installation. Thus the language bar also vanishes automatically from the taskbar. then you can remove the unwanted languages from the system as well. then you should not only hide the icon but also deactivate this function yourself. Finally. A click on ‘Remove’ deletes this language from the system. Under XP click in the area ‘Regional and Language Settings’ in the ‘Keyboard’ section. The EN icon in the taskbar allows quick switchovers of input language and keyboard layout. You must keep the installation CD and the Windows licenses carefully and distinct from one another for each computer. Change other options respectively to ‘not assigned’ and conﬁrm it with ‘OK’.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON 3 4 In Vista/7 change to the ‘Updated keyboard settings’ section. Select additional parameters from the dialog box as shown above. Sort out your licensing issues by using this tool to validate your keys. First click on the ‘EN’ icon in the taskbar with the right mouse button and select the context command ‘Settings’. If you can do without this function. you can choose to hide the EN icon for language switching that wastes space in the taskbar. mark the entry ‘Input languages’ and click on ‘change key sequence’. though you might need to insert your setup DVD. 6 Windows XP. To suppress a column. Windows 7 describes all the installed programs and applications you’ve added over time. Later you can ‘Add’ more languages using the same settings. It is especially irritating if you don’t know what’s gone wrong and your typing is suddenly ﬁlled with errors. You can add other columns and thus additional information. resulting in major inconvenience and confusion. Windows presents this information in the dialog box that pops up subsequently. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 131 . Click in the lower area on the nonrequired languages. then the setup has not deposited it during the installation. Before loading of a recovery point you want to know which applications are affected by it. In the same dialog box. Now deactivate the options ‘change input area scheme’ and ‘change keyboard layout’ and conﬁrm it twice with ‘OK’. ‘Publisher’. The term ‘location’ refers to the installation folder of the application reversed by the loading of recovery point. Then click on ‘Next’ and mark the desired entry for loading in the following list of the offered recovery points. While working with many computers you do not know which license is assigned to which computer. ‘Installed on’. Activate the desired choices by ticking the respective terms. Windows presents all the available columns in the dialogue ‘Select details’. Then change to the register ‘language bar’ and change the option on ‘hide’. But you need the correct details for a new installation. remove it. In case you have 4 Windows 7 Analyse recovery points in detail before applying them Windows 7 generates recovery points at regular intervals. You must authorize this instruction by choosing a user account with administration rights and entering the respective password if prompted. Vista. You would like to make space for more useful things. ‘Size’ and ‘Version’ by default. click on the button ‘Search for affected programs’ to see which program installations and uninstallations are 5 6 Disable the annoying Language Bar and reclaim valuable screen space. 7 Read your Windows license key in a quick and simple manner HINT: If Windows does not show information for a particular program. 5 Windows XP. Make sure none of your important programs will be affected by a system restore. The operating system presents the information in columns including ‘Name’. change to the section ‘General’ or ‘Settings’ under XP. Click with the right mouse button on any of the column titles and select the context command ‘Others’. Open ‘Start | All programs | Accessories | System programs | System recovery’.
If the license key was changed then the system ﬁnally requires the renewed activation of its Windows license. so that the result of the ﬁrst command is at disposal of the second command. Use Windows PowerShell for that. QUICK TIPS DEACTIVATE AERO PEAK Click with the right mouse button in Windows 7 in the furthest corner of the taskbar and deactivate the ‘Peek at desktop’. 7 Remove document residue from Office easily and thoroughly the data residuals occupy unnecessary space and tend to accumulate over time. Start the batch ﬁle by a double click. or all ﬁles matching the “hidden” criteria will be Type the instructions as shown and save the result as a BAT file which you can run anytime. deleted by mistake. Instead of ‘Get-ChildItem’ you can also use the usual alias ‘dir’ (directory). Properly closing programs and documents deletes these temporary ﬁles automatically. The subsequent dialogue presents the status and the product ID of your respective Windows version below in the paragraph. Both the tools are available online. as the temporary ﬁles deleted by it are necessary during operation.. Then sort this list as per the size of the ﬁle and ﬁnally allow only the ﬁrst elements of it to be displayed. The user account control check requires your approval after the ﬁrst click on ‘Next’. Thus to have the correct instructions on hand. then you can ascertain the current status in the system. as per instructions given. for backup copies and for the contents of the clipboard.msc’ in the Start menu. but wish there was a tool or method with which you can identify the biggest ﬁles on a drive.. Under XP you need additional tools.. Typical ﬁles of temporary copies begin with ‘~$’ followed by the normal ﬁle name.bat’ and take care that the BAT extension is correct. such as ‘officeclean.* Change the path in the ﬁrst line so that it refers to the folder where you usually save your Office documents. The simplest way is to delete these ﬁles with the command ‘del’ (delete) from the command line. Numbered ﬁles with ‘~WRL’ at the beginning of the name are saved copies of the contents of the clipboard. we want to ﬁrst generate a list of all the ﬁles in a folder including the sub-folders. The command options for ‘del’ take care. While opening a document. The option ‘/d’ is necessary so that even the drive can be changed. the backup folder of the document. CHECK PRODUCT ACTIVATION Open ‘Start | Run. SHOW TASKBAR Icons Press [Windows]+[B] and [Enter] for display of hidden taskbar icons in Windows 7.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON forgotten the distribution of licenses. 8 Windows Vista. 8 NOTE: This retrieval and even the alteration of the license key is possible directly in the control panel under Vista and Windows 7. The characters ‘~*. MANAGE Shared FOLDERS You can easily oversee the status of shared folders by typing the command ‘fsmgmt. are closed. Then you can simply enter a new license key over a mouse click on the link ‘product key’. In the next step sort the contents in descending sequence as per the size of the ﬁle via ‘Sort-Object length –descending’.’ and use the command ‘%systemroot%\system32\32\oobe\msoobe. exe/a’. as 7 Windows XP.*’ tell the command to select all ﬁle names beginning with the tilde. but want to automate this job. ACCELERATE CHECK DISK START Open ‘Start | Run. Principally.’ and use the command ‘chkntfs / T:3’ for starting after 3 seconds. Word and its counterparts generate temporary ﬁles for their work. Vista. You must connect both the commands with the pipe symbol ‘|’ in a line. like for example Magical Jelly Bean Keyﬁnder or License Crawler. You can generate the list of all the ﬁles of the respective folder including the sub-folder with the command ‘Get-ChildItem [folder]-recurse’. The parameter ‘-recurse’ includes all sub-folders in the search. Before executing the batch ﬁle ensure that all the programs 132 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . 7 Trace the biggest files You are searching for the biggest space hog in a particular folder structure. which you can run using the search ﬁeld of the Start menu. Save the ﬁle with a recognizable name. You can also store a shortcut on the desktop for frequent operation. Similarly ﬁlter the ﬁrst twenty events with ‘Select- If an Office document is not closed properly then a backup ﬁle remains in the system. to determine the license key from the registry. Thus you can automate the respective query by sorting and ﬁltration. However after a computer crash the temporary ﬁles are hidden in Cd /d D:\myworkfolder Cdl /s /ah ~*. From Windows Vista ﬁrst click on ‘system and security’ in the control panel and ﬁnally on ‘system’. You delete this data trash manually once in a while. 7 ATTENTION: Never forget the tilde.. You need to delete these once in a while. In PowerShell you can connect all the necessary commands and create a single line to type in. Enter following command lines: This example lists all the files in a particular folder and its subfolders. that Windows includes all sub-folders (‘s’) and restricts the choice of ﬁles with the attribute “hidden” (‘ah’). This job is easily possible with Vista/7 with Windows tools. generate a small batch ﬁle using a text editor like Notepad.
Conﬁrm the macro access with a click on ‘activate content’. 2010 Import the auto text data from the older version of Word. Open the old ‘normal. Mark the desired series of data and go to the ‘Insert’ tab here you will ﬁnd the Sparklines option next to the Charts. It also includes various other options that further increase its efficiency. It is better to deactivate this function to be able to see of all the available drives. You can manually import the autotext data saved from the previous version of Word to the new one. You want to know where it lies and how the error can be rectiﬁed.dot’ from the backup of your old installation and copy this on the present hard disk. thus showing you the 20 biggest ﬁles. Paste the content by a right click with the mouse instead of the usual button combination [Ctrl]+[V]. If you wish to delete the Sparklines you can do so as well. but you might need some manual intervention.dot’. You can import your data from the older version of Word to building blocks in the newer version instead of normal. You can also change the colour for each Sparkline or even individual Markers. NOTE: You can copy the complete command from a text ﬁle in the clipboard. newly created partitions also disappear. instead of entering it newly. One of the great features of Excel 2010 is the inclusion of Sparklines that allow you to visualize the data of the selected cells in the form of charts. which allows you to make changes to the Sparklines. From Word 2007 onwards the Sparklines is the newest.dotx’ and save the same. as lots of empty drives of a card reader are otherwise visible and confusing. 9 You can visualize various data trends in an individual row with the new Sparklines. APPLICATIONS 10 Excel 2010 Visualize data values in worksheets individually 11 Word 2007. And when you upgrade to the newer version you would want to retain them. You will ﬁnd the same in the default location in ‘C:\Documents and settings\ [user name]\application date\Microsoft\ Templates’. This will also activate the ‘Sparklines Tools under the Design Tab. You also have the option to Group the Sparklines together The reason for this effect is the default activated option for hiding empty drives. Deactivate the option ‘Hide empty drives in the 133 . most interesting feature of Excel 2010. Here select the display option from Row.TIPS & TRICKS HANDS ON Object-ﬁrst 20’.e. and then from here you can either remove an individual Sparkline or remove the entire group. Thus even empty. or data storage devices in other unusual cases.dotx to avoid duplications and errors. Use the command ‘Organise | Folder and search options’ in Windows Explorer and change to the tab ‘View’. This behaviour is planned by Windows and takes care of clutter. It makes it easier to analyse the data and spot trends. The complete command is as follows: Get-childitem [folder] –recurse | sortobject length –descending | select-object –ﬁrst 20 | write-output ‘Computer’ folder in the ‘Advanced settings’ area. negative points. Once you select Windows tries to make things clean and easy. Repeat the procedure for all the auto texts elements that you have transferred in the new version. proﬁt or loss displays in the same sheet. the area where you want the display the Sparklines. you will ﬁnd your selected data range now feed the location range i. If you need it then click on the button ‘Edit Properties’ and change its setting to ‘Building Blocks. The ‘Templates’ column will help you identify the auto text data from the old ‘normal. ﬁrst or last points etc. When working in Word over time you will have created many autotext options that simplify your job. It allows you to simultaneously visualize your data in the form of bar. First search for the ﬁle ‘normal. You can display the Sparklines according lowest or highest points. 11 10 9 Windows 7 Display all your drives in Explorer Sometimes a drive is not visible in the Explorer even if it is available.dot’ in the new Word. Now here you can click on each element to determine whether you need it or it can be deleted. Finally add the command ‘WriteOutput’ for display. Then change to PowerShell. Then click on ‘quick parts’ in the ‘text’ area and select the command ‘Building Block Organizer’. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 an option you will see a box ‘Create Sparklines’. Conﬁrm with ‘OK’ and the Sparklines will be displayed in the desired area. Column or Proﬁt/Loss. Then click on ‘Insert’ in the main menu. concept of autotext has changed in the form of versatile building blocks.
13 12 15 Outlook 2007. you get a desktop The Freeze Panes option makes working on large tables an easy task. Click OK to conﬁrm the changes. HANDS ON 12 lines visible. To run the Vulnerability Scan open the main window of the Kaspersky software and go to ‘Tools’ tab. You can deactivate the option by right clicking on the status bar and unchecking the Overtype option. To do this click the Office button. 14 Kaspersky Internet Security Trace weak points in your system Kaspersky Internet Security software not only provides automatic protection from viruses and hackers. Here you will see the ‘Vulnerability Scan’ button. but additionally also allows you to scan for vulnerabilities. Select ‘Options’ under that select ‘Mail’. On the right hand side you will ﬁnd several options. And if you want to the overtyping option to be always active then you can select the option ‘Use overtype mode’. 2010 Increase the duration of desktop notifications as well as change their position In Outlook. 2007 onwards there are no such options available in the status bar. Alternatively. Open the menu command ‘Tools | Options’ in Outlook 2007. as it makes reading the table an easy task. place the cursor at the left hand corner of your data. in the new version you also have the option to just Freeze Top Row or the First Column. Apart from inadequate virus protection and missing updates even unsuitable settings in the system can expose it to unnecessary risks to some extent. Even when you scroll through the table you have the headline and other explanations intact. You can ﬁx the ‘System Vulnerabilities’ by clicking on the ‘Fix it’ button. Normally this is displayed in the lower right corner of the screen. if you often need to use the Overtype option then you can alter the setting to use the Insert key to activate overtyping. Additionally. but it has been updated. from there check the box ‘Use the Insert Key to control the overtype mode’. It will show results for ‘System Vulnerabilities’ as well as ‘Vulnerable Applications’. To Freeze Panes go to ‘View’ then click on ‘Freeze Panes’. Overtyping is most practical when you have to rewrite chunks of text when working. for Vulnerability Scan helps you to ﬁnd and search such harmful settings. Here select ‘Desktop Alert Settings’ and drag the tracker to increase duration. if the rows 1. Click OK to conﬁrm the changes. Under the ‘Preferences Tab’ in ‘E-mail’ click on ‘E-mail Options’ then select ‘Advanced E-mail Options’. Even the location of the command has been changed in the menu. click start to begin. 2010 Always keep the headline and margin line of a table visible When working on large tables it’s always advantageous to have the headings as well as the margin You can change the duration of the notification by simply dragging the tracker. versions. To Freeze Panes. for instance place the cursor on B3. The tool. 134 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . Conﬁrm the changes with ‘OK’ for the setting to be effective. While for the ‘Vulnerable Applications’ you can check the details and if the application is safe then you can create an exclusion rule by clicking ‘Add to Exclusions’. Increase the duration with the help of the tracker and as in 2007 version click on Preview and then drag the box to ﬁx its position. 15 13 Excel 2007. select ‘Message Arrival’ and then click ‘Desktop Alert Settings’. which is integrated in Kaspersky Internet Security. When you no longer need it you can click on the option ‘Unfreeze Panes’. Under the Editing Options on the right you will see numerous options. 2 and the column A has to be ﬁxed. The newer versions of Word do not have the Overtyping option by default in the status bar nor can it be activated by clicking Insert key. now if you wish to change its position you can simply drag and place it in the new location. Click on ‘Preview’ you will see the notiﬁcation appear on the left hand corner. then go to ‘Word options’ and then select ‘Advanced’. 2010 Activate the option to overtype Earlier you could change the writing mode to Overtype by simply activating the option in the status bar at the bottom. notiﬁcation for any new email received. If you want you can change that as well as the duration for which it is displayed. You can activate the Overtype option by right clicking on the status bar and then activating the Overtyping option. The newer versions of Excel have the same function for ﬁxing particular areas in Excel as in the old You can activate the Overtype option by rightclicking on the status bar. However.TIPS & TRICKS Word 2007. In the current version 2010 activate the option ‘File’ in the multi-function bar.
you would want to resend the email as a reminder. You had saved many bookmarks and you want to import them. Click on it and then select the option Export bookmarks as HTML. Firstly. It contains important portals like Google Search.eff. In Chrome. For instance. you need to activate the option ‘Amazon (buggy)’. right-click on the bookmark. you can delete the name in the name ﬁeld. But sometimes you do not know whether a protected version of a site is available. go to ‘View’ select the ‘Toolbar’ option and activate You have been using the Opera browser.TIPS & TRICKS Outlook 2010 Resend Email HANDS ON 16 17 Bookmarks’. you can practically accommodate all the websites important for you and these are just a click away for access. For managing the bookmarks in a better and more organized manner. Restart Firefox. With a trick. to automate the safe encoding process as far as possible. If you wish you can add additional text before sending it. Rerouting to the encoded websites takes place automatically. Firstly open the command ‘Tools | Add-ons’. In Firefox. you need not enter the special HTTPS address. Firefox Set direct access for your favourite pages 16 For ease of use. go to File. under that you will ﬁnd the option Import and Export. Importing your bookmarks form Opera to Firefox should be fairly simple. Now open Firefox. activate the option ‘Always show bookmarks bar’. so that the access on the pages of the online store takes place in the encoded form. Under that select the option Import and then select the HTML ﬁle from the location where you have saved it. even then. create an HTML ﬁle of your bookmarks in Opera. This can be achieved by exporting the bookmarks. you create browser bookmarks for the pages that you access regularly on the Internet. bookmarks cannot be adjusted in it in normal case. Switch on the bookmark bar. Here. The option to recall an email from the Sent items and resend it comes in very handy. Here. and select ‘Edit’. To do so ﬁrst open the email message that you want to resend from the Sent folder. and save to conﬁrm the changes. 17 Mozilla Firefox Use automatically encoded connections 18 Import bookmarks in Firefox You can easily import bookmarks from Opera . then go to ‘Properties’. and grant the required permission by clicking on ‘install now’. You can use free browser updates like HTTPSEverywhere. but switched to Mozilla Firefox for some reason. The tool is automatically activated and requires very little conﬁguration. The command to Resend the message is somewhat hidden in Outlook 2010. You can deactivate rerouting for a particular website. You can easily do so in the 2010 version. and delete the name of the website in the name ﬁeld. you can choose to display only the icon or logo of the website instead of the whole name. if there are problems with the protected connection. You will see an overview of all the present unprotected websites. Microsoft. if you buy often at Amazon. Twitter and Facebook. – Compiled by Team CHIP send your tips to tnt@chip. bookmarks can be further modiﬁed to make the process simpler and more organized. If you do not receive a response to an email you sent. Whenever possible you use the versions of websites which are protected with HTTPS. There is a high risk on many big web portals or pages of a social network through such an identity theft. with the same body and subject text as the original message. Go to www. However. Outlook will now send the email to the same recipients list. it becomes easy even for a layman to break into unsecure HTTP sessions on many websites. Select a location and save it. Click on the Settings icon and then select ‘Tools’ option. Thus such sites must be used only with encoded HTTPS connections. select the ‘Bookmarks’ tab. With hacker tools like Firesheep readily available. The bookmark icons can be rearranged by dragging them to the desired location. Here click on ‘Actions’ and the from the drop-down menu select the option ‘Resend this Message’. Save the changes. The bookmark bar is a practical and helping tool for directly jumping to your favorite websites. These Encoded HTTPS-Everywhere protects against identity theft and hacker tool Firesheep. Finally conﬁrm the dialogue with ‘OK’. Here you will see the option ‘Organize ‘Bookmark Toolbar’. Open Opera. Mozilla. Now under the ‘Message’ tab go to the ‘Move’ section.org/https-everywhere INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 135 . right-click on the bookmark.in You can save the bookmarks as icons for easy access. 19 and click on the respective ‘options’ button. To achieve this in Firefox. 19 Google Chrome.
Valentine’s Day. Rovio has released over five episodes of Angry Birds. which was launched as a promotion for the animated film Rio. Apart from this. Recently. 136 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UAB to 51818 . a standalone release. The addition of pigs was apparently inspired by the swine flu epidemic that was rampant at the time when the original Angry Birds game was in development. we saw the release of Angry Birds Rio. there are special Angry Birds Seasons editions for Halloween. St Patrick’s Day and Easter. Christmas.FEATURE UNWIND MANIA It’s quite difficult to find a person who hasn’t played or at least heard about Angry Birds. and you've probably wondered why pigs would steal birds' eggs in the first place. BY PRIYANKA TILVE Pigs may seem like an odd choice of adversary for birds. introducing new levels as well as new birds. Here are some fun facts about the game that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide.
tilve@chip. Bullistic. had an idea and sketched a character of an angry bird. the game has been downloaded more then 50 million times. Angry Birds has quite a celebrity fan following as well. These include Cannon Cadets. several other game developers have launched games inspired by Angry Birds.in INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 137 . Since its release for Apple’s iOS in December 2009. UNWIND Trying to cash in on the craze of Angry Birds. The Angry Bird cake created by Mike Cooper for his son’s sixth birthday didn’t just look like the Angry Bird playfield. On Youtube. one particular video particularly stands out. It's so popular that it was hailed as the most downloaded app in most countries across the globe by the recently released 2011 Games Edition of the Guinness World Records. It's celeb fans include David Cameron. and prolific writer Salman Rushdie. When he shared the sketch with his directors. you will find several videos on Angry Birds. Boss Launch 2. Chicks 'n' Vixens. Pandas vs Ninjas. they liked the character and then a gameplan was developed. Trucks and Skulls. and it was even featured on an Israeli comedy show that depicted the angry birds in peace negotiations with the pigs! – priyanka.FEATURE What drives a game developer to come up with a concept that involves killing pigs using birds flung out of a slingshot? The story goes that Jaakko Iisalo. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. a games designer at Rovio. While most of them teach you tricks and help you pass a level. After its version for the Android and Symbian platforms was released. while thinking of concepts for the team's next project. but you could actually play it. and Angry Farm just to name a few. Angry Birds has also been the talking point on several TV shows. Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 10 million times from the Apple App Store itself. Search for 'Playable Angry Birds birthday cake' posted by Electricpigtv.
you’ll begin to notice that the AI has been given an actual well-rounded character. which it shared case-front credits with. The derelict and relatively simple stages soon open up just as the ﬁrst major plot point hits you (hint: she’s of shooting an overpowered weapon or comparing kill-death ratios. Brilliantly voiced by The Office’s Stephen Merchant. on-rails sequence (apparently every great Valve game has to begin this way) that drops you back into Aperature Labs. Would the same formula work a second time? Could they populate the de-humanized Portal universe with enough interesting characters to hold your attention through a full-length standalone game? Portal 2 is a simple game to summarize: it consists of a series of test chambers that you enter and then must exit using the tools provided to you. Wheatley just won’t shut up! But rather than annoying the living hell out of you. Unexpected success aside. For the newbies among you.GAME REVIEW UNWIND RATING 5/5 Another Valve masterpiece! BY MURALI VENUKUMAR G aming is a strange beast for those of us who choose to look beyond the visceral thrills escape to the surface. seemingly there to introduce you more to the universe and the mechanics of gameplay. what with GlaDOS out of operation and the maintenance systems acting up. the resident caretaker robot-on-a-rail. involved narratives that other media could never hope to match. you’ll also notice that the game isn’t rushing you forward. and delivered with such terriﬁc comictiming. they’d only need to look to games like Portal 2 to see where a good idea can take you. Aside from Wheatley. Right about here is where you’ll notice two things. And while present day macroeconomic vagaries try their darnedest to stiﬂe creativity. transporting you to brave new worlds and weaving interactive. the lovable little runt is clearly British and has a great sense of humor. This non-stop chatter is so well written. you’re recommended to stay put at spots just so you’ll hear the extra lines he’ll spout. all the while scuppering your plans of 138 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UP2 to 51818 . that you’ll soon miss him when he goes off on random errands. It can be so much more. the ﬁrst game had you defeat GlaDOS. What follows is a short. and Wheatley takes it upon himself to free you from your prison the hard way. The place has obviously seen better days. Far from being overshadowed by Half-Life 2 and its episodes. You play as Chell. it was still a surprise when Newell and crew announced a standalone sequel to Portal rather than the next episode in the Half-Life saga. The ﬁrst set of puzzles are harmless enough. the ﬁrst-person puzzler held its own and generated passionate word-of-mouth buzz from practically everyone who played through it. a mute vessel protagonist in the tradition of that other legendary Valve hero (a certain Mr Freeman). The original Portal was a short experimental title that was bundled into Valve’s Orange Box suite in 2007. The tackily furnished vestibule you were holed up in has clearly been ravaged by time. In fact. who awakens from an undetermined period in stasis at a giant underground research facility owing to a goof-up by Wheatley. the malevolent resident AI that seemed so obviously pleased with having you run from one deadly gauntlet to the next. but memorable. the devious military contractor-cum-conglomerate that designed and ran the testing facility that held Chell prisoner.
Rs 699 (PC) EA Valve Milestone Interactive 022 42764000 sales@milestoneinteractive. The co-op mode has a separate set of puzzles and story. The game never burdens you by throwing in more elements than you’re able to take in. and while it may not stand up to the likes of Crysis 2. the attention to detail and massive evolving environments more than make up for it. With an endearing. hilarious script and voice acting. involving gameplay. These include liquid gels that speed up movement. The in-game music by Mike Morasky switches between serenely contemplative to tracks that subtly aid in your puzzle solving. PC FOR Excellent presentation. you’ll be faced with a steady introduction of new variables that you’ll need to utilize to solve each new puzzle room. Aside from Wheatley. Consider the bar well and truly raised. suffice to say that you’ll go places and learn more about the Portal universe and its characters than you ever expected to.499 (PS3). After the ﬁrst third of the game. you’ll never feel like you’re in over your head. bittersweet story that delves into depths you wouldn’t expect of it.999 (Xbox 360). Clocking in at twice the length of the previous game (and that isn’t even counting the co-op mode). there are also standout performances from Ellen McLain. however. Once shot onto strategic portal holding walls and walked into. AGAINST Frequent loading. PS3. and even lets partners point objects of interest out to each other. just enjoying the story and dialogue or listening to Valve’s commentary track. It’s wonderful to hear the score dynamically evolve as it adds new layers each time you complete a part of a puzzle. Without divulging any more of the story. It isn’t often that you come across a game that has you laughing all through the boss ﬁghts. Portal 2 is not only a must-have but also an example of what the medium is capable of when in competent hands. paintings and other Easter eggs abound. The game is a visual marvel. increase your jump height. and one that lets you shoot portals on previously inert surfaces. there’s a tremendous amount of replay value to be had from redoing the chapters. You’ll want to look in every nook and cranny of the levels for obscure voice snippets. allowing you to play the ﬂeshed out co-op mode online on the PS3 or cross-platform with a willing accomplice on the PC.in RATINGS PUZZLE Portal 2 PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE E-MAIL PLATFORM Rs 2. and barring a few puzzles towards the end. Don’t let Portal lure you into a false sense of security. J.com Xbox 360. satisfying story. – feedback@chip. It expertly designed. . they can be used to traverse large spaces and otherwise impossible gaps. paced and checkpointed. such as frequent loading times and a lack of traditional leaderboard support.K. Portal 2 is as close to perfection as a video game can get. There’s also a signiﬁcant chunk of back story to be enjoyed. Rs 1. Portal 2’s gameplay revolves around the concept of entry and exit portals that you shoot out of your ‘portal gun’. energy walkways. The game also comes with seamless Steam integration on the PS3. Barring minor issues. Simmons and Nolan North. There are also red lasers that can be redirected.GAME REVIEW UNWIND back!). tractor beams and springloaded plates that launch you into the air.
etc. where your goal is to kick the living crap out of your enemy and then humiliate him/ her using insanely violent ﬁnishers called Fatalities. packs in an insane amount of content and will provide players with hours of entertainment both online and offline. where you can master every character’s Fatality before jumping straight into the deep end. maiming. This allows you to experiment with every ﬁghter. can be used to unleash these devastating moves. some are crazy innovative and hilarious like armless Kombat or topsy turvy Kombat (not their real names) that literally turn the game on its head. Levels also pack in a ton of detail and there’s always something going on in the background. BY AVINASH BALI the 21st century. During combat. the detailing on each ﬁghter is impressive. you have the Challenge Tower. But as we entered up this meter. After training. tons of content. NetherRealm Studios E-Xpress Interactive 022 29661017 info@expressgames. where you could send enemies through roofs or walls to unlock new areas. The only issue I had with the campaign was the erratic difficulty that randomly kicked in from time to time. To sum it all up. Credits earned through every mode in the game can be used in the Krypt to purchase alternate costumes. This game introduces X-Ray moves that allow players to inﬂict heavy damage in X-Ray vision. eventually facing off against Shao Khan. You can now do all that in glorious HD. Mortal Kombat is a game that can be enjoyed by all (except the squeamish kind). and it’s worth the wait. levels. erratic difficulty spikes in campaign RATING 4. But be warned. Thanks to the Unreal 3 engine. you’ll have chosen your favorite for the long haul.5/5 140 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UMC to 51818 . every ﬁghter bears testament to sustained damage via cuts. you can head into the game’s robust career mode. tearing. Ed Boon and this team decided to break away from the game’s violent roots. Test Your Sight. MK is essentially a ﬁghting game. where you’ll undergo 300 diverse challenges. glorious violence. newly founded NetherRealm has taken MK back to its hyper violent and totally over-the-top roots. Xbox 360 FOR Brutally satisfying gameplay. but thankfully. controls have been streamlined. the game ships with a ton of content that’ll keep you busy for days. gorgeous. I’m not too well versed with MK lore. accessible to newcomers AGAINST Lack of environmental destruction. They don’t kill your opponent (unless their health is real low) but will eat into a signiﬁcant chunk of their health bar. which when full. concept art. new fatalities. The tutorial will teach you how to pull off basic moves as well as combos. Older versions made players memorize tons of complicated moves. The only aspect of the game I missed from older outings was environmental destruction. but this time. and by the end of the story. cutting.499 Warner Bros. Fatalities and bonecrunching X-Ray moves look absolutely horriﬁc (in a nice way. Thankfully.GAME REVIEW UNWIND This is the Mortal Kombat you’ve been waiting for. – avinash@tech2. these can be pulled off during a ﬁght itself by building up your energy meter. Progressing through the Challenge Tower will also allow players to unlock fan favorite mini-games like Test Your Might. First up is your standard Ladder mode. Unlike fatalities. of course). and tons of the red stuff. where players progress through a bunch of ﬁghters. I couldn’t take this game online. MK is one of the most gorgeous ﬁghters on the block. but I’ve spoken to a few vets and they were very happy with what the game brought to the table. Mortal Kombat made a name for itself thanks to its ludicrous Fatalities that have you ripping. making it accessible to newcomers.in PS3. There’s even a practice mode for Fatalities. It is accessible to newcomers. and stabbing all sorts of body parts. While some of them may be the standard ‘kick his ass before the time runs out’. but at the same time capable of providing vets with a solid challenge. Due to the PSN outage. bruises. This is the Mortal Kombat you’ve been waiting for. Inﬂicting or receiving damage will build I t’s impossible to have grown up in the nineties not having heard of Mortal Kombat (MK). After that. etc. these moves can be blocked. Visually. It’s ridiculously violent.com RATINGS FIGHTING Mortal Kombat PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE E-MAIL PLATFORM Rs 2.
Operation Flashpoint’s USP is somewhat of a pleasant change of pace. Unfortunately. You’re probably thinking I didn’t like RATINGS FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER Operation Flashpoint: Red River PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE E-MAIL PLATFORM Rs 2. Not only does he spout expletives like a 15-year-old who’s just learnt to abuse. but his idiotic and terribly lengthy monologues about being the baddest badass in all of badassland cannot be skipped. How else can you explain the ability to sprint aimless for miles on end? Also. and yes. 022 39816600 helpdesk@zapak. knowing well that a stray bullet could end your life immediately. Sometimes I feel they just don’t like me.com SMS us! Story code: UOF to 51818 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 141 . – avinash@tech2. Oh. Red River is a painfully linear game that immediately orders you to get back on track if you try deviating from the set path. I really am. but games like Battleﬁeld and Modern Warfare embrace their over-the-top shenanigans. it was a painful experience. you have to follow the path laid out for you by the game via its painfully annoying bread-crumb trail. but somewhere deep down. Enemy AI is equally horrible. you’ll actually witness enemies dart out from cover into the open and just wait there while you pick them off. While I couldn’t play the campaign in co-op. I guess they missed the part in military school where they were trained to avoid ﬁre. It ensures that you don’t just dash onto the battleﬁeld with reckless abandon. BY AVINASH BALI RATING 2/5 whole one-bullet-kills-players bit. In most cases. The OFP series is known for its realizm and authenticity. Enemies never use any sort of tactics or even bother ﬂanking you. Throughout the game. horrible visuals. But instead of embracing its linear design. after soaking up a gazillion bullets as a human sponge in games like Call of Duty. With the plethora of options for shooter fans today. There were instances when they handled themselves just ﬁne in battle. OFP:RR takes place in Tajikistan. while OFP:RR tries be all O peration Flashpoint: Red River is a game that prides itself for being authentic. Unfortunately the few plus points are outweighed tremendously by the game’s negatives. You can forget about surveying the game world to get a drop on your enemies. It’s that ugly. and the game employs an annoying auto-save system.co. you will have to back track like crazy. my character always undergoes the same animation when shot. In fact. the only thing you’ll be doing is marveling at this game’s awful visuals. it seems to be having an identity crisis as the game tries to walk the thin line between authenticity and CoD-esque explosive fun. Your team will rarely listen to commands and will almost always run in front of your line of ﬁre. there’s really no incentive to put up with Red River’s numerous short comings. AGAINST Retarded AI. walking past your dying corpse like nothing’s wrong. the game is such a horribly unpolished mess that it ends up just embarrassing itself. it likes to present an illusion to players that they’re playing an open-ended game where tactics are welcome. annoying voice acting. and the rest of the shooter fraternity. instead moving ahead carefully and making every shot count. they proved themselves useful only to distract enemies so you could ﬂank them. You probably think I’m nitpicking. Red River’s AI is a complete mess. I could ﬁre up a few FTE (Fire Team Engagement) rounds. there’s some semblance of an enjoyable game. this game at all.in Xbox 360. and you’ll have to wade through too much crap to get to those parts. the game’s a lot better in co-op.499 (consoles). For a game that relies heavily on tactical. It provides a sense of tension absent in some of the more recent shooters. Throughout your many painfully long and meaningless hikes. It’s exciting to plan your attack carefully. PC FOR Gameplay can be intense at times. you’re given orders by one of the most annoying characters in videogame history.GAME REVIEW UNWIND Don’t even bother. squad-based action. failing on both counts. lack of identity. PS3. And I’m down with the hardcore and so all these gameplay designs strike me as odd. why is it that I am shot in the same place every time? No matter where I get tagged from. They will also never revive you in battle. which is like the Horde mode from Gears of War. which means that when you die. As always. where you and your team of hardened marines are sent to save the day. but most of the time. co-op is fun. Rs 999 (PC) Codemasters Codemasters Zapak Digital Entertainment Ltd. where you and a team of three must survive waves of enemies while fulﬁlling certain objectives. and while Red River continues that tradition.
and Virtua Tennis 4 seems like Sega’s attempt to ﬁt the old formula into what’s expected of games today. it doesn’t quite match up. But while VT4’s style of gameplay is still a lot of fun. As I said. but the biggest ﬂaw is in the design. one of the many mini-games the series is known for. moving through various countries. or rest spots. VT4 holds up quite well. the developers have included motion control support. It’s a bit of a lottery and takes some planned use of tickets to get to where you’d like to go. including my childhood favorite Stefan Edberg. VT4 spawns. go with 2K. it switches to a ﬁrst-person view. But just throwing in motion controls and 3D support isn’t going to be enough to challenge 2K’s Top Spin series. but there is an addictive charm to VT’s arcade gameplay that shines through today even though it hasn’t changed a whole lot since Virtua Tennis 3 in 2007. a new one is added. Top Spin 4 threw down the challenge earlier this year. so you can play slices and top spins by turning your wrists accordingly. but the bizarre facial animations don’t do justice to them. It takes skill out of the equation a little bit in favor of fun and accessibility. with very few options and nowhere near the kind of depth found in Top Spin 4.499 Sega Sega AM3 E-Xpress Interactive 022 29661017 info@expressgames. but when it’s your turn. which quite contrary to VT.in Xbox 360. they’ve been smart not to try and ﬁx what wasn’t broken. but if you’re looking for something deeper. either containing a tournament.desai@chip. BY SAMEER DESAI RATING 3. It’s still a great pick-up-and-play game. but fails to keep up with the competition. On the plus side. In a bid to make VT4 even more accessible. The responsiveness and accuracy was quite good. Move implementation underwhelms 142 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UVT to 51818 . so it doesn’t get too annoying. The player models are quite accurate. pick-up-and-play sessions. which utilizes an on-screen power meter. PS3 FOR Accessible pick-up-and-play fun. Sega got it right the ﬁrst time. namely 3D and motion controls. and you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. but the industry sure has. The zooming in can get a little distracting for the opponent. good player roster. but these super shots are only seen once in a while. and while Sega’s reply is a fairly decent one. but one new addition is the super shot. It’s expansive and features nearly every major star from both the ATP and WTA circuits. you ask? VT’s gameplay may not have changed a whole lot.5/5 allots you represents tickets. the gameplay hasn’t changed much over the years. the camera will zoom into your player in slow motion as you unleash a thundering stroke that is nearly impossible to return.in V irtua Tennis is one of those video game franchises that no matter how many new iterations it you can make forward. which remains the gold standard when it comes to racket sports with Move. the advancements in Top Spin 4 do make it look a bit dated. The camera sticks to the standard back-of-the-court TV camera when your opponent is playing. who is only featured on the PS3 version.GAME REVIEW UNWIND Fun as always. it will never deviate a whole lot from the core gameplay it established years ago. and each ticket a ﬁxed number of moves with Move is nowhere near as fun as Table Tennis from Sports Champions. and some former stars. Visually too. The player customization is also quite disappointing. It’s surely a refreshing change and after some initial apprehensions. The game RATINGS SPORTS Virtua Tennis 4 PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTOR PHONE E-MAIL PLATFORM Rs 2. it is possible to apply spin on your strokes. especially for short. and each time you use a ticket. One area was VT4 scores over Top Spin 4 is the player roster. and the game often determines the exact direction of your strokes for you in the interest of creating long tense rallies. promotional events. When full. unique career mode AGAINST Not enough depth for experienced players. – sameer. Each tile on the board represents a different city. I started to enjoy the new career format. Still. So Virtua Tennis 4 features a completely overhauled career mode that’s broken up into four seasons. Shots feel a little scripted at times. So why even make another one. Since I was playing the PS3 version. Some might consider this stagnation. and this constant switching of camera angles gets quite disorienting and can even throw you off your game. where you can rebuild lost stamina. and over the years. has been quite willing to shake things up. exhibition matches. I had the opportunity to try it out with Playstation Move. as we saw from the brilliant and unusually accessible Top Spin 4. It plays out a bit like a board game.
The story is non-existent and so is the voice acting. making sniper riﬂes somewhat of a necessity. I kept playing it like Call of Duty. that SOCOM feels redundant. SOCOM games generally don’t have a single player campaign. and going prone at times. you’ll experience the game’s broken stealth system as Lt Park. the cooler mods you unlock for it. sprinting into combat. Even if you don’t play as a team. as the more you use it. I breezed through most of the campaign without any tactics as the game’s pretty easy and the AI’s pretty dense. co-op modes. so if you don’t stick to the RATINGS THIRD-PERSON SHOOTER SMS us! SOCOM: Special Forces PRICE PUBLISHER DEVELOPER Rs 2. The route you’re supposed to take is linear. you can party up with up to four players to tackle the co-op mode. AGAINST Stealth sections suck. The action is your standard third-person cover-based fare. using your team to ﬂank and outwit enemies. I had to squint to ﬁgure out where I got shot from. etc. it’s nothing but a generic tactical shooter.5/5 RATING 3. Run-and-gun players must be willing to change their style up. it’s the enemy AI that behaves excessively retarded. campaign feels pretty generic. Now. While I have no problem with the way she goes about doing things.5/5 RATING 3. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with it. Today. – avinash@tech2. That’s when I realized that this game is a whole new beast. a butt-kicking Korean hardass. dated visuals. jump straight into the online arena where you can choose from a bunch of modes like Suppression (deathmatch). taking cover. . This becomes a noticeable issue in multiplayer. brings a ton of content to the table. BY AVINASH BALI RATING 3. and most maps are huge. SOCOM 4 is not a bad game at all. crouching. Uplink (capture the ﬂag). If that’s not your thing.5/5 S OCOM 4 (called SOCOM: Special Forces in India) would have been a cool game had it released pre-determined path. The game’s also excessively dark. and a satisfying multiplayer component that could keep you busy for days on end. you will be spotted immediately and gunned down like a dog. the game’s a good ﬁve years behind its time. so the one in SOCOM 4 is kind of an added bonus. It also encourages you to stick to one weapon. you still have to be extremely careful. and character models are just average. Between bouts of running and gunning. where campers and excessive foliage in some maps make it tough to spot enemies. however. offer a lot of content in the form of a lengthy campaign.com ﬁve years ago. There’s hardly any anti-aliasing. The game ships with a healthy arsenal. textures are low res. standalone missions with a bunch of preset objectives. Before you jump into the competitive modes.GAME REVIEW UNWIND Pick this one up for its multiplayer only. and I just kept getting shot in the face. so you can hide behind that wooden barricade with reckless abandon as enemies abuse it with bullets. Bomb Squad (search and defuse). it’s just that gamers today are pampered by so much variety. but it doesn’t have a single ‘OMG I need this game’ quality. But things do fare a lot better on the multiplayer front. My ﬁrst few hours in multiplayer were utterly miserable. It does. Visually. Even during some of the day missions.499 (PS3) Sony Zipper Interactive Story code: USC to 51818 FOR Addictive multiplayer. There’s little environmental damage and whatever does explode looks unimpressive. The cover system feels quite stiff and cover objects don’t degrade over time.
Fortunately. Driving on dirt. But D irt 2 was a great all-round off-road racing game. Gentle nudges of the analog stick and constant feathering of brake and throttle are vital for success in Dirt 3. There’s still plenty of opportunity to partake in the several other off-road racing disciplines. and when Dirt 3 was announced. tarmac and snow all feel different and you’ll need to make the necessary adjustments when you move from one to the other. If you’re just looking for more of what Dirt 2 brought to the table. rallies play out over multiple stages. the stages look great and the layouts are fantastic. the omission don’t let that intimidate you because all it takes is 15-20 minutes to come to grips with it. – sameer. and Dirt 3 doesn’t disappoint either. I still wasn’t sure of how deeprooted the rally implementation really is. 144 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP Jagdish Limbachiya SMS us! Story code: UD3 to 51818 . and one-onone events.in Dirt 3 is available now for Xbox 360 (Rs 2. panels fall off. But since the rally events in the career so far have only comprised of two stages each. but it was guilty of one terrible crime. Then of course. track surfaces now have a more pronounced effect on car handling. something more racing game devs need to implement in their games. There’s performance damage too. See. The cars still feel ﬂoaty as ever. With every impact with other cars or trackside objects. Now. there hasn’t been much scope to see if either of these strategic elements comes into play. but I didn’t really have the opportunity to test it out myself. Dirt 3 also adds a split-screen multi-player mode. and a healthy mix of straights and hairpins. These include rally cross (standard track-based races). PC (Rs 699). Dirt 3 is set to take things several steps further. There isn’t much of an overhaul in the way the game plays. jumps and basically any form of stylish driving. Speaking of grip. and thanks to the twitchy controls. drift events with a point system like the PGR games’ Kudos. one of the ﬁrst details the developers released was that 60 percent of the career would be comprised of rally. Let’s get back to rally though. appropriate elevation and drops. their complaints didn’t fall on deaf ears. They have. while the rest were broken up into race types that Dirt 2 players will be familiar with. PS3 (Rs 2. but it’s far more forgiving and nowhere near as elaborate. but a lot of rally actually takes place off the course. I recently had the opportunity to take a pre-release build of Dirt 3 through its paces. but getting too friendly with tree trunks will end your race prematurely. gravel. which often vary in nature from each other. It comprised of just the ﬁrst season of the career mode. Yes. we didn’t have access to in this build. If anything. with lush foliage around. which unfortunately. Fans were understandably up in arms over Codemasters’ ill-treatment of rally and they made themselves heard on forums and blogs. It’s a freestyle mode that rewards drifting. they drift around corners effortlessly. Cars also tend to pick up damage progressively over stages and using the limited time between stages to perform repairs is also vital. dents form.PREVIEW UNWIND of the very motorsport discipline that had got the franchise this far – rally. Hopefully the events later in the career will consist of multiple stages for a more fulﬁlling rally experience. both in the career and outside it. the brief intro video did allude to their inclusion. there’s the heavily publicized Gymkhana mode. Codemasters’ racing games have always had the best damage models. and it gave me the opportunity to see if Codies had kept their promise. even after playing the game.499).499). So if you thought Dirt 2 had a great mix of off-road events. land rush (standard races with pick-up trucks). That’s not to say that they haven’t been implemented. don’t let all the rally talk above turn you off.desai@chip. while what I saw of the career events was dominated by rally. Switching your car’s setting between stages could prove crucial. and splinters of metal and carbon ﬁber ﬂy in every direction. Most of the events the careers were rally.
was taken offl ine by Sony for over 20 days after hackers had breached through its security and gained access to the personal details of over 100 million PSN users. remains offl ine. who’ve already got access to these details. It’s possible that the hackers used a variation of custom fi rmware to breach PSN security. where user data could be compromised. Xbox Live has remained impenetrable. and jailbreaking it was even made legal in the US. In fact. When it is back up. The service is fi nally being resumed gradually. . the breach point for the hackers. the Playstation Store.sameer. and the company’s lack of transparency during the downtime. they can kiss their online revenues goodbye. Sony doesn’t offer these cards in India. But that is in no way going to regain our trust. The PS3 was hacked recently. That’s why the vulnerability of Sony’s system is so worrying for its millions of users. so until they do. Sony is said to have hired multiple security fi rms to rebuild the PSN’s security framework from scratch. and to make up for the downtime. While details such as names and address were surely compromised. Unfortunately.desai@chip. The fi rst thing Sony did after bringing PSN back online was to prompt users to change their passwords. This is nothing new. but this isn’t an issue in most of the world. which is even more popular than PSN and has an even more elaborate digital distribution service. Since the reset system only required the users’ email address and current password. users will surely think twice about using their credit cards online again. the PS3 managed to keep its defenses up for years before hackers found a way to mod it. allowing users to play pirated games. SAMEER DESAI THE PSN OUTAGE he Playstation Network. and they've even assured several concerned governments that security of PSN users' personal data is a top priority. mean that Sony still has many questions to answer. prompting Sony to once again disable the password reset and user login features on its Playstation websites. which enables PS3 and PSP players to play games and buy content online. THE PSN IS FINALLY BACK.in INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 145 . where Sony also offers prepaid PSN cards.COLUMN UNWIND AFTER ALMOST A MONTH OFFLINE. BUT SONY STILL HAS A LOT TO ANSWER FOR. hackers may also have been able to steal users’ credit card details. USERS WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE USING THEIR CREDIT CARDS ONLINE AGAIN. The same applies to Apple’s iPhone. Sony is offering each PSN user free games and a month’s free access to the premium PSN service. Even though the console itself was hacked. Even as parts of PSN begin to come back online. The Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii were also hacked soon after they hit shelves. but a glaring security hole was even found in the simple password reset system. The fact that the PSN had such glaring holes in its system. allowing users to run custom fi rmware on the console. Playstation Plus. EVEN ONCE THE PSN STORE IS BACK ONLINE. but none of the hacks allowed unauthorized access to the iTunes store. it could easily be exploited by the hackers. It was jailbroken T soon after release. The Xbox 360 has a similar online service – Xbox Live. and that’s the most worrying part. Sony’s inability to ensure the security of its users’ private information.
30 GHz 3.10 GHz 3.80 GHz 3.881 9.623 CPU SOCKET LGA 1156 LGA 775 LGA 1156 LGA 775 LGA 1155 LGA 1156 LGA 1156 LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1366 LGA 1155 LGA 1156 LGA 1366 NUMBER OF CORES 2 2 2 2 4 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 CLOCK SPEED 3.80 GHz 3.305 16.778 7.644 5.725 7.8 GHz 3.280 4.253 4.223 8.671 6.568 2.091 CPU SOCKET AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 NUMBER OF CORES 1 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 CLOCK SPEED 2.10 GHz 3.276 9.MARKET WATCH MARKET WATCH PROCESSORS: Intel NAME Intel Core i3-540 Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Intel Core i3-550 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Intel Core i5-2300 (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i5-661 Intel Core i5-760 Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i5-2500 (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i7-950 Intel Core i7-2600 (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i7-875K Intel Core i7-960 PRICE (Rs) 5.858 7.235 12.507 28.20 GHz 2.924 12.379 10.474 21.873 2.441 4.873 2. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.943 2.00 GHz 2.20 GHz MFG PROCESS 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm TDP 45 W 65 W 65 W 65 W 80 W 80 W 95 W 95 W 125 W 125 W 125 W 125 W MOTHERBOARDS: AMD .93 GHz 3.IGP NAME ECS A740GM-M Biostar A780L ECS A785GM-M3 ECS A885GM-A2 Biostar TA880GB+ Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H Asus M4A88T-M Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 MSI 880GMA-E45 Biostar TA890GXE ECS A890GXM-A Asus M4A89GTD PRO PRICE (Rs) 1.90 GHz 3.441 4. 146 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .968 11.570 8.33 GHz 2.20 GHz 3.601 5.00 GHz 3.754 10.076 4.943 4.06 GHz 2.10 Ghz 3.532 CPU SOCKET AM2+ AM2+ AM2+ AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 CHIPSET AMD 740G + AMD SB700 AMD 760G + AMD SB710 AMD 785G + AMD SB710 AMD 880G + AMD SB850 AMD 880G + AMD SB710 AMD 880G + AMD SB710 AMD 880G + AMD SB710 AMD 880G + AMD SB710 AMD 880G + AMD SB850 AMD 890GX + AMD SB850 AMD 890GX + AMD SB850 AMD 890GX + AMD SB850 MEMORY SUPPORT DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 D-SUB | DVI | HDMI ✔|✔|✖ ✖|✔|✖ ✔|✔|✖ ✔|✔|✖ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✖|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ PCI X16 | PCI | SATA | USB 1|2|6|4 1|2|6|7 1|2|6|4 2|2|0|6 1|2|6|7 1|2|6|6 1|1|6|6 1 | 2 | 5 | 12 1|1|0|4 1|2|5|6 3|1|0|6 2|2|0|6 NOTE: Street prices (incl.976 5.80 GHz 3.062 7.996 3.00 GHz 3.40 GHz 2.0 GHz 2.06 GHz 3.20 GHz 3.671 5.951 10.20 GHz MFG PROCESS 32 nm 45 nm 32 nm 45 nm 32 nm 32 nm 45 nm 32 nm 32 nm 45 nm 32 nm 45 nm 45 nm TDP 73 W 65 W 73 W 65 W 95 W 87 W 95 W 95 W 95 W 130 W 95 W 95 W 130 W PROCESSORS: AMD NAME AMD Sempron 145 AMD Athlon II X2 250 AMD Athlon II X2 245 AMD Athlon II X2 255 AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE AMD Athlon II X4 645 AMD Phenom II X4 945 AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE AMD Phenom II X6 1055T AMD Phenom II X6 1075T AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE PRICE (Rs) 1.10 GHz 3.371 19.93 GHz 3.
655 4.175 CPU SOCKET LGA 775 LGA 775 LGA 775 LGA 1156 LGA 775 LGA 1156 LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1155 CHIPSET Intel G41 + ICH7 Intel G41 + ICH7 Intel G41 + ICH7 Intel H55 Intel G43 + ICH10 Intel H55 Intel H67 Intel H67 Intel H67 Intel H67 Intel H67 MEMORY SUPPORT DDR2 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 D-SUB | DVI | HDMI ✖|✖|✖ ✖|✖|✖ ✔|✖|✖ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✖|✖ ✔|✖|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✖ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ PCIE X16 | PCI | SATA | USB 1|1|2|4 1|2|4|8 1|2|4|4 1|1|6|6 1 | 2 | 4 | 12 1|1|6|6 1|3|3|6 2|1|4|6 1|0|3|4 2|2|4|4 2|1|4|4 MOTHERBOARDS: Intel .CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.330 18.346 9.036 CPU SOCKET LGA 1156 LGA 1155 LGA 1156 LGA 1156 LGA 1366 LGA 1156 LGA 1366 LGA 1155 LGA 1366 LGA 1366 LGA 1155 LGA 1366 LGA 1366 LGA 1366 LGA 1155 CHIPSET Intel P55 Intel P67 Intel P55 Intel P55 Intel P67 Intel P55 Intel X58 + ICH10R Intel P67 Intel X58 + ICH10R Intel X58 + ICH10R Intel P67 Intel X58 + ICH10R Intel X58 + ICH10R Intel X58 + ICH10R Intel P67 MEMORY SUPPORT DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 PCIE X16 SLOTS 2 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 6 4 PCI | SATA | USB 2|6|8 3|3|6 3|6|8 2|7|8 2 | 6 | 14 2|2|5 2|2|6 3|4|6 1|6|6 1|6|8 2|4|6 1|6|6 1|6|7 6|6|4 2 | 8 | 10 NOTE: Street prices (incl.554 7.725 6.093 4.122 9.898 10.700 10.700 12.IGP NAME ECS G41T-M5 Asus P5G41C-M LX Intel DG41WV ECS H55H-CM Intel BOXDG43RK Asus P7H55-M Intel BLKDH67CL Asus P8H67-M Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H Asus P8H67-M PRO Asus P8H67-M EVO PRICE (Rs) 2.565 20. MOTHERBOARDS: AMD .700 11. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 147 . VAT) as on 10 May 2011.050 4.902 10.756 3.918 8.212 8.Non-IGP NAME Asus M4A87TD/USB3 Asus M4A87TD EVO MSI 870A FUZION MSI 890FXA-GD70 Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 PRICE (RS) 5.470 9.006 2.330 9.260 7.198 CPU SOCKET AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 AM3 CHIPSET AMD 870 + AMD SB850 AMD 870 + AMD SB850 AMD 770 + AMD SB710 AMD 890FX + AMD SB850 AMD 890FX + AMD SB850 MEMORY SUPPORT DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 PCIE X16 SLOTS 1 2 2 5 2 PCI | SATA | USB 0|6|2 0|6|2 1|6|6 1|6|6 1 | 6 | 14 MOTHERBOARDS: Intel .268 13.900 15.725 6.038 13.062 7.850 12.Non-IGP NAME ECS P55H-A Intel BLKDP67BA MSI P55A-G55 Asus P7P55D Pro Gigabyte P67A-UD3R MSI P55A-GD65 MSI X58 Pro-E Asus P8P67 Asus Sabertooth X58 Intel DX58SO Asus P8P67 Pro Intel BOXDX58SO2 Asus Rampage III Gene MSI Big-Bang X-Power Gigabyte P67A-UD7 PRICE (Rs) 6.536 14.
484 5.0 11.MARKET WATCH MARKET WATCH GRAPHICS CARDS: ATI NAME Asus EAH5450 SILENT/DI/1GD3 Sapphire HD 5670 Powercolor AX5750 1GBD5-H Sapphire HD5750 11164-00 Powercolor AX5770 1GBD5-H XFX HD-577X-ZNFK MSI R6850-PM2D1GD5 Powercolor AX6850 1GBD5-DH XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Asus EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5 XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Powercolor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Sapphire HD 5850 Sapphire HD 6950 MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5 Sapphire HD 6970 PRICE (Rs) 2.420 7.350 5.902 21.470 29.1 10 10.5 GB | 384-bit STREAM PROCESSORS 16 32 48 96 48 96 96 96 96 112 192 192 192 336 288 336 448 480 512 512 512 CORE | MEMORY SPEED (MHZ) 589 MHz | 800 MHz 550 MHz | 800 MHz 625 MHz | 800 MHz 785 MHz | 1000 MHz 625 MHz | 700 MHz 550 MHz | 850 MHz 550 MHz | 850 MHz 550 MHz | 800 MHz 550 MHz | 900 MHz 550 MHz | 900 MHz 930 MHz | 1000 MHz 810 MHz | 900 MHz 850 MHz | 900 MHz 375 MHz | 900 MHz 650 MHz | 850 MHz 725 MHz | 900 MHz 607 MHz | 837 MHz 732 MHz | 950 MHz 732 MHz | 950 MHz 772 MHz | 1002 MHz 782 MHz | 1002 MHz 148 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .1 10.880 32.0 11.280 5.1 10.599 14.1 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 MEMORY TYPE MEMORY | BUS WIDTH DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR3 DDR3 DDR2 DDR3 DDR5 GDDR5 DDR3 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 512 MB | 64-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1024 MB | 128-bit 768 MB | 192-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1280 MB | 320-bit 1280 MB | 320-bit 1280 MB | 320-bit 1.025 10.421 210 9500 GT GT 220 GT 430 GT 220 GT 240 GT 240 GT 240 GT 240 9800 GT GTS 450 GTS 450 GTS 450 GTX 460 GTX 460 GTX 460 GTX 470 GTX 570 GTX 570 GTX 580 GTX 580 10.0 11.434 3.0 MEMORY TYPE DDR3 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 MEMORY | BUS WIDTH 1 GB | 64-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 1 GB | 128-bit 1 GB | 256-bit 2 GB | 256-bit 2 GB | 256-bit 2 GB | 256-bit STREAM PROCESSORS 80 400 720 720 800 800 960 960 960 960 1120 1120 1440 1408 1536 1536 CORE | MEMORY SPEED (MHZ) 650 MHz | 800 MHz 775 MHz | 1000 MHz 700 MHz | 1150 MHz 700 MHz | 1150 MHz 850 MHz | 1200 MHz 850 MHz | 1200 MHz 775 MHz | 1000 MHz 775 MHz | 1000 MHz 775 MHz | 1000 MHz 790 MHz | 1000 MHz 900 MHz | 1050 MHz 900 MHz | 1050 MHz 725 MHz | 1000 MHz 800 MHz | 1250 MHz 880 MHz | 1375 MHz 880 MHz | 1375 MHz GRAPHICS CARDS: Nvidia NAME Palit NE221000FHD56 Asus EN9500GT/DI/1GD2/V2 Asus Nvidia ENGT220/DI/1GD2 MSI N430GT-MD1GD3/OC/LP Sparkle GeForce GT220 Sparkle GeForce GT240 Asus ENGT240/DI/1GD3/A XFX GT-240X-ZHFC XFX GT 240 GT-240X-ZHFC Sparkle SX98GT1024D3G-VM Palit Geforce GTS450 SONIC Zotac GeForce GTS 450 Asus ENGTS450 DIRECTCU/DI/1GD5 Zotac GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce GTX 460 Smart MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC Sparkle Geforce GTX470 Zotac Geforce GTX 570 MSI N570GTX M2D12D5 Zotac Geforce GTX 580 Asus ENGTX580/2DI/1536MD5 NOTE: Street prices (incl.356 8.317 3.091 12.0 11.0 11.672 21.511 5.285 15.352 10.5 GB | 384-bit 1.0 11.229 10.801 9.694 22.914 19.0 11.1 11 10.1 10.138 10. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.0 11.310 RADEON DIRECT X GPU HD 5450 HD 5670 HD 5750 HD 5750 HD 5770 HD 5770 HD 6850 HD 6850 HD 6850 HD 6850 HD 6870 HD 6870 HD 5850 HD 6950 HD 6970 HD 6970 11.748 22.231 14.0 11.404 6.527 6.0 11.0 11.0 11.982 8.807 12. PRICE (Rs) GEFORCE GPU DIRECT X 2.274 16.0 11.0 11.0 11.782 5.928 6.665 4.120 4.1 10.511 6.206 6.
285 42.460 32.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.873 143.0 FORM FACTOR 2.210 1.424 3.595 2.943 3.345 16.710 53.110 45.055 44.828 CAPACITY 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 1 TB 1 TB 2 TB 2 TB 500 GB INTERFACE USB 2.5-inch 2.0 USB 2.205 17.CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.408 20.5-inch 2.692 5.5-inch 2.403 1.660 TYPE DLP LCD DLP DLP DLP DLP LCD DLP LCD DLP DLP BRIGHTNESS 2700 Lumens 2300 Lumens 2300 Lumens 3000 Lumens 2000 Lumens 2600 Lumens 2600 Lumens 3300 Lumens 4000 Lumens 4500 Lumens 1500 Lumens NATIVE RESOLUTION 800 x 600 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 800 x 600 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 1920 x 1080 CONTRAST RATIO 2200:1 2200:1 1250:1 2200:1 2000:1 2600:1 2500:1 2800:1 550:1 2000:1 30000:1 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 149 .5-inch 3.020 44.0 Touchmate TM-USB8GBPB Transcend JetFlash 500 Sandisk Cruzer Slice Sandisk Ultra Backup CAPACITY 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB 8 GB 16 GB 16 GB 8 GB 32 GB 32 GB 64 GB PRICE (Rs) 303 358 455 908 910 1.408 3.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.5-inch 2.0 USB 2.243 5.0 USB 2.5-inch 3.568 2.566 74.0 USB 2.0 USB 2. EXTERNAL DRIVE NAME Buffalo HD-PETU2 HD-PET320U2/L Western Digital Elements Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex STAA320301 Transcend StoreJet 25M Buffalo HD-PVU2 HD-PV500U2/BK Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex STAA500302 Toshiba Canvio USB 3.821 15.980 2.105 44.397 3.5-inch 2.671 CAMCORDERS NAME Canon Legria FS 305 Sony Handycam DCR-SX44E Samsung K44 Sony Handycam DCR-SX63E Sony Handycam DCR-SR68E Canon Legria HF R17 Canon Legria HF R18 Canon Legria HF M300 Canon Legria HF M31 Sony Handycam XR 550 PRICE (Rs) 11.110 53.297 6.0 USB 3. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.862 2.960 39.5-inch USB FLASH DRIVE NAME ADATA AC906-4G-RBK iball Ultra Strong Transcend JetFlash V70 Corsair CMFUSBMINI Sandisk Ultra Backup iball Ultra Strong Corsair CMFUSB2.900 59.5-inch 2.206 7.400 RESOLUTION OPTICAL ZOOM 1024 x 768 37x 720 x 480 60x 720 x 480 52x 720 x 480 60x 720 x 480 60x 1920 x 1080 20x 1920 x 1080 20x 1920 x 1080 15x 1920 x 1080 15x 1920 x 1080 10x PROJECTORS NAME LG BS275 Sony VPL-EX100 Projector Mitsubishi EX200U Sharp PGF312X LG HS201 G Viewsonic PJD5352 Sony VPL-EX120 Projector Viewsonic PJD6531W Sharp XGC435X Mitsubishi XD600U Mitsubishi HC6800 NOTE: Street prices (incl.0 Transcend StoreJet 25M Western Digital My Passport Elite Western Digital My Book Elite Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex STAA1000301 Hitachi XL Desk 0S02485 Western Digital My Book Elite LaCie Rugged PRICE(Rs) 2.5-inch 3.371 3.0 USB 2.5-inch 3.023 5.110 36.050 3.5-inch 2.0 USB 2.5-inch 2.0 USB 2.758 8.5-inch 2.250 97. PRICE (Rs) 33.743 50.
601 1.22 Kg 18.556 2.2 GHz 2.030 2.36 Kg 26.1-in 14.006 1.50 GHz 1.0-in 15.0-in 14.60 Kg 28.6-in 14.60 Kg 27.6-in HDD 250 GB 250 GB 250 GB 500 GB 160 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 250 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 160 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 250 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB OPTICAL DRIVE No No No No No No No No No DVD±RW No No DVD±RW DVD±RW No DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD-RW DVD-RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW OS DOS Win 7 Starter Win 7 Starter Linux Win 7 Starter Win 7 Starter DOS Win 7 Starter Win 7 Starter DOS Win 7 Starter Win 7 Starter Linux DOS Win 7 Starter Linux DOS Win 7 HB Linux Win 7 HB DOS DOS Win 7 HP DOS Linux DOS DOS Win 7 HB Win 7 HB Win 7 HP Win 7 HB Win 7 HB DOS Win 7 HB DOS 17.37 Kg 20.20 Kg 22.0 GHz 1.6 GHz 1.5-in 15.6-in 15.6-in 14-in 14.722 3.090 2.034 20.800 2.277 2.20 GHz 2.030 2.800 2.1 GHz 2.50 Kg 24.4 GHz 2.50 Kg 22.521 2.0 GHz 2 GHz 2.1-in 10.1-in 10.490 1.578 1.663 2.6-in 15.1-in 10.6 GHz 1.53 GHz 2.6-in 14.30 Kg 27.0-in 10.6 in 15.60 Kg 31.66 GHz 1.20 Kg 35.4 GHz 2.40 Kg 32.90 Kg 35.83 GHz 2.396 1.26 GHz CHIPSET 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 1 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 2 GB 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 2 GB 2 GB DISPLAY 10.6-in 15.0-in 14.50 Kg 17.00 Kg 29.53 GHz 2.7 Kg 35.563 2.35 Kg 34.45 Kg 21.6-in 15.885 2.522 2.1-in 10.30 Kg 25.0-in 15.60 Kg 31.0-in 15.497 1.26 GHz 2.020 1. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.18 Kg PROCESSOR Intel ATOM Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel ATOM Intel Atom Intel Atom AMD Athlon II Intel Dual Core Intel Atom Intel Pentium Intel Atom AMD Athlon Neo Intel Dual Core Intel Pentium AMD Dual Core Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Pentium Intel Pentium Dual Core Intel Core i3 Intel Pentium AMD Danube Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Pentium Dual Core Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 MEMORY 1.389 2.60 Kg 31.40 Kg 29.647 2.1-in 14.2 GHz 1.602 2.26 GHz 2.22 Kg 16.60 GHz 2.66 GHz 1.525 2.66 GHz 1.10 GHz 2.1-in 12.22 Kg 22.20 Kg 28.0-in 10.46 Kg 27.6-in 15.545 2.1-in 11.0-in 12.271 1.26 GHz 2.6-in 15.825 2.22 Kg 18.48 Kg 33.0-in 12.75 Kg 34.13 GHz 2.6-in 15.7 GHz 1.331 1.192 2.53 GHz 2.497 1.66 GHz 1.3 GHz 2. 150 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP .6 GHz 2.6-in 15.26 GHz 2.00 Kg NOTE: Street prices (incl.13 GHz 2.20 Kg 27.00 Kg 29.MARKET WATCH MARKET WATCH LAPTOPS NAME iball Lilbook Lilbook-1026 Toshiba Netbook NB250-A1110 Lenovo S-Series S10-3C 59-051325 iball Lilbook Lilbook-1044 HP Mini 210-1085tu Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Asus Eee PC 1215T-BLK005W Asus 1215P-BLK019S Lenovo S-Series S10-3s 59-043055 HP Presario CQ42-300 CQ42-372TU HP Mini 210-1095TU Asus Eee PC PC 1201T Acer Acer Aspire 4736z HP Compaq Presario CQ40-748TU Sony Vaio VPCYB15AG Dell Vostro 1015 HP Compaq Presario CQ42-355TU Acer Acer Aspire AS 5742z Acer Acer Aspire AS5742 Toshiba Satellite C650-P5210 Asus K42 Series K42DR-VX059D Asus A42 Series A42 SeriesF-VX130D MSI Classic CR420 Toshiba Satellite C660-I5013 Acer Acer Aspire AS 5745 Lenovo G Series 59-052056 Toshiba Satellite C650-I5011 Toshiba Satellite C660-P5210 MSI Classic CR620 Fujitsu Lifebook A Series AH530 Sony Vaio VPCEA42EG Lenovo Z-Series Z-560 59-045432 HP Compaq Presario CQ42-273TU Sony Vaio VPCEB42EG HP Pavilion DV6-3004TU PRICE WEIGHT (Rs) 16.758 2.53 GHz 2.45 Kg 1.730 1.4 GHz 2.60 Kg 28.800 2.6-in 14-in 15.1-in 10.66 GHz 1.673 2.
4 GHz 1.60 Kg 2.050 47.5-in 14.4 GHz 2 GHz 2.6-in 15.6-in 11.6-in 15.33 GHz 2.6-in 15.220 39.304 51.764 42.040 36.304 52.884 44.00 Kg 2.6 GHz 2.6-in 14-in 13.49 Kg 2.53 GHz 2.612 43.4 GHz 2.0-in 15.6-in 15.6 in 14.135 38.26 GHz 1.6-in 11.CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.030 99.823 51.3 GHz 2.0-in 15.839 70.6-in 14.523 53.4 GHz 2.20 Kg 2.45 Kg 2.50 Kg 2.53 GHz 2.40 Kg 2.4 GHz 2.061 39.10 Kg 1.10 GHz 2.340 41.3-in 14.632 63.545 40.6 GHz CHIPSET 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB 4 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 4 GB 3 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB DISPLAY 15.6-in 15.66 GHz 2.6-in HDD 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 320 GB 320 GB 500 GB 640 GB 640 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB 500 GB OPTICAL DRIVE DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW No DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW No DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW No DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW DVD±RW OS DOS DOS Win 7 HB Win 7 HB Win 7 HB Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HB Win 7 HB Win 7 HP Win 7 Pro Win 7 HB Win 7 HP Win 7 Pro Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 Pro Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 Pro Win 7 Pro Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP Win 7 HP NOTE: Street prices (incl.10 Kg 2.46 Kg 2.73 GHz 1.6-in 15.41 Kg 2.6-in 15.66 GHz 1.60 Kg 1.50 Kg 2.40 Kg 2.11 Kg 2.00 Kg 2. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.46 Kg 2. LAPTOPS NAME HP Pavilion XJ419PA HP Presario 621-DOS HP Pavilion XV675PA Dell Inspiron 15R MSI F Series FR600 Lenovo Z Series Z560 59-052666 Acer Aspire AS 5742G Sony Vaio Y Series Toshiba Satellite L640-X4310 HP Compaq Presario G62-361TX Acer Aspire AS 5739G HP Pavilion DV6-3009tu Fujitsu Lifebook A Series A530 Dell Inspiron 15R Asus K52 K52JR Sony Vaio Y Series VPCYA17GG/B Acer Aspire AS 4820TG HP Pavilion XG241PA Sony Vaio VPCEA3BGN Samsung N Series NP-R580-JT01 HP Pavilion DV4-2112TU MSI F Series FX400 Samsung N Series NP-SF510-S01IN Asus B43 B43F-VO023V Dell XPS 15 MSI F Series FX600 Sony Vaio VPCEB3AGG Asus U45 U45JC-WX016X Lenovo Y Series Y560 59-055616 HP Pavilion DV6-3052tx Asus N53 N53JQ-SZ103V Dell Alienware M11x Toshiba Satellite A660-X5310 Dell Alienware Alienware M15X Dell Alienware M15X PRICE WEIGHT (Rs) 36.30 Kg 4.14 Kg 2.6-in 15.75 Kg 2.73 GHz 1.522 48.80 Kg 3.6-in 15.294 42.6-in 14.866 49.965 48.6 GHz 2.60 GHz 2.66 GHz 2.26 GHz 2.6 GHz 2.6-in 11.6-in 15.08 Kg PROCESSOR Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 Intel Quad Core i7 Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 MEMORY 2.73 GHz 1.00 Kg 3.671 60.96 Kg 2.4 GHz 2.626 45.6-in 15.280 40.53 GHz 1.6-in 15.6-in 15.725 43.0-in 15.26 GHz 2.875 58.6-in 15.6-in 15.26 GHz 2.916 41.70 Kg 2.62 Kg 5.50 Kg 2.690 39.0-in 15.60 Kg 2.40 GHz 2.90 Kg 2.646 2.00 Kg 2.1-in 14-in 15.6-in 15.646 99.66 GHz 2.40 GHz 2.60 Kg 2.698 80.492 40.644 40.40 GHz 2.485 39.33 GHz 2.372 38.20 Kg 2.60 GHz 1. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 151 .6-in 15.48 Kg 2.6-in 15.26 Kg 2.30 Kg 2.4 GHz 1.
F8.7-inch 2.5 .1/1600 sec 1 .0-inch 2.5 .283 13.1/3200 sec 15 .7-inch 3.7-inch 2.F5.F5.F5.9 .0-inch 3.2 .F4.930 18.7 F3.9 F3.1 .5 F3.5-inch 3.2 MP 14.7-inch 3.595 12.F4.1/1500 sec 4 .4 .8x 10x 4x 35x 5x WIDE ANGLE 28 mm 32 mm 28 mm 28 mm 26 mm 26 mm 35 mm 28 mm 26 mm 35 mm 28 mm 26 mm 26 mm 35 mm 26 mm 35 mm 28 mm 25 mm 24 mm 25 mm 35 mm 24 mm 28 mm 31 mm 24 mm 24 mm 28 mm 28 mm 28 mm 36 mm 24 mm 24 mm 28 mm APERTURE F2.1/1600 sec 4 .F5.F6.1/3000 sec 2 .6 F2.1 .0-inch 3.7 .895 5.7-inch 3.1/2000 sec 4 .F5.F5.F6.0-inch 3.0-inch 2.F5.1 MP 12 MP 12 MP 14 MP 14 MP 14.194 8.645 18.1 MP 14 MP 12 MP 14 MP 12 MP 12 MP 14 MP 12.0 NA F2.0-inch 2.F5.0-inch 2.564 6.1/1600 sec 1/4 .1 MP 14 MP 10 MP 10 MP 10 MP 14 MP 10 MP 5x 3x 4x 4x 3x 4x 4x 4x 5x 3x 10x 4x 4x 5x 4x 5x 15x 10x 5x 4x 10x 5x 5x 7x 15x 10x 14x 5x 3.6 .7-inch 3.F5.8 .8 F2.6 .7 .9 .7-inch 3.7-inch 2.7 .9 F2.5-inch 3.9 F3.0-inch 3.7 .F5.913 17.F5.920 24.043 15.1/2000 sec 15 .7-inch 2.6 F2.1/2000 sec 4 .1 MP 14 MP 12 MP 12.0-inch 3.F5.493 26.380 31.1/2000 sec 2 .F7 F2.8 .4 F3.258 10.020 9.953 15.1/1000 sec 1/2 .1/1600 sec 15 .010 10.7-inch 2.078 7.F5.F5.9 F3.F5.1/2000 sec 1 .378 28.945 12.7-inch 2.708 4.9 F2.680 10.1/2000 sec 2 .F5.1 .980 13.1/4000 sec NOTE: Street prices (incl.6 F3.7 NA F3.F5.040 7.0 .2 MP 10 MP 14.0-inch 3. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.7-inch 2.6 F2.8 .7-inch 3.CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.7 F3.3 F2.217 17.5-inch 2.7-inch 2.9 F3. DIGITAL CAMERAS NAME Nikon Coolpix L23 Fujifilm FinePix AV200 Sony Cybershot DSC S3000 Kodak Easyshare M532 Sony Cybershot DSC-S2100 Olympus FE-4020 Canon Powershot A3100 IS Canon Digital IXUS 105 IS Nikon Coolpix S3100 Casio Exilim EX-Z90 Fujifilm FinePix JZ300 Casio Exilim EX-Z280 Sony Cybershot DSC-W360 Kodak EasyShare M590 Casio Exilim EX-Z550 Fujifilm FinePix Z700 EXR Olympus SP-600 UZ Sony Cybershot DSC-H55 Canon Digital IXUS 210 IS Sony Cybershot DSC-TX9 Nikon Coolpix S8000 Sony Cybershot DSC-WX1 Nikon Coolpix S1100pj Samsung EC-ST5500 Samsung EC-WB650 Casio Exilim EX-H10 Canon Powershot SX210 IS Olympus MJU-Tough 8010 Canon IXUS 300 HS Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS Canon Powershot S90 Canon Powershot SX30 IS Canon Powershot G12 PRICE (Rs) 4.F5.8 F2. INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 153 .5 .1/1400 sec 2 .1/6000 sec NA 1/8-1/2000 sec 1-1/2000 sec 4 .1/1600 sec 1/2 .8-inch SHUTTER SPEED NA 8 .9 F2.3 .1/2000 sec 8 .2 .670 4.7-inch 2.833 14.8 F3.F4.345 16.1/1200 sec 4 .1/2000 sec 15 .8 .1 MP 14.3 .7-inch 3.1/2000 sec 1/4 .1/2500 sec 1 .1/3200 sec 1/4 .6 F2.F5.266 9.9 F3.9 .F5.0-inch 2.1/1600 sec 1 .2 F3.1/2000 sec 1/2-1/2000 sec 1 .9 F3.5 LCD SIZE 2.9 F2.615 10.217 17.F5.5 F2.530 25.1 MP 12 MP 12 MP 14 MP 14 MP 12.1/2000 sec 8 .7-inch 2.8 F3.5 F3.0 .7-inch 2.F4.9 .1/1000 sec 2 .0 .350 RESOLUTION OPTICAL ZOOM 10 MP 14 MP 10.223 8.6 .2 .5 .F5.F5.
550 12.195 2.200 2.6-inch ✔ 15-inch ✔ 18.400 4.6-inch ✔ 15.5-inch ✔ 21.5-INCH BAYS 4 6 6 5 6 1 4 5 5 6 3 3 4 5 4 NUMBER OF FANS 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 5 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP 06/2011 155 .463 6.176 7.5-inch ✖ 19-inch ✔ 18.770 2.910 46.765 10.5-inch ✔ 21. PRICE (Rs) 1.323 9.960 26.905 5.378 11. VAT) as on 10 May 2011.620 4.5-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 22-inch ✔ 24-inch ✔ 24-inch ✔ 21.543 24. MONITORS NAME BenQ G610HDA Asus VH162DE LG W1643C AOC F19S BenQ G925HDA Philips 191EL1SB Acer S191HQL Samsung SyncMaster 2030N AOC e2043Fs LED Dell IN2020M Samsung SyncMaster B1931N LG W2243 Samsung SyncMaster B2230N Asus MS202N ViewSonic VX2250wm Philips 241E1SB BenQ G2420HD BenQ LED V2200 Eco ViewSonic VX2439wm Acer B243H ViewSonic VX2739wm BenQ M2700 Asus VK266H-BK BenQ XL2410T LED Dell U2711 PRICE (Rs) 4.833 3.665 5.353 6.745 14.450 16.270 6.078 6.985 7.25-INCH BAYS 1 3 3 1 4 4 4 5 5 3 6 5 5 6 7 3.745 9.420 2.5-inch ✔ 24-inch ✔ 24-inch ✔ 27-inch ✔ 27-inch ✔ 25.CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.6-inch ✔ 27-inch ✔ NATIVE RESOLUTION 1366 x 768 1360 x 768 1360 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1600 x 900 1366 x 768 1600 x 900 1366 x 768 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1600 x 900 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 RESPONSE TIME 8 ms 8 ms 8 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 2 ms 2 ms 1 ms 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms 6 ms D-SUB ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ DVI ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ HDMI ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ CABINETS NAME iBall NetTop 009 iBall Cabinet 6363 Circle Cosmo Circle Royal Gigabyte Setto 1000 Cooler Master Elite 335 Thermaltake Matrix VD2000BNS Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Cooler Master RC690 Antec Six Hundred Thermaltake M9D Gigabyte Poseidon 310 LanCool PC-K62 Cooler Master HAF 932 Cooler Master Cosmos S NOTE: Street prices (incl.923 5.205 8.035 13.690 8.5-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 20-inch ✔ 18.760 13.365 25.040 7.500 TYPE ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX POWER SUPPLY ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ 5.750 SCREEN WIDESCREEN SIZE 15.225 6.720 6.923 30.435 1.445 1.5-inch ✔ 18.5-inch ✔ 23.050 6.
I agree with everyone who's already opined that iPads aren't all that great for productivity—and even the promise of an always-on. Today. and I’ve spent a fair bit of time trying to use the various Android models that have passed through our Test Center. has also been just a bit too chunky. BUT THOSE OF US WHO GREW UP WITH PCs MIGHT FIND IT ESPECIALLY HARD TO LIVE WITHOUT THEM.com/ja140 162 06/2011 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP . sole bearer of the 3. and the Acer Iconia. inability to balance it on my lap. I’ve tried a variety of laptops ranging from the hulking three-and-ahalf-kilo Dell that I carried throughout college to a couple of tiny Asus netbooks and even a Macbook Air. but what if they become the de facto computing devices in homes? I’m sure loads of people who use their PCs only for surfing. Tablets definitely aren't the entire future of personal computing. In situations where I would have typed out a quick note or checked in on my mail. I’m not sold on the idea of paying laptop-level prices for a device that needs a whole raft of expensive accessories and in the bargain misses its original purpose of being lightweight and simple to use. Here’s where things do get interesting though—games.PERSONAL TECH THERE'S AN UNDENIABLE GENERATION GAP WHEN IT COMES TO BEING COMFORTABLE WITH TECHNOLOGY.in . Many have elaborate folding stands and wireless keyboards. and each one of them has either given me a strained shoulder or has been too weak to use. simply because they’re just there. so even that little weight is beginning to feel a bit pointless. movies. how will the future take shape? . I’ve tried carrying an iPad around with me on a daily basis. the lack of a keyboard. and simple familiar software and multitasking have left me wanting much more. there’s nothing like having a tablet at hand.0 torch so far. I wonder whether people will feel the same level of wonder and curiosity that I remember feeling. and fiddly to use fulltime.jamshed. most of the pre-Honeycomb models I’ve spent any time with haven’t even pretended to want to help me get stuff done. instant-wake device hasn’t been enough to make me want to keep it handy all the time. On the Android side of things. Even though there are apps that do let me get work done.twitter. chatting and music wouldn’t mind slim tablets instead of huge desktops. chances are I can do it using my phone in a fraction of the time. heavy. I've wound up simply making do till I'm back at my desk. The iPad isn't so light as to be unnoticeable. Given how computers are an inescapable part of life today. When I feel like sinking into an armchair or lounging in bed instead of sitting at a desk. which would shape their views and understanding of technology in unimaginable new ways.avari@chip. Now that the initial curiosity has worn off and I've played all the cool games everyone has talked about. I don’t find myself using a tablet as often as I used to use the laptop. I’ve read more ebooks in the last three months than I have physical ones all of last year. JAMSHED AVARI. I’m not yet convinced that I can manage my entire digital life from one of them—and I’m curious to see how the perception that one can and should do so might lead to a massive change in our relationship with computers and smart devices in the long run. DEPUTY EDITOR THE NEW NORMAL T he tablet experience has been a bit of a mixed bag for me. but with different experiences and different expectations. As far as portability goes. the iPad has so far been unmatched. I’ve seen a number of journalists using tablets in the field. but it’s never caused discomfort. The next generation of children might grow up in homes without PCs. On the other hand. if I need to look something up quickly or put something up on Facebook or Twitter. books and passive surfing.