3 BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE GADGETS
HP SPECTRE XT
Meet HP Envy Spectre – a really smart Ultrabook. The smartest feature of this device has got to be its boot up and resume time, which is just a few seconds. This 13.3-inch stunner is a great-looking Ultrabook with loads of premium features. For connectivity, you get two USB ports (one of them is USB 3.0), a full-size HDMI, Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone port and an SD card reader. The tapered designed gadget weighs just 1.4kg. The Beats Audio technology and a total of four speakers – two in the panel near the screen and two on the underside – endow the Spectre XT with unusually loud and clear. So the peripherals are pretty impressive and the battery doesn’t disappoint us either. The Coolsense technology automatically adjusts your notebook’s temperature based on usage and conditions. With a 7-8 hour battery life, this one will definitely keep you happy if you are the go-getter kinds.
LG DOCKING SPEAKER
On the outside, this cube-shaped docking speaker from LG seems to be the prettiest thing that happened to you in 2012, unless you got a chance to personally meet Dita Von Teese (which we did. Hah!). With a built-in sub-woofer and 80W audio output, this one seems just good enough for a small room. Though what has really impressed us is the fact that this gadget can dock an iPad (comes with specific iPad dock connectors). With the Airplay connectivity, this one is a truly universal gadget (can connect via the dock, aux-in and Bluetooth). This gadget also sports a really responsive touch user interface. The sound output of 2.1 channel 80W speaker isn’t the best you can get in the market where the Bose SoundDock series has already made a big mark, but the built-in USB port that supports MP3 and WMA playback, and the M radio are value additions to this smartly designed cube that doesn’t take up that much of your space.
INTEX AQUA 3.2
We have to give props to Intex for bringing out really good phones at drop dead prices. This dual SIM handset comes loaded with a 1GHz processor, 2.3.5 operating system, 2MP camera and 32GB expandable memory. The ease with which these 127 grams talk buddy slips into your pocket and the responsive touch are its high points. Even the call quality and audio is up-to the mark. However, three things that don’t go down well with the overall positive impression of the phone is the absence of a front camera, an ambiguous email display and poor battery life. Everything else on this phone is right on track. The phone also comes preloaded with Fruit Ninja, Nimbuzz, Gmail, YouTube and IRCTC, all of which makes it really usable. Also, data access comes easy with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. So should you buy this phone? Yes. If you’re greedy for features but don’t have 20K to spend, this one’s for you.