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Member since: 23.12.2011

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    • Samsung NC10 / Netbook / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      24.12.2011 00:05

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      Was a good choice when it came out, but many better options now exist

      Most netbooks (at the time this was released), had basically the same specs, 1024x600 resolution, 10.something inch screen, Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, small hard drive, wireless network capability, and a reasonable battery.

      The NC-10 seems to take all these specs as building blocks, rather than rules. The processor and memory may be standard, but most other things are improved. The 160GB hard drive is large for the size of the device, the wireless A/B/G networking is impressive, despite not being updated to the newer "N" spec. The 10.1" screen is a noticeable improvement over many of it's competitors, Samsung do seem to lead the way in displays (having supplied the many of the displays for Apple mobile products such as the iPhone and iPod touch).

      The battery, in my experience, through heavy use (web browsing, music playing, instant messaging and the odd video clip) lasted consistently at least 8 hours. This type of use may not seem heavy, but is typical for a netbook. And for a netbook (when this was released), that was class leading performance.

      The main reason I bought (or rather took out a mobile internet contract to get it free) this netbook was because I knew it had similar specifications to the PC that apple designed the bootcamp software to run OSX on an x86 processor. And as such, I was fairly confident I would be able to run a (perhaps not legal) copy of Mac OS X on it, with some help from the OSx86 community. And it passed with flying colours. I installed OSX Leopard on it within days of receiving it, and it had run like a dream ever since. I did however have to switch out the wireless card, to make things easier. But if you are wanting an osx netbook, you can either get a macbook air, or for a fraction of the price, pick up one of these and buy another wireless card.

      The only two problems I've noticed with this netbook are as follows; the default OS installed is Windows XP. As with most netbooks at the time, this was standard, but it's fairly cheap to upgrade to Windows 7. Second issue is the screen. Is is a great screen, but after a while it does develop an issue, at certain angles of opening, the screen will only display white. Not too big a problem, as you can simply tilt the screen a little. It is quite annoying sometimes though.

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    • Samsung Omnia 7 / Smartphone / 5 Readings / 1 Rating
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      23.12.2011 23:35

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      All in all, this is the best phone I've owned in a long time, and I would not hesitate to suggest it

      I must admit, my reasons for buying a Windows Phone were based entirely on the interface. But for most people buying a smartphone, the interface is everything. And with a Windows Phone, you definitely get what you pay for. The interface, as the feature to draw customers in, is, in a word, fantastic. All the features of the phone work together to provide valuable information easily and quickly.

      The hubs on the phone are an easy way to display grouped information at a glance. For example, the People hub will basically display any information from "people". It groups together information from Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live and other such online services. The 7.5 update only makes this integration stronger. This is the sort of simple ease of access that, implemented throughout the entire OS makes the phone easier to use, and makes you spend less time going through menus to get to your information.

      Contacts are tied in to the various services (FB, WL etc) and available throughout the phone. Selecting messaging, will take you to your messages, as expected, but swiping the screen across will display online contacts across various services, for easy online chat. This is the sort of experience you can expect throughout the Windows Phone service.

      But enough about the OS, that's pretty much the same on any Windows Phone, it's the actual device that really shines. The camera is capable of recording 720p HD video, and taking 5MP pictures, with autofocus and maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

      The screen is large for its time, and has a SuperOLED screen, with brilliant colour reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is standard across WP devices, 800x480, but this display really makes that resolution shine.

      The usual array of MicroUSB (for charging and computer connection, either Mac or PC with sync software available for both), 3.5mm headphone jack, volume up/down rocker, standby/off button and camera button are available, with the camera button able to wake the hone from sleep mode, for shooting on the go. The three hardware buttons on the Omnia 7 are default across WP devices, a home or Windows button, a back button, and a search button. Only the home button is an actual hard button on this phone, whereas the other two are touch buttons, which is my only niggle with this phone, for example, searching without unlocking the phone would be a nice addition.

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