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First Published: Wed, Jun 10 2009. 01 03 AM IST

Apple iMac; Price: Rs1.15 lakh; www.apple.com
Apple iMac; Price: Rs1.15 lakh; www.apple.com
Updated: Wed, Jun 10 2009. 01 03 AM IST
An Apple of a buy
Apple iMac; Price: Rs1.15 lakh; www.apple.com
The all-in-one, 24-inch iMac is top of the line, for geeks and gawkers alike. Its refurbished graphics prowess makes it even more desirable.
The pros
This 11.5kg aluminium-bodied compact is spirited and sleek. The large (1,920x1,200) screen is great for viewing images and video from all angles. The 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor iMac, running Mac OS X 10.5.7, offers awesome display and blazing speed. Be it graphics-intensive Photoshop, video editing, aperture-style photo library management or gaming, the lean machine’s 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 130 graphics card, 1TB 7200-rpm hard disk and 4GB of RAM make it a nippy performer. Lower configurations—2.66 GHz and 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs—are also available. The RAM can go up to 8GB. Other graphics card options include Nvidia GeForce 9400M, GeForce GT 120, or ATI Radeon HD4850. The iMac comes with a slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD/CD writer/reader), Wi-Fi (802,11a/b/g), Bluetooth, 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, and 6 USB ports. There’s also a Mini DisplayPort video output, FireWire 800 port, internal 24-watt digital amplifier, built-in stereo speakers, camera, mic and headphone jack. The iLife ’09 software bundle contains iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand.
The cons
The puny (wired) entry-level keyboard, with numeric pad and Home-End/PgUp sections lopped off and super-squeezed direction keys, seems an awful, too-minimal mismatch. DIY hacks looking to augment the system later may be disappointed: They can only upgrade memory. The display is in a glossy, hence reflective, finish.
The verdict
An out and out high-quality product and impressive performer. Have moolah, must buy. Rating: 4.5/5
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E75: suited to work
Nokia E75; Price: Rs26,299; www.nokis.com
Nokia’s new 139g business phone is a side-slider with a full Qwerty keyboard and solid build. The bright 2.4-inch, 320x240 pixel, 16-million colour active matrix display swings to landscape mode when you slide it open.
The pros
The quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) E75’s forte—advanced mail capabilities. Its new messaging application vastly eases mail set-up, and supports IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, etc. On-the-go document handling is aided by Quickoffice (Quickword, Quickpoint, Quicksheet), PDF Viewer, ZIP and file managers. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro-USB charging. Download apps such as Google Maps to exploit its GPS. It can hot-swap up to 16GB microSD cards (one 4GB is included). Short cut buttons for Bluetooth, Internet and mute on the front keypad help you bypass the menus. The 50-station FM radio boasts no-drift reception with excellent sound. Nokia Internet Radio is preloaded—works well on GPRS.
The cons
For most, its 50MB internal memory is adequate—until a heavy mailbox chokes it. Its 3.2-megapixel camera takes decent photos by day but shutter lag nags. The 1000 mAh Li-Ion battery, rated for 288 hours (12 days) in standby, 5.20 hours of talk, gave us over 4 hours of jabber time with Wi-Fi on: adequate for its class but less than its predecessor, the E71. Motormouths, however, must charge daily. Even with a quicker processor, responses are delayed. A horizontal flat keyboard necessitates two-handed use.
The verdict
Rejigged, beefed up messaging section, multitasking, well-spaced Qwerty, a suite of connectivity options, and standard 3.5mm headphone socket set it in the top business phone bracket. Rating: 3/5
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First Published: Wed, Jun 10 2009. 01 03 AM IST