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A Review on the Coby Kyros Tablet

Coby Kyros is an Android 2.3 tablet available in various online stores with prices starting at $79.99. It features a mini-HDMI output for HDTVs and other compatible devices, a 2.1 MP (mega pixel) camera with front facing shot capacity, and expandable memory storage through Micro SD (up to 32 GB).

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The Good Side

You won’t find a lot of tablet PCs with an 8-inch screen display. Most other tablets offer a screen size of 7 inches, which is the average size, or at maximum size of 10 inches. The screen size makes the Kyros unique. The widescreen display is available at an 800 x 480 WVGA resolution. The mini-HDMI output for audio-video connections is a type C which can support 1080p HD videos, audio, and images. There’s also a 3.5 output for headphones with a speaker (situated at the back) and a microphone already integrated within this Coby tablet so external devices are no longer necessary for voice and audio to work.

The internal storage provided is at 4 GB only but it can be expanded up to 32 GB through a micro SD. The Coby Kyros measures 4.8 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches and weighs 14.4 ounces. For a tablet, such a size and weight makes it easy to carry. It also fits bags and jacket pockets easily so you can bring it with you anywhere you go. This makes the Kyros perfect for everyone who is always on the go and surfs the web through public Wi-Fi connections on stores and shops. Aside from Wi-Fi, this tablet also supports hi-speed Internet connection through DSL and other platforms. This is something which other tablets cannot provide and can only do so when you upgrade and pay more.

Coby Kyros is also equipped with over a dozen applications. One of which includes the Aldiko e-book reader which allows you to download and read thousands of e-books for free. You can read on either a landscape or portrait view. The Kyros is able to automatically detect the position of the tablet and adjusts the reading view accordingly.

Another interesting app in the Coby Kyros is the AppsLib which enables you to browse through the AppsLib market and download as well as install apps of choice. This tablet also features other free applications including an alarm clock, calculator, a web browser, email, a music and video player which makes video streaming more convenient through the YouTube browser, and a gallery for images and videos.

Aside from the HDMI port, the Kyros is also built with a high speed USB 2.0 connection for data transfers and battery charging. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery made from lithium polymer.

When it comes to prices, this tablet can be listed amongst the most affordable devices of its kind. Prices start at $79.99 up to a maximum of $200 only.

The Bad Side

Despite affordability, the Kyros is lacking in a few ways. The display screen is overly resistive that you may have to force your way through the stylus (it’s included upon purchase of the device). It also lacks the sensitivity you need when you want to navigate the screen fast. Syncing your files with other devices then takes time. Speaking of time, the battery lasts for a maximum of 6 hours only. Lastly, this Coby model, despite being an Android device lacks a lot of features present in other Android devices including Google services.

Conclusion

You can look at the Coby Kyros in two ways for you to decide whether or not you will buy it: the affordability makes up for what it lacks or being affordable is not excusable for lacking features.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Colors

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(Part 2 of 4 in our Samsung series posts)

We all love the Samsung Galaxy S4 for its unique, modern, stylish, and vibrant looking colors. From the thumbnail above, the first 7 colors are displayed. The phone was first released with the Black Frost and White Mist colors followed by the Blue Arctic, Red Aurora, Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn then lastly the Pink Twilight.

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But other than the first 7 colors, two new colors have been unveiled in September. These are the Gold Pink and the Gold Brown models. Most interpret them to be a subtle tribute to the iPhone 5s’ gold scheme since it was released earlier.

Enjoy the Samsung Galaxy S4’s exciting colors!

Microsoft Buys Nokia: Cause and Effect

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All eyes are on Microsoft and Nokia these past few days in the tech world. Microsoft buys Nokia including its mobile phone technology and all its related services for $7.2 billion. You can read about Microsoft’s press release on this update through this page.

On Nokia

Nokia was formerly the front runner when it comes to mobile phones about a decade ago. But like its competitors years ago, Nokia is now trailing behind manufacturers like Samsung. Although they also adapt to changes in cellular phone technology and also manufactured devices with touch screen, Wi-Fi Internet capability, NFC technology, and so on, they did not embrace what various most mobile companies have openly accepted: the Android OS. Nokia had kept its old operating systems which include Symbian and have been working with Microsoft using the Windows Mobile OS.

Android is no doubt one of the most preferred amongst operating systems these days. The Google Play store makes Android even more enticing through hundreds of thousands of applications which are readily downloadable for free or with an associated fee.

On Microsoft

In relation to Google’s Android OS, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile also trails behind it at number 3 with Apple’s iOS on number one. Microsoft has been working with Nokia for its Windows Mobile powered phones, including the Lumia series which had generated enormous sales. The same success from Lumia would have many assume that this buy off kick starts Windows’ attempt to be at par with what iOS and Android have accomplished in the market today. But will it be enough to beat the app addicting Android and the popularly used iOS?

Notes

I’m no market expert but competition is definitely healthier when brands challenge each other through innovative features. I personally love Nokia’s Pureview cameras particularly the 41 MP handsets. There’s nothing else similar to this innovation except for a possibly upcoming new Pureview Lumia phone models.

But even this rare camera feature was not enough to win in the race for number one or even number 2. And the Windows domination on computer OS does not necessarily apply to mobile devices as well. But the effort of exerting effort for ingenuity instead of jumping on the same bandwagon in a monopoly-like move (i.e. joining the Android world) is at least commendable.

Nokia’s ties with Microsoft through its Windows Mobile operated phones even helped this old mobile brand continue to thrive amongst fast rising giants like Samsung. But I wonder if it would have been better if they have joined the Android league instead. We will never know now since Nokia will exclusively manufacture phones for Microsoft alone, no longer due to a business partnership, but because Nokia is now officially part of the Microsoft family.