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iRulu 7″ Android 4.0

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The $199 iRulu 7″ is a tablet computer that is unlike many of its generation. And the ones before it. As you will see from our review below.

The looks on this gadget are appealing. It’s a nice tablet to look at and use. We had no problems, during tests, to find its controls. When we used them, they felt smooth and offered great feedback.

Non QWERTY keyboard

As for connectivity, you get one mini-USB, one HDMI output and a slot for a microSD card. The latter is not featured on this device.

The display is a 7″ one. From watching a movie to playing a game and every kind of other content, the touchscreen delivers them in good quality. It’s not as superb as other tablets we have tested so far, but it’s still a great display to watch stuff on. And the battery lasted almost a full day.iRulu-7-Android-4.0

The keyboard on this iRulu 7″ is a pop-up one. And that meant some issues while working with it. Such as having buttons which sit cramped because the spaces between them are not enough. Then there was the problem of feedback: they did not deliver fast responses when pressed. This is all because this keyboard is not a QWERTY one. And that is always a con. You can, though, get a USB keyboard. Even though nothing will beat a QWERTY keyboard in the end.

Fast browsing

If you have to work a lot online, then the pre-installed browser helps you do that without experiencing lags, freezes and other problems. Looking at streaming content was an enjoayble experience. We were able to read eBooks, too. Moreover, the sound that came from the tablet’s speakers is nothing short of great. Which surprised us, seeing that the company that made this device is not as famous as others.

We also tried our hands at getting a link to a Comcast email and Gmail. There is an email application which helps with that. And the process we went through to set them up was a piece of cake. The tablet moved quickly and smoothly and in time at all we could reap the benefits.

Powered by ICS

The fact that the body of this tablet is not as heavy and as thick as other devices competing against it puts the iRulu 7″ at a clear advantage, More so that it comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Which, though not as groovy as the newly released 4.1 Jelly Bean, it does have an advantage: it does not eat as much battery as the other OS version. And that, in the long run, is a better fact. Besides, even if this product does not cost a lot, it still stays on top. Because the features and functions that it sports are the same as on more expensive models. Which goes to show that being expensive does not always mean you are superior in terms of performance, design and so on.

A second issue we were faced with was when we wanted to Skype with a friend. It was not an experience worthy at praise. Our Skype refused to work. We tried everything we could, with no success. Tango did work, though.

The 1.3MP cam on this gadget took nice pics. But they lacked the same good quality delivered by other cams on other tablets.

Review conclusions

The iRulu 7″ we reviewed today here is certainly not better than other models we have tested up until now. But we noticed that it did not hiccup when we used it. Only once or twice.

Technical specifications

Hardware supportOpenGL 2.0 3D graphics
ProcessorBOXCHIP A10 -1.2GHZ(cortex A8)
Operating systemAndroid 4.0
Display5 point Capacitive 7″ touchsreen
Resolution800*480 px
Camera0.3 MP
RAM512MB DDR3 RAM
Storage4GB memory internal storage, expandable up to 32GB
WiFiIEEE802.11b/g standard
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 port
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Samsung Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR

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You don’t find every day a tablet that can combine good performance with the portable element. But Samsung’s Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR is such a product. It brought us a lot of satisfactions while we were testing it. The review we prepared for you today will hopefully convince you of that.

A 8.9 inches tablet PC

The Samsung Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR is a tablet that embraces our modern times by sporting a great design, specs and performance. The 8.9″ touchscreen is high definition. The memory is 1GB of RAM and the CPU is a dual-core Tegra 2 one. The measurements for this device are the following: 9.1″ x 6.2″ x 0.34″. Other specs include a 30-pin IF connector, a 3MP camera (on the rear) and a 2MP one on the front, Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system and 1,280 x 800 pixels of resolution. This tablet is among the lightest ones, because it weighs less than 1 pound. Connectivity is made of 1 USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth v2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. The instruction manual that comes with this model offered us, in our tests, everything we needed to know about the Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR.Samsung-Galaxy-GT-P7310MVGR

Since this product comes with a widescreen aspect ratio, content looks great. You get excellent colors, brightness, sharpness, superior game graphics and everything else that makes watching content a pleasurable experience. From our experience, there were no black bars anywhere on the display.

Just Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS…

The operating system is designed in a way that makes navigation and all the stuff associated with it worth your time. We could perform several tasks for this review, all at the same time, without experiencing lagging or other unpleasantness. The more than 200,000 Android Market apps were a way, for us, to make this tablet look how we wanted it to look.

Whatever the format you want to use with the Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR, Samsung made it possible for the user to throw video, image and so on without the tablet cowering under the weight of too many file formats.

The processor is a great choice. It is able to put up with intense activities, even the ones done at the same time, without throwing a tantrum (aka freezing, lagging and so on). Which is a pro that we enjoyed a lot. And since this model is compatible with Adobe Flash, you will see no buffering and other nerve-wracking incidents that make you throw a gadget off a cliff.

Improved file compatibility

Another compatibility featured by this gadget is, this time, with files such as PDFs, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The battery is made to endure a total of 10 hours of use. But make sure you keep that daily use at a medium, since not many tablets these days can last a whole day if you kill them with all sorts of tasks. Security solutions are also onboard and they include the following: Cisco WebEx, relationships with SAP, Cisco AnyConnect, Sybase and Exchange ActiveSync.

The operating system comes, if you remember, with plenty of apps. Among this is one called The Quick App Tray. What this one can do is the following: it is able to keep activities of importance by floating above other apps. That way you will not have to dig up what interests. The browser on this device was made better. It now sports private browsing, bookmark syncing with Google Chrome and many other benefits.

Review conclusion

If you enjoy reading eBooks, know that this tablet can become an eReader. Thanks to its Reader’s Hub app. The Samsung Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR is one of the best tablets produced by this manufacturer. It definitely convinced us to keep an eye on it.

Technical specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
CPU frequency / type1.2 GHz ARM 610
Panel ResolutionHD Ready, 1280 x 800 pixels
RAM Memory1 GB DIMM
Display diagonal8.9 inches
WiFi standard802.11bgn
Internal storage32 GB / Hard Drive
Battery Life10 hours
Dimensions W x L x H 9.09 x 0.34 x6.21 inches
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Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player

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Are you after a live streaming media player? Then look no further than Western’s Digital WD TV Live Streaming. Besides offering a good performance, this product is also very small. Our review will tell you more about it in a jiffy.

Since we began our introduction by mentioning how very small this Western Digital WD is, here are its exact measurements to prove it (if you doubt us): 4.9″ x 1.2″ x 3.9″. With these in mind you won’t need a huge place to store this device in. And portability is one of its greatest pros. To start using it, take the AC Adapter that comes in the box and plug it to this media player. It all happens in one go, so you won’t waste precious time. After that we connected the product to our home network via the device’s Wi-Fi. We were then welcomed by a screen where we found everything we needed to proceed with our testing.

A new gadget for your home

This media player features a remote control. The buttons on it provide good feedback. The con we experienced with this remote was the fact that we had to input things like passwords almost every single time. Like for example when we wanted to look for a movie and other content. And that is why a keyboard will end up being your best friend. But we will talk about that in a minute.Western-Digital-WD-TV-Media-Player

The ease of navigation once we were in the menu system was great. We could, during our tests, gain access to various options and settings as simple as that. The only issue we had while in the menu system was when we searched through the device’s content provider menus. It was rather difficult. But we eventually got the hang of it. However, if you aren’t the patient kind, this waste of time will most likely annoy you. Another thing that might annoy you is the fact that the remote did not move that quickly once the buttons were pressed by our fingers.

Upscaling to 1080p

Using either a wireless keyboard or the a windows-style USB-enabled one with the Western Digital WD TV live streaming are also possible. That is doable with the help of the product’s front USB port. This will make you forget about that slow remote control we mentioned earlier.

Sound comes through an array of technologies, options and so on. And these are the following: DTS, Dolby TrueHD and, lastly, Dolby Digital. Sound will be decoded according to the movie you will want to watch. We were offered, for instance, a Dolby Digital EXsurround sound signal when watching content. And we could hear everything loud and clear. So no complaints there from our point of view. But it will all depend on the user.

Video output was, for us, great compared with all recently reviewed media players. Definitely this device’s most prominent pro. Video performance was great thanks to upscaling and the 1080p resolution signal that was offered via the product’s HDMI port. In other words, the WD TV upscales lower resolution signals to 1080p. Clips on YouTube tended to make upscaling work slower. So it is all going to depend on what source your movie comes from.

Review conclusion

The Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player is definitely not perfect. However, from a quality, design, specs and performance points of view, it succeeds in earning more than a few congratulatory appreciations from us.

Technical specifications

Supported files
Subtitle filesASS, SSA, SRT,SUB, SMI
Picture filesTIFF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG
Video filesAVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
PlaylistsPLS, M3U, WPL
Audio filesWMA/WMA Pro, AAC, FLAC, AIF/AIFF, OGG, MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, MKA,Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Video supported resolutionsH.264 [email protected] and [email protected] up to 1920x1080p at 24Hz, 1920x1080i at 30Hz, or 1280x720p at 60Hz frequency.
H.264 [email protected] up to 720x576p at 25Hz / 720x480p at 30Hz frequency.
DimensionsWidth: 4.9 in / 125 mm
Depth: 3.9 in / 100 mm
Height: 1.2 in / 30 mm
Total Weight: 0.42 lb / 0.19 kg
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Samsung UN65D8000

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We haven’t yet ended our journey in the land of Samsung TVs. But this time we will end it by adding a review about the company’s $2,500 UN65D8000. It didn’t disappoint us in the slightest. We will share with you why this device took our fancy.

A display of 65″ welcomed us when we turned this TV on. Other specs are these: 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 240 Hz refresh rate, 25000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a speaker. Input and output connections are many. You get 3 USB ports, 2 RCA phono, 4 HDMI ports, 1 VGA, 1 component and many other options. Measurements for the UN65D8000 are 48.5″ x 27.8″ x 1.2″. As for weight, this is a 41 lbs kind of TV.

A 65-inch Full HD 3D TV

The features on this product include a remote control, 2 pairs of 3D glasses, Micro Dimming Plus, Smart Hub and a couple more.

While the body of this device is made of the best materials that assure solidity, the stand doesn’t have those elements. We managed to offer it a couple of scratches in our tests.

After performing some calibration adjustments, we were able to take full advantage of what we were watching on the display. This TV was sure apt in delivering great colors and contrast. Brightness was another pro. Movies using the 3D technology looked amazing. Crosstalk did not make an entrance.Samsung-UN65D8000

From among the features on this UN65D8000, three stood out to us. One of them was the Smart Hub one. It gave us the opportunity to enjoy the World Wide Web to the fullest. The Micro Dimming Plus feature was another attraction of this TV. It worked in the following manner: it made sections of the backlight appear dimmed while other sections appeared very bright. Superb contrast and accuracy are both possible when using this feature. The AllShare option is an equivalent to DLNA compatibility. But, compared to that one, the AllShare provides a superior experience, in that it is way user-friendlier and capable of a faster reaction.

Ultra Clear Panel technology

The details that people’s skins in movies had was impeccable. The user is going to see every bit of a character’s skin in the most explicit detail. Which might seem creepy to some of you, but there are gadget consumers who want something like this. There was no judder to distract us from watching an action scene. As a result, motion had plenty of smoothness. There was no unnecessary video processing that could make content hard to watch.

Sound is clear. We were not forced to pump up the volume at all. Not even once during the tests we did to write this review.

Ambient light coming in from various sources will not make the UN65D8000 appear covered fully in reflections. Because there’s an Ultra Clear Panel included in this TV. However, this feature is not fully capable of eliminating every single reflection it deals with. But it all depends, in the end, on where you are going to place this device. Try to avoid rooms with plenty of strong ambient light.

Review conclusion

The UN65D8000 that Samsung came up with this time is one of the company’s most intriguing TV sets. Not only does it look good, it also performs well. Of course it’s not all flowers and unicorns, but the cons are all incapable of making us want to throw this product out the window. So try it out and see how good it really is.

Technical specifications

TV characteristicsLED-LCD
Panel size65 inch
ColorBrushed titanium
ConnectivityBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Smart TVYes
Accessories3D glasses (2pcs) included
3D technologyYes
Dynamic contrast ratio25000000:1
Panel resolution1920 x 1080
Backlight characteristicsLED Backlight technology
Panel refresh rate240 Hz
Panel characteristicsWidescreen
Aspect ratio16:09
HDTV TunerYes
Secondary audio program (SAP) Yes
Speaker(s) 2 x Right/left channel speakerBuilt-in – 15 Watt
QWERTY keyboard remoteYes
Power consumption stand by / sleep0.12 Watt
Other features
Parental channel lockYes
Closed captioningYes
V-chip controlYes
Connectivity
Video interface HDMIYes
PC interface VGA / HD-15Yes
HDMI connections4 x HDMI
CompositeYes
ComponentYes
3 x USB (19 pin HDMI Type A),
TOSLINKYes
RJ-45 connectorYes
RCA phono x 3 connectorsYes
RCA phono x 2 connectorsYes
Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mmYes
Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mmYes
4 pin USB Type AYes
15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)Yes
Dimensions
Total weight109.6 lbs
Depth17.5 inch
Height44.3 in
Width 65.4 in
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Sony VPLHW30AES

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The Sony VPLHW30AES works well as a projector for 2D content. It works even better for 3D. We came to this conclusion after giving it a go in a couple of tests of ours. Here you go.

We don’t think we have ever seen such a silent working projector like the Sony VPLHW30AES. However far or close to it we sat, it didn’t make a noise while doing its job. The design is very nice for such a product. Whenever we would turn it off and then on, this projector would be in standby and then out of it. But even if it behaved so erratically, this did not affect its good performance. In terms of connectivity, this product is well served by the following additions: 1 IR port and 2 HDMI ports.

A 3D powerful projector

In the package that came along with the VPLHW30AES we unraveled the following offerings: a charger for viewing glasses, 2 pairs of 3D glasses, batteries, a remote control and an IR projector.

Once we finished with that, we proceeded to actually using this projector in a couple of tests. Before that we set this model up to see how hard or well it went. It turned out we had zero issues doing that. It all took us less than 1 hour by the clock. You can either put it on a desk or get it mounted to a ceiling in your room. In both cases, you will not be forced to employ a projection screen. And that is a great achievement.Sony-VPLHW30AES

If you are impatient: yes, the negative comments you read on some sites are not true. The quality of content we used on this device review was very good. And we’ll give an in-depth opinion on that right away.

Impressive overall performance

First, we connected the new VPLHW30AES to a player (doesn’t matter what brand you use). Then we watched a movie in 3D. The performance we were subjected to was superb. We could watch that film in all its intended glory: brightness was awesome, as were colors. The content looked extra sharp. The depth of blacks was a great pro. Images were also really clear. Everything looked smooth and there was no need to adjust settings. The focus that this unit employs is straightforward and you won’t need to read the user’s manual to understand how it works.

On the whole, 3D performance was as great as on many superior projector sets made by all the most important names in the gadget world and recently reviewed by us. And we did not even need to buy a special screen to view all of this superb quality. Even when we used a cheap model, content still had that same excellent quality that we saw when we used an expensive display. The 3D glasses we used to view movies were comfortable to the max. And they, too, did an extraordinary job of making us see 3D images in the best way possible. By the way, there was no need for us to charge them that often. As a case in point: they worked for 4 hours after charging them for 2 minutes.

Review conclusion

The way we see it, Sony’s VPLHW30AES has many strengths. They make this projector a reliable and good model to use if you want to experience the feeling you get when you’re at the cinema. We wholeheartedly recommend it to both beginners and pros alike.

Technical specifications

Dynamic Contrast Ratio – 70,000:1
Whisper-quiet fan: 22db
Frequency: up to 240Hz
Capabilities: 2D HD to 3D conversion

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Sharp LC70LE847U

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We don’t consider the Sharp LC70LE847U as one of the best TVs in its category. But we wouldn’t say it’s awful, either. The thing is: it didn’t really impress as much as others when we tested it. Here is a review that will convince you of that. Or maybe not. But in the end it’s up to you what you want from a TV. So here we go with our thoughts on the matter.

The Sharp LC70LE847U has a display of 70″. While the refresh rate is 240Hz, the resolution is 1080p. There is one PC input, one Component video and four HDMI. Wi-Fi is integrated.

A Full HD 3D TV

The device we recently tested came with a display that was semi-matte. This did not prevent it from showing reflections, but they were fewer than if the screen was full-on glossy.

With this TV comes a remote control, too. But it’s not that great. The keys it sports are so very small. However, they deliver good feedback.Sharp-LC70LE847U

While watching movies using the 3D technology, the LC70LE847U did not show blurry images. And there was no crosstalk.

This model does have a rather annoying con. It tended to deplete natural background blur a lot. But at least it meant that we could watch content in both 2D and 3D without seeing only blurs in action scenes. The user will, nonetheless, have to choose this option when watching images that feature a lot of motion.

Some display problems

Watching something from a side angle does not offer the same viewing experience. Colors tens to wash out, contrast is not the same and black levels lack depth. Viewing content from an off-center position will also end in poor quality.

Colors are delivered in a professional way. At some point of this review, though, we noticed a green tinge. And we also spotted hues that did not look too natural. Both flaws were distracting. Even if you do a bit of calibration. Another drawback to the general performance is the sound quality. We honestly tried everything to make this TV get over its sucky sound quality. But we didn’t succeed. If you want a TV that doesn’t have this issue, we advise you to try other companies’ products first before throwing yourself at this one.

Up to 240Hz frequency

You aren’t offered a pair or more of 3D glasses when buying Sharp’s LC70LE847U. But of course you can buy some that are made by the same manufacturer. Although we advise you against it, unless you are desperate to watch 3D content on this TV. First of all, the pair we purchased did not offer a lot of comfort. And it cost us quite a lot. Plus, they were not exactly light when we put them on. In a nutshell: stay away from such glasses.

This model ships with features, too. There is no novelty here compared to older versions. Instead it lacks one of them: the panel drive system. But, well, that’s not a major flaw. Its Vyper drive option, 3D Ready and 240Hz AquaMotion belong to the feature category. And there are many more that were kept from the company’s older TV sets.

Review conclusion

The Sharp Since LC70LE847U does not rise up to the expectations set forth by its creators. This TV set needs a lot more oomph to make it in the top 5. But for now, this device can be used by beginners in full confidence.

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Samsung UN65ES8000

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Samsung’s box of delights is never-ending. So we took advantage of this and tested their UN65ES8000. This TV belongs to a series that includes some of the best models we have had the pleasure of reviewing. The device here comes with all sorts of advanced features, technologies and so on. And we will share them with you in today’s review.

Before that, though, we’ll start by adding the specs: a 65″ LED-LCD display, a 1,920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 30,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The dimensions of the UN65ES8000 are 58.3″ x 36.1″ x 11.5″ (with a stand that comes installed). 45 pounds is its weight.

A powerful 65 inch 3D TV

The offerings we spotted when we opened the package were these: a touchpad remote control, a normal remote, 4 pairs of 3D glasses, batteries and an IR blaster. 3 USB ports and 3 HDMI inputs are this TV’s connectivity options.

There are many features to go with the UN65ES8000. But you should know that the stand does not swivel like it does on other models. The Micro Dimming Ultimate feature is an important part of this TV. Picture adjustment settings were a great way for us, in tests, to get the most out of the viewing experience. Motion smoothing here worked like a charm.Samsung-UN65ES8000

The touchpad remote we mentioned a short while ago is a nice addition. It worked over Bluetooth and was very responsive. But we still thought the standard remote was way better and felt more natural. And it features backlighting. This, too, offers great feedback.

Smart Interaction technology

The kind of shadow detail we witnessed was good. But the glossy coating of the display did not make us too happy, especially not when we wanted to watch something with the lights turned on. The level of brightness was superb. The accuracy of all of the colors we saw on the screen was great, too. Movies in 3D appeared in the best way possible, with sharpness and contrast both excellent. We didn’t spot halo effects. And black levels put on a very impressive show overall.

The sound quality is not what you would expect from a Samsung product. However, it does not fail miserably.

The Smart Interaction feature that this UN65ES8000 sports can be reached via the device’s touchpad remote with mic and also via the TV’s cam that offers a mic.

There were two problems we encountered while testing this product. One was related to the viewing angles. Especially when watching something from an off-angle. To counteract this, we advise our readers to watch content from 6 feet or more away. Otherwise, image quality is going to go through a disappointing stage. The second con that attracted our attention was the fact that this device delivered light bleed. Where, you ask? As far as we saw, it happened in the right-hand and bottom left corners of the TV’s display. The lght that bled did so now and then, so it wasn’t a reason to make us mad.

Review conclusion

The Samsung UN65ES8000 costs a lot more than other series made by the same manufacturer. But the high price you will pay is going to show itself in this TV’s performance, design and other attributes. So if you are someone who wants what’s best in LED TV products, then the model we reviewed today certainly has ways to lure you in and make you use it in your day to day life.

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Samsung GT-I9250 Galaxy Nexus

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Samsung have always been the source of many excellent gadgets. Their GT-I9250 Galaxy Nexus steps in the shoes of the company’s previous smartphones and does a great job of rising to everyone’s high expectations of it. Watch this review to see why we think so highly about this model.

After we started using the GT-I9250 Galaxy Nexus for the very first time in this test, we quickly noticed that its unlocked pentaband radio allowed for easy setup on a US T-Mobile 2G/3G. It even worked with AT&T 2G/3G, a feat that is not achieved by every single smartphone these days.

4.65 inch display

The screen on this smartphone is all sorts of lovely. Its 4.65″ size and high definition quality combine to create one of the best visual experiences ever. There are not many actual physical keys here. The ones you do get to use are located on the touchscreen. Power and Unlock are the only physical buttons that are on the set, ready to be pressed. The portrait keyboard featured on this model was very reliable. Taking this device outside meant we could still see what was on its display even if the sun was shining brightly.Samsung-GT-I9250-Galaxy-Nexus

The processor is a 1.2GHz dual-core version. This makes various operations as quick as ever when you’re talking about a Samsung smartphone. There were no lags to trip over in the tests we performed. The operating system sported by the Samsung GT-I9250 Galaxy Nexus is Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The user interface it brings with it is capable of many nice things. Starting with the navigation and continuing with the very smooth performance.

16GB internal storage

As for how long this device can run: its 1850mAh battery can go for a duration of 1 day. The tasks we did were not so demanding. And the greatest pro of this battery is that it can be easily replaced when that moment comes.

With this phone’s 5MP cam we took nice-looking photos. Clips looked reasonable, too. But remember, this is a smartphone camera, so it’s not like it is going to be the best in town. For that you have other products. But even if pic quality is not smashing, the cam comes with a stock panoramic mode and various software enhancements. Also, we saw no lag when it came to shutter capture. But there is another camera: it sits on the front of the phone and it has 1.3MP. Its performance is the same as the one on the back.

Internal memory means 16GB of storage. However much that may look like, no microSD expansion slot is on board. And that is a shame from our point of view. Other con is the fact that this phone has no dedicated HDMI port. Speaking of which, you do get the possibility to employ a HDMI out. For which the user needs a separate adapter. And that is a major flaw.

Google provided us with Android updates. This is excellent news, because it basically translates into a lack of unnecessary stuff, such as skins for the interface or programs that are never going to be helpful. These updates that come from Google themselves are a major pro.

Review conclusion

The Samsung GT-I9250 Galaxy Nexus is one of the manufacturer’s most stable smartphones. And one of the most adequate when it comes to great performance, interesting specs and looks. So don’t shy away from it.

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Mitsubishi WD-82740

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People over at Mitsubishi have unleashed a new model from their bag of cookies. And they chose WD-82740 as its name. As soon as we found out, we rushed to test it and see it it really stood up to what the company said about it when they launched it. Long story short: yes, it did. We are going to try and convince you with our review.

An expensive 82 inch HDTV

There have been a lot of both positive and negative comments about the $1,799 Mitsubishi WD-82740. Since we don’t like to base our opinions on what others say, we took this TV to a ride in our room. And what do you know: this device actually worked as advertised in the first place. So there. Don’t always believe what is written on the World Wide Web and just test stuff for yourself. Except if it’s really expensive, of course. Here is what we liked about this product. And what we didn’t like, as well.

Before you get this TV, be sure you don’t have back problems. And that your hands are strong enough. Why? Well, the WD-82740 is literally one of the heaviest and biggest TV sets we have ever been blessed to analyze. We haven’t seen such a huge product in, like, a long time.Mitsubishi-WD-82740

The screen on this beast is 82″. What else when your body is so huge? But that’s a pro, since content will appear in all its intended glory. Image aspect ratio is 16:09. If you want to know about its features, here they are: one remote control, Stream TV Internet media, iPhone/iPad/iTouch remote control app, integrated 3D emitter and so on and so forth.

A single pair of 3D glasses

Using the included remote control to turn this device on, we were blown away by how fast it showed content. It took only 9 seconds, which is awesome. After that, we were blown away again, but for an entirely different reason this time: the way images looked. Which was out of this world, really. Brightness, contrast and colors looked great. Clarity was also top notch. Some scenes appeared somewhat blurry, but this effect disappeared after a couple of minutes.

The WD-82740 does not ship with 3D glasses. So just buy one made by Mitsubishi and you’re good to go. Performance for movies in 3D was, of course, superb.

This set doesn’t sport the most elementary app ever: Netflix. Which is a con not only for sure, but for our readers too, I’m sure. It’s an application that the majority of TVs made today or a year ago have. But well, you can always use a Blu-ray player if you are desperate.

Sound quality was another pro of this TV. The speakers that is built-in is capable of delivering the kind of sound needed when the viewer watched movie in both 2D and 3D. There are 8 speakers that do that. We didn’t even need to turn the volume to its max. Or to use home theater speakers as an alternative.

Review conclusion

The Mitsubishi WD-82740 is yet another example of how many more people should be made aware of the fact that this company makes awesome TV sets. And not only cars. This device merits every single praise it gets on various important Internet sites. Don’t mind the negative reviews about this product that you are going to see, trust us.

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Sharp Elite PRO-70x5FD

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A new TV is in the house. The Sharp Elite PRO-70x5FD comes in at a whooping $7,999.99. But rest assured that it is worth every cent. As you will see by reading the review we prepared for today.

The Elite PRO-70x5FD is ready to deliver what must be one of the best viewing experiences. For that it ses the following specs, features and connectivity options. But first we’ll discuss the specifications: a 70″ screen, 1080p30 supported video formats, 480Hz refresh rate, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. This 63″ x 40″ x 13″ has a weight of 101.4 lbs. Its ports are these: 1 USB, 5 HDMI, 1 PC in, 1 Ethernet, 3 Video and many more. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also part of the deal.

Awesome contrast ratio

The remote control thrown in the package is a tool that does everything it should be doing. And best of all, it has backlight. We used it for all sorts of operations and it gave a swift response.

The way this TV’s contrast ratio works in tests is awesome. It made the device sprout some of the most accurate skin tones and colors we have ever had the chance to observe on such a product until now. Then along came another technology: the backlight-scanning one. The feature using this is the FluidMotion one. And the latter is the reason why this TV is able to deliver things like smoothing effects. The Intelligent Variable Contrast, Active Contrast and Film Mode features make a great group of features. Thanks to them, the latest Samsung TV set can have both a reduction in digital noise and also an image contrast. Intense dark and light image detail. Crispness and sharpness were both amazing. There was no blooming, thanks to a very professional local-dimming technology.Sharp-Elite-PRO-70x5FD

The technologies and features listed above are joined by others, such as: RGB-Y color, local dimming and LED backlighting. It is a way to deliver all kinds of goodies: very accurate colors, amazing whites and blacks with a lot of depth to them. It was truly great watching them on the lovely display.

Poor performance in 3D conversion

So that the user can enjoy watching something on the Elite PRO-70x5FD with the best sound quality ever, this TV sports 1 subwoofer and 2 speakers. These are accompanied by helpers the likes of a 3D Surround option, audio settings, treble, bass, and balance settings, a Clear Voice option and a Bass Enhancer.

You won’t see this product consume less energy to protect the environment. When we set the power saving to the advanced mode, this TV consumed 52W. When we turned that mode off, the set ate up a total of 125W.

Also, do not come in with the expectation of seeing a 2D-to-3D conversion that will blow your mind. The aftermath of such poor performance means loss of sharpness. And loss of detail in background scenery. But to sweeten the blow (which wasn’t even that severe, we are just exaggerating), the Elite PRO-70x5FD is a TV that will forever earn a place in our hearts because of its 3D performance. Which is amazing. And you can see all its glory with one of the 2 pairs of 3D glasses that are in the package. This performance materializes in an absence of crosstalk in tests. And the fact that both colors and brightness have great quality.

Review conclusion

Yes, Sharp Elite PRO-70x5FD made a lasting impression on us. But how could it have been otherwise when its performance and design were so awesome? If you don’t mind its high price tag, you should have a go at this product.

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