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First Published: Tue, Feb 05 2008. 11 49 PM IST [Price: Rs29,999 (60GB)] [Price: Rs29,999 (60GB)]
Updated: Tue, Feb 05 2008. 11 49 PM IST
Creative Zen Vision W
As a portable media player, the Creative Zen Vision W is solid and durable, but rather bulky. Available in 30GB and 60GB capacities, it measures 5.27x2.95x0.86 inches and weighs 276gms. Apart from screening AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MJPEG, XviD and DivX videos on its 4.3 inch, 262,144 colour, 480x272 pixel display, it can also play MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA music formats. The bright 16:9 widescreen LCD renders a resolution of 480x272 pixels. It looks and works great indoors and doesn’t hurt or tire the eyes even after continuous viewing for hours. The viewing angles are excellent. Outdoors you feel the need of a brightness control, which is sadly missing. [Price: Rs29,999 (60GB)]
As for photos, it is JPEGs all the way. Shutterbugs will appreciate the Type II CompactFlash slot to easily transfer pictures. The accompanying A/V cable let’s you see your photos (and video) on a TV at 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL) output. The audio quality over the accompanying headphones is good. However, the built-in mono speaker is best suited for very low-noise environments. It has a 32-station FM radio and offers voice recording, but there is no line-in or video recording. And yes, you can also sync it to your Outlook to keep an eye on your calendar, tasks and contact lists. Also included is a clock with wake-to-any-music alarm and colour themes. Transferring media files on the Creative Zen Vision is very comfortable. Tactile buttons and an uncomplicated intuitive interface with context-driven options make this Zen easy to operate. But if you have movies or folders with numeric names (say Stephen King’s ‘1408’ or Agent Jack Bauer’s TV action series ‘24’), navigation can be slightly cumbersome. Without a kickstand (to prop up the player on your belly or lap) while viewing video can also be tiresome after an hour or two of clutching it in your hands. The ZVW comes with a removable, rechargeable battery that can be charged over USB too. The battery runs for more than 4 hours 40 minutes of run-time for video and nearly 13 hours of audio on a single charge. All in all, the ZVW could be a nifty personal appliance for frequent flyers, intermittent travellers and intrepid insomniacs.
Nokia 6110 Navigator
This 125gm slider with its 2.2-inch, sharp, bright 320x240 QVGA pixel Active TFT display that offers 16 million colours, analog light sensor, twin cameras, media handling abilities, 3G, GSM/EDGE quadband (850/900/1800/1900MHz) with WCDMA and HSDPA has all the trappings of a good communications device. But the Nokia 6110 excels more as a second-generation GPS cellphone than anything else.
A one-touch navigation button provides easy access to the GPS function. Satellite acquisition times and tracking with the 6110 are excellent—especially when compared with its heavyweight siblings, the N95 and E90. The phone usually takes under a minute with a cold start (searching for satellites for after a long interval) and less than 25 seconds for a warm start to lock on. Blanket cloud cover doesn’t impede functioning and neither does even going indoors to a certain extent cut you off. This is the result of coupling Navteq (a digital map and automotive navigation systems developer that Nokia has since acquired) and Route 66 (a geographic information systems firm) offerings with the 6110’s firmware. However, for driving, especially in cities, a GPS device is only as good as its well-annotated maps. And unfortunately, as far as the India maps on this phone go (though much improved from what was available on previous Nokia’s), they are lacking—not in cartographic drawing of roads, etc., but in labelling details. So you can’t type in exact addresses and expect to be guided from one to the other. Not yet. Audio guidance (in Hindi and English) is very lucid, but forewarns that since the roads are not digitized, directions may be inaccurate.
It features two integrated cameras with a dedicated capture key, lens protection slider and panorama picture capture mode. The results of the 2MP main camera are passable at best. The phone has a stereo FM player and the music player sings MP3, MP4, M4A, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA. The sound quality, especially over the inbuilt speakers, is very good. Voice calls too are crystal clear. In cellphone mode, the battery is just adequate, but when using GPS, battery goes fast and furious.
As a GPS device, notwithstanding the small screen, the 6110 works beautifully. If you are going to use it in India, you’ll need better maps. As a cellphone, though it doesn’t look very impressive, it responds fast and offers everything that you want from a mobile and more.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 05 2008. 11 49 PM IST