For others, this is just another number. But not with the case with HTC; ‘One’ to HTC denotes a standing HTC is yet to claim in the race of Droid. The story began last year when HTC launched One X before Samsung stole the show with its Galaxy S III. Later it rolled a couple of more devices such as One X+ and Droid DNA, however, but they have done little to overpower Galaxy devices and win battle of Droid. Hence, the HTC One: the device the houses powerful designs and specifications, HTC’s innovation and its pride. Now the question is: will this latest flagship phone HTC One manage to become the ‘One’ you are looking for? That’s why iYogi reviews the latest Smartphone and highlights what’s in the phone, what’s missing and if HTC’s innovation will pay off this time.
(HTC One - Image by: HTC)
HTC One: Design
iYogi suggests that HTC One exudes a combination of stunning edge-to-edge display design and powerful specifications under its stylish hood. At one glance, the device is going to astonish you for sure with its all-aluminum solid exterior. Though its metal body will feel solid, but it looks quite thin and sleek and feels light on the palm. HTC One exudes a full frontal 4.7-inches Super LCD 3 screen with the damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 which will display as much as 468 PPI (pixels per inch, the highest and unheard so far in Android market. Below the display, HTC placed a ‘Home’ and a ‘Back’ button for ease of navigation.
HTC One phone will also bring you the reign to control your TV with its power button that serves as an IR blaster remote control, like you will find again on the latest Samsung Galaxy S IV. iYogi suggests that HTC One uses a built-in app HTC TV which will tell you about the recent telecast, upcoming shows and you can also use HTC One to control channels, settings, and recordings. You can also connect to your TV using the HDMI port or wirelessly via Miracast.
An UltraPixel Camera
iYogi found that HTC One has avoided the war of megapixels. While Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 exude a whopping 13-MP sensor and iPhone 5 has 8-MP, HTC has kept at a limited 4-MP sensor and introduced ‘Zoe’ which enables the camera to reduce shutter lag, work faster in shooting images and videos, applying filters and allow sharing photos faster via Internet. You can share photos via Zoe Share as well as other photo and video sharing networks such as Facebook and YouTube.
iYogi suggests that HTC One will lead Android phones with other notable features such as full HD screen, up to 64GB onboard memory, 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and astonishing Sense 5 native UI of HTC.
After Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook has let down many users, Acer has unveiled a lighter version Acer Aspire S7 in 11.7” inches. With its stunning 11.6-inch full HD, touchscreen IPS screen, this cutting-edge ultraportable device has made up for its predecessors disappointing performance, it is also been considered as an Apple MacBoor Air alternative. And that’s a compliment for any Ultrabook. iYogi reviews this latest touch enabled Windows 8 offerings from Acer and highlights pros and cons to explain if it is worth the money.
Features of Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook
Acer Aspire S7 comes in two size variants; one is 13.3-inch and another is 11.6 inch. Both models come with white metal-lid hood and not more than 1kg. iYogi reviews have revealed that both size variants of premium Acer Aspire S7 series are loaded with astonishing aesthetic beauty. With 11.9mm thickness, it boasts ultra-slim and sleek exterior which nestles impressive specifications including full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution IPS panels display which does not attract fingerprints and will avert mild lines and scratches. This super sleek, premium range of Windows 8 Ultrabook has two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm standard headphone jack, one HDMI port. However, you would definitely miss the absence of an Ethernet port though you can use an USB Wi-Fi stick. The Ultrabook supports both wireless connectivity options: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Full support for Windows 8
iYogi reviews have revealed that both 13-inch and 11.6-inch variants of Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook offers a good keyboard in matte surface and soft keys which renders decent typing speed and energy saving aqua LE backlighting. According to iYogi reviews, the trackpad supports touch-enabled functions of Windows 8 operating system. Moreover, Acer Aspire S7 is fully compliant to Windows 8 OS that its IPS panel supports 10-point touch and Metro LiveTile interface.
Other noteworthy specifications of Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook include options to choose from Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, Intel HD 4000 graphics, choice between 128GB or 256GB storage space, 4GB of RAM, battery life of up to five hours after single recharge.
Succeeding the popular ELPH 320 HS, Canon has recently unveiled another powerful model to its PowerShot ELPH lineup. Known as Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, the snapper touts double optical zoom and improved ISO sensitivity that helps it to capture brilliant shots even in the dim-light conditions. iYogi Reviews team provides the first-impression review of this powerful point-and-shoot digital camera.
The latest offering from Canon boasts of a new hybrid mode, upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity, and various other powerful specs. Thanks to the new HS system, the ELPH 320 HS delivers clear images with minimum noise and maximum details even while shooting at night or in dimly lit conditions. It also features Canon’s Smart Auto that delivers optimal camera performance allowing even the first timers to capture great photos with much details and clarity. iYogi Reviews team also noted that in this model, Canon has moved down from 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor to 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, but this has been done for the betterment as the new CMOS sensor helps the snapper to produce better quality images.
Design wise, the camera is bit smaller than its predecessor. It spots a 3-inch LCD screen and 10x optical zoom lens. The lens offers Canon’s image stabilization technology that works with highly sensitive CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor to enhance your experience by shooting quality images. iYogi Reviews team also noted that the camera features a built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to wirelessly transfer photos and movie clips to Android and iOS devices to share them on your social networking sites. After uploading your pictures, you can also comment on them directly from your camera.
The snapper will hit the stores in March for just $229.99 and will be available in black, silver, and pink colors. iYogi Reviews team believes that at this price range, ELPH 320 HS is a good option for those who want to capture brilliant images and share them instantly with their friends and family through social networking sites.
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The release of Windows 8 had marked the launch of a number of convertibles that straddle between a laptop and a tablet. Lenovo’s ThinkPad Twist is the latest in the string of convertible Ultrabooks that boasts of aesthetic form factor packed in a slimmer and a much-revamped design. iYogi Reviews team brings the first-impression review of the latest tablet-laptop hybrid from Lenovo that promises to be different from its competitors.
Like all other tablet-laptop hybrids, the ThinkPad Twist offers a unique way of converting itself from a tablet to a laptop to suit your convenience and style. The screen is attached with a rotating hinge to the bottom of the laptop, so that you can twist the screen on either side as well as fold it back to convert your ThinkPad Twist into a tablet. This 12.5-inch convertible is powered by third-generation Intel Core-i5 processor with 4GB RAM and 500GB hybrid hard drive. The iYogi Reviews team also noted that the touchscreen of the ThinkPad Twist sports a standard 1,366 x 768 resolution with an IPS panel that is protected by Gorilla glass. The screen offers excellent contrast and viewing angles for brighter images and sharp, crisp text. The multi-touch gestures are very smooth and at par with a tablet.
When it comes to design, the Twist is a sleeker version of the traditional ThinkPad laptops with a soft-touch finish and a full-size, spill-proof keyboard that is comfortable to type. The keyboard dons a small red TrackPoint in the middle along with concave-shaped keys that offer superb typing experience.
iYogi Reviews team also noted that on the connectivity side, the ThinkPad Twist stands out from rest of the convertibles. It offers Wi-Fi N, a Bluetooth 4.0 combo, an SDXC card reader, an Ethernet port, USB 3.0 port, mini HDMI, and headphone jack. Other than this, it also features an additional 3G/mobile broadband for seamless connectivity for people who are always on the go.
With all these features and powerful technical specs, iYogi Reviews team believes that Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a great business tablet-Ultrabook hybrid that is definitely worth a look. For more news and reviews on the latest happenings in the tech world, keep reading iYogi Reviews.
Have you ever ended up spilling your drink over your keyboard or dropped crumbs and condiments between your keyboard’s keys? Do you often feel that your keyboard has become nothing less than a dirt box due to regular use and finger grime and wish to take it for a nice wash? iYogi Reviews team introduces you to Logitech’s Washable Keyboard K310 – the best tech gift for all clumsy coffee drinkers, who often end up spilling their cups on their keyboard.
Designed to withstand the rigors of life, Logitech’s Washable Keyboard K310 is a scrubable and spill-proof tech gadget that can be easily submerged and washed in water. Capable of being submerged in about 30 cm of water, the K310 is fitted with drainage hole that allows easy cleaning and quick drying. It is mounted with ultra-durable keys with laser printing and UV coating. The durable keys and robust tilt legs give this keyboard enhanced resistance to washing and pounding, making it one of the toughest keyboards in the market.
iYogi Reviews team also noted that the K310 is not only a water-friendly alternative to the regular keyboards, it also boasts a sleek and attractive design with white keys fitted over a back deck. It measures 0.8 × 17.2 × 5.5 inches and weighs only 17.25 ounces. The K310 has a regular keyboard layout with basic numeric pad and extra-wide Function keys. The 12 hotkeys offer instant access to popular applications like volume controls, Internet, e-mail, and media player. Not just this, the keyboard is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems and offers simple plug-and-play function. The keyboard works right out of the box, with no additional software to install.
So, with a stylish look, washable design, and a price tag of $39.99, Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 stands out to be a perfect choice for Holiday Season shoppers.
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If you are looking for a storage device that can hold a large number of files while offering a level of rugged protection against drops and bumps then the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is just for you. It’s not only the drops and bumps, the Corsair Flash Voyager, with rugged rubber construction, 32 GB of storage space, and USB 3.0, is capable of even surviving an accidental trip through the laundry.
The rubber housing not only provides a rugged protection against physical harm to the storage device but also makes its surface easy to hold with a firm grip. The iYogi Reviews team observed that one might find many other drives with faster performance, but the Corsair Flash Voyager is an affordable compromise.
Having a storage capacity of 32 GB, the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 comes out to US$ 1.25 per GB. That’s comparatively cheaper than other portable storage devices having similar storage capacity and USB 3.0. While testing the time taken by Corsair Flash Voyager to transfer files, the iYogi Reviews team observed that it took 63.3 MBps to read and 34.5 MBps to write.
The final conclusion of iYogi Reviews team was that the Corsair Flash Voyager is faster than any USB 2.0 drive in the market; however, it lags behind when it comes to other USB 3.0 drives. But, if you are looking for a sensible buy, based on price, then the Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is what you are missing.
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In this day and age of smartphones and tablets, do you still prefer taking notes using a pen and notepad? However, do you think that you have slowed down over the ages and are unable to jot down each and everything during lectures or interviews? If yes, then Livescribe Smartpen is the new solution for you.
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The Livescribe Smartpen is a digital pen that is used for writing in a special paper notebook. Not only writing, the pen can also be used for recording audio notes. The digital pen was designed keeping in mind students; however, for professionals like journalists or lawyers also this wonderful pen is worth a look. As people are nowadays relying more on mobile devices, they need to share their notes on multiple devices. The company has made it possible by making the new Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen, which comes equipped with inbuilt Wi-Fi and automatic uploading to the productivity app Evernote.
Available at a starting price of US$ 170, the 2GB Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen is an invaluable device. If you do not require the Wi-Fi option and don’t mind syncing via USB, the previous model named the Echo Smartpen can be purchased at a price of US$ 120.
To understand the functioning of this device, the product review team of iYogi observed that there is a small camera built into the base of the pen that reads the special paper. As each piece of the paper contains a unique pattern of tiny dots, the pen must be used with Livescribe notebooks only. The camera reads those dots to track all the notes and audio on that page, and then generates a digital version of the materials for the Evernote application. The Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen comes packed with a 50-sheet starter notebook. If you require additional notebooks, you have to shell out extra bucks ranging from US$ 9 to US$ 25.
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Amazon has unveiled its first 8.9 inch tablet that has scored a major win in the tablet market. With highest resolution and advanced display options, topped up by enhanced technical specs, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is going to give iPad and Google Nexus 10 a tough competition and a run for money. iYogi Reviews team provides the first-impression review of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, a perfect gadget that you must add in your Holiday season shopping list.
Like its predecessors, Kindle Fire 8.9 proves to be another excellent offering from Amazon. By far, it’s the most comfortable tablet to hold, making reading and watching movies a fun experience. Compared to the earlier tablets from Amazon, Kindle Fire 8.9 has made a significant leap on the hardware front. It features the highest resolution 1920 × 1200 pixels touch-screen display and enhanced color options that make graphically rich content more vibrant and colorful. Its Gorilla Glass anti-glare technology makes it suitable for both indoor as well as outdoor use. The tablet comes with two different storage options: 16GB and 32GB, giving you more space for movies, videos, photos, and applications. It is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor and 1 GB RAM.
iYogi Reviews team also noted that Kindle Fire HD offers the best sound quality when compared to any other tablet. The HD Dolby Surround Sound technology takes music as well as movies to a completely different level. The battery life is also pretty decent, with Kindle Fire offering more than 11 hours of continuous battery backup. Another amazing feature in Kindle Fire HD is its 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera that allows you to make free Skype calls from the device.
iYogi Reviews team also noted that the Kindle Fire 8.9 lacks dedicated home button; instead, it offers an Android-driven UI to navigate around the device. And at a price of $299, Amazon Kindle Fire 8.9 HD proves to be the cheapest fully featured tablet in the market.
It seems that everyone is interested to know about your Internet browsing habits. Governments want to keep a tab on your Internet usage. Corporates are interested in knowing what interests you on the Internet world. Besides hackers are also looking for ways to steal your banking details and passwords. In other words, your privacy, safety, and anonymity on the Internet are always under threat.
You can prevent others from prying into your personal details by using a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN can help you encrypt your signal and hide your location to stop bad guys from snooping and to keep your private information safe. The iYogi Reviews team found one good VPN that can help users stop hackers from infiltrating your machine. The VPN is named ProXPN, which offers both free and paid plans.
The ProXPN Basic account, which is offered free, comes with significant limitations. The restrictions are that the user’s speed is limited to 300 KB per second and secondly the user is limited to one geographical location only. The paid version allows the users access to features such as iOS and Android access, port selection, and geographical location alternatives. The best feature noticed by iYogi Reviews in the paid version is the VPN Guard, which allows the users to specify which applications on their machine should immediately shut down if they lost the ProXPN connection. The pricing structure of the paid plan is: Monthly - US$ 10, Half Yearly - US$ 50, and Annually - US$ 75.
The iYogi Reviews team experienced that it is one of the easiest VPNs when it comes to setup. The user has to just install the application, create his account and log in. No need for configuring the settings of this utility tool. So, if you are looking for some peace of mind along with privacy and security, the ProXPN will do the trick for you. It’s an absolute pleasure to use this VPN.
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Apple has finally unveiled its much-awaited tablet for its budget-friendly buyers. The beautiful and light iPad Mini offers everything that you love in your iPad, but at a size that perfectly fits in the palm of your hands. Sporting a brand new look and much reduced size, iPad Mini offers everything that will make it a perfect gift for your loved ones.
For a weekly product review, iYogi Reviews team decided to provide the first-hand review of this new brand new offering from Apple. Scheduled to release on November 2, iPad Mini is a pencil-thin tablet that is just 7.2 mm thick and weighs only about 0.68 pounds. It sports a powerful processor that offers fluid, fast performance and a beautiful 7.9-inch LED screen display, which is perfectly sized to deliver an iPad-like experience. With a resolution of 1024 × 76, iPad Mini offers crisp, clear, and vibrant display. It houses a dual-core A5 processor, quad-core GPU, and ships in with 16 GB of internal flash memory. iYogi reviews team also noted that the internal memory can be easily upgraded to 64 GB. iPad Mini features a dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity that offers a download speed of up to 150 Mbps.
It also dons a front-facing FaceTime and a 5-megapixel, rear-facing iSight cameras with 1080p HD video recording. With its FaceTime camera, you can make a video call over its Wi-Fi network. The cameras let you capture your best moments and ensure that your friends and family are never out of loop. iPad Mini is also empowered with Apple Lightening connector that allows you to connect your tablet to cameras, SD cards, and HDMI or VGA video sources. iYogi also noted that with iPad Mini, you can make ultrafast cellular connections around the world through LTE and DC-HSDPA.
With a body crafted out of aluminum and glass, iPad Mini has mono-crystalline diamond cut edges and sleek metallic finish, giving it a stylish and chic appearance. With up to 10-hours of battery life and access to more than 275,000 apps, iPad Mini is surely more versatile than its competitors. To know more about the latest news and reviews on web technology, keep reading iYogi Reviews.