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TechYard (New Year’13 Special!)6 min read

TechYard (New Year’13 Special!)<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">6</span> min read</span>
So its that time of the year again when we bid adieu to another year and usher in a happy new year with merriment and joy! And if you are thinking to celebrate the occasion by buying a new Phone/Tablet or if you’re in a spot over what gadget to gift your loved ones, Thousand Miles Techyard is at your rescue.We present to you a select list of some of the year’s top gadgets ! Cheers!! 🙂


iPad mini

With the launch of iPad mini,Apple has made its foray into the 7-inch tablet market.The iPad mini combines features from both the iPad 2 and the retina screen iPad,all packed into a smaller and lighter package that measures 7.8 x 5.3 inches and weighs just .68 pounds.

The iPad mini,as with all Apple products,has a sublime material design.It has a simple beveled metal edge where the bright LCD screen joins the aluminum body like on the edge of  iPhone 5.

Performance wise,the iPad mini is quite similar to the iPad 2.The iPad mini has a higher pixel density on the display, but it isn’t Retina and the difference essentially will not be distinguishable by the naked eye.

The cameras on the iPad mini too have been bumped up when compared to the iPad 2. The iPad mini also supports 4G-connectivity and Siri where as the iPad 2 has only 3G. The iPad 2 is available in only the 16GB storage variant where as the mini is available in all, 16, 32 and 64GB storage capacities.

MRP: Rs 24500 (16 GB Wi-fi variant)

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  • Available Models:Wi-fi/Wi-fi Cellular
  • Display:7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology 1024×768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi) Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Power:Built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using mobile data network
  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)



Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The new Note measures 5.94 inches tall, 3.16 inches wide and 0.37 inches thick — just a tad taller, yet slimmer and thinner than the first Note. The screen is bigger, too — 5.5 inches, up from the first Note’s 5.3-inch display. Next to a Note II, the iPhone 5, Nexus 4, Galaxy S III and almost every other smartphone looks comically small. But they’re not small by any means, the Note II is just enormous. Despite a relatively thin bezel, the Note II is so large, it requires two hands to operate comfortably.Samsung is pitching this as a “phablet,” a hybrid device that’s a cross between a tablet and smartphone.

At least the display is nice — a 1280×720 resolution, HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, packing 267 pixels per inch. Like most Samsung devices, the colors are a bit over-saturated, giving reds, yellows, greens and blues an unnatural pop. But the look isn’t offensive. In fact, it’s attractive once you get used to it. The oversized HD screen is great for watching video, playing games or surfing the web. However, while the display’s brightness can be cranked up, it doesn’t hold up well in direct sunlight, usually looking dim and washed out unless you’ve got some shade hanging over you.

The camera optics and photo software are also above average. Photos taken with the Note II’s 8-megapixel camera look great, and video chats are rocking, thanks to the 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and that generous screen.

MRP: Rs 34,999

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  • BODY
    Dimensions:151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)
    Weight:183 g (6.46 oz)
    Touch-sensitive controls
    S Pen stylus
    Type:Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size:720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density)
    Protection:Corning Gorilla Glass 2
    TouchWiz UI
    Card slot:microSD, up to 64 GB
    Internal:16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
    Primary:8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
    Secondary:1.9 MP
    Features:Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
    Video:[email protected]
    Standard battery, Li-Ion 3100 mAh
    Stand-by:Up to 980 h (2G) / Up to 890 h (3G)
    Talk time:Up to 35 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)
  • OS:Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • CPU:Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has a similar design case as in iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The processor is an Apple A6 dual-core clocking at 1.2GHz and is paired with 1GB of RAM. The storage capacity options are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. We tested the 16GB one, in white colour.

Apple increased the display size on the iPhone 5 to 4-inches with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels. Compared to the iPhone 4S, this is a rather considerable upgrade. The 4S had a 3.5-inch display with a 640 x 960 pixel display. The display quality does look considerably better on the iPhone 5, in a side-by-side comparison with the 4S. The colour looks more vivid, the blacks look deeper and the overall picture looks more lifelike. The iPhone 4S’s display was the best at its time, but the latest iteration of the iPhone display is quite far ahead of the predecessor. With the 16:9 aspect ratio, this phone is better for multimedia consumption. There will be no black bars at the top and the bottom of the widescreen format videos. The crispness of the display and the sharpness of the text is pretty much the same as the 4S. Also, the iPhone 5’s display is certainly reflecting ambient light, and offers slightly better viewing angles. Also, the 4S’s display seems less bright than the iPhone 5, at the exact same brightness levels.

MRP: Rs 45,500

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  • Display: 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Retina Multi-Touch display1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi800:1 contrast ratio (typical)500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • LED flash
  • Rear Camera: 8-megapixel iSight camera with Panorama
  • Front Camera:FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Video:Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • Face detection in video or still images
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Photo and video geotagging


Samsung GALAXY Grand

Samsung GALAXY Grand

Samsung GALAXY Grand runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), Google’s latest operating system. Its vivid 5.0’’ display provides an expansive viewing experience, presenting messaging, multimedia and Web content in brilliant color and clarity. Even with the large screen, the phone is still slim, ergonomic and comfortable to hold. You can also enjoy true multitasking running multiple apps simultaneously and without switching screens using Multi Window feature.
GALAXY Grand with an impressive 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor supports seamless multitasking, faster web browsing, lightning-fast screen transitions and superior graphics for some of the most demanding apps and games. The GALAXY Grand sports a powerful camera with zero shutter-lag and ultra-quick camera start-up. It includes a backside illumination sensor to ensure clear shots even in dark conditions, as well as Full HD video recording.

MRP: Rs 25,000 

About The Author

Hrishikesh Bharali

A perpetual day-dreamer,astronomy fanatic,gizmo aficionado,loves reading novels,music buff and an occasional blogger. He completed his B.Tech from VTU, Chennai and MBA in Finance & Marketing from Tezpur University, Assam. Previously, he worked as a Marketing Manager in Kotak Mahindra Group.

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