From Smartphones to Laptops, Tablets, Gaming, Portable Media, Home Cinema in this post we have provided it all. The top of the list products which you should buy right now are listed here and we have provided you options .. yes five options to choose from ..
TOP 5 SMARTPHONES
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1. Operatin System Beyond Apple’s OS, there are five main ways to go: Windows Phone 7, Google Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Palm’s WebOS. BlackBerry is best for business, Android has great apps and WP7 is ideal for smartphones newbies. All sync with your PC (and most with Mac ) to give mobile email, calendar and contacts.
2. Connectivity Bluetooth is handy. Wi-Fi powers internet and email, HSDPA provides mobile broadband everywhere and A-GPS means sat-nav. Look for compasses, too.
3. Screen Standard resolution is up to 800×480 these days, but the real fun starts with tuchscreen interfaces . The ideal scenario is a phone that offers screen input and a dedicated QWERTY keyboard, tough this adds bulk.
4. Apps As important as the phones are the applications they can run. The iTunes App Store is streets ahead, Android Market second.
1. Apple iPhone 4S from $915
The odds were stacked against the iPhone 4S claiming the number one smartphone spot. But after putting it through a Takeshi’s Castle- Style assault course with its fiercest rivals, there was only one condusion – it remains the world’s best all round smartphone. Its imaging skills are class leading thanks to a new 8Mp camera, Which has a wide f2.4 aperture and digital image stabilization. The 3.5in/8.8cm, 326ppi screen remains the crispest in smart world. And rivals still can’t match its peerless sound quality, choice of apps or the charm of its voice-controlled Siri personal assistant.
Killer Feature the App Store, still out in front despite Amazon’s App store
2. Samsung Galaxy S II from $817.4
The Galaxy S II has it all : an incredibly vivid 4.3in/11cm screen, superb 8MP camera ( With 1080p video shooting) and Android Gingerbread. After extended testing we’ve come around to thinking this is the Android phone to buy, although the iPhone still has batter apps.
3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S $829.6
A major return to form for Sony Ericsson , the Arc S pushes the Galaxy S II close as the iPhone’s main rival. It has a dazzing 4.2in/10.6cm screen, and the impressive 8MP camera takes 3D panoramas. Only the Samsung’s superior might and build give it the edge.
4. BlackBerry Bold 9900
If you’re after a touch screen phone wills a physical Qwerty keyboard, buy this. The Bold combines a premium, stainless steel chassis with a slick new BlackBerry 7 OS . Its diddy 2.8in/7cm screen is, though, a major handicap for enjoying media or web browsing.
5. HTC Sensation $647.9
The aptly- named Sensation is a 1.2 GHz Android powerhouse. A snazzy, stutter –free Sense 3.0 interface fronts a sharp 4.3in/10.9cm screen, and the 8MP, 1080p cam captures impressive footage. Shame that Android’s Market still lags way behind the App Store.
TOP 5 LAPTOPS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Form factor: Decide what you want your laptop for. Will you still use a separate desktop machine? Desktop replacements have more power but are less portable. Conversely, more- mobile laptops tend to have less storage space and can struggle with demanding tasks.
- Muscle: If you’ll be using your lappy to store large numbers of MP3 or video files, make sure it has a sizeable hard drive. Go for the best combination of processor speed, memory and hard drive space you can stretch to. You’ll get more for your money with a conventional hard drive compared to solid state storage .
- Connectivity: If you’re going to connect MP3 players and the like to your loptop , ensure it has plenty of USB ports. Built in Wi-Fi is a given these days, but Bluetooth is also handy. You can now get some netbooks free on 3G broadband contracts for truly mobile internet access.
1. Apple MacBook Air 13in/33cm from $1586
Gone are the days, when the MacBook Air was the clutch bag of laptops, Apple has beefed up the skinny’s innards to include a dual-core intel core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD graphics and 10Gbps . Thunderbolt connectivity .The 11in/28cm option starts at just $1464 , but the 13in/33cm model – available in 128GB or 256GB SSD configurations – is truly capable of claiming function to match its form. If you’re after something beefier – or a DVD drive – the MacBook Pro 13in/33cm starts at $1586 and is still better than anything else in its class.
Killer Feature : Seven hours of wireless web – hopping on a single charge.
2. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge $1098
Designed for the SME and consumer markets, the Edge has the pedigree of Lenovo’s legendary ThinkPad range, but not all the over – engineered features. The keyboard’s redesigned and the lid’s not just black, but everything else is as solid. And desirable.
3. Dell XPS 15 L502x from $1708
With intel’s new Sandy Bridge i7 silicon purring away under the bonnet, the aluminum-clad XPS has speed in spades. At 3kg it’s no light weight, but there’s a handy Blu-ray drive and 15.6in/39cm 1080p screen.
4. HP Envy 17 3D
This 17.3 inch/44cm selling point is its 3D capable Radeon HD5850 GPU; stick on a 3D Blu-ray or game and the large HD screen comes into its own. But it’s far from one – (or three _ dimensional, packing plenty of power within its gorgeous aluminium chassis.
5. Sony Vaio Z-Series from $2440
Few laptops are as desirable and powerful as the Vaio Zs. With super thin, carbon –fiber reinforced construction, thay come with solid state hard drives, Blu-ray and HD output. The innards boast Intel’s zippy Corei5 or i7 chips, yet the battery can last over seven hours.
TOP 5 TABLETS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Operation system: The OS determines how good a tablet’s interface is, what it’s compatible with and how many apps are available for it. Android 3.0 and iOS provide computer-like power; the smartphone – centric Android 2.x is OK for web browsing; BlackBerry’s OS is good at multitasking; web OS is yet to arrive; and the Windows tablet experience just yet to work effectively at all.
- Processor: Dual –core ARM processors such as Apple’s A5 and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 provide the best tablet performance for now.
- Size: Screen dimensions and aspect ratios differ between devices, affecting how they crop video and how they are to hold – so try before you buy. The iPad’s is as vibrant as they come, but others have superior resolution.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth come as standard; SD card readers, USB ports and HDMI- out may not . 3G moderns can be pricey.
1. Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi from $ 537
It may look as though Apple’s second gen tablet merely tweaks the formula that made the original a genre- defining monster, but the changes are significant enough to keep it well clear of the Android pack. On the outside it’s been slimmed down to a smartphone – thin 8.8mm, shed 70g of weight and gained two cameras. On the inside it’s had major power boost, its new dual –core A5 processor keeping it faster and more responsive than any rival. Add to that the best screen going and the unparalleled riches of the App Store and you’re left wondering how it’s also one of the cheapest in its class.
Killer Feature: The multitude of iPad –native apps – 80,000 and growing
2. Asus Edd Pad Transformer $537(w/keyboard dock)
With its detachable keyboard, fast processor and impressive multitasking ability, this Android Honeycomb 3.1-powered 10.1in/24.6cm renders netbooks obsolete. Throw in big battery life and it’s the first Android slate that offers a genuine alternative to iOS.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Rejoice: there’s no longer any need to ship Samsung’s second tablet in from the US. That’s good news, because the 10.1 is thinner and lighter than the iPad2, with a lovely display, and runs Honeycomb smoothly. Only Android’s lack of killer apps lets it down.
4. Motorola Xoom 3G from $805
The first tablet to run Honeycomb gives the iPad2 a bloody nose thanks to its better camera and built in HDMI and SD ports. The Xoom also excels at app juggling, but the washed out screen and fact that it’s not yet had the Android 3.1 update hold it back.
5. BlackBerry PlayBook
The diminutive PlayBook is aptly named; its sharp display, versatile, user – friendly OS and full HD video camera all point to a life lived outside the boardroom. If 7in/17.7cm is enough for you, it’s well worth considering but it needs more apps, and quickly.
TOP 5 GAMING
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Which console? PS3 tops our chart, but it may not be the one for you. Xbox 360 doesn’t have PS3’s Blu-ray player, but equals its hi-def, action-packed catalogue with superior online play. Will is ideal for inclusive family fun. On the move there are three main options: iPod Touch/iphohe for immediacy, Nintendo DSi for silliness and Sony PSP for big games shrunk to fit your pocket.
- You’ll also need: a Wi-Fi set up for online play and downloadable extras, additional controllers for friends and preferably a hi-def TV for PS3 and Xbox 360 (but it’s not essential). Will can actually look better on a decent CRT TV.
- What about PC and Mac? PC gaming exists in a world of super- specced Windows “rigs” where first person shooters and online role-playing games rule. Set aside a couple of grand. Mac remains on the periphery with few releases.
1. PlayStation 3 Slim $476
The inclusion of a Blu-ray player means that the PS3 Slim tops our gaming Top 5.In most other respects, the recently shrunken PS3 is the equal of the Xbox 360, with state-of –the –art hi-def gaming, a 120GB hard drive and a growing range of multimedia skills. Blu-ray aside, with so little to separate the big two, a decision can come down to price, exclusive content, the feel of the controllers or the format most of your friends have. Functionality of the PS3 Slim matches the previous model with the bonus of better hi-def audio support.
Killer Feature : The Blu-ray player is the ace up its sleeve.
2. Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim 250GB $390
The gap has been closed on the PS3 with the latest “ Slim” Xbox 360. It’s quieter and less power hungry than before smaller and (sit down for this bit) finally has built in Wi-Fi. Now the choice hinges on the 360’s superior online play versus PS3’s Blu-ray.
3. Apple iPod Touch from $244
It doesn’t make calls, know where it is or which way is North , but otherwise the latest Touch is an iPhone 4, only thinner and much cheaper. That means awesome mobile gaming and multimedia on a pin-sharp screen, with 720p video recording as a bonus.
4. Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi from $537
Where the original iPad ushered in a gaming revolution. Mark II promises more of an evolution.
The new dual-core processor will have the biggest impact, but the lighter, sleeker form and addition of cameras and a gyroscope will all leave games salivating.
5. Sony PSP 3000 $232
The third-generation PSP has a brighter screen and a new microphone, but the control layout remains irritatingly unfriendly. Sony’s also released the new, smaller, slide-screen PSP Go, which has 16GB of memory and Bluetooth, and the PSP2 (“NGP”) is due in November.
TOP 5 PORTABLE MEDIA
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Capacity : This should reflect what you’re using the media player for. If you want it for short term gym use, go for a small widget with solid state memory (and therefore no moving parts). If you want to take your whole music collection with you at all times, go for and HDD – based jukebox. 1GB =250 songs .video need more space, depending on how it’s been compressed.
- Size : If you only want audio, smaller is better. However, you won’t want to watch video on a tiny screen for long, so go for at least a 3in display.
- Battery Life : Hard disk jukeboxes will last around 10-15 hours. Solid state MP3 players tend to last longer as they don’t have to expend energy on the moving parts of an HDD.
- Earphones : Don’t expect to get a decent pair of earphones with your player. Generally those in the box are poor, so it’s worth spending upwards of $61 on some quality sound isolators.
1. Apple iPod Touch from $244
Apple’s fourth generation of the iPod Touch is , in a world, brilliant. It’s almost everything you love about the iPhone 4, but thinner and contract free. Fourth gen Touch users can call each other and iPhone 4 users for free providing they have a Wi-Fi connection. The Touch’s HD video recording is fantastic. Add the iMovie app and you’ll be editing, titling and uploading hi-def movies in a matter of minutes . A three axis gyro makes motion gaming more sensitive.
Killer Feature: Wi-Fi video calling
2. Sony NWZ –A845 from $195
Sony’s Nano rival falls short on sound (despite having noise cancelling built in and bundled headphones worth $122 ) but with a larger 2.4in/6cm OLED screen, the 16GB capacity player, which supports iTunes it emerges victorious for video.
3. Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi form $537
While its dual cameras might feel like a token gesture, the various nips and tucks on Apple’s iPad sequel keep it ahead of the pack .It’s slimmer and lighter while upping the processing power and retaining the 9.7in/24.6cm screen. Still the smoothest tablet experience.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab $732
The iPad’s first major rival puts up a good fight with its quality build, Flash – enabled browser and responsive 7in/17.7cm touchscreen. But with a lack of quality apps and some holes in Android’s armour, it’s not quite the iPad-slayer we hoped it would be.
5. Sony NWZ-W252 $98
This 13.5mm single-cabled W252 Walkman is available in a special camouflaged Metal Gear Peacewalker edition. Place the water resistant sound string behind your head as you jog-or Peacewalk and you’ll forget that it’s even there.
TOP 5 HOME CINEMA
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Number of speakers : This depends on aesthetics and of course, those you live with .If you’re buying with an eye on the future, note that 6.1 and 7.1 movies will gradually become more common.
- Amp abilities : Cinema in a box comes with an amp, thus reducing under telly clutter. Don’t fixate on wattage ratings audio quality is far more important than volume.
- DVD or Blu-Ray? Almost every Blu-ray spinner will also play DVDs, so investing in a Blu-ray set up may be worth it in the long term.
- 3D : Many TVs support 3D , so consider a 3D ready home cinema- whether it can play 3D discs itself, or just pass the content to your TV.
- Compromise : If domestic bliss relies upon a lack of surround speakers, consider ’cheat’ surround (such as a sound bar )- but get a friendly dealer to let you try before you buy.
1. Samsung HT-C6950W $1220
We’ve discovered a true symphony in hone cinema tech. It might not look it, but under the HT- C6950W’s bland wrapping it can do Full HD, 3D Bue-ray and internet@TV with a total 1330W power output.The rear speakers are wireless and it has a cradle for your iPod or iPhone. You’ll want to plug everything that generates sound to this system, so if the 2 HDMi inputs aren’s enough, connect via the wireless LAN using a small adapter you’ll find in the box.
Killer Feature : It lays full HD 3 D Blu-rey, what more could we ask for ?
2. Sony BDV –E370 $610
Sony’s 2010 home cinema in a box range will soon be discontinued and replaced by a better mode. You’ll have to invest in a pricier system – but its manifold charms more than compensate. Sporting 3D Blu-ray replay, with optional Wi-Fi(via USB)and Sony’s Bravia Internet Video.
3. LG ARX 8000 From $732
This massive AV receiver home theatre system was designed specifically for Mzasi. Output is 800W – 300W of it from dual subwoofers – in 5.2 channel surround sound. There are two versions: the cheaper comes with an HDMI DVD player and the dearer with a Blu-ray player.
4. LG HX976TZW $1220
It’s not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for in this spectacular brushed metal, uber- designed, wall mountable beast.The hub links wirelessly to the speakers . Both 2D and 3D image quality is superb, and so is its audio quality.
5. Sony HT-CT350 $610
Sometimes less is more. This sleek- looking soundbar somehow utters surround sound from a single speaker. The three HDMI inputs can transfer 3D signal, and it’ll hook up to your Blu-ray player and PlyaSt ation 3.