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LG rethinks the Smart TV with the revived WebOS

  • 06/01/2014 at 21:01 by It's a Gadget Staff
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LG WebOS CES 2014Today at CES 2014, thanks to the reboot of the failed WebOS, LG has relaunched their Smart TV product line. But it has a brand new style and this time it looks like they may have just gotten it right.

Originally belonging to Hewlett-Packard, the WebOS was never a success. It launched back in 2009 at another CES, and there were whispers about its reappearance at the CES 2014. With LG buying out the platform back in March of last year, no one was really sure what form it would take, or what would be done with it.

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HP TouchPad is a curious yet fascinating Tablet

HP TouchPadHP is obviously trying to catch up with this tablet fever and had announced this month their first WebOS tablet: TouchPad was launched on February 9 and offers some interesting features.

We begin with what we believe is one of the special thing and an advantage of HP future products-WebOS. The official web site of the company offers an insight about how this operating system offers enjoyment and convenience. The WebOS is capable of multitasking and display them in the spacious 9.7-inch XGA capacitive display(support resolutions up to 1024 x 768). Just in the upper side of this display you will love to find out there si a 1.3 megapixel front-facint webcam, perfect for the times when you want to make live video calls with your friends. That’s not all, even if this is a tablet it comes equipped with various sensors(accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyroscope).

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Palm Pre 2 comes with HP WebOS 2.0

Palm Pre 2 Palm the company acquired by HP few months ago for $1.2B is hunting down innovation and activities. The webOS is now having a rebirth with a powerful piece of hardware, Palm Pre 2. Yes, this upcoming phone is going to be equipped with webOS 2.0 which is till now, unlike other mobile OS’s, at the beginning.  It is not missing any of the necessary options a smartphone should have and is a good example of perfection.

The previous attempts of Palm with webOS were not so good because of the lack of good hardware to support the OS. But this time they are not making this mistake again and Pre 2 is powered by a 1 GHz processor supporting true multitasking. It has 16 GB of storage though it includes the system files. The display is 3.1 inch HVGA with multitouch gesture which has a resolution of 320×480 pixels.

Besides touch input it also has a physical QWERTY keyboard which is very popular now a days. It has three kinds of sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light and proximity which make it self-adjustable to different situations and environments. The equipped camera is 5 megapixels with LED flash and Geo tagging feature.

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Wi-Fi is the only thing that Palm Pixi Plus and Pre Plus will get

Palm Pixi Plus and Pre PlusPalm, a company HP recently bought for about 1.2 billion, will release this month two upgrade models for Pixi and Pre mobile phones. Palm Pixi was a model we’ve analysed in the past and we weren’t so happy that time as it lacked Wi-Fi connectivity, but the good news was WebOS and the 600 Mhz Qualcomm processor. Is useless to say that the revamped models have the “Plus” word at the end, but at least let’s hope they’ll will bring a + comparing with previous ones.

Pixi Plus comes with the same look and feel the Pixi model has, the only difference it’s on the weight: Pixi Plus has almost 108 grams, while Pixi had just 100 grams. We cannot discuss too much about Pixi Plus because Wi-Fi support is the only important thing that this model has against his old ancestor.

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Palm Pixi is not ready yet to face the reality

palm-pixiFrom the beginning let’s say it sounds strange. Pixi name given for the new Palm is not the brightest one, it is a phone not a robot. Let’s see if it can win our confidence with his technical features.

On the first look the smartphone seem nice and easy to use, it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2.63-inches TFT capacitive touchscreen(320 x 400 pixels) with 256k colors. The phone is made by plastic, weights almost 100grams and is quite thin having just 0.43-inches thick.

On the top of the device we find the power button and the 3.5mm jack, while on the right side the microUSB port and volume rocker buttons.

The 2 megapixel camera is on the back of the phone, but is nothing impressive(comes with LED flash and supports video recording).

Pixi comes with a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor at 600Mhz and a 256 Mb RAM memory and runs his native Palm WEB Operating System(1.3.1). Internal memory has 8Gb, but microSD card is not supported. A good thing is you can choose up to 300 apps from the App Catalog and every week Palm is updating with new ones.

Connectivity lacks Wi-Fi feature and features just Bluetooth 2.1, EDGE, GPRS, 3G, microUSB port.

We can say Palm Pixi is not a phone that you will want to use it these days, when iPhone, Htc, Nokia or others are available and exceed this model on almost all features. That’s maybe why Pixi can be found in stores at prices near 100$ or even 30$(after some discounts.


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