Tabs for children [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LITTLE kids at the dining table these days tend to have a smartphone or tablet to play with, as parents use these devices to "babysit" their young ones. Of course, children have not yet grasped the concept of which tablet is more expensive than the other, so to pass your toddler an expensive tablet might prove to be foolhardy.
Hand them the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids instead. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids features educational tools as well as the relevant safety features that parents would welcome.
Among the pre-loaded content are educational, games, entertainment and e-book apps. Parents can also choose the apps via the Application Manager. A Time Management feature ensures that kids know when to stop and hit the books, while a password protected lock screen ensures that they cannot access it at their whim.
Hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids include a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel shooter at the back, a 7 inch WSVGA (1024x600) display at 170ppi pixel density, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded via a microSD memory card slot, all running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Depending on the market that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is introduced in, the applications in the Kids Samsung Apps will vary.
GAMERS who take their gaming sessions seriously tend to be loyal to a particular hardware brand, and Swiss-based company Logitech have done pretty well for themselves in the past to deliver consistently high quality gaming peripherals. The latest in a long line of wireless gaming mice from Logitech would be the Logitech G602, where it is said to deliver over eight times the battery life of other wireless gaming mice, without having to compromise on gaming grade sensor or connection performance. That is more than 250 hours of non-stop gaming, now how about that for endurance and quality?
The Logitech G602 features Logitech G's exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology to deliver the most precise movement possible and, just in case you thought that 250 hours of continuous gameplay in Performance mode is wicked, how about turning the Logitech G602's Endurance mode on? That will let you work for more than 1,400 hours before requiring a recharge. Sporting primary mechanical switches that have been rated to a 20 million-click lifespan, Logitech G602 continues to impress, boasting eleven programmable controls via the Logitech Gaming Software. Expect the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse to arrive on our shores eventually for US$79.99 (RM265) each.
THE Nokia 515 is a classic mobile phone fashioned out of premium materials without sacrificing performance. Its main body is made from a single piece of anodised, sandblasted aluminium while the presence of Gorilla Glass 2 is comforting as it protects the gently curved display that has incidentally been polarised for use in sunlight.
A new hardened polycarbonate resin was specially created for the keymat for added durability, and all of it makes up a lightweight 11mm slim body, tipping the scales at a mere 101.1g. Do not be taken aback by the 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display.
Other hardware specifications include 256MB internal memory that can be expanded via a microSD memory card slot, a microUSB port, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, a 3.5 mm AV connector, a 5-megapixel shooter with a LED flash and a micro SIM tray. Its 38-day standby time may be impressive, but I doubt if there's any user not receiving a call or a single text message for more than a month. The Nokia 515 comes in black or white and there will be an Easy Swap Dual SIM model in selected markets.
3D GAMING IN 2D
NINTENDO has long ruled the portable gaming scene and it intends to further strengthen its grip with the announcement of the Nintendo 2DS.
No, it is not a typo of any kind, but rather a new portable console for those who feel that the Nintendo 3DS is beyond their budget. The Nintendo 2DS comes in red or blue for US$129.99 (RM431.53) each and it will come in a totally different form.
Basically, 2DS lets you play Nintendo 3DS games, except that these games will be played in 2D graphics. It will still carry most of the hardware features found on 3DS, including dual displays, gameplay controls and touch-screen features.
You can continue to enjoy over 2,000 Nintendo DS titles with the 2DS, in addition to enjoying multiplayer online game play and accessing Nintendo Video content as well as digitally delivered games via the Nintendo eShop. Since the 2DS no longer supports 3D graphics, one would keep one's fingers crossed that the battery life of this portable console would last longer. Unfortunately, the slate form factor would mean a screen protector is a must unless you do not mind a scratched Nintendo 2DS if it is well travelled.
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