November 27, 2012

Full Test Nokia Lumia 820

Lumia 820 takes place on the medium-high range - due to its sheet - and strengthens the family of smartphones Nokia to Lumia 920 Lumia. Sold for 470 euros off grant, is a little less expensive than its elder, it is powered by the Windows Phone 8 system with a 4.3-inch (800 x 480 pixels) AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon S4 processor dual-core clocked at 1.5 GHz, 8 GB internal memory (over 7 GB available on SkyDrive) expandable via a microSDHC card, and a 8 megapixel sensor. Is Lumia 820 a good smartphone? The HTC 8 X which it faces a competition? Response in this testbed...

Lumia 820 displays a design of a clean, appealing to the eye but not frankly innovative genre - except perhaps the wide choice of colours.

Unlike the 920 Lumia, unibody, Lumia 820 has a modular shell (accessible battery, therefore, but SIM cards and memory pinned under the battery). what change the color of hull to the envi.

Is however preferred to touch gum, less rolling coatings.

Side stencil, the phone is not in the ultra-finesse or the lightness (160 grams anyway), but it fits in the Palm of your hand. Compared to the 920 Lumia, largest (4.5-inch screen) and heavier, it is obviously much easier to use regularly in one hand the 820. An important point for many users who do not wish to upgrade to a smartphone too big.

The 4.3-inch screen is equipped with a limited definition of... 800 x 480 pixels. At the present time, competitive, the density of pixels displayed here is clearly indented. A surprising choice on the part of Nokia. It is indeed not an entry-level smartphone... In front, its direct competitor the 8 X is equipped with a 4.3-inch screen also but with any other definition of 1280 x 720 pixel - identical to that of the 920 Lumia.

If the contrast ratio is very good, the maximum brightness is indented, with only 284 cd/m², against 410 cd/m² for the 920 Lumia, 374 cd/m² for the HTC 8 X and 500 cd/m2 for the iPhone 5. In terms of Colorimetry, the 820 is less faithful than his groin with a Delta E 7.4. A large majority of recent smartphones displays one of below 4. As a reminder, most the of of a screen approaches 0 and more true-to-life colors it displays.

The screen shows reagent and perfectly obeys the solicitations.

It should finally be noted the excellent initiative on the part of Nokia: allow owners of this phone (and Lumia 920) for use with gloves, with accuracy always last. A real plus for winter days! Would say, competitors, if you could provide the same treatment to all smartphones and tablets in the future, users in know you strong gre.

Interface and navigation

Windows Phone 8 is not a clean break compared to the 7.5 version. So far, the OS is evolving and offers now a few new features common to all terminals launched under this very nice system to use. We have compiled and detailed each of them (SkyDrive to share the calendar, notes, photos with different groups of contacts, the world of children, etc.) on this special page Windows Phone 8. Remember WP8 takes over the forces of WP7: integration of a suite agency link with an own account with 7 GB of free online storage on Skydrive notes to unify notes taken on the fly.

The range Nokia Lumia has many exclusive applications such as Nokia Transport, Drive Nokia, Nokia Music, or even Nokia Explore. All of these services offered free of charge are particularly significant, because effective and thoughtful like Nokia maps mapping system - common, itself, to all Windows Phone.

If Windows Store is not yet as well-stocked as iOS, in terms of games in particular, we appreciate to all test them, even those who are to be paid. SmartGlass app allows to enhance the experience on the side of video games to control an Xbox 360 (also available on Android and iOS app).

A few stars applications are still not on the shelves of the Store Windows. It notes, for example, the absence of Instagram and DropBox (but does have SkyDrive, share its data in the cloud).

Lumia 820 displays a beautiful reactivity and a nice fluidity in all circumstances (download apps, surf on the Internet... video playback), even when multiple applications run in the background. The integration of a stable system to a solid and well optimized technical configuration delivers good results and good behavior of the terminal on a daily basis.

Multimedia

Awaited for its qualities as excellent stamped photos by Nokia, Lumia 920 we had disappointed, with a non-homogeneous rendering and the marketed these last six months high-end smartphones below clearly. Lumia 820, also equipped with a sensor of 8 megapixel is doing better? Well frankly step. There again, it's disappointing. It is certainly a hair better than older, somewhat less blurring and therefore more details posted on the edges of the shadow, but overall, it remains unsatisfied. The picture function will clearly not be the decisive factor that we would opt for this smartphone.

Windows Phone HTC 8 X, despite increased a bit exaggerated contours, is doing better and displays including more details on the whole image.

Finally, while Lumia 920 was doing very well in low light, 820 does it less well, but with a little light and without flash, it can get out of the correct images due to light conditions.

Lumia 820 takes advantage of some applications such as photo welcome such as Panorama and PhotoIntelligente, to create a picture "that's Alright" from captured shots.

The quality of the video catches (so far in 1080p) is quite correct for a smartphone with a significant sound rendering.

The headphone output provides a high-performance sound reproduction without any distortion of the sound, all with good dynamics and a fairly correct maximum power. The external speaker is struggling to escape, with a notable saturation at high volume.

Equipped with a battery of 1650 mAh, Lumia 820 held fast the day with enough sustained use (SMS, Web, social networking, music, picture). Games and video, particularly intensive in energy resources, are more quickly lowering the autonomy of the device.

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Galaxy S III: the new smartphone reference?


Spearhead Samsung Galaxy S III is simply the most anticipated Android smartphone of the year. The wait is over: here in our hands. Is it a worthy successor to the Galaxy S II?

In 2 years, Samsung has upset the landscape of Android smartphones. Party after HTC or Motorola, the Korean manufacturer has unsheathed a 2009 Galaxy S which has found a winning formula: design from all but the top components, a screen large enough and flashy to high printing, and it must be confessed, a certain resemblance with the iPhone in both lines in thedell Studio XPS 1647 batteryuser interface.

Upon its release, the Galaxy S was nevertheless opposed to sharp competition: HTC was including in front of smartphone performance, but also better finished, as the Desire HD. However, Samsung has widen its lead with the Galaxy S II, a successor signing ultrathin, lightweight, and benefiting from a dual processor heart. Become a reference in its domain, the Galaxy S II has naturally created a strong expectation of his successor. The latter was also awaited for ... By Apple, which has meanwhile released its legal arsenal to defend its patents and design.

However, Samsung has taken its time to unveil the Galaxy S III, leaving especially enjoy HTC's Mobile World Congress to get its new line One: no need to rush, since Samsung can now impose its own agenda. After mounting the buzz, the manufacturer can finally unveil its new baby!

Therefore more hype, but a true smartphone that will have to face competition. On paper, you could be disappointed by some technical and aesthetic choices of the Galaxy S III. However, upon closer look, the new Galaxy S may well impose natural successor to the GS II on the throne of best current smartphone.

Equipped with a quad processor heart home, Exynos 4412 Quad, a Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a photo / video sensor 8 MP/1080p the Galaxy S III runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich . As usual, off Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, Samsung has "customized" using its interface Touchwiz overlay, modified for the occasion. It's not just because the smartphone embeds some additional keys, including S-Voice, a voice assistant that is reminiscent of some memories ...

Design and ergonomics

Samsung was expected to turn on the design of the Galaxy S III. IPhone 4 to the latest HTC smartphones through the N9/Lumia Nokia 800, we have witnessed in recent years a move towards more materials and design quality "unibody" focusing on the fineness and uniformity ... to the detriment of caches and removable covers. We therefore asked whether Samsung would not take and break theDell Latitude E5400 Batteryplastic design of the Galaxy S II battery cover and rather ... low end. And the answer is negative: Samsung continues its momentum and renewed with the S III his own style. The hull of the smartphone is fully plastic cover keeping it thin, flexible plastic that can scare the first time you retire, but remains firmly in place, without play or cracking.


A short tour of the phone reveals the most classic choice: there is a 3.5 mm jack on the top, a micro USB port at the bottom of the hull, the volume buttons on the left and the lock button on the right. On the back, the camera / video is elevated relative to the rest of the hull, and indeed quite exposed to scratches. It is surrounded by a LED flash and a speaker. An objective video is on the front, with two sensors on which we will have the opportunity to return. Invisible in normal operation, the LED through the hull to blink when charging and notifications.

Thisdell latitude e6400 batteryapproach may therefore seem conservative, but it has an advantage at a time when more and more manufacturers seal their shell, Samsung continues to opt for a removable battery. We still regret the rim plastic imitation brushed metal: a bit of metal on a real high-end smartphone was not too many. But Samsung is Samsung, and if the materials used are not the most luxurious, all is well finished and inspires confidence when assembled.

The balance is quite successful outside: therefore move the components that drive the Galaxy S III, because this is where Samsung traditionally shines. After the Tegra 3 HTC One X, Samsung followed suit with no quad-core version of its Exynos home: Exynos 4412 Quad. This SoC ARM v7 is composed of 4 core Cortex A9, clocked at 1.4 GHz. The chipset is engraved in 32 nm. Compared to HTC One X is a little better on paper: the hearts of Tegra 3 operate at 1.3 GHz when used together, and spend 1.4 GHz when only the heart is used. In contrast, no pseudo fifth heart for low energy consuming tasks little.

Dell Inspiron 1320GPU SoC is a Mali-400 MP4, responsible for leading a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a resolution of approximately 306 dpi. Characteristics reminiscent obviously the Galaxy Nexus S III screen is slightly larger (4.8 against 4.65 inches) and pixel density a little lower, the Nexus amount up to 316 pixels.

As usual, critics criticize him its Super AMOLED oversaturated colors and features AMOLED display that reveals a small frame on the screen, still much less visible than on a Galaxy S II, Due to the resolution denser. However, the colorimetry of GS III is still more convincing than its predecessor, and the viewing angle is simply impeccable.

The camera offers some common characteristics for a high-end smartphone: sensor retro-exposed pictures of 8 MP, 1080p video, and features that seem to be common: f/2.6, focal length of 4mm maximum aperture of 2.76 mm. These are features quite satisfactory for a smartphone, and we'll see in practice that the photos and videos take all their promises, but one could imagine that Samsung is playing brinkmanship and pass the bar as 12 MP Sony Xperia S andDell Studio 1558 Battery.

In front, there is a goal generating video still shots of 1, 9 MP and 720p videos. Both sensors operate at 30 frames per second.

No change either on memory and storage. Regarding RAM, 1 GB is found, which is the maximum of the current smartphones. The phone is available in 16 and 32 GB and storage capacity can be expanded with a MicroSD slot that can add up to 64 GB! A good point, especially since HTC has removed the possibility of extension on its terminals One.

We arrive at wireless, and what more, if it is that Samsung has thought of everything? We pass on the 3G: HSDPA (21 Mbps) and HSUPA (5.76 Mbps) are supported. Ditto for the Wi-Fi compatible B, G and N. Bluetooth 4.0 is the game, and manages the GPS A-GPS. Classic, what ...

What is less, even if the Galaxy S III is not the first Android smartphone to integrate, it is the presence of an NFC chip: it is especially designed to work with two integrated applications: Android beam, which is part of Ice Cream Sandwich, and S-Beam, an application for transferring files from Samsung, not working for the trouble between two Galaxy S III. A quick glance at the sensors to finish: the phone has an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and ... barometer.

Galaxy S III runsInspiron 1464Android Ice Cream Sandwich, version 4.0.4 to be precise. Unsurprisingly, the manufacturer does not Android in its basic version, as on the Galaxy Nexus, but mostly with its TouchWiz overlay, or more precisely a variant exclusive to the Galaxy S III. If you have a Galaxy S II ICS in the past, you will have noticed that the differences between 2.3 and 4.0 are strongly erased.

The variant of the GS III named Touchwiz Nature, however, is more radical in its changes, and finally closer to the original spirit of Ice Cream Sandwich, as it was designed by Mattias Duarte, as imitation of iOS Touchwiz original. Should we see again a desire to avoid the wrath of Cupertino? Whatever the reason that prompted these changes, they are welcome, because the interface is both pleasant to use, while retaining the simplicity of the ICS "vanilla".

Before going into the details of the interface, however, a difference back to the fundamental shot between the original spirit of ICS and the Galaxy S III: the virtual keys are not integrated into the interface as the Galaxy Nexus or Android tablets. As was mentioned earlier, Samsung has chosen to renew its usual ergonomics: a central physical button and two touch keys. The center button serves several functions: a simple press returns to the home screen and long press opens the list of recent applications. The twoDell Vostro 1520softkeys are assigned to the parameter display, and back. ICS purists may prefer the Google approach, where we have a dedicated button to display the Application Manager, but can not find the time needed to hold down the center button too long. However, this change has a second consequence: the use of a smartphone button to display the options, while the practice advocated by ICS is more access to settings from the icon in the upper right of the interface.

Overall, the interface of the Galaxy S III is conspicuous by its simplicity. Samsung has sold a few effects such as scrolling carousel screens receptions reminiscent Sense, or manager of browser tabs Coverflow way, but in general, it is far from a Sense 4 which redraws all ICS sauce: Samsung, for example, kept the task manager minimalist and intuitive from the standard version of Android 4.0. In addition, we always appreciate the presence of shortcuts to disable the various circuits directly from the notifications panel.

Samsung additions occur especially in applications provided, as well as various small features added here and there, including using proximity sensors. All are not really necessary, and some even suffer a functioning quite random, but include particular Smart Stay, a feature that uses the front objective to detect your face, especially your eyes leave the screen on, or instead it off if you do not look. Other gestures are included rather original: Wear your phone to your ear after reading an SMS to call the recipient, place theVostro 1015screen side to disable ringtones ... Why not!

Telephony

We will not stop raving about the telephony layer, but simply say that we did not notice any problem call quality is there, transmission and reception, and not worry proximity sensor that would cut a call inadvertently.

Multimedia

Key Samsung is also reflected in the media, and lose nothing of the main strengths of the Galaxy S II's video support seamless. The reader has a home provided DivX Certified, and therefore reads, without adding a third player, almost all videos that gave him: DivX, Xvid, MKV, H264 ... And what is more without re-encoding necessary.


We note in passing rather original functionality: the ability to display a video "picture in picture" over any application. It may seem a little gadget, just to show that the Exynos Quad was in the belly, but one can imagine cases where you want to keep an eye on a video while doing something else. However, the interface of a smartphone is not made for it, we never know where to place the window. It might be more interested on a shelf.


On theDell Inspiron 1521output video to the TV, the Galaxy S III provides an HDMI output via MHL protocol, but with one caveat: Micro USB connector with additional pin, it will be impossible, as we made the sad experience of use the adapter of the Galaxy S II. And in the absence of new adapter when our test, so we did not test this feature. In contrast, no problem regarding the DLNA, which works exactly as expected, and without a hitch.

The audio is a little less difference, even if Samsung provides a pleasant drive to use and feature rich enough: it manages profiles preset equalizer, but a real equalizer preset to suit his tastes. On this point, Samsung has not eroded the basic features of Ice Cream Sandwich as did HTC Sense on the 4. In addition to equalization, Samsung has also included some more or less useful effects: the spatial and improving clarity, so X-Fi, are quite effective, but adding reverb is superfluous. We regret, however, since the power of the processor allows clear lack of management fade or play "gapless". However, the alternative is no shortage of players on the Play Store for more picky. We note in passing that thexps m1530retains the FM tuner of its predecessor. It is always better than nothing.

Internet

We will not dwell on the Internet, because it is absolutely no surprise: there are Google applications (web browser, mail client Pop / Exchange / IMAP, Gmail ...), and not much more. The web browser has a few "customizations" made in Touchwiz: tabs, for example, displayed horizontally and in 3D, so HTC Sense. However, unlike Sense 4, Samsung has not cropped on the boundary already binding, 8 tabs. We may regret the absence, by default, support for Twitter and Facebook, not even through a widget: Google+ is logically put forward.

Obviously, the screen of thedell xps m1330is a treat for surfing and Ice Cream Sandwich forces, fluid scrolling and zooming is perfect. Despite the abandonment of Adobe Flash on mobile, you can always find a compatible version of ICS on Play Store, and again, videos and animations are no problem fluidity. It took until the monsters power as GS III to finally have a plug-in that delivers the performance expected of it!

Not much to complain about either side of the game: the higher resolution of the Galaxy S III is not flinching GPU Mali 400 MP4. The few games tested, including Riptide, Shadowgun and Dungeon Defenders are rotated perfectly fluid. In contrast, the presence of tactile buttons on the bottom of the unit increases the risk of accidental pressing holding the smartphone in landscape mode: we arrived to operate the Menu button during game in Riptide.

S-Voice: a clone of Siri without genius

The gossips say that they could not help it: the Galaxy S III incorporates its own alternative to Siri, the voice assistant in the iPhone 4S. The concept is the same, and application design is largely inspired from Apple: the bottom of the screen icon microphone can start a voice request. Once the above stated, it is sent to the server with a latency Samsung, and executed with a return speech.

S-Voice handles requests altogether classic call a contact, send an SMS, create a memo or event title play on the MP3 player, launch an application, search or learn about the weather.

In practice, we found imperfect speech recognition, especially for names. The application includes commands correctly but often tangled brush as soon as you place a contact, artist or song title in the equation. On this level, Siri seems more powerful, but still far from optimal though.

The problem ofDell Inspiron 1520S-Voice, it was his lack of personality. Already, nasal voice is quite unpleasant. But above all, Samsung has not been able to reproduce what is part of the effect of "wow" Siri: humor and feel that exudes intelligence, even if it is absolutely not. S-Voice knows he has to respond to requests, and answer "I do not understand" when he does not speak English with a French accent for no reason. Do not try to be funny, or ask questions in a roundabout way, you will hit a wall.

In short, if the original is already more or less a gadget in the current state of things, this pale copy unoriginal and not more effective, even somewhat less, is even more futile and does nothing. That is, just to say that Samsung has its own Siri, and that's all.

Galaxy S III is equipped with the latest in family Exynos. How is this processor quad heart "home" clocked at 1.4 GHz compete Qualcomm, NVIDIA and ST Ericsson? To find out, we conducted all our usual benchmarks. Start with the processor ...

Linpack

Linpack is a benchmark that evaluates the power of the processor. The result is expressed in millions of floating point operations per second (MFLOPS). Compared to Benchmark Pi, the main advantage lies in the possibility to test multi threaded (multi-core processor so).

The single and multi threaded tests remain largely dominated by S. HTC One The dual-core SoC Snapdragon S4 Krait (1.5 GHz) Qualcomm does wonders managing to hold a candle to the quad-core Exynos 4412 (1.4 GHz, Galaxy S III) and Tegra 3 (1.5 GHz, HTC One X).

Multi threaded, the Galaxy S III ascended still the second step of the podium almost tied with the iPhone 4S (A5 SoC, double heart 800 MHz).

SunSpider

Web site with SunSpider, the authors of the benchmark JavaScript HTML rendering engine Webkit (Safari, Chrome ...). Galaxy S III lets talk powder by winning the high score ranking. Good results are confirmed by practice. Surfing is perfectly smooth in all circumstances.

GL Benchmark (Off Screen)

GL Benchmark evaluates the performance of the graphics terminal. Offscreen test is independent of the resolution. Here, the Galaxy S III again won the race, ahead clearly HTC One X and other iPhone 4S.

Autonomy

The Galaxy S III has a 2100 mAh battery, which is supposed to guarantee a good autonomy despite intensive components. And it is true in practice: on our test autonomy in use, it ranks third position behind the Huawei Honor and the Motorola Motoluxe, two smartphones much more modest. It is also better than its closest competitor, the HTC One X, which is still much better than leaving the road.

Photo / Video: the software part

Before detailing the performance of the Galaxy S III pictures and videos, make a turn on the software, which is always full. Among the many options available, it will benefit from a timer, some scenes (sunset, sport, indoor, fireworks ...), a burst mode, an HDR mode, the settings of parameters such that the exposure or sensitivity, scenes, macro mode, and some gadgets like smile detection.


Performance picture

No 12 MP for Galaxy S III, then, but that does not mean, however, that the photo and video sensor is recessed. Let us recall briefly the characteristics of the sensor back that we used in our tests: it is rétroexposé, which provides better sensitivity even in difficult lighting condtions, and goes up to 8MP photo.


Speak now practice. Very simply, the Galaxy S III displays excellent image quality, among the best we have ever seen on a smartphone.

It begins with our test scene, which allows us to immediately note two characteristics of the lens. Firstly, the very high accuracy of the images produced: one can quibble around the edges a little less well defined, but it is the case of all sensors of smartphones, and the gap is far be obvious. We also note the side very flattering colors and contrasts: it is certainly a little less saturated than it looks on the Super AMOLED screen of the mobile, but the images are a bit more "flashy" than in the real life.

The exterior is also an opportunity to test the rendering device in HDR mode, and again, we are amazed: the responsiveness of the device, apparently supported by the processor quad-heart is so remarkable that it took several shots to inspect realize he took out two different views.

Conclusion

A year after the release of theInspiron 1720 Battery, which probably remained, until very recently, the best Android Smartphone available, his successor he managed the handover? Certainly, yes! The qualities of the Galaxy S III are numerous, and so we will start with what leaves us cold, namely the design and finish. Of course, once in hand, the Galaxy S III is much less "cheap" it looks on paper. The design is not the most original, even if you feel that Samsung has at least made an effort to move away from the lines of its predecessor, but on a smartphone sold over 600 euros, we still expected a little more luxurious than glossy plastic shell with a metal rim in imitation.

Fortunately, Samsung catches up with a few surprises of his choice: the phone is almost as light and thin as the Galaxy S II, while a portion of smartphone users will appreciate the presence necessarily a removable battery and a Micro SD slot. In addition, if your back is weak, the facade Gorilla Glass 2 is excellent. However, it really reached the limits of use in terms of size: despite the undeniable comfort of the 4.8-inch screen, we meet as the Galaxy Nexus or HTC One X situations or use a hand is uncomfortable, especially forDell XPS M2010users with smaller hands.

One could also criticize some software additions that do nothing, as S-Voice, a botched clone of Siri that is not better than his model, though not very brilliant, and that is even worse. In the end, the functionality will only give grist to critics that Samsung will surely ironic about the plagiarism.

So what we have to blame the new flagship of Samsung. Else is simply the best of what we can expect from a smartphone in 2012. The processor quad-heart Exynos 4412 Quad explodes almost all its competitors, with the exception of S HTC One on some tests. The graphical part is not left: Mali 400 MP4 obtains excellent results. Regarding performance photo and video, the Galaxy S III is faultless: the images produced are accurate, the camera is a perfect response, especially with regard to gusts and HDR videos are fluid, responsive development ... We look good, there is nothing to complain aboutDell Inspiron 1721 Battery!

With a 4.8-inch screen (1280x720 pixels) and a quad-heart, one might have feared for the autonomy of the smartphone, but again Samsung ensures: 2100 mAh battery there is probably not unrelated.

Finally, the software has not been neglected: the photosensitive layer is rich in features, video player, DivX Certified, swallows all videos that he has provided, regardless of the format and definition, and audio player provides the essential (equalizer, enhancing effects and spatial ...). The overlay software is in sobriety: Samsung has adapted its Touchwiz interface conventions of Ice Cream Sandwich, with which he nevertheless takes large liberties, and provides an interface that is both simple and enjoyable, even if purists regret the disappearance part of "true" ICS.

In the end, theStudio 1535 Batteryappears in fact in line with expectations, but certainly below fantasies that buzz before its launch had been generated. It is, finally, a product Samsung's invoice is classic, but its performance is impeccable, and its full functionality. Its size XXL will not suit everyone, but the smartphone will satisfy those for whom it is not fatal.



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November 20, 2012

Review - II Galaxy Note

There is this one year, the Galaxy Note has emerged on the market and Samsung has sold more than 10 million copies. But a year in the world of mobile phones is a Samsung Eternity and is launching a new version of its Galaxy Note. Say hello to the Galaxy Note II.

At first glance and when you hold it in your hands, you can see that the Galaxy Note II resembles the popular Galaxy SIII. And yes, even his side plastic, which gives it a look of poor quality phone was replicated here. By cons, it does not mean that the phone is not solid or of poor quality. But this is definitely not a Lumia 920 or iPhone. This aspect does not discourage you, after all, more than 20 million people have procured the Galaxy SIII.

The interior of the apparatus, for its part, is solid. With its 1.6GHz processor quad-core, 2 GB RAM, internal storage capacity of 64GB and a possibility to increase this capacity up to 64 GB with SD card access, NFC and wireless access dual band WiFi 802.11n, Note II definitely has what it takes to appeal to people who want a powerful smartphone. The AMOLED screen of the Note II has a size of 1280 X 800 and offers a resolution of 1280 X 720. With all these specifications, it is normal that the Note II has a battery up to its specifications. The 3100 mAh battery offers a lifetime impressive. After using the GPS function for 45 minutes, making phone calls, surfed the web and took some photos that I shared on social media, I still had 69% battery on the Note II. Awesome! The camera, cons, good, but nothing more. You have a rear camera of 8 mega pixels that offers video in full HD 1080p.

The S Pen on his side was definitely improved, beginning with a notice that tells you that you have removed the S Pen from its base. The phone enters S Pen mode with a different interface, ready drawings or other commands pencil intelligent. Write with the S Pen is really nice. You feel like writing on paper so that the accuracy is there. The feature I love the pencil Air View that lets you navigate menus without activating, via your pencil on top of an icon, for example. A small dot appears on the screen and you will not only be more accurate but also view tabs (by making them move) without activating them.

The operating system available on the Galaxy Note II Android 4.1. So the Note II is one of the first phones with the operating system and Jelly Bean animations are definitely more fluid this time. Thank you, Project Butter ...

In the end, if you do not like the large size of the first Galaxy Note, you will surely not like the 5.5 inch Note II. I must admit that this is a little weird talking on the phone with this unit, but if you want a device with a large screen, you'll be happy. Otherwise, the S Pen offers very good performance and handy features. In addition to being a very powerful device, the Galaxy Note battery delivers exceptional performance for a smart phone.

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November 12, 2012

Asus X53SC


As the Packard Bell TS11 tested recently, theVGP-BPS13/Suses a Core i3-2310M two.10 gigacycle per second and with GeForce GT 520. It embeds 4GB of memory as its challenger and offers an equivalent property. Asus X53SC however differed by many blessings as a tough disk of 640 GB rather than five hundred GB video memory double as giant, a a lot of powerful battery associate degreed an aluminium palmrest. The presence of associate degree aluminium giant on a portable computer to € 499 is sufficiently rare to be mentioned. Asus puts conjointly obvious with a technology known as \"IceCool\" that keeps this space still contemporary for max writing comfort. The X53SC is it the case should this season?

A history of K and X ...

Asus is absolutely not clear in its vary unless maybe be a part of fans of the complete WHO have down all references ... Thus, we have a tendency to check the X53SC is additionally listed underneath the reference K53SC. Besides, if you wish the X53SC on Asus web site, you\'ll not notice it! however you\'ll notice an equivalent K53SC and its specifications, drivers, application updates, new BIOS, etc.. tough to grasp what extremely makes the distinction between a X53SC and K53SC ... Warranty? Sales channel? Some sites advertise a guarantee of 1 year and 2 years for others an equivalent reference ... In observe, the X models square measure secured for one year whereas the K versions have coverage for two years. {we can|we will|we square measure able to} deduce that some records are incorrect or product that more defines the reference range secured, that more complicate things ... Besides the name X or K 53SC, models square measure outlined by a sequence of letters and numbers: SX104V within the case of our model. ThereSony VGP-BPS13A/Q Batterysquare measure varied references moult sometimes within the disc. 2 colours square measure within the catalog: black and silver (like ours).

Asus X53SC

Livery with grey and silver (aluminum part), the X53SC is somewhat classic. The shiny plastic cowl has patterns however as for the Packard Bell TS11, they\'re bleached and therefore the end is sleek. Examining the X53SC, we have a tendency to discover a style kind of like TS11. The disc takes up the correct facet in each machines and there\'s an equivalent boss within the giant hatch that covers the complete bottom front of the machine. The hinges are similar and equally effective. Overall, theDell Vostro 1015 Batterylayout of the ports is comparable between the 2 machines with a standard defect: terribly weak spacing which frequently prevents use of neighboring ports. the correct facet homes the X53SC Kensington slot, DVD burner, two USB 2.0 ports additionally as audio inputs and outputs. At left is that the giant grid of hot air outlet within the middle of the flank, the facility connective (but fortuitously the large catch is bent), the Gigabit local area network port, a VGA output, HDMI and USB three.0 port. The Mount Rushmore State card reader is on that at the front.

TheDell Inspiron 1520 Batteryencompasses a capability of fifty six,160 mWh capability is eighteen beyond that of Packard Bell TS11 (47,520 mWh). as a result of the elements square measure similar, autonomy ought to get pleasure from a directly proportional gain. Another pleasant surprise: Asus has equipped the X53SC one module of four GB of DDR3 1333 Hynix, that helps increase memory and avoid ending up with one or 2 bar (s) 2GB gratuitous case the upgrade. facet burner, there\'s a Matshita DVD-RAM 8x double layer universal UJ8B0 quite common. In terms of storage, this X53SC is provided with a Hitachi 5K750 640 GB Despite glorious transfer rate, the disc leaves no lasting impression as a result of they\'re aloof from reflective printing slowly than the prodigal arduous in actual use.

The power jack is angular imposing misplaced.

Incidentally, thisDell Vostro1088Batterycomes untufted. we have a tendency to don\'t even notice or maybe little optical mouse that came with several models. It ought to conjointly produce the Recovery videodisk (5 in total), associate degree operation that require one hour forty minutes ... facet packaging, Asus uses principally cardboard and plastic lowest (only many protecting films).

Making contact ...

With 2670 grams,Dell Inspiron 1720 Batteryis slightly heavier than average (usually but 2600 grams). There should conjointly add 466 grams of the large AC adapter that giant catches don\'t facilitate ... while not getting to refer little, this Asus is one amongst the \"smaller\" fifteen.6-inch with 378 x 253 x thirty three one to thirty four.9 mm. The grip is sweet particularly once the portable computer isn\'t connected to mains. Otherwise, the facility offer housed within the left facet is annoying particularly initially. With slightly observe, simply take the portable computer over to the front (or back). Anyway, this can be still questionable because the size of the outlet ...

The wrist joint and every one round the keyboard (the \"top box\") is aluminium. conjointly a pleasant bit, it offers a really sensible rigidity X53SC as well as higher than videodisk (weak purpose on several machines). The aluminium itself contributes to the impression of coolness to the bit however it\'s not the sole one. Indeed, vents placed within the front, just under the aluminium square measure transportation contemporary air and facilitate keep the palm rest cool even higher than the disk. IceCool technology isn\'t a pure invention promoting ...Dell Vostro 1510 Batteryin truth purposeful. The keyboard is supported by a Synaptics touchpad that supports up to a few fingers, a bit like the Packard Bell TS11. The bit space measures eighty five x fifty millimetre and every occupy separate buttons forty one x fourteen millimetre. If there\'s nothing wrong with the touchpad itself, the buttons may be terribly yelling with a \"clack\" unpleasant pressing their central half. By clicking on the ends, they\'re rather more discreet ...

The keyboard \"Chiclets\" is kind of nice with a decent resistance of the keys though it lacks overall rigidity. Asus has narrowed the numeric computer keyboard to keep up optimum layout of the alphanumerical half. within the aftermath, the touchpad (always aligned with the house key) is nearest to the middle of the machine. additionally to the multimedia system keys and management (sound and light) classics accessible via Fn,dell xps m1530 batteryhas placed some handy shortcuts like Fn + Enter to begin the calculator, Fn + house to change power modes, Fn + V to activate the webam software package or Fn + F9 to disable the touchpad.

The gills square measure coming into air at the front underneath the palm rest: IceCool result.

Thedell xps m1710 batteryshiny could be a AU Optronics B156XW02 V6 fifteen.6-inch HD (1366x76 . It may be summarized in one word: banal. Like all crystal rectifier Volunteer State panels, black is just too bright (close to one cd / m²) and therefore the most brightness of white is on the order of 210 cd / m², a distinction of roughly two hundred to one. the colour rendition is pretty tight overall and extremely uniform backlight. Incidentally, this can be precisely the same panel because the Packard Bell TS11 ...

If the Altec Lansing speakers signed square measure neither higher nor worse than the typical, 0.3 Mpixel digital camera X53SC of a calamity! Saw the image pixelated and extremely sensitive to the slightest amendment of sunshine, it\'s just about unusable. we have a tendency to had seldom seen as dangerous ... Thedell xps m1330 batteryrelated to software package isn\'t ready to even part correct shooting.

Performance

In performance of the processor, there\'s not rather more to mention in respect to the check of Packard Bell. The Core i3-2310 two.1 gigacycle per second offers little in nearly an equivalent edges as within the TS11 X53SC. Asus shows but no scores continually best however the gap remains the domain of negligible.

MacBook professional two011: Core i7-2720QM 2.2GHz | Radeon HD 6750 one GB | four GB

MacBook professional two010: Core i5-540M 2.53 gigacycle per second | GeForce GT 330m 256MB | 4GB

Asus X53SC: Core i3-2310M two.10 gigacycle per second | GeForce GT 520MX 1GB | 4GB

EasyNote TS11: Core i3-2310M two.10 gigacycle per second | GeForce GT 520m 512MB | 4GB

4820TG Timeline X Core i3-330 two.13GHz | Radeon HD 5650 one GB | four GB

Thinkpad T61: Core two couple T7300 two.00 gigacycle per second | Quadro NVS 140m 128MB | two GB

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In 3D against the GeForce GT 520MX 1GB is a lot of safe than the GeForce GT 520M 512 MB although in each cases it\'s a DDR3 memory bus solely sixty four bits, the GeForce GT 520MX the Asus is related to the memory at 900 Mc, whereas that of Packard Bell is barely 800 Mc. additionally, the GPU frequency is completely different. GeForce GT 520MX the is clocked at 900MHz for the core and 1800 Mc for the shaders and 740 Mc severally against 1480 Mc for the GeForce 520M. With twenty first a lot of raw power and twelve.5% ​​more information measure, the GeForce GT 520 magnetic flux unit takes advantage of seven to sixty seven tough to clarify except by the extra memory though it\'s in theory not even necessary in 1366x768 with AA and AF ... The 1024 MB of memory could facilitate to avoid multiple \"swaps\" through the slim 64-bit bus and DDR3 that limit the transfer rate to fourteen Gb / s.

Tests 1366x768 with 4x technique. Street Fighters IV, Resident Evil five and H.A.W.X. are

configured with graphics choices to most, Crysis High, Lost Planet ² and STALKER

Call of Pripyat within the medium. (Full details)

Tests 1366x768 while not technique settings to minimum

except Sreet Fighters IV continually at most however while not AA.

The Hitachi disc isn\'t a lightning war despite its intensive use sensible transfer rate and interval correct. He barely on the combined operations of reading and writing (eg Windows installation) ... In traditional use, it\'s against \"pleasant\" and discreet.

Wifi performance restricted|is restricted|is proscribed} by the Intel Centrino Wireless N a hundred limited to a hundred and fifty Mbps and therefore the two.4 GHz band. association speed displayed on our router is sixty five Mbps rate transfer of vi to eight MB / s (far from fifteen MB / s Atheros AR5B97 with TS11).

Autonomy and nuisances

Level of autonomy, thedell inspiron 6400 batterywill average slightly higher than the Packard Bell TS11: four h four h forty four against twenty two. Curiously, whereas they need similar instrumentation, Asus consumes ten Watts idle (we ne\'er saw less) whereas the Packard Bell all the way down to ~ seven watts. By cons, in standard usage, it usually oscillates between ten and fifteen watts in one case as within the different. Reading Flash 1080p X53SC consumption is fifteen watts as TS11. The fan runs endlessly X53SC at 2000 revolutions per minute however at this speed, low amplitude is roofed by the disc. within the workplace, it goes just about ne\'er steady. At some benches processor, its speed of rotation is high at 3800 revolutions per minute. It becomes sounding from 2600 revolutions per minute. additionally, every level of two hundred revolutions per minute produces a visible increase in noise.

Prime95, total consumption is thirty four Watts (like the TS11) however approach by combining seventy watts Prime95 and FurMark. underneath these extreme conditions, the mainframe and GPU square measure around seventy five ° C. Before reaching eighty ° C, the processor \"throttle\" and therefore the fan speed from 3900 revolutions per minute all the way down to 3000 ~ 3200 revolutions per minute. If the load continues, theDell Inspiron 1420 Batterysystem oscillates between phases of full power and idle.

In terms of sound, the X53SC emits ~ thirty three dBA at rest (measured at the amount of the top of a user to the machine on a desk). once the fan exceeds 2400 revolutions per minute, the noise becomes a lot of sounding than the disc. The amplitude may be up to $ thirty eight.5 dBA with the fan at 3900 revolutions per minute. In 3D, the X53SC isn't louder than the TS11 with thirty four to thirty six dBA varies games ... Finally,dell latitude d630 batteryas within the case of Packard Bell TS11, the fan noise isn't in the slightest degree sharp, could be a blast. there's no mention within the pitching noise\" or variations and frequent sounding fan speed for an equivalent purpose.

Windows seven sauce manufacturer ...

Dell Studio 14z BatteryLike any self-respectful portable computer, the Asus comes with a Windows seven 64-bit Edition and a decent layer of bloatwares. From a manufacturer like Asus tends to spotlight the performance, it\'s ironic ... If Power4Gear is sweet and convenient, merely make a choice from four modes saving terribly easy to enforced directly via the choices of Windows seven. LifeFrame3 is \"essential\" to the extent it\'s necessary to get pleasure from the terribly poor digital camera. Live Update two simplifies updates drivers whereas Winflash is important to update the BIOS. once five videodisk restoration inscribed AI Recovery is not any longer helpful. the remainder of the program is useless, or a minimum of not much: Asus Color sweetening, ASUS quick Boot, ASUS Fancy begin, ASUS sensible Logon ASUS Virtual Camera, ASUS Wireless Console three, ASUS figure, eManual, eDriver, Google package & Toolbar workplace 2010 Starter, Power2Go v6, Trend small atomic number 22 Trial, Windows live4 package & Toolbar and nicety PDF. once could be a portable computer while not bloatware?

Conclusion

Testing a second transportable least € 499 confirms what we have a tendency to had already ascertained with the Packard Bell TS11. Thesedell inspiron 9400 batterymachines with a Core i3 2310 and GeForce GT 520M (X) provides performance so much superior to this desires of the workplace, will play in friendly conditions and supply sensible battery life (than the primary Centrino laptop). The presence of the Optimus technology conjointly makes it potential to reconcile autonomy and performance utterly. additionally, the cooling system designed for a mainframe and an obsessive GPU permits for quiet machines once the mainframe is employed with its IGP ... within the case of the X53SC we have a tendency to enjoyed the \"top box\" aluminium, excellent chassis rigidity and ensuing \"effect IceCool\" the palmrest. the massive multitouch touchpad is additionally terribly nice however the buttons square measure yelling. though it lacks rigidity, the keyboard provides excellent feeling through the touch keys. the additional power provided by the 3D GeForce GT 520MX 1GB is a lot of compared to the Packard Bell TS11 and therefore the presence of one strip of four GB is additionally a plus. is way less appreciates against the position of the facility connective, the fat intake elbow and imposing adapter with grounding. The Centrino N a hundred wireless card is additionally quite dissatisfactory at transfer rates. Anyway, the X53SC could be a sensible decide because the TS11, every with its perks and flaws. Given the costs, it\'s not cheated!


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