Web On The Move – Which Internet Gadget Should I Buy ?

Web on the Move

Thanks to modern technology we can all stay connected to the web while we’re on the move. Mobile broadband has transformed the way many of us stay online and with services becoming better all the time there has never been a more suitable way of enjoying what the web has to offer.

Picking the right device to stay mobile with though can be a little trickier. There are now so many different gadgets that allow you to connect to the web on the move that deciding on the right option is difficult.

Which device for me?

In the last few years, the development of the smartphone has become a major force when it comes to people staying connected to the web on the move. Modern smartphones are ideally suited to getting online, as many are now as powerful as some of the full size computers we used to use. The downside is that they’re quite small, so if you need a keyboard and screen to stay productive then this could be awkward.

However, thanks to the increased competition in the marketplace, this has also meant that laptops have come down in price dramatically over the last few years. The great thing about a conventional laptop is that it gives you the extra freedom of a larger working area, so if you need a machine that will allow you to get things done quickly and easily then this can be a better way to go.

Consider too one of the many netbook deals that are on offer these days. This smaller version of the laptop will often come with slightly less power and specification than a traditional laptop but makes up for that with a design that is more suitable to staying connected on the move. In particular, you’ll find that they weigh a lot less and that’s a real bonus if you’re travelling with one.

Another option

The other route that is proving to be increasingly popular is that of the tablet computer, which first appeared on the technology scene when Apple released its original iPad device. This is something that has been designed with the traveller in mind as they’re light and functional but also offer all of the benefits of mobile internet on the move.

Of course, Apple devices are not cheap to buy, but the good news is that there has been a wealth of rival tablets released onto the market and many of them make for an ideal purchase if you want to stay connected. Lookout for tablets that run the Google Android operating system as this has a proven track record for reliability and features while also being installed on many of the cheaper models.

Which one to buy?

Before you buy any mobile internet gadget though, it’s perhaps best to first decide what you want to use it for. If you’re simply browsing the web on the go then a great deal on a smartphone running Android makes a good bet. However, if you need to be productive on your travels then either a netbook or a tablet device is an ideal option too.

No matter what you buy though, the good news is that there are now more deals around than ever, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get connected and save some money too.

About the author: Rob Clymo writes on behalf of broadbandgenie.co.uk and mobilephonegenie.co.uk, the independent comparison websites for cheap mobile broadband and best smartphone deals.

Acer-Ferrari Liquid E Ferrari Review, Price, Color – Where To Buy?

Acer lures all Ferrari lovers with brand new smartphone in collaboration with the Italian sports car company; Acer is out to reveal the latest device based on Google’s Android 2.1 [éclair] OS. But it is yet to be seen if the handset is able to receive the updated Android 2.2. Handset which is named Liquid E Ferrari turns out to be only a limited edition device from the package of Acer’s liquid model line, totally with the specific red splash and the Ferrari Logo at the back.

The combo of the two companies is not something that has come out new. We have indeed witnessed their expertise in the special edition Ferrari Themed Acer Liquid E Smartphones in September last year. Ferrari based notebooks too have been released as a result of the joint efforts of both he companies. This phone too will bear the same features as the Liquid E Phones coming with carbon fibre accents and chrome detailing. Let’s just take a look at some of the important features:-

  • A TFT 3.5 inch capacitive Touchscreen with 262 K colours and 480×800 pixels resolution.
  • Bundled Ferrari content, including Ferrari wallpapers, ringtones of Ferrari engines and videos.
  • Pre-loaded Acer Media Player widget and the Acer Web player widget.
  • Android 2.1 [éclair] platform.
  • A 768 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 processor.
  • 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and geo-tagging.
  • 512MB RAM.
  • 512 MB ROM.
  • A micro SD card slot for memory expansion [upto 16 GB].
  • Wi-Fi- 802, 11b/g, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps.
  • HSUPA 2.0 Mbps.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support.
  • Bundled Ferrari-branded Bluetooth headset with noise cancellation technology.

It was released at the Ferrari Theme Park event in Abu Dhabi, UAE, not very long ago. It is known that Acer will be producing only 200,000 units. The price is not announced yet, but you can avail the device at all Ferrari outlets. Since it is branded as the limited series, the price too may be on the higher side. Of course, it will be you who has to make up your mind.

The phone also bears a signature Ferrari red paint and Scuderia Ferrari crest with chrome trim and carbon fiber accents. Thanks to its superior casing, the device is well protected from dust and damage. It is also studded with attractive goodies from the Ferrari, inclusive of a wall paper for each of its 5 home pages, ringtones and some Ferrari related and F1 images as well as videos.

It even comes with a matching Elite Bluetooth headset and a carrying case too. Acer is all set to release their smartphone in the Indian market too. Two other models have earlier been released in India, though a lot cheaper than the new one, at Rs 24,999 and Rs. 9,999. It offers a special combination of fine detail, great performance and high quality materials.

Panasonic Lumix Phone Availability, Price, Review, Features

Panasonic has brought out the Lumix, their initial venture, in succession to its line of cameras. Speaking about the connection with cameras is a hint to depict the 13.2 mega pixel CMOS sensor camera and a 3.3″ VGA LCD. It bears almost the same weight as the iPhone, but double its thickness at 17.7mm. Characterizing a mobile version of Panasonic’s Venus Engine image chip, you can consider it a neat competitor to Nokia’s N8.

It was released on Oct 5th at the CEATEC 2010, electronics show in Japan, and probably may be restricted to Japan only. But as nothing is finalized as yet, it should not be an obstacle for people eagerly awaiting its release, to possess one of the top ranked MP cameras with a digital zoom obtained on any mobile cell phones. It has some regular features inclusive of Wi-Fi. Nowhere has mention been made about its video recording capacity, so it is ideal to wait and watch!

Panasonic is cleverly trying to capture the people’s interest by releasing a site, but withholding most of the details. The phone does weigh a little more, but that’s the trick of the trade. It has not disclosed any secrets of the form factor of the phone, a look alike of the Lumix camera. You can see a lot of questions directed towards a clam shell shape, the answers to which was revealed only on 5th Oct, with the official release of the device!

The interesting news is that this device appears to be a camera with a built-in cell phone, instead of the reverse. It also facilitates uploading pictures to Flickr and many other services as well as geo tag your photos instantly. The best part is that you would never forget to charge it each night, considering it a cell phone. You can notice new strategies, where electronic companies have made it customary to introduce new phones in the name of their already well known TV or cameras.

Just as Sony [Bravia] and Sharp [Aquos] have named their phones after their products, likewise, Panasonic gave their name Viera the brand name of its flat panel TV, to some of their advanced technology phones. Although it will initially be restricted to Japan only, Panasonic will gradually reach the European and US markets. It is largely depending on the promise of their Jump Picture Technology, for easily squirting shots to your near and dear ones!

Best, Effective, Free, Light Weight, IP Messenger for LAN

IP Messenger is a light weight, less resource utilizing, extremely simple to use LAN messenger which is available for various platforms. No server set up hassle, nothing of that sort will trouble you. Configure it once and you are all set to use it without any hiccups.

There are options like lock which will let you know if the user you sent the message to has read your message. A message pops up and tells you when the recipient reads the message.

One feature I did not like about IPMsg is that when you have long conversations, the trial keeps on increasing, and the cursor does point to the last message instead points to the first message, which means that we’ll need to scroll all the way down to read the latest reply, or another easier way is to delete the quoted content everytime you reply.

It’s been a while since I’ve used this version and may be there is a newer version which addresses the issue I’m cribbing about.

There are some nice and cool features like file/folder transfer is really easy – drag and drop does the trick … again if you are sending multiple files at a time, the recepient cannot save all the files at one go. He has to save the files one at a time ! Limitation or was it my older version of IPMsg? :). Did I mention, the file or folder transfer is really quick. Better than mailing those 🙂 .. I haven’t read anything about the File size limitation though …

You can send messages to individual users, multi cast message to selected users or even broadcast the message to all users in your network.

RSA/Blowfish encryptions makes sure the files or folders you are sending across are secure. FQDN support available for Broadcast setup.

All in all, the simplest and most effective solution for IP Messaging between users within LAN.

Download IP Messenger.

A brief look at Dictionary Apps for Linux

Even though it’s been almost a week since am OpenSUSE up to the point of writing this, I was still hunting for a dictionary/thesaurus for KDE. Also there are a ton of Firefox extensions for dictionary but I prefer a stand alone one that pops with a Ctr+Alt+W.

Also since I don’t have/want OpenOffice (I don’t find much use for it), I could not use the Thesaurus and Dictionary (Ooodi) it provides and Stardict is a no no (It was meant for Gnome).

I added a few of the repos from here (the backport and community repos) and jDictionary turned up in software management. Doesn’t gel with the KDE look, but it does the job, has a thesaurus too.

JaLingo :: OS independent dictionary application

I searched on Sourceforge and I found JaLingo. Very neat piece written in Java, running it is bloody simple. It supports quite a few types of dictionary, I chose to download some of the Sdictionary types.

In comparison to JaLingo, jDictionary allows one to download dictionaries (a limited set available though) within the program, which is very convenient. But Jalingo has a nicer interface and provides for a “drop zone” that you just drag and drop words into and it will show you the meaning and you have the wide variety of dictionary support formats.