Buying a new camera is like deciding on a single chocolate when you have a bag full of one from every brand. Just like cocoa, sugar, taste, almonds spoil you for choice, so does ISO, shutter speed, aperture, lenses, megapixels and other camera jargon. Snapsort helps you sort your snapping equipment. It helps you compare different models and gives recommendations on what camera you should buy.
Snapsort is build in such a way, that it functions as a rating site as well as a guide. Every camera is given a score, depending on what camera you compare it with. You can browse cameras by type (say, point and shoots, DSLRs, ultra zooms etc.), features, brands and various other parameters. Based on scores, there are also lists of popular brands, top digicams, top super zooms, top entry-level DSLRs and so on. Another great feature provided by Snapsort is Just tell me!where you enter a price, say like $300 on a point and shoot, and it lists out cameras under that range, neatly categorized into different utilities, like Best compact for under $300and Best travel under $300
Snapsort is certainly a site you should keep in mind if you’re on the hunt for a new camera, a new camera that you’re gonna like.
Apple has finally announced the successor to the MacBook Air. This time the MacBook Air will come in two screen sizes of 11.6-inches and 13.3-inches. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air will sport a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card and an SSD for all your storage needs. The 13.3-incher is only 0.68-inches thick at its thickest point and only 0.11-inches thin at its thinnest point. Apple quotes the battery life of the 13.3-inch Air to be around 7 hours of wireless weband a whopping 30 days on standby.
The smaller MacBook Air the one with the 11.6 inches of screen size will sport a resolution of 1366×768. The smaller Air will sport a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo which is upgradeable to 1.6GHz. Like the 13.3-inch Air, the smaller Air also packs 2GB of RAM and the GeForce 320M graphics card. Both the Airs have sport a full unibody aluminium construction. The smaller Air will have a smaller’ battery of up to 5 hours.
The 13.3-inch MacBook Air will set you back by $1,299 with 128GB SSD while 256GB of storage space will set you back by $1,599. The 11.6-inch Air with 64GB of storage space will cost $999 while the 128GB version will cost $1,199. Both the Airs are available from today at all the various Apple retail stores.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first major Android tablet was officially unveiled at IFA 2010, Berlin. It will be available for purchase soon with all the major carriers in the US. Sprint and T-Mobile had already announced their pricing plans, both planned to sell it for $399 with a contract and $599/$649 without one.
Today, Verizon announced its own plans for the Galaxy Tab. It will be available starting November 11 for $599.99. This is the full retail price, Verizon isn’t offering any subsidized version with a contract. The data plans are priced at $20 per month for 1 GB.
The Galaxy Tab will come with Verizon apps like VCAST Music, VZ Navigator etc. Verizon will also start selling the iPad from October 28.
For more details, check out Verizon – Galaxy Tab
Lots of rumors have been floating around about a 7 inch Apple iPad being in the works. These rumors started circulating right after the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and haven’t stopped since. Many had speculated that a 7-inch iPad – version 2.0 – might actually be in production.
All the rumors can finally be put to rest, as Steve Jobs himself confirmed during Apple’s Q4 earnings conference call that there isn’t going to be a 7-inch iPad.
“We’re not not making a 7-inch tablet because we don’t want to hit a lower price point. We just believe it’s too small to hit the user experience people want. When we make decisions, it’s not about cost, it’s about value when you factor in the software. We’re all about the best products at aggressive prices.”
“This size (7-inch display) isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion. While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”
While it would be prudent to not expect a 7 inch iPad anytime soon, if the 7-inch form factor does become popular following the launch of the Galaxy Tab and the Blackberry Playbook, Apple probably would take a go at that market too.
Steve Jobs has often reversed his stance in the past, case in point: “People don’t read anymore.” followed by the launch of iBooks. No one should be surprised if he does it again.
via: BGR & Gizmodo
Nook owners rejoice! The popular eBook reader from Barnes & Noble will be getting a major software update in the upcoming month. The update will increase the page turn speed on both the models of the Nook 3G and Wi-Fi. The update will also add some of the most requested features from the Nook readers.
This includes improved search performance on the device, customized Barnes & Noble library organization along with password protection and the ability to sync the last page read across multiple Nooks and all devices with the free Nook app. The Nook 1.5 software update for the NOOK will land sometime in November and will be available for download via Wi-Fi or from www.nook.com.
The Nook application for Android will also be getting an update which is expected later this week. The update will include the ability to go to a specific page, search within a book, view your highlights and notes, delete books from your Nook library and an updated home screen for making reading easier. (Source)
Surprise Surprise! The big red a.k.a Verizon is soon going to start selling the Apple iPad. Today, in an official press release Apple and Verizon have announced that the iPad will be available at all Verizon retail stores beginning from October 28. Verizon will be offering only the Wi-Fi equipped models of the iPad. They will also be bundling a Verizon branded Mi-Fi along with it for internet access on the go.
This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels,said John Stratton, chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless. iPad together with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.
The suggest retail price of the 16GB iPad along with the Mi-Fi is $629.99 while the 32GB and 64GB versions cost $729.99 and $829.99 respectively (Mi-Fi inclusive). Verizon will also be offering all the three models of the iPad on a standalone basis. The big red will be charging $20 for up to 1GB of data usage using the bundled Mi-Fi. As you can see, AT&T sells the iPad at a comparatively cheaper rate than what Verizon will be offering it for.
Verizon’s DROID’ advertisement campaign has played a major role in the success of Android and this move from them has surely shocked me. Even after five months of its release, the iPad is still selling like hot cakes. With this move from Apple and Verizon, I expect the sales figure to go crazy!
With new tablets being announced or launched every week, the tablet market is truly on fire. However, other than Apple’s iPad, none of the other tablets have succeeded in making a significant impact. The Samsung Galaxy Tab might just turn out to be the first actual iPad competitor. However, the tablet that I am really excited about is Notion Ink’s Adam.
The Adam, which has been plagued by a series of delays, is being manufactured by an Indian startup called Notion Ink. What sets Adam apart from the rest of the tablet crowd is its ambition. Unlike other Android tablets, Adam will be using an extensively modified operation system with its own interface and market.
Related: Specs and Pics of Notion Ink Adam | Adam Pricing Information | Interview With Notion Ink’s CEO
In a new blog post, Notion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan, has shared some of the key details about Eden – Adam’s multi-tasking environment. It allow applications to run in 3 modes –
i) Full Screen Mode: In this mode the application will occupy the entire screen and will be the sole object of attention. Only one application can be in this mode at a time.
ii) Light Mode/Panels: In light mode, the application will only expose its key functionalities. Up to three applications can be simultaneously in light mode. Screen real estate, as well as other resources will be shared among these applications.
iii) Waiting Mode (Background): When an application is minimized it creates a panel with its most important features and goes to sleep. At any point of time, three panels will be visible. Other panels will be hidden and waiting to be called upon.
Existing Android applications (which are designed for mobile phones) will work as panels, instead of being stretched to fit the tablet’s higher resolution screen.
Discussing the benefits of introducing Panels, Shravan wrote:
Using these concepts now you can compare two documents, transfer files from one folder to another, take notes from one panel and write in another, you can chat in one and read RSS in another, while third one is playing your song, read this blog and update your twitter message. Most important element in multi-tasking is to SEE two things to work on them, and now we have 3!
We already reported that the Samsung Galaxy Tab was coming to Sprint on November 14, priced at $399 with a 2 year contract and $599 without a contract.
Now, TMONews has leaked a few internal slides by T-Mobile which state that the pricing will be almost similar to Sprint’s.
The T-Mobile Galaxy Tab will be effectively priced at $399 with a 2 year contract and $649 without one, after a $50 mail in rebate. We don’t know the exact launch date, but it will probably be around November 14.
Check out these leaked internal T-Mobile slides for more details and a detailed comparison of the iPad and the Galaxy Tab.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first major Android tablet which will soon be launched in the US. It is touted to be the only real iPad competitor, atleast in the near future.
According to BGR, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launched by Sprint on November 14. It will be priced at $399 with a 2 year contract and $599 without one. The retail pricing of $599, if true, is really good. When it was first announced, many were speculating that the price will be more than $1000.
The iPad is priced at $629 for the 16 GB 3G version. If priced at $599, the Galaxy Tab will be a much better option at a lower price.
The early reviews of the Galaxy Tab have been very encouraging. At this price, it has virtually no competition. I am definitely getting one, are you?
Since the spectacular success of the Apple iPad, many manufacturers have been scurrying around, trying to ride the tablet wave. Many new tablets have been announced, most of them being powered by Android, Google’s open source mobile OS.
Samsung is all set to launch the Galaxy Tab soon, in Europe and the US, and even RIM has announced the Playbook, the Blackberry tablet.
Besides that, there are countless other Android tablets by many manufacturers.
LG was earlier supposed to launch their own Android tablet by the end of 2010. It was supposed to run Android 2.2 Froyo, like the Galaxy Tab, which by Google’s own admission isn’t suited for the tablet form factor.
Apparently, LG is now delaying its tablet release and plans to ship the tablet with “the most suitable version of Android for their tablet”. Quite possibly, they have decided to wait it out until the release of Android 3.0 Gingerbread, which will be optimized for tablets.
The new tablet will probably be unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas in January.