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The latest in mobile technology

Looking for the smartest phone or a value-for-money tablet? Digital Life finds out what's new.
The Straits Times - August 30, 2012
By: May Chua
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The latest in mobile technology

SMART PHONES

Huawei Ascend P1

$538 (usual price $648), without contract, freebies include an 8GB microSD card, a screen protector as well as a back casing.

Booth 8108

This is a good value-for-money device for those making their first foray into the world of smartphones.

The phone features decent specs: a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, Android 4.0 and a 4.3-inch Super Amoled display. It comes with a 5.1 Dolby sound system to jazz up your audio.

For an even better deal, visit this booth at 1pm and 7pm during the first three days when five sets will be sold at $324 at each time slot.


HTC One X

$848 without contract (usual price $898), freebies worth $186 which include a Jabra BT-2064 worth $58 and a HTC Media Link HD ($128). Also 25GB of free space in Dropbox for two years.

Booth 6458

This speedy quad-core device certainly gives its Apple and Samsung competitors a run for their money.

It comes with a zippy 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a large 4.7-inch high-definition (HD) screen. The camera's ability to take 99 shots continuously and its high-quality photos will also impress.


Samsung Galaxy S III

$998, without contract

Booth 8328

This well-endowed Android 4.0 quad-core phone comes with many thoughtful features. For example, it vibrates when you pick it up to alert you to a missed call or an unread message.

You can continue watching a video via a small on-screen window while reading e-mail messages or surfing the Web. Its big 4.8-inch HD display uses the lauded Super Amoled technology to deliver crisp and clear images.


Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

$438, without contract

Booth 8328

This is an affordable option for those after a basic smartphone without too many additional fancy features.

It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by an 800MHz dual-core processor - decent specs for its price. Save on SMS costs with ChatOn, Samsung's free instant messaging service that works across different operating systems including iOS, BlackBerry and Android.


Sony Xperia Go

$488, without contract

Rooms 301 to 306, 307 to 314, Concourse

This rugged but stylish Android 2.3 model sports a 3.5-inch scratch-resistant mineral glass display, and is resistant to dust and water. Its 5-megapixel fast-capture camera promises minimal lag.

The dual-core 1GHz processor under the hood will keep things zipping along.



TABLETS


Acer Iconia Tab A200

Price $499 (usual price $699), 32GB, Wi-Fi-only

Booths 8105 and 8458

This workhorse promises smooth HD gaming with its integrated graphics processor and a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor.

The Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device even has a preloaded Tegra Zone app that lets you search and download gamesoptimised for Nvidia Tegra-powered tablets.

Its HD 10.1-inch display will ensure enhanced viewing.

This Wi-Fi-only tablet also comes with a USB port and a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB. The cherry on top of this sweet deal is a free upgrade from 16GB to 32GB of storage.


Asus Transformer Pad TF300
 

$749 (Wi-Fi-only, usual price $949), $899 (3G + Wi-Fi, usual price $999)

Booths 8310 and 8220

Think of this as a little laptop with an Android 4.0 tablet as a detachable 10.1-inch screen.

If you need to do work that requires extensive typing, just whip out the keyboard station and turn it into a small and svelte notebook.

It is pretty light, too – the tablet alone weighs only 638g and when docked, it is lighter than many other laptops at 1.18kg.

Its battery lasts up to 15 hours when it is docked onto its keyboard station.



Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
TF700

$1,099 (Wi-Fi-only, usual price $1,299)

Booths 8310 and 8220

This Asus offering of a 10.1-inch quad-core tablet is great for viewing content with its full HD feature. It is lighter than its sibling, the TF300, weighing only 598g on its own. When docked to its keyboard station, it is still relatively light at 1.08kg. Like the TF300, its stereo speakers pump out sweet audio enhanced with SonicMaster technology.



Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

$998 (16GB, 3G + Wi-Fi), $798 (16GB, Wi-Fi only)

Booth 8328

Armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has enough power to run two applications simultaneously on a split screen, allowing you to multitask.

It comes with a stylus which lets you jot down notes, sketch ideas or edit photos with the pre-installed Adobe Photoshop Touch.


Toshiba REGZA Tablet AT270

$899
Booths 6101, 8143 and 8405

This 7.7-inch Android 4.0 device is svelte yet powerful. It has a razor-thin profile at only 7.85mm, and, at 350g, it is only a few grams heavier than the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).

Its 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor will have no problems keeping up with any multitasking needs. It also comes with a microSD card slot.

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