Classic keypad

BB 7 is not dead. True to that,the company launched the 9720,that focuses on social networking and is cheaper.

Written by Chaitanya Gudipaty | Published: September 15, 2013 2:08:03 am

BlackBerry 9720

15,990 value for money: ***

BB 7 is not dead. True to that,the company launched the 9720,that focuses on social networking and is cheaper. The 9720 comes with BB 7.1,which features shortcuts that let you swipe to unlock the phone or open the camera app. It has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and a full QWERTY keypad. Unlike the Q5,this phone comes with a trackpad. This phone also has a dedicated BBM key and BlackBerry Balance (to keep work-related content separate from personal documents).

Nikon Coolpix S6600

14,450 value for money: ***

Various angles

Strengthening its Coolpix range of compact point-and-shoot cameras,Nikon launched the S6600 for Rs 14,450. This camera features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor,12x optical zoom and good macro shooting capability (the camera can be just 2 cm away from the object). This camera can connect to the Internet via WiFi. The S6600 will be available this week,in three colours. Nikon had launched 17 cameras a few months ago and this camera slots in to its lineup. It has a “vari-angle” LCD screen that lets users click pictures from various angles without problems. Low-angle shots are easy to click using a tilting screen. The WiFi feature lets users transfer pictures wirelessly to smartphones and tablets.

Lenovo Edge E431

36,000onwards value for money: ***

Budget notebook

To promote its Thinkpad series to the small business segment,Lenovo launched Edge E431. The laptop has a third generation Intel Core processor backed by upto 16GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce Discrete Graphics and runs Microsoft Windows 8. With 14-inch display and 25 mm thickness the E431 is one of the thinner business notebooks available in the market. The notebook with its OneLink technology that offers a dock and power connector,which can transmit audio and video with a single connection. The Thinkpad Edge E431 is a good choice for those who need high productivity need at a modest price.

LG Song Star

13,999 value for money: **1/2

Karaoke System

For those who think they have it in them to be a singer or those who want to have fun karaoke party,LG Song Star is a good audio system. The Song Star has over 4,000 songs in nine languages including the tracks in regional languages. LG Song Star comes with Echo Key Control and Tempo Control to help enthusiasts sound better while singing. You can improvise on your skills with the help of the karaoke system’s Real Time Score — a feature that rates your performance real-time. Song Star is available in two variants — one with wired microphone and other with wired mic and wireless sub-mic,the latter priced Rs 20,000.

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