DESKTOP FACE OFF !

The last decade saw an unprecedented rise of sales in the already well established computer industry with the companies like HP etc bringing out new, better (read All-in-one) Desktops s to the market.

However all of us understand that there is no dearth for computer’s around the market and hence you’ll need to streamline your search for your ‘perfect’ Desktop.

We at Technorrati will help in your quest ……

  1. Acer Revo RL-100 UR20P : Acer Revo RL100-UR20P
    • PROS Compact chassis. Wireless trackpad/keyboard combo. Decently sized 750GB hard drive. Blu-ray player. Can play 1080p online videos.
    • CONS Low benchmark numbers. External power brick. Excessive bloatware.
    • VERDICT For such a slim PC the Acer Revo RL100-UR20P is able to squeeze a Blu-ray player, a wireless trackpad/keyboard remote, and a slew of other features for an inexpensive, sub-$600 price. Amazing !
  2. Dell Vostro 470 : Dell Vostro 470
    • PROS Up-to-date hardware. Strong performance across applications.Expandable.
    • CONS Default warranty covers only one year.
    • VERDICT The Dell Vostro 470 delivers fine performance and a robust-enough feature set to be your go-to sub-$1,000 business PC of choice.
  3. Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge 31 : Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 71
    • PROS Nice Price. Decent performance. Good interior room. Serial and Parallel port. Multi monitor support.
    • CONS Only 180W PSU. Only 30-day Norton Internet Security subscription. No next gen ports like HDMI, DisplayPort, eSATA, or USB 3.0. No TPM.
    • VERDICT At just over $500, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 71 gives you enough power to get your non-demanding business users a PC of their own.

Hope you found this review useful

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The Camera Face-off !

With the growing popularity of sites like flickr,tumblr,pinterest etc it is quite evident that photography has become a range in the modern technological world. And with its growing popularity rises the demand for good quality DSLR (read professional ) cameras

We provide you with a guide of the best DSLR cameras present in the market at this particular moment

  1. Nikon D5200 : Pros: Excellent photo and video quality for its class, fluid shooting design and solid features

    Cons:  Lacks an autofocus motor in the body that limits your lens-selection flexibility

    Verdict: The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.

  2. Canon EOS Rebel T4i :Pros: Extremely good photo and video quality plus improved performance in Live View shooting over the T3i ,more streamlined shooting design

    Cons: Photos aren’t as good as the T3i’s at high ISO sensitivities.

    Verdict: A fine camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i’s more expensive 18-135mm STM kit (or body with another STM lens) is the only version that merits an unqualified recommendation.

  3. Sony Alpha SLT-A37
  4. Pros: Class-leading performance, along with a solid set of features and respectable photo quality.

    Cons: EVF looks dim, and the LCD is small.

    Verdict: A good option if you’re looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD, the Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid but not outstanding sub-$800 dSLR-style camera.

Now the choice is yours . Happy clicking !!

iPhone 5 – The greatest smartphone – Really ??

The hype created before the launch of the iphone 5 was anything but unusual . The success of the previous generatitions and the legacy of its late founder steve jobs all made the iphone 5 the biggest news in the world . Much was expected from the company’s flagship device . So… does it fullfill the expectations .. lets see

DESIGN

Pick up the iPhone 5 and you will instantly find that the Phone is amazingly light. You’ve probably heard the numbers by now (20 per cent lighter than the predecessor, as well as beating most of the opposition too at 112g. The overall effect of the phone is a chassis designed for strength & it just sits more anonymously in the pocket.

You’ll obviously see the change in height too – the iPhone 5 stands 123.8mm tall to allow for the larger 4-inch screen

We’ve tested both the ceramic white version and the anodised black, and the two tone effect on the back of the phone is stunning, both visually and under the finger.

It doesn’t beat the sheer beauty of the HTC One S  but it’s well-set in second place.

PERFORMANCE

The phone , with its A6 core chip is an excellent performer . period. Applications work seamlessly and the user interface is slick and fast .

MULTIMEDIA

The apple application store has the largest number of applications and is one of the best in the market now. With and improved user interface iOs 6 , Improved siri , more applications and a phenomenal  camera . thephone surely is a multimedia powerhouse.

However , older applications suited to the 3.5 inch screen have not been upgraded yet and have black bars on each side to cover up space. Disappointing.

BATTERY

You get up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 8 hours of browsing over cellular networks, and up to 10 hours of video playback. Nothing to write home about but decent enough.

VERDICT

The iPohe 5 is surely a good phone on its own but it does not justify its apple badging and with the release of the samsung galaxy S4 …apple surely has some catching up to do .

Sony Xperia Z – Hands On review

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Sony for long has remained in the shadows of its larger than life opponents (read samsung , apple) but it has comback and surely with a bang . So lets see what the company’s flagship device has to offer ….

DESIGN

This is the best smartphone screen i had ever seen . Period. The device has a 5inch full HD IPS screen which is INCREDIBLE. Colors seems so lively and HD videos work seemlessly. The overall design of the smartphone was however disappointing considering the sony brand name . With its box-like appearence it surely wont win many hearts for its design.

PERFORMANCE

The phone houses a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor which is slick and fast and the phone is therefore a decent performer . Mated to the latest version android , sony’s touch ui does manage to grab a few eyeballs with its incredible fee and look .

MULTIMEDIA

The one feature that separates the phone from the competition is its exceptional 13 megapixel camera which is just….awesome . Photos are crisp and bright .

BATTERY

Battery life is decent and the phone managed a respectable 5.5 Hours on full usage.

VERDICT

An Excellent phone with exceptional features , Sony COULD HAVE truly revived its fortunes if not for its own undoings. The phone is priced above the current bestseller – The samsung Glaxy S3 by a hefty $150 and is clearly not worth the difference.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – IPhone 5 killer ?

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So the Samsung has finally let the cat out off the box … its much-anticipated “iPhone killer” ..the Samsung Galaxy S4 on the unveiling in New york on thursday night .

Much was expected from the device after the phenomenal success of the other devices in the galaxy range . So let us see does the s4 justify the galaxy branding …..

DESIGN

The first impression when you see the taj mahal …… “That is bloody awesome !” . well the s4 doesnt invoke any such feelings . on the contrary it looks and feels about the same as the s3 in form and design factors and therefore feels boring . even though minor superficial changes do exist like the checkerboard finish on the body and a new color addition – black , the device essentially remains to be a bigger (5 inch) s3

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PERFORMANCE

This is the first device on offer which provides a 8 core processor . However it remains to be seen whether this change would just be a gimmick or would actually provide the device the necessary ammo to blast its competition out. We managed to get our hands on the 1.9 ghz quad-core option and its worth noting that the performance is phenomenal . The user interface (samsung touch wiz) is slick and there is no lag whatsoever in multitasking or heavy applications . The device is mated to the android’s latest software upgrade jellybean 4.2.2 which more or less feels the same as the previous version . This factor ,sadly, s4 more to the s3 .

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MULTIMEDIA

The one notable change here is the awe-inspiring 13 megapixel camera which on paper seems to be a good performer . coupled with a 2 megapixel front camera the s4 also offers dual camera option which enables to shoot videos using both cameras simultaneously .

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NEW FEATURES

Samsung always manages to come out with features that we only read in Isaac Asimov’s books , which sound more like gimmicks than features . The s4 is no exception with the following new features :

  1. With Smart Pause the device recognises that you are paying attention to it, automatically pausing content if you turn your head away from the screen for more than a second, kicking it back into action again once you redress the device. Smart Scroll with just a tilt of your hand will scroll up and down, and it will only do this when it knows you are paying attention.From first use these appear more than a simple gimmick, with Smart Pause especially appealing as a feature that will prove useful during prolonged use ensuring you never miss a moment of video content again.Samsung Galaxy S4 7
  2. On top of this, two other highly impressive Samsung Galaxy S4 features are its Air View and Air Gesture options. While the Air Gesture capabilities allowed us to swipe through content without every touching the display, Air View offered glimpses of previously hidden content, such as messages and emails, again without ever having to physically touch the screen.Brilliantly intuitive from the off, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Air View feature is a true time saver, letting us hover a finger a centimetre or two above the screen and be offered pop-up access to email content, text messages and contact information.

VERDICT

The samsung galaxy is surely not a game changer as it was touted to be however it does manage to please us with its incredible screen and camera. Can the  Samsung Galaxy S4  take off exactly where the Samsung Galaxy S3 had made its home, as the market leading Android handset ?