Gadgets – Madhur Kapoor’s Blog Technology, Software Reviews, Tutorials, Vista Tips, Windows Tips Thu, 08 May 2014 16:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 X-Mini Rave Portable Capsule Speaker Review Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:28:29 +0000 The X-Mini series of portable capsule speakers are quite popular due to there sleek design and good sound quality. The X-mini Rave is the latest addition to the series of X-Mini speakers and this one even allows you to listen to FM Radio stations.

Like other speakers in the series, the X-Mini Rave has got a sleek and elegant design with a small size making it easy to carry it in your pockets. The speakers can also be expanded. The X-Mini Rave package includes the speaker unit along with a manual, Charge cable and a pouch. The speaker has got a button which allows you to switch between ‘Audio’, ‘Off’ & ‘Radio’. The ‘Audio’ mode allows you to use the speaker with any media device like computer, mp3 player etc.

The ‘Radio’ mode is a new addition which has been introduced in the series and it allow you to listen to FM Radio. It even has a small display which shows you the FM frequency in a blue light background.  It has got small buttons which allows you to move between different FM frequencies. Pressing the button long enough will automatically tune to a radio frequency when it finds one. Most of FM Radio player will have an external antenna but the X-Mini Rave has an internal antenna whose performance is excellent. The speaker will even remember your last played station even if you turn it off. Even with an internal antenna, its reception of Radio stations was clear.

Even though it has a small size, like other X-Mini speakers, it gives out a loud and powerful sound which is very clear. The Bass and Treble are also quite good. Though you might notice a bit of distortion while listening to heavy metal and rock music in full volume. The speaker has got a good battery life. I was able to run it for around 14 hours without recharging. According to the product specification, you can play the Radio music for upto 6 hours and the recharging time is around 2 hours.

I have been a fan of X-Mini speakers series and this one is no different. Though you will probably use your Computer speakers at home, you can always use it while going on trip or some outing. Overall, it is a really great portable speaker and the FM Radio is a great addition.

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Sony Ericsson Launch New Mobile Phones S312, W205 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 13:26:49 +0000 Sony Ericsson has launched two new Mobile Handsets, the S312 and the W205 Walkman phone. The S312 is a mid range phone which has got some decent features while the W205 is ideal for those who love listening to music on the go.


The S312 has a trendy design which is basically targeted towards teenagers. It has 2 inch screen which is scratch resistant and has a resolution of 176 X 220 pixels. It has a 2 MP camera supporting 2.5 X digital zoom. Some of its features are

  • Media Player
  • Bluetooth with A2DP
  • Openwave
  • Email
  • FM Radio
  • USB Storage
  • 15 MB internal memory
  • Memory Card support
  • Available in Dawn Blue and Honey Silver Colour


The W205 Walkman Phone is a stylish slider phone but it has got low end features. It has a 1.8 inch 128 X 160 TFT display and a 1.3 MP camera with 2X zoom. You can also record videos with it. Since it is a Walkman phone, it has got features like FM Radio with RDS, Track ID. The phone also has a torch functionality and comes with 5 MB internal memory which can be extended to 2GB.

Both the phones are expected to come out in the second quarter with no information about prices.

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LG Launch Mid Range GM200 Handset Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:08:40 +0000 img_130962_lg_gm200_450x360

LG has unveiled the third phone if its new GM series the LG GM200. It is a simple candy bar midrange handset and offers full multimedia user experience in a simple form factor. The mobile has some unique features like the Dolby Mobile Technology and background noise sensor that adjusts the sound of the handset based on the ambience.

The phone has a 2 inch TFT display having a resolution of 176 X 220 pixels and supporting 262k colours. Other features of the phone include

  • 2 MP camera with video recording
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • 30 MB Internal memory
  • microSD card support
  • Integrated FM Antenna

The phone is going to be available starting from May and will be available for a price of Rs 7,474 or $148 starting from European countries.

Sony Ericsson Unveil T707 Phone Sat, 28 Mar 2009 08:48:38 +0000 Sony_Ericsson_T707_Lucid_Blue_270x432

Sony Ericsson has introduced a new candy bar handset T707 which is being endorsed by Maria Sharapova. It is a mid range handset and has a sleek flip design, multimedia features, eye catching light effects and gesture controls.

The T707 lights up when the call is received and the light settings can be personalized according to the user taste. Thanks to the Gesture Control, users can end a call with a wave of there hand over the screen. The mid range phone has a 2.2 inch screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, music player, stereo Bluetooth, FM radio, Geo Tagging of photos. It also has a personal organizer, USB mass storage, PC syncing, voice recorder, speaker phone. The gesture control allows you to control some calling and alarm function by the wave of your hand in front of the sensor. It offers GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 2100 connectivity and offers 100MB of internal memory and external card support. It offers a talk time of up to 10 hours and a standby time of 400 hours.

The phone will be available in the Q2 in Mysterious Black, Spring Rose and Lucid Blue colour. The pricing details is not yet known.

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Dell Launch Studio One 19 All In One Computer Fri, 13 Mar 2009 16:09:49 +0000 557292

There has been quite an increase in the All In one Desktop segment. Dell has launched there All In One Studio One 19 desktop which comes with multi touch display and is also affordable. It is designed to look functional in any room of the house and is made up of Aluminum Glass and fabric with an 18.5 inch display.

It comes with an 18.5 display supporting a resolution of 1366×768 or 1920×1080 with Webcam and also having Multi Touch as an option. It comes with a fairly good configuration having an Intel Celeron 2.2 GHz processor or Core 2 3GHz processor. The hard drive can go up to 750 GB and it can have around 4GB of RAM. It also includes a choice of Nvidia 9200 or 9400 GPU. It also comes with a 7 in 1 card reader and 6 USB ports. It can also be upgraded to include Wireless capability and a Blu Ray player. One of its most coolest feature is the touch screen which allows for multi-touch photo editing, slideshow creation, playlist compilation, notes, and web browsing. Using the touch screen, photos and videos can also be recorded and uploaded to Youtube or Flickr.

The All In One Desktop PC starts at $699 while the touch screen will cost $100 extra. The price will exceed if you got for more features like Blu Ray player etc. It is going to be first launched in Japan by the end of the month.

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Apple Introduce new Talking iPod Shuffle Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:40:43 +0000 Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple has introduced a new line of iPod Shuffle which are quite tiny than the previous model and it is also the first music player that talks. It has a Voiceover feature which enables it to speak the name of the song title, artists and playlists. It can also tell status information such as battery life and can speak in 14 languages including English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.It is also the first iPod shuffle with playlists.

The new iPod Shuffle is very small in size and even smaller than the AA battery. All the controls are located in the earphone cord which also makes it easier to use. Users can play, pause, adjust volume, change playlists just by press of a button. It has a new aluminum design and a built in stainless steel clip that makes it ultra wearable. It is available in black and silver color and comes with Apple Earphones with remote, and USB cable.

It will be available in India in 4 weeks time for a price of Rs 4900.

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Samsung Announce 2 Touch screen Handsets Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:21:04 +0000 It looks like Samsung is focusing more on Touch Screen mobiles these days. They have announced the launch of their new touch screen handsets – S5600 and S5230. Both these mobile phones have stylish designs and intuitive user interface. Both of these handsets come with the Touchwiz user interface from Samsung which also supports mobile widgets.


The S5600 has 2.8 inch QVGA full touch screen with accelerometer for auto rotation. It has a 3 MP camera with smile shot and supports full Internet browsing via 7.2 Mbps 3G, HSDPA connectivity. It also has GPS with AGPS support. It is also a multimedia phone and supports codec’s including WMV, MPEG4 and H.263. It uses Samsung’s Digital Natural Sound Engine for audio playback. Connectivity options include Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0. It has 80MB Internal memory and also supports microSD card upto 8GB. It has a “Gesture Lock” feature which enables the user to unlock the phone and execute the menu directly as they draw a letter of the alphabet on the screen and users can set which menu they want corresponding the A-Z letter.


The S5230 is a slim phone and has nearly the same features but it lacks GPS and 3G support. It has a 3 inch QVGA touch screen. It has a Photo Contact feature which allows you to call a person by touching his picture. Camera and connectivity options are the same as that of S5600. It has 50MB of internal memory and supports microSD cards upto 8GB. It also supports QWERTY soft keyboard, Gesture Lock and handwriting recognition.

The S5230 will be available in Europe in April while S5600 will be available in May. No details about the pricing in yet known.

Samsung Launch 8MP Pixon Mobile Phone in India Sat, 07 Mar 2009 14:17:54 +0000 img_125552_m8800_news_main_450x360

Samsung has launched the 8MP touch screen M8800 Pixon in India. It is the latest addition to Samsung’s growing range of touch screen handsets. The phone has a 8 megapixel auto focus camera which offers maximum image resolution of 3264×2448 along face-recognition, Wide Dynamic Range, Advance Shake Reduction, GPS geo-tagging support, and WSVGA and VGA video recording at 30fps.

The photographs taken on the phone can be edited. The M8800 has a 3.2-inch WQVGA large full touch screen which supports Samsung TouchWiz user interface for tap, sweep, drag and drop operations. It also supports live Home Screen Widgets like weather info, Google Search etc. The phone has an onscreen QWERTY keyboard and also supports handwriting recognition. The multimedia phone has an advanced music player supporting SRS 3D surround sound. It also supports video formats lie Divx, Xvid, MP4. The phone comes with some preloaded games which also includes motion sensor based game which can be played by shaking the handset. The phone has a video recording capability along with TV output. The phone supports HSDPA high speed 7.2 MBps Internet. The phone also has Bluetooth with A2DP and USB 2.0 along with microSD card support.

The SAMSUNG Pixon is priced at Rs 28,750.

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