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Samsung i8910 HD

June 29, 2009 by  
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Yes, it’s easily Samsung’s best attempt at an iPhone killer to date. The i8910 HD is featured packed with a 3.7in 16:9 AMOLED 360 x 640 capacitive touchscreen, eight megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Face Detection, Smile Shot, Blink Shot and Panorama Shot. HD 720p video recording, HSUPA, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, 8GB of native flash memory, a 32GB compatible microSD card slot, an FM tuner, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor.

There’s DivX /Xvid, H.264, WMV, Mpeg4 and Real video playback, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC, WMA and Real Audio playback, dual stereo speakers with DNSe 2.0 and a Symbian S60 5.0 backbone with Document Viewer, E-Dictionary, Biz Card Recognition, Podcasting, 3D Games, app downloads, Push Email (MS Exchange) and Smart Search. Finally we find a whopping 1500 mAh battery. So really what’s NOT to like? I’ll tell you…

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Samsung i8910 HD

Samsung i8910 HD also known as the Omnia HD

Just the Bad Points Review: Samsung i8910 HD

  • It’s BIG. Dimensions of 123 x 58 x 12.9mm give it the largest touchscreen handset footprint to date
  • It’s heavy. 144g it roughly 10% more than an iPhone, which itself is normally the limit people are happy with
  • There’s no multi-touch. Despite the introduction of a capacitive screen (which is what the iPhone has) Samsung still hasn’t done it
  • No App Store. Samsung (Jet aside) uses third party platforms and hasn’t got together its own third party applications store
  • The UI still isn’t as smooth or finger friendly as Palm’s WebOS, Google Android or, yes, iPhone OS
  • It’s expensive on contract. Not iPhone 3gS expensive of course, but certainly it reflects its flagship status

Philips 21:9 Cinema HDTV

March 16, 2009 by  
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It’s perhaps the most radical development in home television since High Definition and Widescreen, Philips’ ground breaking 21:9 ‘Cinema’ promises to bring true cinema aspect ratios to our living rooms. Yet amongst all this excitement what are the reasons to be cautious?

The preamble: My cult and contentious reviews’ system. Designed as a time saver to highlight the potential deal breakers in a product before you commit to reading lengthy reviews on your favourites sites and/or magazines. For a more detailed description please read: the Rules

Just the Bad Points Review: Philips 21:9 Cinema

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The Future Shape of All Televisions?

  • While pixel mapping does support 16:9, 4:3 content inevitably has very thick vertical bars
  • 21:9 name is mathematical approximation which may just further confuse public
  • Will the industry support it? Currently only 60 per cent of DVDs and Blu-rays have a 21:9 mode
  • At 20cm deep it’s not particularly slim
  • Not LED backlit, it’s limited to CCFL
  • 56in is only size on offer for now
  • Ambilight Spectra implementation is sadly only three sided, not four
  • Asking Price (4,000 euros)
  • Launch not until June (time to save up?!)
  • Rivals are expected to follow suit with 21:9 models of their own, so is it better to wait?
  • Is it rarely wise to buy the first generation of anything…

Looking for more? My Philips 21:9 Cinema preview can be found at my usual TrustedReviews stomping ground.

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