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IFA – Part 4

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Samsung M1 Player

Samsung M1 Player

In last (I think;-) post form IFA I just wanted to show you some new multimedia pocket players – aka “iPod alternatives”. Well, I am not sure if anything now could be called iPod killer (it seems that Jobs’s toys are kill-proof ;-), but here are some new gadgets you’d consider when looking for some small music and video playing things. First we have Samsung M1 with AMOLED 3,3″ touch screen. It has an nVidia Tegra chipset (with HD capability) and a flash-based UI. It will handle MP3, AAC, MP4, OGG, WMQ, WAV, DivX and Xvid files and store from 8 to 32 GB of your stuff. Nice thing – it weights only 91 grams.

The second kiddo in town is Creative X-Fi2. Again, it has a 3-inch touchscreen and is equipped in memory from 8 to 32 GB which you could expand with the microSD card. It has FM radio, voice recorder and handles MP3, WMA (DRM9), Audible4, AAC, FLAC, WMV9, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5 Xvid files.
Both M1 and X-Fi2 are nice looking, ascetic in form. Congrats!

Creative ZEN X-Fi2 Player

Creative ZEN X-Fi2 Player

The last thing to mention here is the new player from Sandisk. Sansa Clip+ is a simple player, made to play music, period. It has 2 to 8 GB of internal flash memory and also uses microSd cards (also special slotRadio and slotMusic cards with music on them). Moreover it is equipped in FM radio and 1″ OLED screen, showing you all crucial information about tune played . And it really really tiny and with the clip You can easily put in on your jacket or bag strap.

Sandisk Sansa Clip+ Player

Sandisk Sansa Clip+ Player

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Written by Malgosia Minta

September 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

IFA – Part 2

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IFA 2009

IFA 2009

So, as I’ve promised, the second day of the IFA show in Berlin. And TV. LOADS of TV’s. But in the center of attention – as it was during the CES in Las Vegas – were the 3D TV’s. You could find them for example on Sony’s and LG’s stands and people were literally waiting in ques to watch U2 concert in 3D or to play in some racing games on PS3 connected to the 3D screen. On the Panasonic stand again You could see the first ever Plasma TV home theater system. Of course to watch the 3D movie or play a game You need to put on special glasses, looking like regular sunglasses. And I must say that despite this little discomfort the sensation is grand! (of course the best way to watch/listen to U2 is a live concert- thanks Mac ;-).  It is said that 3D HD TV’s are going to hit the market the next year. However now You have really just a few movies/concerts to watch in such form.

Another yet-to-be technology are OLED screen – amazingly flat and energy-saving but amazingly expensive as well. The only commercially available OLED TV comes from Sony and is just 11 (XEL-1 model for ca 2,500 $). Now, on the IFA, LG has presented it’s own AMOLED TV – slim and nice looking  15″  thing, which is just 3,2 mm thick. It will debut in November. Of course companies are racing in making even bigger OLED’s but for know a mass production of let say 40-inch screens is very complicated and impossible to run on commercial, mass basis.

Sharp Aquos LCD LED TV

Sharp Aquos LCD LED TV

So, for now it is better to invest in big falt screens with LED backlight. Sharp has brought to Berlin its new Aquos TVs with full LED backlight (LE700E and LE600E), made in the 10th generation technology process. Though those TVs aren’t so flat as the LCD with frame-like, side LED arrangement, their producer claims that only this way You can get better colours and real black on the screen. And as far as my eyes are working correctly, this is true – colours on the new LED TV are perfect. What’s more those TV are highly energy efficient and made without toxic substances such as lead.

Other interesting LED LCD are the LG’s Borderless TVs, where it is really hard to find the border between the frame and the screen. Nice looking thing, really.

Written by Malgosia Minta

September 4, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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