The iPad mini: are you ready?

The year 2012 has been a very busy year for tablet consumers round the world having to choose from a wide array of various products released one after the other. It is true fact that the Nigerian market for tablets has not been most inviting to the variety of models available but it is also true that the few that have certainly made a visible impact.

One of the most common products in the touch based tablet computing genre is the revolutionary iPad of which as far as Nigeria is concerned, every other tablet anybody is holding is most likely be compared to. Any techie person would really wonder seriously what It really was that made the iPad so popular in the Nigerian market despite its cut-throat pricing. There is also the Galaxy 10 inch tablet series which you may see one place or the other apart from Ikeja but Nigerians generally speak iPad as far as tablet computing is concerned…

…well 10-inch tablet computing if I must add.

Nigerians are now been treated with the new 5 to 8-inch options (popularly known as mini-tablets) of tablet computing which was welcomed due to their book-like sizes, light weight and app accessibility. The Samsung Galaxy “phablets” and the much cheaper Kindle by Amazon are probably your honorable mentions as far as mini tablets are concerned. So, now that we have the Google Nexus 7 coming into the show with a promising appearance alongside a new Kindle HD from Amazon and Samsung Galazy Note 2,  it is expected that Apple would like to have a piece of the mini tablet pie isn’t it?

Their response to this would be the new iPad mini rumored to be released on October 17 this year.

Rumors mention that the ipad mini would be a 7.85 inch tablet similar in design to the other iPad models. This will be just a bit larger than the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7. It would probably sport the A5 dual core processor unlike the A5X processor of the 3rd generation iPad with 1GB RAM and of course ios 6 which has raised a lot of eyebrows of recent. It is likely, we hear, to come with two cameras and the new lightning connector as seen on the iPhone 5 and iTouch 5.

It is being argued currently that it may not come with the retina high definition technology and the position of the headphone jacks is pretty much in the shadows since Apple defied convention with the iPhone 5. Analysts have been also on the debate that the iPad mini could cause some trouble for the existing Apple products – especially their already existing tabs, but time will tell.

Be sure that we will keep you posted on the new intel as regards the new iPad mini and our speculations from the Naija point of view. Many thanks to gizmodo for the jpeg.

Tecno T1 Tech Review and Specifications

Tecno T1 : Tech – Specifications

T1 is the first smartphone from the Chinese based Mobile Phone manufacturer, Tecno. It sports the popular Android Operating System (O.S), giving you access to hundreds of thousands of applications. This device comes with the Ginger-Bread version of the O.S, which is considered by most to be the most successful and supported Android version till date. 

The OS comes with the default Gallery 3d picture viewer and stock android apps…

 
Tecno T1
Tecno T1

Package: 8/10

The package is the most attractive feature of the phone, it is filed with lots of accessories and souvenirs, The box contains 2 battery packs, a back pouch and a Tecno branded very beautiful bag. It also comes with a 3.5mm jack headphones, although with a very poor sound quality (“I know, I know it’s unusual of Tecno, we’ll get into its Technical specifications soon”).

Form and Design:  4/10

A sleek looking Candy bar phone, with a quality looking finish (“Best from Tecno, so far”). Although slightly bulkier than some of its contemporaries, it weight is far lighter than you can imagine by mere looking at it (“Almost dropped it, due to overestimating its weight”). Like its contemporaries, it has no physical button except the side volume levelers and camera button, and “Yeah” it does have the most used button of all smartphones, the top silver button located to the right at the top of the device.

HARDWARE AND PERFORMANCE:           4/10

With all the above mentioned details, the hardware specification is where the T1 falters, well, it is understandable as it is an entry level phone with a price well suited for the mass market, it’s no surprise its hardware is lower than its contemporaries.
It comes with a 650 mhz ARM processor which is low for a 2012 device but quite descent for an average user but not okay for a gamer especially those that wear Gameloft tagged shirts 😉 , although 80% of all the average user application will run well but HD games, especially processor intensive ones will lag, BADLY!!! . The system’s memory is 256MB with only 200.75mb available for user applications which for its price range is understandable but not sufficient enough as applications may not hover for so long in the background while not in focus as long as newer ones are being opened (you know the lower your RAM the more violent your memory manager is).
It also includes an internal storage capacity of 170.12mb for applications, which is a little low for the rising size of applications on the market, it greatly limits the total number of applications you can have installed on the device, but I have seen phones from more popular brands with internal storage capacity lesser that T1’s while being more expensive.
On the bright side, the phone is built with a Bluetooth 3.0 support, WIFI, GPS, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, light sensor etc (full details below).

SOUND:               8/10

As expected, Tecno puts puts in so much effort into the sound production of their phones, the speakers are LOUD. The sound comes through a slit in the top left corner at the back of the device. Its inbuilt earpiece is unmatched, as calls are incredibly LOUD. Although the bundled hands-free is a let-down, poorest from Tecno so far. But all in all, call quality is superb as is the loud speaker’s quality.

Display and Camera:      5/10


320*480 (HVGA) resolution on a 3.5inch screen, display isn’t that bad although isn’t too poor either, 2 years ago this would have been a stunner but given the existence of the likes of #you-know-them it looks just ok. The touch is sensitive, very sensitive with multi-touch capability but, can be buggy at-times. Don’t know if it’s just a specific manufacturing mistake peculiar to the one I’m reviewing or all, it can get very buggy at times and cause actions that were not triggered. Like images pinching and un-pinching itself. The real cause of this, I am not so sure of yet, but all in all, screen is impressive for a phone of its class.
It features a 3MP camera with a bright flash support, camera quality is ok but way too average, judging by the quality of its 2012 contemporaries. For its price it’s OK ;), also shoots video with a maximum duration cap of 60 minutes.

Money Value: 5/10

Spotting Android 2.3.5, it comes preloaded with all the usual stock applications and widgets, Gallery 3d etc. Comes with a 4 screen/panel launcher. Its notification bar features a 3 panels of quick access widgets; Brightness, Screen-Timeout, Auto-Rotation,WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Data Connection and the sound profiles(General, Silent, Meeting and Outdoor) and also spots 4 touch dock buttons and hardware FM radio support meaning you get more savings on your data as opposed to relying on on-line radio.
Lacks screenshot feature support from the power button and also lacks a system restart shortcut, although the features can be gotten from third party applications.
One of the strengths of T1 is the 2 simultaneous sims support but the lack of 3G/UMTS/HSDPA support is a real letdown.
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OVERALL:  5.7

General
Network: GSM
Dimensions 109.9 x 60.6 x 13.4 mm
Style: Candy Bar
Battery: Li-Ion 1400 mAH (3.7V, 5.18Wh)
Released: 2012
GSM
Memory:
Internal: yes, 170.12MB (user accessible)
Externel: yes, T-Flash (SDCARD: 8GB included)
RAM: 256MB ( 200.75MB available for user apps)
DISPLAY:
Resolution: HVGA (480×320 pixels), 3.5” LCD
CAMERA
Primary: 3MPX
Secondary: VGA (640×480)
Features: :5 EV modes, 2 Scene Modes (Night, Auto), 3 Quality Modes (Super Fine , Fine, Norma), Colour Effects(Mono, Sepia, Negative, Sepia Blue, Sepia Green, 3EVs) Geotagging and upto 8x Digital Zoom.
Video: Yes
SOUND
MP3 and Polyphonic
Vibration: Yes
Loudspeaker: Yes
Handsfree: Bluetooth, 3.5mm jack
DATA AND CONNECTIVITY
GPRS: Yes
EDGE: Unconfirmed
UMTS/HSDPA NO
4G / WIMAX: NO
WIFI: YES
BLUETOOTH: YES, V3.0
USB: YES. microUSB v2.0
FEATURES
OS: Android: 2.3.5 (Baseband: v1.03 Kernel 2.6.35.7-perf)
CPU: 650 MHz (Yusu Tecno T1)
MESSAGING: SMS ( threaded view ), MMS, E-mail, IM
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gravity Sensor, Light Sensor, Linear Acceleration, Magnetic Field Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Rotation Vector Sensor.
GPS: Yes
FM Radio: Yes
OTHER FEATURES
Livewallpaper: Yes
Led Indicator: Yes
Automatic Brightness: Yes

Price: 18,000 NAIRA