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  • Blackberry Curve 8900 review | Teic.ie
    this compares to the likes of the iPhone where inputting a username and password is enough to allow automatic and full e mail syncing On top of this browsing through e mail is awkward at best It seems impossible to jump to one e mail from another you have to go back in order to go forwards Beyond e mail the web browser is OK to use but it was a mistake to have the trackball double as a way of zooming and clicking links It pales in comparison to Safari on the iPhone which in fairness to the Curve is true for most phone based browsers In physical terms the device is quite light but feels a little cheap as a result The key size on the full QWERTY keyboard is not the smallest going but it is very awkward to use forcing anyone with big thumbs to hit the keys with the side of their digits Also the trackball that is used as a replacement for a mouse feels a little loose and can be hard to control precisely at times The physical buttons on the sides allow for voice dialling volume control and camera functionality while two neatly hidden buttons offer keypad lock and mute functions The volume buttons are not there to control the ringtone volume by the way just the earpiece level while on a call or the sound level while playing media When you press the volume keys it can also cause the crystals in the LCD screen to visibly move another factor that adds to the cheap feel of the device In short the Curve 8900 is not a good example of what a Blackberry can be If this were the company s only response to what its rivals were doing you could

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  • Three INQ1 Phone review | Teic.ie
    received on Facebook show up on the phone like text messages users can import Facebook contacts into their phone book and pictures taken with the phone can be posted straight to a Facebook account without any additional steps involved Unlike the Skype application using Facebook on the phone does cost money however and depending on your package and usage this could take a significant chunk out of your credit Also the contacts import option only transfers Facebook account details to the phone even if your friends have their e mail addresses and mobile phone numbers listed on their profile page In terms of its physical attributes the INQ1 looks and feels substantial despite its low cost The brushed metal finish gives it a premium feel that some business phones lack while the slide mechanism and buttons feel robust and reliable Some of the navigation buttons do take a bit of getting used to however and it is far too easy to completely close an application when you just meant to go back one step The software on the INQ1 is generally user friendly however Most of the main options are available on the Home screen so users do not need to search through the menu to find them The device also allows for a relatively decent amount of customisation such a adding new applications to the menu bar or subscribing to web feeds Overall the INQ1 is a decent phone albeit one that may take time to adjust to It is clearly geared towards the pre pay and teenage student market although it may be let down in that respect by its average media player offerings While Three may also suggest that the INQ1 would do well as a business phone this is unlikely to be the case Free Skype

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  • Samsung NC10 review | Teic.ie
    millimetres for the keys The second and perhaps biggest selling point for the NC10 is its huge battery Most netbooks promise three hours on a full charge but deliver somewhat less than that the NC10 offers twice that amount and is pretty reliable in giving it too even with the machine in constant use For a netbook it is hard to over emphasise how important keyboard size and battery life is For a machine designed for on the go and spontaneous working users want something that is usable and reliable There is no point having a powerful laptop that has a flat battery or is too fiddly to type on comfortably Another major plus for the machine is its build quality which makes it feel like an actual laptop as opposed to a flimsy toy Some other machines like the HP MiniNote 2133 have already shown that netbooks can be well built but most companies are still too willing to compromise on this side of things in order to keep costs down low thankfully Samsung are not Watch out for the glossy laptop lid however as it is an absolute smudge magnet If there is any aspect of the NC10 that is compromised it must be the trackpad The actual pad itself is tiny clearly to accommodate the keyboard and is not recessed into the body Thankfully Samsung decided to keep the left and right click buttons below the trackpad rather than on either side of it although they are housed within one button which can be awkward The track pad takes a bit of getting used to but it is worth it the only real reason not to buy the NC10 is because of the line additions Samsung are rumoured to be prepping in the coming weeks and months

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  • Canon Powershot SX1 IS review | Teic.ie
    Powershot makes that process any more accessible is difficult to see What usually throws new arrivals to the DSLR market is the sheer breadth of options available to them on their camera There are a number of pre set settings for different light conditions and photograph types while users not quite satisfied can create their own manual settings too The SX1 has all of this and at times it seemed like more which only leads to confusion and frustrated manual consulting The 10 megapixels are used well as is the impressive 20X optical zoom although getting focus on images at full zoom was hit and miss Other minor details also made the camera a bit less usable for example the need to manually pull the flash up when most other DSLRs can do it automatically It was also surprising to see a camera using regular AA batteries again something that some may welcome and others may curse What makes the SX1 so unique and arguably attractive however is its HD video recorder Most digital cameras have some capacity to film movies although usually at poor quality DSLRs tend not to at all they are pure photograph machines This Powershot manages to buck both trends and offers good quality video in a DSLR casing The video was actually more impressive than the photographs it produced as nice as they were Indeed sometimes felt as though the SX1 was designed to be a camcorder with photography functionality attached Perhaps that is where Canon went wrong with the Powershot SX1 IS It is certainly an attractive device for video capturing in fact it is superb However if a customer bought this looking for a simple introduction to the world of the DSLR they may very well be put off The truth is if

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  • Lenovo IdeaPad S10e review | Teic.ie
    a little bit of getting used to but even on first attempt typing was relatively easy Its screen is more than adequate for what it is designed and XP was the perfect choice for fast and functional operations Another feature that will appeal to students is its quick start up speed which took about 35 seconds to get from power on to the familiar XP start music perfect for travelling from lecture to lecture Shut down did not seem to be quite as prompt which is a let down of course closing the laptop will put it into standby mode anyway A nice feature Lenovo have added to the keyboard of the S10e is the shortcut buttons which are given very specific functions One opens a quick start menu which can be customised by the user meaning you can specify up to nine programmes which you will have quicker access to The other is a broadcast button which switches the laptop s various signals be they WiFi or Bluetooth on and off when pressed This is a simply idea that could be vital in saving limited battery power during use Sadly it is in the area of battery life that the Lenovo falls down Housing a 3 cell battery users will be lucky to get three hours use out of the machine before it powers down and that is assuming all the various power saving features are in use This kind of limitation is not unique to the S10e on the contrary it is a common problem with netbooks of any creed However recent releases from companies like Samsung have seen dramatic improvements in battery performance and in such a fast moving and profit light market a marginal advantage like this can make all the difference Despite this the S10e

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  • Iomega 500GB ScreenPlay HD review | Teic.ie
    buttons at its front while the bundled remote allows you to have the same control from the comfort of your sofa Adding content to the device is remarkably simple The connection used is USB and once the drivers are in place it is just a case of dragging and dropping chosen files into the hard drive no different than you would do with an attached USB flash key Most common file types like mp3 and avi are recognised too although formats like m4a and mov do not seem to do so well When connected to the television its operation is just as simple with a basic and frankly quite ugly menu system on offer which can be navigated easily with the remote For users who want to make all of their existing media accessible through their TV in a few simple steps this is ideal However for those users who would want to add new content to the device on a regular basis rather than simply upload everything in one go and be done with it things may get a little bit fraught Not because the adding of files is difficult in itself but because it requires a direct USB connection to the PC in order to do so For users who have their PC in a different location to their television this would mean a complete disconnect and re connect of the device and back again every time something needed to be added or removed The ideal solution for Iomega would be to add some kind of wireless or bluetooth functionality to the device a feature that is standard in most new computers today If either were present files could be sent seamlessly over the home s network and neither PC TV nor ScreenPlay HD would ever need to

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  • LG Renoir review | Teic.ie
    photo customisation Unfortunately the Renoir also takes on the Viewty s clunky operating system but it is a refined version of it with most of its worst traits jettisoned The text input is far more user friendly now too unlike the previous version which was both frustrating and gimmicky The physical form of the Renoir is also a vast improvement on what has come before It does not feel quite as substantial in the hand as something like the Samsung Tocco but it does fit in palm and pocket with far more comfort than previous attempts It is actually only 1mm thinner than the Viewty but the way the size is managed makes it feel far smaller than that So it is clear that LG are learning from past mistakes and correcting them where possible but there is still an imperfect feel to the Renoir just as there was with the Viewty An obvious indicator that LG agrees with this viewpoint is the inclusion of a stylus which implies that the device may sometimes require a more specific touch than the average finger can manager This turns out to be just the case every now and again especially when trying to surf the internet through the lacklustre browser Also the decision to stick with a plastic touch screen as opposed to the glass favoured by others may save some users from nasty cracks but it does take away from the aesthetic potential of the device sometimes it feels like it takes away from the responsiveness too A few months ago these flaws would have been forgiveable but with some serious competition hitting the market from the likes of Nokia and Samsung LG needs to ensure their experience is quality from start to finish Sadly this iteration does not An edited

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  • Canon IXUS 980 IS digital camera review | Teic.ie
    eye reduction facial recognition and motion detection technology all add towards generally good results from minimum effort which is a critical factor for those who just want a camera they can use at a whim Interestingly the processor the whole camera is based on is the Digic 4 the same custom made chip that Canon is using in its professional end devices This in itself symbolises the real appeal of the IXUS 980 In the camera market there are typically three segments the compact camera that sits in your pocket and allows for quick and easy photographs the professional SLR which is only used to its full potential when coupled with the right lens and function setting and the Bridge device which fills the gap between these two ends of the market offering a stepping stone for those moving from one side to the other The IXUS 980 is technically a compact camera although with its powerful hardware and huge pixel count it is really a Bridge device The Auto function is easily selected for those who want to just take simple photographs but there are also a plethora of features to be chosen from for those looking to do something a little bit fancier If anything it is fair to say that there are too many options on offer making it hard for a new user to acquaint themselves with each one without first reading the manual The controls on the device are also disappointingly unintuitive for a Canon device with too many buttons wheels and switches to deal with in the process of getting from A to B These kinds of niggles are easily overcome once you are willing to familiarise yourself with how things work but good technology should never require a user to re learn basic

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