Vivaz

If you've been wondering what's next on Sony Ericsson's agenda for release from their "communication entertainment" portfolio, wonder no more, for the first quarter of 2010 will bring their new Vivaz handset to the market. 

The Vivaz promises HD video capture and direct upload via pre-loaded applications for the shoot-and-share generation, coupled with the 'human curvature' ergonomics introduced with the Xperia X10. Operating on the Symbian S60 5th edition system and featuring an 8.1-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, Media Player and 3.2-inch wide touchscreen, the Vivaz aims to offer an intuitive and spontaneous user experience. The handset will be coming to you in four out of this world colour options - Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue and Venus Ruby.

Check out LateMag's Tumblr for Sony Ericsson's Daniel Sandblom giving a video presentation on the Vivaz. 


Sony Ericsson Satio

Sony Ericsson has garnered quite a reputation over recent years for successfully cornering the snap-happy handset market, upping the Megapixel stakes with enough regularity to stay top of the game. Unsurprising, then, that their new Satio model is packing quite the shutter-punch of a massive 12.1-MP. However, this megapixel mammoth expands mere cameraphone kudos with its smartphone multi-media functionality running on the Symbian S60 OS. But does Sony Ericsson’s much-anticipated market competitor live up to the hype or is it just a pretty interface? 

Satio

Hands-On And Aesthetics

When you initially handle this surprisingly lightweight model you might well be of the thinking that the overall feel is somewhat marred by the slight extra bulk of the camera. However, as we shall come to see, once you’ve got to grips with testing out the camera functionality all will be forgiven. The 3.5-inch touchscreen is aided only by the call, end and menu hard keys on the upper face, with the sliding keylock, connector and camera control buttons located to either side. All this culminates in the Satio being a pleasingly clean and minimal handset to hold and behold. 

Usability And Functionality

The sliding lock mechanism and resistive touchscreen may be a little trying on the patience of some people who are accustomed to other methods, however, this issue is really one of personal preference. For me, even with my low-level patience, I still prefer to press with intent rather than deal with the hyper-sensitive capacitive option which I find can be massively aggravating when it takes it upon itself to do what you’ve not asked it to do, particularly when you’re in the middle of something else. Similarly, the lock mechanism is actually pretty handy once you’ve learnt to pay attention to it, especially when dealing with almost entirely touch-sensitive commands. If you’ve got sausages for fingers and are worried about getting your digits round the digits, fear not for the stylus is on hand to aid your dexterity.

Once on the home screen, several major feature icons help you access the main functions, so making your way around the handset is pretty self-explanatory. Basic phone functions are easy to use, although lack of hard QWERTY keyboard may take some getting used to if you’re not touchscreen familiar. 

Multi-media functionality is good, thanks largely to the 16:9 screen which makes viewing a pleasurable breeze. Likewise the net, accessed via Wi-Fi, is pretty speedy and when you tilt to widescreen it’s a lot less straining to scan. Movies can be downloaded at Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow arena, and if the demo video quality is anything to go by the resolution is high enough for excellent quality entertainment on the go. Musically, the downside is the lack of 3.5mm headphone jack, although Sony Ericsson fans will know that traditionally, if you’ve opted for the cameraphone, that’ll take precedence over Walkman functionality (their W series has that covered.)With an adaptor, though, you’ll be able to enjoy the FM radio, TrackID and player shuffle capabilities. (Point to note here, though, is that onboard memory is not massive at 128MB, although since Sony have done away with their proprietary memory stick in favour of the microSD card format, that’s easily overcome.)

Satio

Camera

And so to the Satio’s true selling point, the mighty 12.1MP camera. As a cameraphone, this is where Sony Ericsson is, of course, seeking to take the leading edge over the competition, but how does it actually fare? Really pretty fantastically, actually. Picture quality coupled with camera functionality is as superb as you’d expect from the people who uphold  the reputation for excelling in this particular field. For a handset camera, this is as near as you’ll get to digital quality at the moment. Pics are crispy gorgeous, with truly impressive clarity in the natural light that’ll delight any roaming snap-fanatic (please see my flickr stream of snowy captures as examples.) Uploading is simple via USB connection, and Picasa and Facebook links are already included to directly share your lovely adventures, which you can happily whizz through with the handy scroll function. Indoor pics will appear a little grainy, though, if you’ve not enough natural light, but with the Xenon flash employed to work its magic, this is much improved. 

Whether you are a snap-and-go pro or less sure of finding your way around a high-spec cameraphone, Sony Ericsson has put in massive effort to ensure you have all you need at your fingertips. There is a vast range of features available to help you make the best of your photographic efforts, including Smile Detection for capturing your less miserable friends and BestPic which is ideal for capturing moving objects in quick succession at an interval speed set by yourself so you may pick the best photo, as the title suggests. Panorama, also, is handy for the great outdoors as it will fuse a triptych seamlessly as a single wide photo. Video shoot/playback/upload follows similar lines and a side button gives the option to move easily and quickly between photo and video.

Overview

Despite some minor niggles, much of which can be open to personal preference anyway, the Sony Ericsson Satio really is smartphone/cameraphone combo well worth investing in. Whether or not the Satio will encroach upon the iPhone market really is a moot point when you consider the steadfast brand loyalty. However, for those open to life outside the Apple brand, the Satio, with its superior camera and smartphone capabilities, doubtless has the edge on its rivals, such as the Nokia N97 and Samsung Pixon 12. Absolutely ideal multi-media phone for those who seek the integration of near-digital quality snaps.  

Sony Ericsson Satio


Toshiba NB200-12N 10.1-Inch Netbook

The Mini NB200 (NB205 in The US) is the second netbook from Toshiba. The spec includes Intel's Atom N280 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz. 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (There is a 160GB version available), webcam, full size keyboard, memory card reader , Wi-Fi (54g) Bluetooth and Windows 7 starter.

Toshiba NB200 (NB205) Netbook With Windows

Design: The NB200's design is one of the smartest looking amogs the currently available crop of netbooks. Just 25mm think and (in ;the case of mine) a rather fetching Brown satin case matched with silver detailing and keyboard. It features a full sized keyboard, although the tab key is a little on the small side. The trackpad is a decent size for a netbook too. The calculator style keys are well spaced making typing fairly stress free.

The 1024x600 resolution 10.1 inch screen is bright and clear, though the glossy screen could be problematic in bright sunlight. Windows 7's ability to hide the task bar comes in handy as digital real estate is at a premium.

Toshiba NB200 (NB205) Netbook With Windows 7 Starter

Connectivity: The Toshiba Mini features 3 USB ports, a card reader, Bluetooth and Wi-fi, Ethernet and analogue video output. The USB can be set to charge items while the netbook sleeps.

Performance: This is a netbook, which essentially means light use and predominately web based tasks. Its not going to replace your desktop / Laptop for processor heavy tasks. While out of the box its able to run web video (BBC iPlayer / Youtube) however it did struggle trying to run hi-def from vimeo. Truth be told many netbooks are much of a muchness as they say, an Atom processor teamed with 1GB of memory and a 10.1 inch screen. Though the NB200 is not really very suited to Hi-Def playback out of the box it's as good as you will likley get with that spec Office tasks etc. run with ease though I would suggest that this and all netbooks could do with 2GB of ram as standard and would suggest purchasing one of the available 2GB sticks for netbooks. Windows 7 starter is certainly an improvement over Vista in terms of memory use and does give a viable option over the ageing XP OS. Power consumption is pretty good giving a claimed up to 9 hours using the right settings, though realistically if your machines is in constant use its more likely to be around 6 or 7, though that's still excellent.

In conclusion, if your looking to buy a netbook this Christmas or January sales this is a best of breed machine for the price. Great styling, phenomenal battery life and A keyboard you can type on without your hand becoming malformed claws. Plus when you whip it out in the local coffee shop you don't look like you've robbed a small child of her "Barbie's first pc". The Toshiba NB200 is available at amazon.co.uk and in North America from as the NB205 from amazon.com


Ostendo CRVD 43-Inch Curved Monitor

For the hardcore gamers who are flush with the cash, I present to you the Ostendo CRVD 43-inch curved monitor...

Ostendo CRVD 43-Inch Curved Monitor

Ostendo CRVD 43-Inch Curved Monitor

At this time of year, particularly, there is a whole world of gadgetry vying to catch your eye and empty your pocket, some worthy and some not. At a pricey $6,499, Ostendo's 'world's first curved desktop monitor' does, I do believe, fit into the former category. This 43-inch behemoth has a 90-degree field of vision which uniquely engages the peripheral vision to give you what is, apparently, "an unmatched immersive viewing experience." With its 2880 x 900 quad-DLP display, seamlessly curvaceous screen, compatability with existing operating systems and ability to open multiple applications at once, the CRVD claims to have the ability to up your productivity levels by 30%...or you can just put 3 together, as seen in the video below, and have the drive of your virtual life. (All work and no play an' all that.)

GAME PITCH: being as my virtual driving's as infinitely incompetent as my real driving (i.e. I'm not licensed to do this,) I'd like to suggest a Morgan/EA Games collaboration of a more sedate nature so that I may also get in on the triple screen action. Driving Miss Fifi; a potter about in the British country lanes featuring an appearance by the royal badassery that is Thomas's beyond awesome dad, Cornelius. However, Driving Miss Fifi would not be without a smattering of high-octane thrills as, depending on your social leanings, you'll have the option to knock over the odd pauper or startle the hunt horses to the ends of trampling their charge as they wimper something about affronts to their civil liberties. Interested parties may apply within.

Via: OhGizmo!


Morgan Aero SuperSports

You may not need to be posh to be privileged, but you'll need the patience of a saint and the bank balance of a sinner to furnish your lifestyle with the wickedly covetable Aero SuperSports and AeroMax models from the Morgan Motor Company. The approximately £110,000 price tag ensures these hand-built British beauties are reassuringly expensive, but the years-long waiting list compliments with similarly reassuring exclusivity (according to Forbes, the AeroMax's limited production is now all spoken for.)

Morgan Aero SuperSports

Morgan Aero SuperSports

Morgan Aero SuperSports

It's been a long time since H.F.S. Morgan designed his first 'runabout,' going on to expand his reputation for car manufacture through competition entry. And now, all these years later, there is no competition; the motor company that hypes "traditional meets cutting edge" is in a class of its own. To celebrate their centenary, Morgan put the wheels in motion with their new-model Aero SuperSports; a typically lightweight and "luxuriously flamboyant" sports car. The AeroMax, sporting that same uber-modern Penelope Pitstop meets Sin City re-working of the classic car design, is only further proof that there is nothing more strikingly beautiful than the elegance of a curvaceous body. '100 Years of Motoring Passion' can go for miles, if you know what I mean.

Morgan AeroMax

Morgan AeroMax

Morgan AeroMax

www.morgan-motor.co.uk


Dell Inspiron Zino HD

The cute new Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop computer from Dell may, at a tiny 7.8" x 7.8" x 3.4" and 3.53lb weigh-in, seem like it's only nipping at the heels of its larger counterparts, but its dinky dimensions belie some pretty impressive capabilities. 

With a choice of interchangeable colour and design casings (7 colour options and 3 artist-designed patterns are offered to suit,) this techno-cube is certainly making a bid for your aesthetic affections, but with a decent spec back-up, the Inspiron Zino HD is boxing clever. Prices range from £299 upwards, with a basic package nicely suited to being tucked away as an element of a multi-media entertainment set-up (2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 800MHz memory, 320GB hard drive, integrated HD 3200 graphics card and DVD/CD RW optical drive.) The mid-range model comes with a monitor, more powerful processor, hard drive, increased memory, etc. to bridge the gap between the basic and higher-end model, which, from £719, comes with a Blu-Ray ROM drive aswell as standard increased performance to include a 1TB hard drive. So, whether you need a space-saving multi-media addition to your living room or powerful mini desktop office performer, Dell has it covered. 

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

4 USB ports and HDMI make it ideal for sitting under the living room flat-screen.

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

To find out more about the Dell Inspiron Zino HD visit Dell [US | UK]


VAIO X Series From Sony

For ultra-slim, sleek productivity on the go, Sony's VAIO X Series is the business. With a starting weight of 655g (making it currently the world's lightest notebook with a screen size of 10" and above) and measuring no more than 13.9mm thick at any given point, X marks the spot for elegantly durable and easily portable notebook super-mobility. This light luxe technology is available in a choice of 3 colour finishes (gold, black and premium carbon) and customers in certain European countries can personalise their specification to suit via Sony's 'VAIO by you.'

VAIO X Series From Sony

VAIO Everywair WWAN lets you stay connected with high-speed access to 3G HSPA mobile broadband networks at download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps, and with a standard usage of 8 hours battery life doubling to 16 hours with the optional extended X battery accessory, the X Series is not only seriously mobile, but seriously dependable, too. A mic, headphone jack, card slot for memory stick and SD media, built-in Motion Eye camera and Solid State Drive make this an executive must. Optional accessories are also available, to include a leather slip case, external USB DVD drive and uniquely stylised wireless mouse.


MHS-PM1 HD Snap Camera From Sony

Calling all snap-happy web-lovers, this one's for you...

Sony's MHS-PM1 HD Snap Camera is not only the thing of compact, highly portable and aesthetically pleasing loveliness, but it's big on handy functionality, too. With the ability to shoot impressive 1080/30p HD footage for up to 25-minutes on one battery charge, the MHS-PM1, compatible with both Windows/Mac OS*1, is designed for quick and easy upload to personal computer folders or websites of your choice. Connectivity via the supplied USB cable will transfer the content directly to video sharing sites such as YouTube and Dailymotion, with the addition of a 'Sharemark' button to pre-select your favourites.

But if you have a preference for still photos, you won't be disappointed as it also features CMOS Sensor technology to produce crisp 5-megapixel pics. Add to that a 270-degree rotating swivel lens with 4x digital zoom that flips over for that increasingly popular pastime of snapping one's self at any given moment (handy if, like me, you're a huge Tumbr fan,) this palm-sized gadget is a must for fans and newcomers alike to the capture-and-share revolution.

www.sony.co.uk


Serio Speaker System By Waterfall

Employing their patented 'Heatstream' technology, French audio specialists Waterfall have introduced the Serio speaker system; the philosophical derivative of the Hurricane satellite speaker. Built exclusively out of glass and aluminium, Serio is a lightweight (1kg,) petite and minimalist shelf and floorstanding 2.1 or 5.1 set-up which utilises magnetic heat syphoning technology for maximum audio output, peaking at 150 watts. For the purpose of aesthetic technological assimilation, Serio comes in a choice of black, white or silver, though interchangeable coloured grills are an option if desired.

Visit Waterfall Audio for more info.

Via: Ubergizmo


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Do your face now!

Such is the imploration of Featuro, the company behind That's My Face, who would like to help you to "understand your face" or indeed the face of someone you stalk love. Utilising patent-pending facial reconstruction technologies, Featuro will transform your photos into 3D sculptures in a myriad of forms, including portraits and crystals. If that's not your style, you can also go for a custom action figure ("you can either choose to order the head only and fit it onto your existing action figure bodies, or buy our complete action-figures pre-fitted and fully clothed,") or perhaps something from the Head range whch offers, amongst others, Pin Head, Cup Head, and, for that Ed Gein touch, Braincase (a one-of-a-kind full head storage box with cranial lid and inner brain lid.)

That's My Face

In the further adventures of Featuro's mission for full-scale facial understanding, they've teamed up with MechRC to offer the as yet unavailable "advanced humanoid robot" which you may customise with the face of your choice. And, though the spooky revelry is over for this year, you may like to consider their idea to "wear someone else's face for Halloween" next year ("this may be the ideal way to scare friends at Halloween" - you don't say.) Or you may prefer to opt for their other suggestion for celebratory scares by wearing the face of a well-known serial killer of your choice.

 Visit That'sMyFace and let them homage your visage.


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