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Daily Nation : January 31st 2014
12 BE FAMOUS. daily NATION January 31, 2014 what’s up? TECHNO BYTE >> WITH KIUMBUKU MUCHUKU THE XPERIA Z1S TINY BEAST phones. Always full of surprises, the phone runs Android 4.3, and not 4.4, so it might be hopeful to anticipate an upgrade. With all that, you get 15 hours of talk time, and 600 hours of standby time. When it comes to connectivity, the device supports USB, 802.11ac/n supported WiFi, 4G LTE and will do GPS, alongside other bells and whistles, best discovered, not described. The highlight of the phone, what it will be remembered for, is the camera. The Z1s gets a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS Sensor decked out with Sony’s F.20 G Lens, and all images have to be processed via Bionz image processing, and to make sure you don’t make clicking mistakes, there is a two-stage dedicated shutter button. It’s a mouthful to say, painful to read, and it basically means that it takes in numerous variables of environmental data to ensure that it produces only stunning pictures, and it does; balancing contrast levels well and bringing out the vibrancy in colours. To ensure that the camera works well, this has got to be the one phone with more camera apps than any other devices to date, but, like any other device, there is a but. You have a phone fit for an I f there is one company hell- bent on never disappointing again, it would be Sony. The PlayStation 4 is currently winning the gaming console wars, they own the television market and they finally recovered from the Sony—Ericsson debacle which was Ericsson. Ericsson was one of two companies that made business phones and had a rough time of it. Thus, Sony Ericsson was born but, that relationship really did not work out, outside of the T28s (the lightest phone of its time) and the T39 (the second phone to have Bluetooth). Both phones went down as legends and still fetch a high price among collectors. To be honest, they really were Ericsson phones, but the Sony merger was in the air, hence the confusing branding as to whether they were Sony Ericsson phones or just Ericsson phones. But, the handset manufacturer battled and had to eliminate the Walkman approach to their phones and finally started making real phones. History lesson over. The Sony Xperia Z1s: an ab- solutely gorgeous phone by any standard, which is rather sad because all Xperias look alike in the dark, and who wants to show off this one in the dark? This is the dark, sexy, younger brother of the Z1, and is 90 per cent Z1. Only 10 per cent is new. For those of you with a phone that is bigger than your face and palm combined, there are better, smaller phones and this, is one of them. The Xperia now gauges in at 5.74 x 2.91 x 0.34 inches with a 5 inch screen and a 1080p display. It weighs 162g, a significant shift from Sony Ericsson’s previously larger devices. With it you get 2GB RAM, which sadly is not 4GB, but then again, the phone is not half bad, with its monstrous 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a very heavily depended upon processor by many manufacturers for its power and reliability. The Xperia also comes with an Adreno 330 graphics, the phone is plain fast. To carry your apps, music, videos and pictures, you get 32GB of storage, with an expansion slot for a microSD card to snap it up by another 64GB and finally breaks the monotony of 32GB active world, it is waterproof, blazingly fast, comes with a surprisingly long-lasting battery, will talk to your PlayStation and has an incredible screen to watch your social life through. If caught dead with this phone, everyone will know you lived stylish and went out stylish. The ‘but’ that really disap- points is the camera. They have put in so many apps, filters, image balance capability and in the end, the camera becomes inconsistent. It takes a bit of effort to actually get used to the phone’s camera, but if you get to spend time with it and are patient, the quality of pictures is incredible. Any other bad thing about this phone would be, at best, an exaggeration and you won’t have a horrible life for those weaknesses. Things like facing the screen properly due to the poor viewing angles and the awkwardly sized bezels, not as big a deal. This phone is expected soon in the market, priced shy of Sh50,000 and you can start taking pictures underwater for periods of up to 30 minutes. Dare I say, this is the best Android phone to wait for. The best things indeed come in small packages. While there have been questions about what happens to Nokia’s feature phones now that Microsoft is in the picture, the phone making company is still dropping new handsets and recently announced local availability of the ‘clearly beautiful’ Asha Range, featuring new devices like the Nokia Asha 501, 502 and 503. The phones feature availability of social apps like Whatsapp, Line, eBuddy, WeChat among others with promises of more apps at the Nokia Appstore. The 502 and 503 will support dual simcards which is now a standard feature on lowerend smartphones and feature phones. The devices are available locally, with the 503 going for about Sh11,000 at local retailers’. YOU WILL SURVIVE— Any other bad thing about this phone would be, at best, an exaggeration and you won’t have a horrible life for those weaknesses. Things like facing the screen properly due to the poor viewing angles and the awkwardly sized bezels, not as big a deal. This phone is expected soon in the market, priced shy of Sh50,000. GOOGLE+ IS REALLY NOT LOVED Google+ has been having a rough time due to its privacy challenges and its dictatorial policies. During Google’s outage last week, the world shared their true feelings about it. The outage occurred when an internal system encountered a bug, and issued faulty configurations. While the world panicked, and Google’s competitors like Yahoo humiliated them on Twitter by tweeting about the downtime, and despite their poor service level last month, Google+ received the least amount of attention as people did not quite feel distraught about its specific outage. Some wished it actually remained down. Due to Google+’s policies, a lot of users are trapped in it without a safe exit strategy and for the half an hour Google’s services were down, people were happy Google+ went with it. NOKIA ANNOUNCES ‘CLEARLY BEAUTIFUL’ ASHA RANGE HOW TO BE TRULY REMEMBERED WIKIPEDIA STYLE If you are famous, celebrity famous that is, then Wikipedia’s Voice Intro Project is the new place to be. So as to be immortalized on Wikipedia in a new dimension, Wikipedia has started recording celebrity voices for posterity, so that future generations will know what current celebrities sounded like. While it seems being remembered in movies and songs is not enough, the project will share clips that will allow celebrities a permanent spot on the open encyclopedia. The project has attracted the likes of actor Stephen Fry, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi and will soon be opened to many notable figures in the near future. THE DISAPPEARING SMARTPHONE KEYBOARD There are ideas that are cool, and those are many. And then there are some that are out of this world. Tactus Technology’s idea to invent a keyboard that appears and disappears is a sure winner. The one thing BlackBerry had working for it was the keyboard on its devices. Its near demise caused competitors to try taking advantage of the gap that was left. So, Tactus Technology has invented a keyboard that pops up using microfluids on a screen, when you need it, and disappears when you don’t. The keyboard should work with any touch device and is expected by next year.
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