Archive for May, 2011
Today I took another video comparing iPad 2 to iPad 1 in a web browser (Safari) memory test. This memory test shows the improvement in iPad 2 in term of web browsing experience.
iPad 1 has only 256MB RAM, on the other hand iPad 2 has double amount of RAM, which is 512MB. Therefore, clearly there’s one winner in this test.
Surfing the Internet on iPad 1’s Safari web browser often will run into a reloading problem when switching tabs. Most of the time, a previously visited webpage will need to be reloaded when we are switching tabs back and forth because iPad 1 has to refresh the content of the webpage when it runs out of memory.
This reloading issue won’t happen in iPad 2 whether we are switching tabs or switching between apps, thanks to the 512MB RAM.
Check out the video below to see the difference in performance :-
I just make a video comparing the differences in software, apps and game (processing speed) on both iPad 2 & iPad 1 side-by-side.
One of the main differences you can find in iPad 2 is of course the Smart Cover. It wakes up the OS when we flip open the Smart Cover and the OS goes into sleep mode when we close the cover. This is one of the cool factors of iPad 2 and I believe it successfully attracts more buyers too.
There are 3 extra apps pre-installed in iPad 2 because it has a front-facing and rear camera.
- FaceTime app – An app for video chat with iPhone and iPad 2 users
- Camera app – Obviously it’s for shooting photo and video, using either front or rear camera
- Photo Booth app – Add special effects to the photo taken
On top of that, we have more apps to install on iPad 2 because some apps are specifically developed for iPad 2 to utilize the camera feature.
iPad 2 is running on a dual-core A5 processor and better graphic card chip, which is up to 9x faster than the iPad 1 (running a single-core A4 processor). Therefore, I tested the processing speed in apps loading, web browsing and game playing. Check out the video to see the speed difference yourself. :)
Please feel free to suggest if you have any other ideas or methods or comparison to bring the best out of the iPad 2.
This post is the first part of the comparison series that I will do between iPad 2 and iPad 1. As you have probably known, Apple did some improvements in the design of iPad 2 such as making it lighter, thinner in term of thickness, added built-in front & back camera, etc. Therefore, I think it’s worthwhile to compare both of them.
Apple has also released the measurement figures of iPad 2’s dimension and weight but we don’t see many side-by-side comparison between iPad 2 and iPad 1. So, I took a few photos of both iPads putting side-by-side to give a better picture of how different are they in term of the physical designs.
iPad 2 (8.8mm) vs iPad 1 (13.4mm)
iPad 2 (left) is 33% thinner compared to iPad 1 (right)
Nokia just launched a new phone today that specially designed for the luxury market. Nokia Oro is a limited edition Nokia smartphone that incorporates 18 carat gold plating, a sapphire crystal and leather from one of Scotland’s finest Caledonian herds.
Nokia Oro comes in two different colours, white and black. The surface of its casing is coated with 18-carat gold which has been made scratch-resistant. The back of the casing is trimmed with the finest Bridge of WeirTM leather, sourced from prime Scotland’s Caledonian herds. A sapphire crystal is mounted as the Home key, giving you both beauty and durability as its durability is second only to diamond.
The hardware specification of Nokia Oro is exactly the same as Nokia C7 with just slight differences in battery capacity (Nokia Oro 1300mAh vs Nokia C7 1200mAh) and its size (Nokia Oro slightly thinker and wider).
As for the software of Nokia Oro, it is running on Symbian Ana OS that comes with the exclusive Gold Theme!
Today Microsoft officially announced the new Windows Phone OS Windows Phone 7.1, codename Mango. This is the new OS for the upcoming Nokia Windows-based phones as well after both companies signed the partnership agreement in April 2011.
The official release date of Mango has yet to be announced, but Microsoft is committed to release it to all new and existing Windows Phones in Autumn 2011.
Let’s take a look into the new features added to Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) :-
Allow fast applications switching and support background processing, audio and file transfer.
- Copy & Past
Yes, this missing feature that is so critical for a smartphone OS will be available in Mango.
- Better social integration
Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter & Linked-In are integrated into the contacts, making emailing, SMS-ing and instant messaging a lot easier.
This is a new feature in People Hub that allows you put together related people into a grid of live tiles and put tagged pictures of those people into the groups.
- Smarter keyboard interface
Word prediction will be available when you are typing. For example, when you type “happy”, and the phone will display “birthday” for selection.
- Improved Live Tiles
One of the main attractions of Windows Phone OS is the Live Tiles so it’s further enhanced to hold more information, including push notifications via Live Agents running in the background.
- Hands-free messaging
Text-to-voice and voice-to-text engines allow for easier SMS and chatting. Android & iOS already have this feature, so I guess it’s not too late to have it in Mango too.
- Internet Explorer 9
IE 9 will be the new built-in browser. It provides support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration. On top of that, the rendering engine of IE9 mobile version will be the same as the desktop version.
- Better Bing Search Engine
Mango provides new ways to search including Bing Vision, Bing Audio and voice. It offers location specific results such as nearest restaurant, events happening nearby, etc.
Take a glimpse of what Mango can offer you in the videos below :-
I wrote a post about Yes Life app & some Frequently Asked Questions 2 days ago. Below is the 4-minute video showing a live demo of Yes Life app during the launch.
In the video, CEO of YTL Communication, Wing K. Lee, first demonstrated how easy to make calls to any mobile phone number from Yes Life app running on a Apple iPad. After that, a phone call from another mobile phone was picked up via Yes Life app. Before the end of the demo, a SMS conversation was created between the Yes 018 number and a DiGi number via Yes Life app as well.
Check it out!