26 Oct 2011

The Nokia Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 with the Windows Phone Mango OS was launched at the Nokia World event at London along with a few other models.

The phone has a smooth curved glass, 3.7" WVGA AMOLED touchscreen and powered by a 1.4 GHz processor (single core).

Key features include:

  • 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash.
  • Can take HD movies (720 pixels resolution) with 30 frames per second playback.
  • Comes with 512 MB SDRAM memory and 16 GB storage memory. I was surprised when I learnt that there was no slot for micro-SD cards. However, I learnt that users would have 25GB of free SkyDrive storage.
Some people were not happy that it also does not have a TV output though I wonder how many people would use that particular option. The phone also lacks a front facing camera.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is available in 3 colours, viz., Cyan, Black and Magenta.

You can preorder the phone on their website and it looks like it would be cheapest on the Vodaphone network (£99.00 cost for the phone and £33.50 monthly or free for £36.00 per month (both on 24 month long contracts).

Hear what the designer have to say:

12 Oct 2011

The JBL MS-2 - for a better listening experience

Some great news for audiophiles who love to pump up the volume on their car stereos. The groundbreaking JBL® MS-2 car audio accessory from HARMAN International Industries automatically tunes your car stereo to improve the listening experience from portable music players and smartphones - making it the perfect iPod, iPhone or Android™ smartphone accessory.

Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and really simple to use, the JBL MS-2 uses digital signal processing to create clearer, more powerful sound from existing speakers in any car or even at home (with a 6-volt DC power supply). Once connected all you have to do is press the Setup button and the JBL MS-2 will automatically tune the tonal balance, bass impact and sonic clarity across a car’s existing speakers.

The JBL MS-2 has a suggested retail price of $239.95 in the US. Not sure how much it will cost here in the UK.