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The Five Worst Products of 2010

December 31st, 2010 8 comments

As we reflect back on the year 2010 and the new products that hit the market during this time, there have been some great ones, some not so great, and some that should never have hit the market. It was hard to pick just five from The Worst Products of 2010 list but after much reading, these seem to be the five worst.

Ipad

This was Apple’s introduction to the tablet computer, which sold over 3 million devices in 80 days. Read more…

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LG Quantum smart phone Review

December 31st, 2010 No comments

LG Electronics, the electronics division of South Korean giant LG and a major vendor for televisions and mobile phones has brought out the LG Quantum smart phone that is being powered by Windows Phone 7 operating system. Slowly but steadily, LG has been making its presence felt by bringing to the end user a multipurpose device with reasonable pricing. And the LG Quantum is no exception to this strategy.

At first looks, the LG Quantum looks like a bar type smart phone until the slider slips out from the rear. Its smooth and rounded dimensions make it fit in the hands a joy. The tough and therefore durable Quantum carries the dimensions of 4.7 inches X 2.34 inched X 0.6 inch and weighs around 6.21 Oz. The amazing 3.5 inches TFT display offers the resolution of WVGA 480 X 800 pixels. It supports the natural tone of various colors and offers a very clear vision of the smallest text but loses its attire in bright sunlight. The phone looks amazingly stylish when a QWERTY keyboard slides out gracefully. The keys are distinctly placed living no room for typo. On flipping over to the rear side, we can see the 5 MP camera with auto focus facility and LED flash. With this the images of 2592 X 1944 pixels are produced that gives accent ratio of 16:9 as well as feature the video clip of 720p. With LG Quantum in hand you can easily share these images and videos with your friends within a snap.

Towards the multimedia section we can find an inbuilt FM radio. LG Quantum is also efficient to play videos encoded with 3GP, H.264, MP4 and WMV. It as well supports the audio format of MP3, WMA, WAV, eAAC and many more. The Windows Phone 7 comes with loads of attributes and applications. For which is gets its power from 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650 processor and has the RAM capacity of 256 MB. The phone is added with internal memory of 16 GB but unfortunately no extendable memory slot is available. Using such a magnificent power the applications are loaded within few seconds. Quantum is preloaded with DLNA application which allows the easy wireless transfer of images and videos to TV, computers, laptops etc that are compatible with DLNA application.

The Bluetooth 2.1 enabled LG Quantum with A2DP offers connectivity using Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n featured with DLNA application. Connectivity is also offered with EDGE, GPRS and 3G HSDPA. It is as well featured with the attribute of GPS antenna that is powered to serve as a navigator. LG Quantum can satisfy its power hunger with the Lithium ion battery possessing the power of 1500 mAh. The completely charged battery offers the talk time of 6 hours and can stay live till 14.6 days when left on standby mode.

With all its trendy looks and business features with all sorts of applications, this LG Quantum serves as an all in one package as the services are further enhanced with the association of AT & T. This unique package with the new age applications is a pretty good deal.

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LG MN180 Review

December 31st, 2010 2 comments

LG has always been a chosen name to produce stylish handsets whether it may be the low budget phone or a handset loaded with full fledged features and applications. All its avatars reflect sophistication in their design. Similar is the story with LG’s MN180 handset model.  The sleek and light weighted handset reveals flip design of a clamshell. The dimensions of which are 94 mm X 47 mm X 18 mm and weighs around 3.24 Oz that is equivalent to 92 grams.

The new introduction of LG MN180 is flooded with a huge array of appealing attributes. Its main attraction is its dual screen display.  A small screen of one inch is embedded over the flip with which you can view the screen without opening it. This screen is just a basic purpose screen with the low resolution of 96 X 64 pixels. On opening the flap, you will see the bigger display measuring 2.0 inches that offers the good resolution of 1280 X 1024 pixels. MN180 supports CDMA 800, 1700/2100, 1900 network technology.

LG MN180 is additionally attributed with 1.3 MP camera that can click clear images as well as shoot videos with digital zoom technology. The music system supports MP3 and MP4 player. The incoming call emits polyphonic ringtone as well as MP3 based ringtone. The connectivity is facilitated with the use of Bluetooth technology. You can stay connected through WAP browser which also allows Emailing service and instant messaging. You can even entertain yourself by playing games as well.  Its hearing aid has M4 and T4 compatibility and the voice emission over speaker phone is loud and clear. The handset is furnished with 2.5 mm headphone connector and a Micro USB port that facilitates battery charging. The stylish handset is added with GPS antenna that serves as a navigator.

The MN180 version from LG is featured with the memory capacity of 36 MB. It supports SD card slot as well as SDHC card slot. The phonebook memory allows the storage of 1000 contacts with multiple numbers. The basic operations like alarm timer, calendar, calculator, stopwatch are the part of its offerings. LG provides the decent battery that accurately suits the standard of the phone. The MN180 is powered with the Lithium ion battery of 1000 mAh that offers the talk time of over 5 hours and the average time of 440 hours at standby mode.

The availability of LG MN180 in grey and black colors gives more sophisticated look. This innovation from LG in the form of MN180 is the best phone with loads of attributes and features to suit the needs of any age and any class of buyers.

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TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps Review

December 31st, 2010 No comments

About TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps

TomTom, a brand trusted in offering advanced GPS devices, introduces the new TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps that is sold at $299.95 at most online retailers. When you buy this unit, you can also get the following: USB cable, Fold & Go EasyPort mount, adhesive disk, car charger with integrated traffic, pre-loaded maps, and redemption code for lifetime map updates.

The TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps is sleek and compact measuring only 0.7 x 5.6 x 3.5 inches and weighing only around 9 ounces. The slim design also offers a large 5-inch display screen with crisp and sharp graphics. It is also equipped with a touch screen capability such that you can easily move from one screen to another, easily view maps, and zoom in on specific details on the map.

TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps is also equipped with Super Driving Intelligence that enable you to virtually drive anywhere you want without getting lost. It comes pre-loaded with maps of the United States, Mexico, and Canada with up to 7 million points of interest to choose from. You can also beat delays to your travel with lifetime updates to traffic and map information to either find your route, or identify the fastest alternative routes available.

Pro’s of TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps

*It comes with a sleek design, which is also a huge improvement from earlier models;

*The display screen is large enough such that you can clearly see the data shown;

*The screen also holds well when used in areas with bright sunlight;

*The visuals are crisp and clear, while the graphics are also quite responsive;

*It offers quick planning and re-routing capabilities, particularly with the Turbo Routing feature;

*It offers an innovative car dock that offers improved mechanics;

*The clock offers an automatic time zone setting;

*And of course, it offers lifetime updates on maps and traffic to ensure that you can make better use of it.

Con’s of TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps

*Although this routing device features a car dock, it does not have a docking station;

*It does not offer LIVE services;

*It lacks a memory card slot;

*There is only one English computer voice that is preloaded into the unit and you cannot download any other voices too.

The Bottom Line

Despite of some flaws in the design and feature list for TomTom Go 2505TM 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps, it does poise itself as one of the strongest contenders for anyone looking for a GPS device for their vehicle. The TomTom brand has appealed to consumers for its ability to offer accurate and extremely efficient products. If only this product were not rushed for release into the US market, then consumers could have access to an even better product. Needless to say, there are lots of room for improvement here but it does offer a good value.

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TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps Review

December 31st, 2010 No comments

About TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator

If you are looking for a reliable GPS navigator device for your vehicle, then you can trust on TomTom to deliver what you need. THe TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator is available for purchase at a suggested retail price of $279 in leading online stores. But before you can come into a conclusion about this product, take time to evaluate what it has to offer.

TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator is designed as a portable navigator such that you’d love to take it with you on the road. First and foremost, it comes with a sleek and slim design. It is also equipped with a large 4.3-inch touchscreen display to ensure that you can easily swipe your fingers onto the screen to navigate your way through the intuitive menu. In addition to the touchscreen capability, the screen also offers the most crisp and clear graphics to make it easier to view the detailed maps and routing data. Aside from the intuitive menu, it also facilitates for easy map viewing.

Like most of the other TomTom GPS navigators already out in the market, TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator is equipped with the Superior Driving Intelligence that guarantee you can enjoy lifetime traffic and map updates. The unit also comes preloaded with maps of the US, Canada, or Mexico with about 7 million points of interest to choose from to ensure you won’t get lost no matter where you go. In the US alone, this unit can track down about one million mapped roads that is integrated with other GPS brands to ensure that you have the most accurate and updated mapping information.

Speaking of lifetime traffic and map updates, TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator also offer one additional feature that you would surely appreciate – live traffic updates. You can therefore enjoy automatic live traffic feed wherever you maybe to find alternative routes to get to your destination in the shortest time possible and also to minimize the stress that goes with traveling. It will recommend the fastest and most efficient route, along with the unique IQ Routes technology that evaluate various routing options based on a number of data including actual traffic speed instead of relying on static traffic data.

Pro’s of TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator

*It is reasonably priced;

*It comes with a slim and portable design;

*It offers lifetime traffic and map updates to ensure you’d be using it for a long time;

*It offers live traffic information instead of static ones;

*It offers accurate and up-to-date mapping information.

Con’s of TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator

*There is no identified major drawback yet that would keep you from buying the product.

The Bottom Line

TomTom Go 2405TM 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator is a notable option in the market if you are in search of a reliable GPS navigator. Whether you are looking to make your travel less stressful or reach your destination in the shortest time possible, you can guarantee that this will be a handy tool you can use.

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