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D Link DWR 131 Hands on And Tata Photon + Config

These days I started travelling a lot and I use a Tata Photon+ data card to connect to Internet. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a Working driver of Tata Photon+ for Mac Lion OS X and I ended up purchasing a D Link DWR 131 Router. It’s a 3G router, which convert your 3G connection into Wi-fi connection and give you the power of portability. This works with almost all the popular Indian 3G card along with Data card like Tata Photon +, MTS, Reliance and many more. I will come to the setup part later but first lets look into some of the features of D Link DWR 131 Router.

D Link DWR 131 Router feature and review:

I’m a big fan of Belkin and D link product when it comes to router and I picked D link 131 router for almost 360o INR ( $70) from a local gadget shop. Though, you can always search it online and get it for much cheaper price and deal.

DWR 131 3G router comes with 1700 mAH battery and offer many feature which you may or may not use. Specially, if you are looking for a cheap and simple solution, there are other cheap options too but if you are looking for something long term and offer more features like Ethernet connection, multiple Wi-fi connectivity and simple to configure Wizard, D link DWR 131 router could be one of the good pick. This 3G router supports multiple network (EV-DO/CDMA/HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS) and in the accessories it comes with one Charger, Battery, Router and a Lan wire.

Configuring D link 3G router with Tata Photon +:

The reason I ended up buying this router is because of two reason:

  • No Tata Photon + working driver for Mac Lion OS X 10.8.2+
  • Connecting multiple device with same data dongle.

I could have used my Mac book as Wi-fi router but that is not very convenient when you are travelling and you want to preserve battery as much as you could.  By default this router doesn’t work with Tata photon+ but you can manually set it (Which is easy and configure your D link router to work with Tata Photon +. Follow this step by step guide:

  • Switch on your D link DWR 131 Router and put in battery and connect it with Charger.
  • Plug in your Tata Photon + data card
  • Open 192.168.0.1 in your browser
  • Default username: admin Password: Blank
  • Click on Setup > Manual Internet connection Setup

Now in the Ethernet Port select Wan and use Dial up profile as manual.  There are few settings which you need to make and those are easy. 

  • Country : India
  • Telecom : Others
  • 3G network: WCDMA/HSPA
  • username: internet
  • password: password
  • Dial number: #777

Click on Save settings and it will reboot the router and you will be connected to internet using your Tata photon + data card. Check out this screenshot for any confusion:

D-Link DWR-131 tata Photon plus config

That’s it and now you can enjoy the power of Wi-fi even when you are moving and you can connect to multiple devices at one time. If you are a frequent traveller and have multiple gadgets with you, you should consider buying D link Pocket router or from any other company, not only it will give you piece of mind, but you will also be connected to Internet all the time.

Do let me know if you are stuck anywhere and I will try to find a solution.

Nokia Asha 300 Review : Touch, Type and GO!

Nowadays, all major companies are spending most time developing the best smartphone and are not giving enough though for the mid-ranged feature phones. These feature phones are normally aimed at the larger population, who just want to use their mobile device to make phone calls, text and maybe listen to the Radio or Music.

There are so many smartphones being released these days, that people are forgetting about the smaller and less powerful feature phones that actually started the whole thing. Nokia, however, are still at it and are still making some good devices in the sub $200 price range. And here’s a review of one such device, the Nokia Asha 300, that was recently launched along with the more powerful Lumia series of devices.

Nokia Asha 300  is a touch and type, candy-bar mobile phone that has modern design and styling. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get on with the review!

Nokia Asha 300 Review

Nokia Asha 300 Review

Firstly, let’s start off with the specifications, the pros and the cons of Asha 300 and then talk about each in detail. The Asha 300 is a workers phone and yes it delivers!

Nokia Asha 300 Features

The Pros:

  • 2.4″ QVGA touchscreen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording at 30fps
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
  • 3G Support
  • Standard microUSB port (charging enabled)
  • USB On-The-Go support
  • microSD card slot (32 GB supported)
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Nokia Asha 300 Cons:

  • The 5 megapixel camera has a fixed focus and is not that great
  • No Wi-Fi!! 
  • No video calling camera 
  • No multi-tasking
  • Symbian OS

Nokia Asha 300 Design and Build

Nokia Asha 300 Design

The Asha 300 is supposed to be the replacement for the older C3-01, but does a poor job at proving that. At the design end, however, things look good, but the plastic feels like it came from one of those old Nokia phones that aren’t around anymore. The keypad on the other hand, is nice to use, but things sometimes get rough because of the touchscreen. Whoever thought that both a keypad and touchscreen would be a good idea, wasn’t thinking straight. Finally, I love the form factor, I’ve always preferred candy bar to flip or slide and the Asha 300 does have a good design. From the frontside, the device looks pretty nice, but the back looks cheap!

As for the buttons and connectivity ports on the device, you’ll find the volume locker on the right side along with a lock/unlock button. The left and the bottom side of the device have no ports or buttons.  On the top, you’ll find 3 ports, one for charging, a 3.5mm jack that will let you enjoy music and a microUSB port that can also be used to charge the device. The 5 megapixel camera on the back doesn’t have a flash and is left alone. The speaker is housed at the back of the device on the bottom left. The microSD slot is hidden on the left side of the device and is only accessible if you remove the back cover.

Asha 300 Buttons

Asha 300 Ports

microSD Asha 300

I’d give the Nokia Asha 300, a 3/5 for Design and Build.

Display and User Interface

Nokia Asha 300 Display

A 2.4 inch TFT display is pretty sufficient for a regular user and a non touchscreen device. But, this does have a touchscreen and that’s one of the reasons why I do not like the phone very much. A 3 inch touchscreen and a keyboard would’ve been a better choice, but the combination used here is not. The display is alright in terms of colors and brightness and because it is resistive, the response is not very good. For a feature phone, however, these features stand good, but I really doubt if anyone would enjoy the touchscreen with the keypad.

Because of the small display size and the use of a UI that packs lot of widgets, the whole thing looks crammed. If you’ve ever used a Symbian device, then you should have no trouble whatsoever. Navigating through the device is very easy and there are some pretty good shortcuts too. If you swype left to right on the homescreen, you’ll be directly taken to the games folder. I did not find any settings for using that action, so I believe it was a surprise for the users.

Main Menu Asha 300

A 3/5 is the best I can give ! Your opinions may differ.

Performance

Nokia has given the Asha 300 a 1GHz processor and 128 MB of RAM. WHY? WHY? WHY? During all the time I spent using the device, I didn’t come across any app or program or feature that would require a 1GHz processor. The special edition Angry Birds game for the device didn’t look like it needed a 1GHz CPU to run. I’m not saying it’s a waste, but there’s no point of it because the Asha 300 doesn’t really require it. The transitions, games, apps, browser, camera and everything else worked really smooth. But for a phone that doesn’t cost so much, I enjoyed playing Angry Birds on it!

Asha 300 Performance

I’d give it a 3.5/5 in performance and I bet it would be same with a 600mhz processor.

Functionality, Nokia Music and Apps

Again, if you’ve ever used a Symbian device running the S40 or S60 operating system, then this should be super easy for you. There’s one main menu that houses everything, the apps, settings etc. A Go To menu for shortcuts and another Names menu for contacts. It’s very simple, the functionality of this device, anyone can understand without any problems. As for the apps and goodies, Nokia is giving free music for a limited period of time. There aren’t many apps though, but yes, you can try your luck at the Ovi store to find some for this device.

Nokia Asha 300 Music

The Angry Birds game developed for Nokia Asha 300, consists of 15 levels and like always is fun to play, even on the resistive touch display. The graphics are okay and nothing very surprising and I did not face any sluggishness. The music quality is good enough and is nothing more than what one would expect from a feature phone.

Nokia Asha Game Angry Birds

For functionality, music and Apps, I’d give it a 3.7/5 because of the ease of use.

Battery, Usage and Others

For the time the device was with us, it had to be charged only twice. The battery life, however, isn’t amazing because the powerful processor keeps using the juice all the while. One thing I noticed though, the standby life is pretty good, which means that if you don’t use the device you’ll probably get up to 4-5 days of backup. But, that isn’t very practical, as these phones will be used rigorously by users to make calls, send messages etc. Thus, a maximum 2 days of backup is what we’re looking at!

Asha 300 battery

The lockscreen looks like it has been lifted off from the iPhone. The typical Slide to unlock found on iOS devices is also found on this small Nokia device, but without all the text. But, there won’t be any suing business here as it doesn’t look similar to the Slider on iOS, however, it does use the same concept.

Asha 300 Lockscreen

In terms of practicality, the Asha 300 is a very good device. The audio quality was good, the camera is alright for daytime use, video isn’t bad either and the overall functionality and easy usage makes this a really good buy for the price it sells at. You can check out some sample images of the 5 megapixel shooter on this device, it did okay inside the house under normal lighting.

Nokia Asha Image quality:

Nokia Asha 300 Camera Sample 1

Asha 300 Camera Sample
Because there is no auto focus, the images can be blurry, as seen in the sample image above!

Nokia Asha 300 Review : video

Here is a 3 minute video, showing features of Asha 300:

Final Verdict, Pricing

The Nokia Asha 300 is designed and built for the everyday working class people and also for the budget constraint ones. If you’re in either of those categories, want a phone for the sole purpose of call, texts and music and don’t want to pay a lot at the same time, then you should get the Asha 300 without thinking twice. I’m pretty sure that the extra CPU, the 5 megapixel fixed focus camera and the old operating system won’t bother you at all! There are other phones that come with Android and have better features, more apps and are available at a similar price.

You can buy Nokia Asha 300 for as low as INR 4,800 or $102 from various mobile retailers. Will you be buying the Asha 300? Let us know how you liked the device if you did buy one.

I hope this Nokia Asha review will help you to decide about this phone. If you are gadget manufacturer and need a gadget to be reviewed, get in touch with our Submit gadget page.

MyPad: A Perfect Alternate Facebook App for iPad [Review]

Facebook has no doubt turned out be an essential part of our online activities, no matter how hard you try but getting away from Facebook craze is a bit difficult these days. You pick up any portable device or a smartphone and you will find a Facebook app designed specifically for it. But there is an exception for the Apple’s highly popular tablet device iPad, till now there is no official Facebook app for iPad, unless you try this little trick.

So if you are searching for an app that will provide you with the perfect Facebook experience on your tablet device then I have lined-up a perfect application for you. Here is a brief look at it:

MyPad App Features

MyPad app

MyPad is a graphically rich and a slick Facebook app designed for iPad that not only allow users to use Facebook seamlessly rather it also helps them to connect directly to micro-blogging platform Twitter. If you are an avid user of both Twitter and Facebook then you will find this app perfect recipe for your appetite. Amazingly the app’s interface have no resemblance to Facebook’s original interface, meaning that if you are tired of Facebook’s original interface then this app will be a welcoming change for you.

Load the app and you will notice a nice little sidebar housing all the categories from Facebook. All the contents for a any icon are displayed on the screen’s right side, the interface is dynamic and shifts and adjusts itself according to the user interaction.

Using MyPad App

mypad interface

Attaching a link or a photo, writing a status update on MyPad is pretty simple and easy. You can also configure MyPad to publish contents to your Twitter account automatically. App’s photo viewer is also pretty cool, you can view photo albums in a slide show and also download these photos in a flash. Though there is no option of tagging the photos but even then you can play around with your photos. Event is the other useful feature of the app that I liked, just click on a date and the event for the whole week will pop-up automatically.

Well I really loved this app, mainly because of its interface and fast speed. The free version of the app will be having ads, but if you prefer ad-free version then you can download it MyPad+ from App store for $0.99.

Rebel SIM Pro for iPhone Unlocking: Review

Those users who’re stuck with a locked iPhone 4, have resorted or are yet to try other methods such as the Rebel SIM. The Rebel SIM is the alternative to software unlocking, as it’s a hardware based unlock and doesn’t void your warranty, plus it doesn’t even require you to jailbreak your iPhone.

Rebel SIM

The iPhone dev team hasn’t yet managed to find a software unlock for the Baseband versions 2.10.1, 3.10.1 and 4.10.1, but the Rebel SIM is known to unlock the iPhone 4 on any carrier. Hence, we got hold of a Rebel SIM and tested it on our iPhone 4 to see if the unlock actually works and is actually an untethered one. There was the Gevey SIM before this that did the job, but that was like a tethered unlock as every single time you rebooted, you’d have to perform a trick to actually get access to a network.

The Rebel SIM on the other hand did not require any such trick, which involved connecting to the 112 emergency number and then turning on Airplane and then turning it off. Also, the Rebel SIM, because of this feature was priced a little bit higher than it’s counterpart. The only question that comes to a locked iPhone users mind is whether the Rebel SIM will actually work.

Here’s a complete review of the Rebel SIM Pro, how to make it work and proof that it does work.

So, below is how the package from Rebel SIM looks like, it contains the Rebel SIM Pro, a SIM trap and the SIM removal pin enclosed in a small box. We had to ship the product all the way from the United Kingdom. We encountered a little bit of a delay and hence were given a Rebel Micro SIM Lite free of cost.

Rebel SIM Container

The procedure to insert the Rebel SIM into the tray and into your iPhone isn’t very hard, but yes it does require carefulness. In the picture below you’ll see all the contents of the tiny little blue box from Rebel SIM. It includes all the promised items and also the free Rebel Micro SIM Lite that they promised.

Rebel SIM Contents

Here’s how to make it work:

  • Get your regular SIM cut into the required micro SIM dimensions. You’ll need to scrap off a little part from the top of the SIM as there is a chip bulging out from the Rebel SIM Pro.
  • Place it on the top of the Rebel SIM and place it on the SIM tray, then insert it into your iPhone.
  • Now there’s a little trick you’ll have to do to activate the network on your phone, even though the Rebel SIM team promised that you don’t have to do any trick. That’s a lie.
  • You’ll have to dial 112, but unlike the Gevey SIM, don’t have to wait for it to connect. As soon as you dial 112, hit the End Call button, then go to Settings and switch on Airplane Mode.
  • Now the phone will tell you that there is No SIM, press OK and then Switch off Airplane Mode. It’ll now tell that you have an Invalid SIM/SIM error. Don’t worry, it’ll disappear in a few seconds and begin searching for your network.
  • It’ll soon load your network and your ready to go.
  • To switch on GPRS or 3G, Go to General>Network and switch on Cellular Data and also Data Roaming for it to work flawlessly. You can also use 3G, although I haven’t been successfully in getting the FaceTime to work.

Rebel SIM working

That’s it, this is how it worked with me, I’m not sure if you’ll need to dial 112, as sometimes it automatically searches for the network and connects you to it. You can see in the above picture how the connection has been successful and working on my iPhone 4. Hence, proof that it works, but yes there are some drawbacks.

Once connected, be sure not to switch off your iPhone, because sometimes it takes a lot of time to connect and sometimes it automatically connects. Hence it’s not as promising as the Rebel Team mentioned it would be, but then again this is India and most of the things do not work here. You can buy the Rebel SIM Pro to unlock iPhone 4 on BB 1.59.00, 03.10.01, 02.10.04, 04.10.01 from here. It works well on iOS 4.3.3 as well, but I can’t guarantee you on that as I tested it on 4.2.1. The Rebel SIM Pro is priced at 40 Pounds and the Rebel SIM Lite is priced at 30 Pounds.

If you’re using the Rebel SIM and are facing any problems, do let us know!!

Tata Sky Plus HD Review

India has seen enormous growth in HDTV sector in recent days and specially when all kind of latest technology is coming to India, we can’t ignore the HD segment for entertainment. All major online video sites like YouTube started offering HD videos and now when we shop for new TV, we make sure that it comes with HD capabilities and HDMI cable to connect your laptop to your TV.

Anyways, the point here is people in India are getting tech savvy and unlike old days, they started preferring quality over quantity. We all know that high definition videos gives you best experience when you watch a video. In India, many TV channels including Star TV network started offering HD version of channels. If you shop for a new set top box, it’s important to opt for a HD set top box instead of conventional set top box.

Some time back we received a review piece of new Tata Sky HD set top box and we used it for 2 weeks. Luckily we received the review piece around world cup and we enjoyed the ad free World cup on new Tata Sky HD plus. Tata Sky HD plus is one featured pack set top box which allow you to record your favorite serial so that you can watch it later.

This feature sets Tata sky HD plus apart from all other set top box in the market. Here are some pictures of Tata sky plus HD:

tata sky plus HD tata skyplus hd 2

tata sky [plus hd 3

You can find the complete unboxing pictures of Tata Sky Plus HD on my Flickr account.

Features of Tata Sky plus HD:

  • Tata Sky HD plus offers certain features which let it stay ahead of it’s competitor:
  • Record TV up to 500 GB.
  • Record any channel while watching other channel
  • Rewind while watching current show
  • Parental control
  • Easy to use Remote control

I have been using normal Airtel DTH connection for long but after using TATA sky HD plus, I will be changing my DTH connection soon. More over one major difference which I noted while using TATA sky plus HD is the response time. When you change channels, unlike my current Airtel DTH connection, it changes channel within ms. Though for now, I can’t compare Tata sky HD with Airtel HD connection as I have not used the later one. Though if you are planning to buy Tata Sky plus HD and looking for recommendation, you should grab it right away.

Tata sky HD is hassle free purchase as engineer will come to your house and will set up everything for you. You can find price and other booking details of Tata HD on their official site.

If you are an existing Tata Sky HD plus user, do share your reviews and feedback about their service.

Samsung Galaxy Tab GT P1000 Review: Should You Buy One?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, is certainly not a masterpiece, but as a gadget enthusiast I loved playing and using it! It’s handy, portable, almost as portable as a mobile phone, but doesn’t get there. The Galaxy Tab was Samsung’s entry into the tablet arena, something that every big or small gadget company is trying to get in to. When it was launched, it was quite a success, but then there already was the Apple iPad standing on top of a mountain with a bigger display and the Apple brand image.  This is a review for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which I laid my hands on at the CallingAllGeeks Headquarters last week. I did not play with it much, mostly because it doesn’t have that many features and partly because I am well acquainted with the Android OS.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Every other geek/gadget freak wants to get his/her hands on one of the successful tablets available today and show-off/use/play with it. At present there aren’t that many contenders in the market for the same price as the Galaxy Tab, unless you would want to pick something from the HCL or one of those Chinese booths. For a tablet, the Galaxy Tab isn’t all that big in size, it’s got a 7-inch screen and a rather thick body. The design isn’t anything unique either, but it does feel quite strong when held in hand.

Now I’m not going to go on about all it’s features and how they perform and what it can do and so on, because we all know that nobody is going to go through 10 pages of review of something that isn’t so fascinating. Oops, sorry, my bad..the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a wonderful..errrrr…device. I really don’t know what to call it, you can’t call it a tablet because it just isn’t big enough to be called one and you can’t call it a phone because it is quite big to be carried around in your pocket, plus it’s fat! No I’m not speaking bad about the Galaxy Tab, it really is something, fun to play games on, fun to watch movies, is sort of portable(if you carry it in a bag) and has dual cameras unlike the original iPad and can actually be used for video chatting over 3G. Anyways, here is my Samsung galaxy tab review, unbiased and honest:

Galaxy Tab Looks, Design and Form Factor

Samsung Galaxy Tab Top View

The Galaxy Tab isn’t a beauty, but from a certain point of view, it does look good. Being just 7-inch in size and having an all-touch interface, it’s not easy to design something that would stand out. But Samsung has done quite a neat job in the design section, giving it a white back panel to make it distinguishable from other tablets. It also has a nice feel, unlike other tablets with cheap plastics. At the front of the Tab, you’ll find four built-in keys that light up when you press the unlock button, you can also tell that they are present when the tablet is not switched on. It’s not the slimmest tablet around too, as it is quite bulky to carry around in your pocket. It is also quite thick at about 0.47 inch, as mentioned before, but that doesn’t really hinder it’s usage and instead feels more sturdy when held. Being just 7.4 x 4.7 inch does have it’s advantages, such as it can be used with just one of your hands and a total weight of about 370 grams is something to be proud about. So overall, the Galaxy Tab will not get you noticed much, but the thickness, weight and the small 7 inch screen certainly makes it a decent tablet or whatever you want to call it.

I would however suggest you to get a casing for the Galaxy Tab, it will come in very handy. Portability, in my opinion is a downer, you’ll have to stuff it in your backpack or get some custom designer jeans with huge pockets!!

Display, Camera and Video

Samsung Galaxy Tab Camera

Samsung decided to not use it’s display prowess with the Galaxy Tab, as this lacks Samsung’s SuperAMOLED or any Super display and instead is packed with a normal LCD display. I’m not saying that the display is bad, surprisingly it’s quite good, and the brightness may cause your parents to wake up at night and knock on your door. The screen resolution is a good 1024 x 600 and works really well when watching videos, gaming and viewing photos. The capacitive touchscreen is also very sensitive and works well, but you will have to cup your hands around the tablet to see what you’re seeing when outside in the sun. The display is crisp, even better than the display of the original iPad, which makes it ideal for reading e-books and play games on.

The camera on the Galaxy Tab is, well there are two, the front one is a 1.3 megapixel VGA camera and the back one is a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash. The main camera takes good steady shots, but the flash is not that powerful when taking pictures in the dark whereas the front camera barely does the job. Coming to the video shooting part, well, I’d suggest you get a handycam for your adventures, because this is not going to help you very much. Although the video camera shoots at 720 x 480 and the outputs are good, the lack of HD video recording is a let down. If you don’t mind not having HD recording then this should be no problem and thanks to the 16GB of internal memory you can store your videos and pictures and transfer them to your desktop anytime.

Hardware, Performance and Features

Samsung Galaxy Tab Back View

Coming to the Hardware, well it’s not too bad as it runs on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, which in spite of being fast sometimes hung or made the tablet very sluggish when browsing, installing apps etc. Yes, apps, now that’s something I can tell you I enjoyed! I love the Android operating system, and the Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, which even though is quite buggy, gets the job done.  Being a blogger, I first checked out all the RSS reader apps, few favourite websites of mine and just some random articles on the stock browser that I found interesting. The stock browser is OK, I mean it does play flash content, but it’s sluggish while scrolling and sometimes while zooming, although this only happens with pages having lots of content. Gaming is not bad either, although I can’t tell you the experience was great, mainly because the games weren’t made for the tablet, they were just made for the mobile phones and have been only scaled to work on the  tablet. Graphics is okay, nothing impressive, but the screen clarity makes it look good and yes Angry Birds works perfectly! Thanks to the 512MB of RAM things seem to be just fine. The galaxy tab has Bluetooth version 3.0, which even though being very fast doesn’t come very handy because most of the devices currently available still utilize version 2.0. So overall:

  • Gaming: 3.5/5
  • Browsing: 4/5 (sluggish sometimes)
  • Graphics: 3/5
  • Processing: 3.5/5
  • Features: 4/5

Practicality, Usage and Pricing

Samsung Galaxy Tab Front View

I personally don’t think that the Galaxy Tab is practical! It just doesn’t cut as a fully fledged tablet or a mobile device, it’s stuck somewhere in between. I mean the features are good, the battery life is great (although charging is slow) and you won’t break it if you drop it. But when you pay about $450 with contract or $600 without and get a gadget that has only a 7 inch LCD screen, isn’t portable like it should be then what’s the whole point. I’m not saying I hate the Galaxy Tab, and I’m not saying I love it too. Using the tablet in broad daylight even with full brightness is a pain, because of it’s glossy screen, it’s almost impossible to see what you’re looking at. On the other hand, when inside, the display is just too good, even better than that of the original iPad. You can use the tablet for almost a whole day without having to worry about charging it, that too with Wi-Fi on, GPS on, lots of gaming, browsing and playing around. The one thing that is a let-down is the pricing, it’s just too expensive for a 7-inch tablet with Wi-Fi and optional 3G. Official pricing below:

Samsung Galaxy Tab AT&T: $549 with Contract
Samsung Galaxy Tab Sprint: $199 with New Contract, $429 with existing account
Samsung Galaxy Tab T-Mobile: $249 with New Contract, $499 with existing account
Samsung Galaxy Tab US Cellular: $599 with Contract
Samsung Galaxy Tab Verizon: $199 with New Contract, $499 with existing account

Price in India: Rs. 26000 offer price from LetsBuy, otherwise Rs. 32,920

Final Verdict

My Final word, if you really want to get your hands on a tablet and see what it’s like then you can get yourself the Samsung Galaxy Tab. If you’re not in a hurry, then you can probably save some more money and get yourself the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 10.1, which evidently is more of a tablet, being slim and with the 10.1 inch screen. The Android operating system is great, but we all know it’s buggy and from my personal experience crashes a lot. I don’t know about others, but if someone gifted me the Galaxy Tab I would take it, I’d never buy it!!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a very good first attempt by Samsung, but not all first attempts go well do they?

Review: Writer for Mac OS X Helps Do Nothing But Write

Your Mac already has a text editor(TextEdit) included, right? Then why use another? Writer, is specifically aimed at writers, bloggers, novelists(well, you get an idea) who want a no fuss simple interface to write. You can leave behind all distractions as you work in the full screen mode. Also included is a nifty word count tool & pinning mode.

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Finger Stomp iPhone App Lets You Make Street Music

Do you remember when you were young, and you could entertain yourself with something as simple as beating on a trashcan or drumming on a hub cap in your garage?  Well, the makers of the new iPhone app Finger Stomp have succeeded in bringing back all the old-fashioned fun of banging on junk and put it in the palm of your hand.

 

Finger Stomp

 

Long-time users of the iPhone have most likely seen the many beat-creation apps released throughout the years, but few can match the authenticity of Fingerstomp.  When you first open the app, you’re placed in a dimly lit garage with a variety of metallic objects which, when touched, produce a sound similar to the virtual object’s real world counterpart.  In addition to the starting equipment, Finger Stompallows users to customize their own personal stage by selecting from 22 different objects and two backdrops, including the original garage stage and a basketball court.

Now here’s the fun part: users are able to not only coordinate the sounds to produce original, quality-sounding beats, but they can then record those beats for later listening and even export them.  For those who need a little bit of help with their rhythm, the game offers a practice mode in which players can follow along to a number of pre-made beats using the many objects at their disposal.  Additionally, sounds can be tweaked by the user to fit just about any style.

 

 

There are plenty of rhythm games out there on the iPhone, but the main problem with many of them is the poor touch response, which often makes it difficult to produce any kind of complicated beat.  Fortunately, this is not the case with Finger Stomp.  Users will enjoy the amazing responsiveness of the interactive touch controls, which not only provide instant feedback but also allow beat-makers to use up to three sounds at once, which is ideal for producing intricate, multi-dimensional beats.

As far as graphics and audio go, Fingerstomp is a huge success.  Whether it’s the authentic-looking, fully-animated objects and realistic backgrounds or the high-quality sounds produced by each item, the game delivers on all fronts. To add, the inclusion of the Drum Meister beat engine ensures that every beat produced will be totally fluid and achieve exactly what the user has in mind.

In the end,Fingerstomp has everything you need to synthesize your own quality custom beats using the same kinds of sounds utilized by the band Stomp. The app store price of $2.99 (iPad) may be a little steep for those iPad users on a budget, but the iPhone version is just $.99. In my opinion this app is a must-have for old-school fans of hip-hop, rap, and street music.

Download Finger Stomp
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Review: Desktop Curtain for Mac

Whether you are a blogger or a developer or a teacher, if you do take a lot of screenshots on your Mac you will really like this small tool called Desktop Curtain which will provide a clean clutter free background for your screenshots. Why take the trouble of moving all your desktop icons away when you have Desktop Curtain. App review after the break.

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