The Android phone is a powerful cellular gadget that many people long to have because of its great functionality and features. Although Google phones are quite costly, there are ways by which you can own these types of phones with little amount of money. Here, you would learn a few things about this cellular device.
Today, many phone manufacturers have been able to develop their own brands of Android phones since the Android phone OS is free and simple to use. Its user interface is also user-friendly. Generally, all the features of the Android phone are quite easy and simple to use.
All installed programmes can be directly accessed from the dashboard; the home page comes with a search club that helps you to troubleshoot problems whenever you need to gather relevant information. Likewise, the Internet browser can be launched from the home web page. As regard the in-built SMS interface, messages are usually arranged into posts such that you would be able to conveniently and easily find whatever you’re searching for when your mailbox is opened.
In addition, a typical Android phone comes with a camera which helps to capture images at a great resolution; you can record video footage whenever you want to capture any interesting events around you. The in-built camera has several exciting features like zoom and picture stabilisation. Thus, you can easily take great photos or create good videos, even if you’re an amateur.
Furthermore, the gadget provides an exciting entertainment platform for music lovers. You can listen to your favourite music playlists with its music-buffering functionality which lets you download and play music being offered at online stores. You can enjoy your music on the go with the use of a headphone plugged into its head jack.
Obviously, Google phones are great, but if you can’t afford the price, you may find other cell phones that serve as good alternatives to Google phones. In today’s market, you can find affordable brands that make use of the free Google Android operating system. Such brands can be found from manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, and the mobile phones have been found out to be perfect for many buyers who love to enjoy all the cellular advantages of a Google phone. A typical example of the Android on the market is the BE Touch Acer E400. Read the rest of this entry »
Lately a large number of wireless audio products have emerged such as latest-generation wireless headphones, iPods, cell phones and wireless amplifier products which promise to cut the cord. I will take a look at some of the newest gadgets and technologies to find out how well they work and in which situations they work best.
Products can be categorized into products with built-in and those with optional wireless capability. Streaming audio products will often have a plug-in slot for adding a wireless LAN card. Latest generation iPods and cell phones already come with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth support.
Bluetooth is a fairly low-cost solution but has some drawbacks which are often overlooked.
1) Limited range
Bluetooth devices typically only have a 30-foot range which limits Bluetooth to single-room applications.
2) Low data rate – audio compression
Bluetooth reliably supports data transmission rates of around 1 Mbps only which is not enough for uncompressed CD-quality audio. Therefore Bluetooth applies audio compression. This is less critical though for compressed audio such as MP3 audio but excludes Bluetooth from use in high-quality audio applications.
3) Audio latency
Due to audio compression, Bluetooth will introduce a signal delay of at least 10 ms which will cause the audio to be slightly out of sync in case of video and real-time applications. This is again less of a problem for MP3 players.
4) No multiple headphone support
Bluetooth does not support any number of headphones which may be a problem if you have a larger number of people who want to listen to headphones from a single transmitter device.
WiFi is another widely used wireless protocol that is also suitable for audio streaming. WiFi does support uncompressed audio but will have problems transmitting to a large number of wireless receivers simultaneously. Due to the fairly high power consumption it is rarely used in wireless headphones though. WiFi is convenient for streaming audio from a PC however since almost all PCs have WiFi access.
Wireless speakers and wireless amplifier products for home theater speakers typically use their own proprietary protocol. Entry-level wireless headphones and speakers typically still use FM transmission which offers low cost but is prone to noise and audio distortion.
More advanced wireless protocols are based on digital formats which eliminate audio degradation and incorporate advanced features such as error correction to cope with interference from competing wireless devices.
Advanced wireless amplifier devices support uncompressed digital audio streaming to preserve the original audio quality. Some of these protocols allow streaming to an unlimited number of wireless amplifiers which is convenient for whole-house audio distribution. Read the rest of this entry »
A camera is a very handy gadget but most people go overboard when buying them. They spend hundreds of dollars on fancy cameras that they hardly know how to use correctly. If you want a simple camera that you can rely on to take great pictures of all occasions then you should look for the best digital camera that fits your pocket. There are quite a few cameras in this price range and you’ll find that most of them are quite adequate for your needs. In fact, these may be point-and-shoot cameras but they are still highly sophisticated.
It goes without saying that the best digital camera will not take professional quality pictures. However, you can definitely take great shots of all birthdays, anniversary and other special occasions with a reasonably good camera. Since there are so many different options available these days, you need to make sure that you choose the right one or else you might end up paying for camera features that you do not require. Be sure to look for:
- A minimum of 12 megapixels, although some cameras do offer a couple more megapixels in this price range
- At least 10x optical zoom, but this can easily go up to 18x zoom
- High speed consecutive shooting so that you do not miss out on significant moments
- Very clear display (screen should be at least 3in in length).
- A variety of editing features such as cropping, coloring and filtering right on the camera
- HD video recording
- GPS tracker so that your photos can be tagged automatically.
- Ergonomic design so that you can handle it without any trouble. It should also not be too large that it cannot fit into a purse or a pocket.
- Easy to use so that you can get fantastic pictures even if you are rushed for time
- Reasonably long battery life Read the rest of this entry »