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Objects Of Desire

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Ring In A Projector
Imagine whipping out a phone and making a ready-to-go presentation. With the Samsung Galaxy Beam (which will be available in a couple of months) you can project movies, photo slideshows, games, documents and more on any wall or surface. The 15-lumens built-in projector makes a 50-inch picture which Samsung says is bright enough for daylight. The Beam's specs are otherwise not top-end. It has a 4-inch WVGA screen. The cameras are 5 and 1.3 megapixels, the processor is a dual-core 1GHz. Onboard storage should have been max considering you would want to carry around content to present, but is only 8GB and is expandable with an SD card to 32GB. The battery, at 2000mAh, is expected to give you three hours of projection time.

Dell Goes Light
Dell's first Ultrabook, the XPS 13, is between 6mm and 18mm thin from one tapering end to the other and weighs 1.3kg. Ultrabooks are built on Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors and the XPS can include Core l7 or I5, 4GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB SSD and a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution screen which some say is a little pale. The graphics, too, early reviews say, are not of gaming level. The device is attractive, has a full-fledged backlit keyboard (nice touch) and a large trackpad with no buttons (not so nice touch) and is equipped with two USB ports but no SD card slot. Ultrabooks tend not to have ethernet ports. Battery life according to initial reports is about 5 hours. This stylish package is rather expensive at Rs 79,000.

A Comfortable Budget Tab
An army of budget tablets has been marching in lately. The latest entrant is an 8-inch iTab from Intex for Rs 11,900. This tab immediately stands out among many others because it's a comfortable mid-size, easy to read on, happy in both landscape and portrait modes. The screen is bright and more than acceptable for the price. Of course you can't expect Apple-style smoothness or the greater richness of top-end Android tabs, but as a budget tab, it's more than able to handle the basics — browsing, email and typing with prominent blocky keys. There are a few apps pre-loaded. The iTab works on a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and has 8GB of storage space and an expansion slot to go up to 32GB. The iTab is great to hold, with its curved edges and looks rather good, except for a few tacky touches here and there.

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(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 16-04-2012)