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Smart Watch Market Domination: Pebble vs. Sony SmartWatch

Just when we all think that the smart phone technology has already been stretched to its limit and all the smart phone accessories possible have already been invented and released, here comes a new buzz-causing gadget that seems to be entirely changing the smart phone culture – the smart watches! These are watches designed to link with smart phones to enable users to connect to the internet via their phone – without the need to tinker with their phone all the time! Interesting concept, right? At this point, this new niche is still a little shaky, and various companies are competing for their market share. Among the leading products are the Sony SmartWatch and the Pebble smart watch. Let’s have an overview of these two products.

pebbleOverall Design and Construction

Both watches have ups and downs when it comes to this aspect. If you’re asking which of them looks more stylish as a watch when worn, we’d say it’s the Pebble. It’s sleek and slim, and it looks very cool. Meanwhile, the Sony SmartWatch, although it also looks neat, catches more attention because it looks thicker. That’s mainly because it has a clip on its back, which enables it to be clipped on to your clothing (such as your belt strap). This improved the versatility of the Sony SmartWatch, with a bit of sacrifice in terms of style.

The SmartWatch is more touch-oriented while the Pebble is more button-oriented in its operation. The screen of the latter is black and white while that of the Sony watch is colored. However, the Sony SmartWatch poses a challenge outdoors because it’s difficult to read in bright light, whereas the Pebble is easily readable in such a condition.

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Function and Comfort

One notable thing that distinguishes the two watches from each other is their compatibility with smart phones. The Sony SmartWatch is compatible only with Android devices, whereas the Pebble watch can work with both Android and iOS devices.

When it comes to function, the difference lies in whether the watch focuses solely on sending you notifications to let you know you’ve got a mail or a call, or in whether it allows you to interact right on the phone. The Sony SmartWatch offers more interaction than the Pebble. It works with a wide range of apps, although adding the said apps into the watch can be a bit of a hassle.

While Pebble may not be as versatile in function, it has other redeeming features. First, this watch is waterproof, making it the more durable of the two. And, it also has a longer battery life compared to the Sony watch.

It is evident that both smart watches hold a lot of promise. And while there’s still a big room for improvement in both of these, they’re useful as they are at the moment. If you want a great-looking watch that can simply alert you of your phone activities without you having to get your phone, the Pebble smart watch is for you. And if you want one that can perform a certain substitute function to your phone, the Sony SmartWatch is a good choice. Whichever of the two you prefer, you’ll find the right one at Geekie Store.

A Closer Look: Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Canon and Sony are two major players when it comes to image and video technology, and both companies offer a wide range of cameras for different types of consumers. While both of them offer high-end products for the serious photography enthusiasts, they also have compact cameras for daily point-and-shoot use. Canon has its PowerShot ELPH series, and the smallest in this line-up is the 300 HS. Meanwhile, Sony has its Cyber-shot series, and one of the favorites by users is the Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at these two cameras to see

which has better features, better performance, and more value.

canonPerformance

The PowerShot Elph 300 HS features Canon’s very own HS system, which joins a Digic 4 image processor with backside-illuminated CMOS sensors. This combination results in good photos even in conditions with low light, making this camera good for use both indoors and outdoors. This system also gives the 300 HS a faster shooting performance (in fact, it has a better 3.6 seconds shot-to-shot speed compared to the Sony WX50’s 4 seconds with flash). But, while the 300 HS’ speed is faster when using flash, the WX50 is faster without flash (1 second shot-to-shot speed compared to the 300 HS’ 2.2 seconds). The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 has its own Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor that is paired with a Bionz image processor, features that give it both excellent photo and video quality. The WX50 has improved shutter lag – 0.2 seconds (or 0.4 to 0.9 seconds in low-light conditions) compared to the 300 HS’ 0.5 seconds (or 0.9 in low light). The WX50 also gets a better burst shooting performance: 10 frames per second compared to the 3.5 to 8.2 frames per second of the 300 HS. It’s ideal for continuous shooting of objects in high-speed motion.

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When it comes to features, the WX50 gets more points because it has loads of options that enable it to accommodate a wide range of shooting conditions. It has a sweep panorama feature, plus a Handheld Twilight mode that reduces blurring even when the hands are shaking. And, all of these are accessible without leaving the auto mode. But while the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS may not have as many features, among its strong points is its color performance. It produces bright and vivid colors that are comparable to those of higher-end devices. In fact, it has a better macro distance of 3cm (compared to the WX50’s 5cm). Plus, it has a Wink and Face Detection self timer, a fun feature that captures photo when you wink or when the camera detects a new face in front of it.

Power

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 offers a longer battery life (240 shots compared to the 220 shots of the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS). The WX50 also allows for direct camera charging via USB, which is an advantage over the 300 HS, which can be charged only via a wall adapter. In this case, the solution for users might be an extra battery.

Bottom Line: Considering the performance and features of the 330 HS and the DSC-WX50, everything comes down to the features users want in a camera that’s compact, light, and easy to use. For those who want a device for day-to-day use indoors and outdoors without leaving the auto mode, then the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS is a great choice – it’s perfect for taking snapshots. However, those who are looking for various automatic options when capturing photos may be better off with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. Its features will perfectly suit those who want to tinker with their cameras and the photos that they take.

Sony Just Got Smarter with Sony Xperia S

Improve your Sony experience with the new Sony Xperia S smartphone. This is Sony’s first smartphone under its new Xperia NXT series which comprises of next generation smartphones from Sony. This smartphone is rich with features to deliver the biggest and best entertainment experiences right at your fingertips.

The Sony Xperia S is powered by Android with 1.5GHz dual-core processor for speedy performance. It provides an astonishing viewing experience through its HD resolution screen (1280 × 720). You can take high quality photos using Xperia S 12MP camera and can take a shot in about 1.5 seconds from standby mode. The Xperia S can also connect to multiple screens whichever is ideal when you want to share and enjoy contents whether you choose TV, smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Contents from Sony Entertainment Network like videos can be watched and enjoyed by simply connecting the Xperia S to TV using HDMI while photos can be shared wirelessly by a single touch. Additionally, the Xperia S lets you share content to other person and also benefit from a lot of applications and services with NFC or near field communication. To even provide more entertainment, the Xperia S lets you access to Sony Entertainment Network, Music Unlimited with12 million unique songs, and Video Unlimited that contains latest Hollywood blockbusters as well as TV shows from all major studios. It is also PlayStation Certified for top quality gaming experience and an access to PlayStation Store using Xperia S.

The Xperia S is not only loaded inside, it also boasts a unique design like illumination effects, integrates antenna components, and new colorful flow background in home screen. It will be available globally with Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the first quarter and then will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on the second quarter of 2012.

Find more Sony Xperia smartphones here.

Get More on Sony Tablet P

Consumer electronics giant Sony decided to fold, to be more accurate, go fold – no, not as in quit the industry but rather go forward with their revolutionary folding tablet, the new Sony Tablet P. This quirky new tablet features an easily distinguishable two compact 5-inch screen in a folding clamshell design. It will be running on the latest Andoid Honeycomb (3.2) Operating System and comes with pre-loaded and select Android apps. The Sony Tablet P is the first PlayStation Certified tablet, making it a great alternative to your usual portable gaming console as it comes pre-installed with top PlayStation favorites including Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes. Gamers can further expand their game collections by downloading more exciting PlayStation titles from Sony or the Android Market. This tablet also offers great multimedia and entertainment capabilities thanks to its integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Moreover, it can also stream and download movies, TV shows, and music anytime and anywhere, provide access to more than 2.4 million books and periodicals, and easily share its content to supported network capable home entertainment devices like TV, home theater system, speakers and Sony VAIO products.

The device can be easily slipped and carried around in a pocket as it weighs around 370 grams and merely measures 79 x 180 x 26mm when folded. The exterior comes with front and rear mounted cameras, USB and SD slots, and hinges. When opened, the display is spread across the two 5-inch screens with Sony TruBlack technology. Specially written apps can take advantage of the dual screen and display one task on the first screen and display another task or controls on the other, e.g. a PlayStation One game on the first screen and the controller on the second screen. With regards to the internal hardware, the Sony Tablet P is powered by a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB storage.

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Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 – Digital Binoculars and Full HD and 3D Recorder in One

Whenever you’re on a stake out, the last thing you need happening is missing your prey but with the new pair of Sony’s full HD and 3D digital binoculars, you can catch, shoot, and record their movement as soon as they enter your sight. This also applies to other activities like bird or whale watching. The two pairs of Sony binoculars are the first digital binoculars with full HD and 3D video recording capability, zoom autofocus and steadyshot image stabilization. The new models, DEV-3 and DEV-5, can record full HD video and add a 3D mode with Sony’s AVCHD 2.0 format through a simple touch of a button.

Here are DEV-3 and DEV-5 highlighted features:

• Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that keeps images clear and stable even when viewing at high magnifications
• Ergonomic grip area coated with an elastomer material to secure handling and stable operation.
• Top-mounted controls that allows easy operation with gloved fingers; dual buttons that lets recording instantly with either hand
• “stealth” design that eliminates distracting buttons or external details to avoid revealing one’s position to wildlife
• Can be connected using HDMI to a Sony BRAVIA HDTV or any HD television that has HDMI input for viewing images (cable sold separately)
• 3D videos can be viewed on virtually any 3D-compatible TV, including Sony BRAVIA models
• USB connection for transferring video clips to a PC for saving, editing and sharing
• Comes with battery charger/adaptor, A/V connecting cable and USB cable for PC connection

The DEV-3 has a maximum magnification of 10x optical, and reaches maximum magnification of 5.4x optical when in 3D mode. The DEV-5 can reach a total magnification range from 0.9x up to 20x digital when turning on the digital zoom at magnification settings over 10x. The DEV-3 model will be priced at $1400 while the DEV-5 will be offered at $2000. Both are expected to be available by November 2011.

You may pre-order your own here.