Archive for November, 2007

By November 15, 2007 Read More →

Polaroid 37″ Definia unboxed

A few weeks ago we attended a press event where Polaroid introduced their new Definia range of premium HD Ready LCD TV’s.

Since then we managed to get our hands on the 37″ Definia and we are in the middle or reviewing it at the moment. So far, I have to say that it’s quite impressive and offers good value for money. I wont spoil the review, which should be online soon, but instead will leave you with our unboxing video. One thing you’ll notice right away is that the Definia comes in a nice retail box rather than the plain brown that most LCD’s arrive in.

Polaroid Definia unboxed

Polaroid Definia Specification:

  • Resolution: 1336 x 768
  • Brightness: 500 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Response Time: 8 ms
  • Viewing Angle: 170 x 170
  • 16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio
  • 2HDMI inputs
  • 3D Comb filter with motion adaptation
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
  • Wide-Range Stereo Speakers
  • Detachable Speakers with Dedicated Subwoofer Output
  • 2 SCART inputs
  • Component video input (YPbPr)
  • S-Video input
  • Composite video input
  • Coaxial RF input
  • VGA (D-sub) input
  • CI slot
  • Audio inputs
  • Composite A/V output
  • Optical SPDIF output
  • With TV Stands & Speakers 722.5 x 947 x 240mm (HxWxD), 30.5kg
  • EDIT: Our 37″ Definia review is now online HERE.

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    By November 14, 2007 Read More →

    On the move!

    Over the next few days we are going to be moving our site to a new home. There maybe be some down time during the move but we’ll aim to keep this to a minimum.

    Once we are back up and running on our new server we’ll let you know. Please bear with us until then. We will still be posting regular news and reviews.

    Let us know if you see any problems!

    Posted by: Matt

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    By November 14, 2007 Read More →

    DivX, Inc. Names Kevin Hell as CEO

    Following on from our earlier post regarding DivX support for PS3 here is some more DivX news:

    DivX, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Hell as DivX’s new Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board, effective October 31, 2007.

    Commenting on the CEO appointment, Jordan Greenhall, the Company’s Chairman of the Board, stated, “Kevin is a strong leader with a distinguished track record who has been leading our consumer electronics licensing business for over five years. Coupled with 20 years in the industry, Kevin is the logical choice as CEO for DivX as it refocuses on opportunities in several key product markets. The entire Board looks forward to working with Kevin as he moves into his new role.”

    “DivX is a great company, and I believe we are in a strong position to emerge as the de facto standard for high-quality digital video across any device,” commented Hell. “I appreciate the vote of confidence from our Board of Directors, and I am excited to lead our team forward as we focus on three key market opportunities: growing our licensing business, launching our new DivX Connected platform, and expanding our content solutions.”

    Hell, 43, has served as the Company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer since July 2007. Between 2002 and 2007, Hell held a number of management positions within DivX including Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, the Company’s CXO for Partners and Licensing, and President. Before joining DivX in 2002, Hell served as Senior Vice President of Product Management for Palm Solutions Group, a handheld solutions company, as well as Vice President of the Connected Home division and Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Gateway, a personal computer manufacturing company. Prior to Gateway, Hell worked with the Boston Consulting Group in Los Angeles focused on high-technology and entertainment. Hell received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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    By November 14, 2007 Read More →

    DivX Technology to be Added to PS3

    The rumoured DivX support within the PS3 is now official. Check out the press release:

    DivX, Inc. today announced that DivX® video technology will be integrated into PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The popular computer entertainment system will be added to the ecosystem of devices that currently support DivX video playback. To date, over 100 million DivX Certified products have been shipped into the market, and it is anticipated PS3 will significantly expand that number.

    “We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3,” said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. “Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format.”

    Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience that includes reliable video playback and excellent visual quality. DivX is working currently to certify PS3 and deliver a superior digital media technology to consumers in the near future. Current PS3 end users will be able to add DivX functionality to their systems via a seperate system software update at a forthcoming date. PS3 game title developers will be able to utilize DivX’s decoder technology by updating the system software of PS3’s Software Development Kit to version 2.00, which was released by SCE on November 2nd.

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    By November 14, 2007 Read More →

    Asus M530w (Aries) unboxed

    The Asus M530w (aka Asus Aries) is another attractive looking device from Asus. This is a Wondows Mobile 6 standard (Smartphone) device, so no touchscreen, but is backed by a powerful 416Mhz CPU, and 256MB ROM! You’ll also notice 3G and HSDPA standards are supported and there’s even a front-facing VGA camera for video conferencing.

    Despite that impressive feature set the Asus M530w wont break the bank costing just Price: £195.74 (Ex. VAT) at Devicewire.

    Once again I’m in the middle of reviewing this device and will have something online for you soon. Here’s the unboxing video for you:

    Asus M530w unboxed

    Asus M530w Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.0 standard
  • 416Mhz 32bit Intel XScale PXA270
  • GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS2100
  • 2.4″ LCD screen with backlight, 320 x 240
  • 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2.0mp camera
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Wifi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • Built-in QWERTY keyboard
  • microSD card slot
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g
  • Dimensions: 65 x 117 x 13.8mm
  • Weight: 135g with battery
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    By November 13, 2007 Read More →

    HTC announce the Touch Cruise

    Hot on the heels of the successful HTC Touch and the Touch Dual, HTC have just announced the HTC Touch Cruise.

    HTC Touch Cruise

    HTC Touch Cruise

    The Touch Cruise based upon the HTC Artemis, and adds a 400 MHz processor, 3G / HSDPA and TouchFlo to it’s predecessor.

    The HTC Touch Cruise is sleek, stylish, and compact, but big on features and with an LCD screen size that gives you an excellent multimedia experience in a mobile device. Featuring HTC’s innovative TouchFLO interface, the Touch Cruise is extremely easy to use. Using ordinary finger gestures, you can quickly browse through e-mails, web pages, messages, music, and images, making navigation a breeze.

    Built-in GPS functionality and the included software enable you to find the fastest route to your direction, locate restaurants and services on the way, and never get lost. Avoid traffic and delays, and take detours to visit points of interest and local attractions.

    HTC Touch Cruise specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 400Mhz Qualcomm MSM7200
  • 128MB RAM / 256MB ROM
  • 2.8″ TFT LCD Touchscreen 240 x 320
  • Tri-Band HSDPA/UMTS
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g
  • 3.0 Megapixel main camera with Auto-Focus
  • Bluetooth version 2.0
  • 1350mAh Lithium Ion battery
  • TomTom Navigator 6
  • MicroSD card slot
  • FM Radio
  • 110mm x 58mm x 15.5mm
  • 135 grams
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    By November 13, 2007 Read More →

    Asus P526 (Pegasus) unboxed

    Phones with built in GPS are becoming more common place and the Asus P526, aka Asus Pegasus, is another device to fall in to that category.

    This is one of the few candy-bar style Windows Mobile devices to include GPS, Touchscreen and a phone keypad and seems to cater for almost everyone.

    There are a few disapointments though. Firstly there is no built in WiFi nor is there 3G/UMTS or HSDPA support. This may limit the phones appeal but when you consider the compact form factor and the cost, £246.80 (Ex. VAT) from Devicewire it could well be an ideal device for business users.

    I’ll be reviewing the P526 shortly but here for your viewing pleasure is our unboxing video.

    Asus P526 unboxed

    Still no idea what that switch does! 😛

    Asus P526 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.0
  • 201Mhz Texas Instruments OMAP 850
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900
  • 2.6″ LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
  • 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2.0mp camera
  • Built-in numeric phone keyboard, 20 keys
  • microSD card slot
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g
  • SiRF Star III , 20 channel integrated GPS
  • Dimensions: 58 x 110 x 15.4mm
  • Weight: 115g with battery
  • Posted by: Matt

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    By November 12, 2007 Read More →

    Living Images 7″ Digital Photo Frame Review

    Digital photo frames have been around for a little while now, but now that the prices are falling to a more mainstream point I expect that they will start to become a more common feature in the home and office.

    I’m sure that some people try to use them to store all their images, but I suspect that the more common usage is to sit on the mantlepiece or office desk and replace the family photo frames.

    Living Images 7" Digital Photo Frame

    Living Images 7″ Digital Photo Frame

    So just what does this particular frame have to offer….

    What’s in the Box?

  • Digital Photo Frame
  • Stand (clips into the back of the frame)
  • Power Adapter
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Remote Control (Battery IS included)
  • User Manual
  • General

    This particular frame is a 7″ widescreen with 480×234 pixel resolution. It’s capable of playing MP3’s and MPG’s (type 1/2/4) as well the more common JPEG file formats. It also has 128Mb built in memory.

    It comes with a remote control and supports USB keys as well as SD, SM, MS, CF and MMC memory cards to extend its memory (or indeed just to transfer images to the frame)

    Photo Frame card slots

    Photo Frame card slots

    There is also an AV cable to allow you to connect the frame’s output to a bigger display.


  • Bright screen
  • 128Mb built in memory
  • Capable of handling very large JPG’s (the specs say it can handle 8000×8000 pixel images!)
  • Remote control comes with a battery
  • Built in controls as backup in case the remote’s battery fails
  • Lowlights

  • to make the most of the frame you need to have images with 16:9 ratio
  • interface has a certain method of doing things, which can be frustrating
  • Review

    On first opening, the screen is pleasant to look at (like lots of things on the market at the moment it’s design has obviously been influenced by Apple’s products).

    Setup is a simple process, taking no time at all. You just clip in the stand (it only goes in one way around), plug in the power adapter, remove the tab from the remote control and you’re up and running. It really is that easy.

    To get images (or MPG’s or MP3’s) onto the frame you can plug in a USB key, a memory card (SD, SM, MS, CF and MMC are all supported) or else you can connect the frame to the computer with the included USB cable.

    You then use the interface on the frame to either playback the images directly from the memory cards or else you can copy the images to the internal 128Mb of memory of the frame itself then playback from there.

    NOTE : 128MB of built in memory might not seem like much, but if your JPG’s are resized to the size of the screen then you’ll store plenty of images on the frame (480×234 jpeg ~70kb each = 1872 images in 128Mb!)

    Photo Frame Controls

    Photo Frame Controls

    The frame is capable of resizing your images on the fly to fit the display (it claims to be able to handle up to 8000×8000 pixel images and I certainly had no problems with anything I threw at it). The remote also allows you to change the aspect ratio of the image playback, but this will apply to all images so everything will either attempt to be 4:3 or 16:9.

    Once you’ve selected the folder of images to show the frame cycles through the images.

    This cycling can be set to go though the images in order or randomly, then you can change the speed this should happen and the effect that you want to use for the transition between 2 images.

    The remote allows you to control everything function on the frame – navigating the menus, zooming images, volume, aspect ratio of playback. There are also buttons on the frame itself so you can still control the frame if your remote’s battery run’s flat – they aren’t particularly easily positioned, but most of the time you’ll be using the remote after all.

    The AV socket allows you to connect the frame up to a larger display with composite input like a TV.

    Photo Frame connectors

    Photo Frame connectors

    [The one thing that the manual doesn’t really seem to mention about this is that you can only get into this mode from the top level menu in the interface, then you press the AV button on the remote and hey presto the output goes to your TV]

    You can apparently set the display up to play music and show images at the same time, but this doesn’t seem to be covered in the manual at all. (On other frames this usually requires a CF card for the speed of access)

    If you playback MP3’s on their own the display shows a little graphic display of the music during the playback.

    Playback of MPG’s is the one area where the frame doesn’t seem to let you have any control over the aspect ratio as it seems to stretch them all to widescreen regardless of their original format or any buttons that you may press.

    I dont think that anyone is really going to use a digital photo frame as an MP3 or movie player, but it’s nice that these features are there for those that might.

    There are also built in Calendar and alarm functions, but again I’m not really sure what you’d use them for.


    If you aren’t willing to prepare your images to make the best of the widescreen ratio, then you’ll probably find this frame a little underwhelming, and the interface issues will rapidly start to get on your nerves.

    If you ARE willing to prepare your images and you just want digital photo frame that will sit on your desk, shelf or mantlepiece cycling through them, then this is a nice bright screen for just that sort of purpose.

    Review by: Iain

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    By November 11, 2007 Read More →

    HeroCraft presents Snow Lines

    HeroCraft presents a wonderful puzzle Snow Lines for PDA & Smartphones.

    This “bright as the glittering snow” and “bracing as a frosty winter morning” mega-popular logic game is ready to load you up with a heap of presents! Snow Lines has superb graphics, intellectual puzzles, a variety of game modes and enthralling game play.

    HeroCraft Snow Lines

    HeroCraft Snow Lines

    Can you imagine anything worse than a dull winter evening on your own? How much better would it be to spend your time in a crowded party with cheerful friends, where there is a lot of jokes and amusement? But have you ever tried to organize a feast yourself? In this case you know how complicated it can be. Snow Lines is not necessarily easier, but it’s a much more fascinating passtime! In this arcade logic game you should, with all your sharpness, gather together all who have a tedious time in solitude, into merry company.

    Snow Lines is arguably the best Lines game yet. You are able to play against the clock or to set up dizzying records; achieve high scores; or try to overcome dozens of original levels. Several game modes give the opportunity to get the most amusement out of Snow Lines, and flexible rules help to find something new in this game time after time. Just load it up and you’ll be engrossed in a vortex of smiles, excitement and riddles which get evermore complicated as you play.

    The detailed information about the game, including screenshots, trailers and links for demo versions is available on HeroCraft PDA official site.

    [b]Game features:[/b]

  • Bright attractive graphics
  • Classic well-loved Lines gameplay
  • Dozens of original levels
  • 4 different game modes
  • User-friendly interface
  • Stupendously funny music
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    By November 10, 2007 Read More →

    Sony BRAVIA press event

    Last night we were invited along to a press event where Sony introduced their full range of LCD TV’s to members off the press. This was a unique opportunity for us to see each and every model in the range side-by-side playing the same footage. This really gave us a chance to compare them all.

    I have to admit that I’m more of a fan of plasma than LCD, however, the products on offer from Sony did start to sway me. I particularly liked the 52″ BRAVIA W3000-Series which is encapsulated in a premium, brushed black metal bezel. The W3000 range features a 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch models.

    Of course all the other models were represented and we’ll post more about each model and the press event itself later. We are also hoping to be able to bring you more detailed reviews in the near future. In the mean time, here’s some more info from Sony.

    The Sony BRAVIA X3500/X3000-Series is the flagship of the BRAVIA LCD TV range. With its perfectly judged combination of picture and sound enhancing technologies, the range represents the next generation of HDTV. It encompasses the latest and most enhanced version of the renowned BRAVIA ENGINE (BRAVIA ENGINE Pro) which optimises the depth, clarity and definition thus improving your High Definition signal.

    Sony BRAVIA X3500

    Sony BRAVIA X3500

    The sleek X3500 Series features a brushed metal exterior, available in 70”, 52”, 46” and 40” models, all capable of HD1080 resolution – 1920 x 1080p. The High Definition X3000 is available in 46” and 40” models, all capable of HD1080 resolution – 1920 x 1080p. To suit every taste and décor the X3000-Series offers a range of optional colour bezels.

    The series is ideal for film and sports fans with its 24p True Cinema mode and Motionflow +100Hz technology.

    With its sleek, high-end, quality design the BRAVIA W3000-Series is encapsulated in a premium, brushed black metal bezel. The range features a 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch models, all showcasing an impressive array of new audio-visual technologies.

    Sony BRAVIA W3000-Series

    Sony BRAVIA W3000-Series

    Complete with an integrated HD tuner, Theatre Mode and 24p True Cinema to enable the richest cinematic experience and HD1080 on all models.

    Ideal for film buffs, the BRAVIA V3000-Series offers a powerful blend of HD1080, exceptional image quality and features designed to make movies and even digital photos look outstanding. Available in 40” and 46”, see films the way they should be seen with 24p True Cinema and Theatre Mode – view films as the producers intended. Advanced image technology is perfectly complemented by the new ‘Art Frame’ design, specifically created to focus attention on the picture itself.

    Sony BRAVIA V3000-Series

    Sony BRAVIA V3000-Series

    Sony has extended the successful HD Ready BRAVIA S3000-Series LCD TV first launched earlier this year. The existing 40-inch and 32-inch sets are now joined by 26-inch and 20-inch models.

    Sony BRAVIA S3000-Series

    Sony BRAVIA S3000-Series

    The range is ideal for the style conscious, with the 20-inch sets available in a total of seven different colours – enjoy amazing colour on and off the screen.

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