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Comex 2013 : A Round Up of what all it has to offer!

Entrance to Comex 2013

Oman’s biggest tech expo, Comex, got underway on Monday,25 March 2013.  There was a lot of expectations from the tech buffs who have been a regular at the Comex. Unfortunately this year’s event did not meet the expectations of the tech enthusiasts.  We were in for a disappointment as the much talked about Google Glasses which was expected to be present was not there. Also, some expected the newly announced HTC One to be unveiled. But we guess all those who are waiting for it have to wait a bit more. Nevertheless, there are quite a lot of ‘good’ offers at the Comex 2013, and if time permits you should give it a visit atleast once!

There were a lot of entertainment activities throughout the day.

Tablet MagicianGangnam Style :D

One such act that captivated the audience was that by Cristoph, the ‘iPad’ Magician, who performed amazing tricks on his iPad. Next there were people dressed up as robots and danced to the popular Gangnam style


BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10 Hands on

First up RIM’s um..sorry BlackBerry’s newest smartphone running the completely revamped BlackBerry 10 OS. Featuring a 4.2″ LCD Display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixel (355 ppi), the device looks gorgeous up front! Due to the way the OS has been designed, there are no buttons on the front. The only buttons on the device are a power button on the top centre, volume rocker on the right with a action button at the centre. Though the entire device is made of plastic, it has a kind of premium feel to it!

BlackBerry Z10 Hands on - LockscreenBlackBerry Z10 Hands on - Homescreen

The device can be switched on in two ways, either swipe your finger from the bottom of the screen to the top or press the power/lock button. As soon as you get passed the lock screen you are on the homescreen which is populated with installed apps. BB10 relies a lot on gestures which haven’t been seen for a long time in OSes since the MeeGo on Nokia N9. Overall this is a great comeback by BlackBerry and a good buy!

Specs At A Glance

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri/quad-band UMTS/HSPA, optional 100 Mbps LTE
  • 4.2″ 16M-color WXGA (768 x 1280 pixels) capacitive touchscreen TFT
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, 2GB RAM, Adreno 225
  • BlackBerry 10 OS; advanced on-screen keyboard; Office document editor
  • BlackBerry Hub with extensive social networking connectivity
  • BBM with video chat and screen sharing
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection and Time Shift; LED flash, 2MP front facing camera
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps; 720p recording with front-facing camera
  • 16GB storage, microSD card slot; built-in Dropbox and Box integration
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi sync
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • standard microUSB port, microHDMI
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands On - Lens

Up next is the Samsung Galaxy Camera.  What makes this Camera unique is that it runs on Android 4.1 JellyBean complete with all the goodies you get with the Korean’s homebaked TouchWiz UI. The camera also features a 21x zoom lens which is very impressive (even for a camera) and thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization, you can get a steady shot of distant objects and smooth videos. The 720p@60fps high framerate videos are quite exciting too and just in time for the boom of this technology.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands on - 4.8 inch screenSamsung Galaxy Camera Hands On - Interface

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a proper point-and-shoot on the outside, but the on the inside is a full-blown Galaxy S III. It has almost the same Nature UX interface which the Samsung Galaxy S III, save for a few camera-specific differences.

In the Camera interface you are presented with a wide array of options to choose from like the standard scenes (Landscape, Macro, Action freeze), and also advanced features like burst shot and Best face (which snaps multiple photos, detects faces in them and makes a composite photo by picking the best face in each shot). A Panorama mode is also available, as are some specialized modes that use slower shutter speed to capture a better photo – the standard Night mode, but also Fireworks, Light trace and Waterfall. Finally, there’s the expert mode, which gives you DSLR-like manual controls. This mode has an interface representing a DSLR lens barrel with several virtual rings that can be rotated to adjust a given setting.

All the features of a high end Camera coupled with all the goodies Android JellyBean has to offer makes it a KILLER device to watch out for!

Specs At A Glance

  • Point and shoot camera with 21x optical zoom and optical image stabilization
  • Wide-angle 23mm lens, 1/2.3″ sensor, 16.3MP resolution
  • Xenon flash
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps; 720p High Framerate video recording at 60fps; 768×512 120fps slow-mo
  • 4.8″ 16M-color Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution; Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Android OS v4.1.2 with TouchWiz launcher
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos 4 Quad chipset, 1GB of RAM
  • 100Mbps LTE (market dependent)
  • Quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass
  • microHDMI TV Out
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
  • 8GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • File manager comes preinstalled
  • Extremely rich video and audio codec support
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope sensor

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Lenovo Yoga 13 Convertible

If you want to experience “love at first site” with an electronic gadget, then look no further. As soon as you gaze upon this laptop’s (Convertible UltraBook) premium Aluminum Unibody, you will not be able to resist to get your hands on this device. Coupled with a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor with Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated) and 8 Gigs or RAM, this is a killer device!

Lenovo Yoga 13 Convertible - Tablet mode  Lenovo Loga 13 Convertible - Flipped

Also what makes this device special is the ability to completely flip the screen and use it as a tablet as it features a 1600 x 900 13.3″ HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display! Also it runs the latest OS Redmond has to offer , Windows 8 Pro.

Should this be your next laptop? Well apart from a few quirks the trackpad has, it is a good laptop to watch out for!

Specs At A Glance

  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3517U
  • Windows 8 Pro 64
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
  • Dimensions : 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67″)
  • 1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam
  • 13.3″ HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display (16:9 widescreen) (1600×900)
  • Ports :
    • 1 USB  2.0 port
    • 1 USB 3.0 port
    • Combo jack
    • HDMI
    • 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
  • 256GB DDR (double data rate) SSD (solid state drive); HDD Interface: m-SATA II (SATA300); DMA Mode: Transfer Multiword DMA mode-2, Ultra-DMA  Mode 6; User Upgradable: No
  • Wireless Connectivity
    • Lenovo 802.11 b/g/n wireless
    • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Estimated Battery life (as per manufacturer) : 8 hours

Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RT

When Microsoft first announced this back at Los Angeles, I was really excited to try out this device and spend some quality time with it. And now voila! Its here at Comex. This first thing you’ll notice on seeing this device is that how GOOD the build quality is and that this device screams premium! Its made up of a Magnesium alloy Microsoft likes to call VaporMg. On the front you have a 10.6″ Touchscreen LCD panel with a res of 1366 x 768 pixels. There is also a Windows button to take you to the start screen and a front facing 720p cam. Specs wise this tablet packs a punch, Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 coupled with 2 Gigs of RAM, the device faces absolutely no hiccups in running the OS!

Microsoft Surface RT Hands On - Start Screen  Microsoft Surface RT Hands On - Desktop View

Another awesome feature about this tablet is the fact that it comes with a built in kickstand which makes it easy to keep it on the table and watch movies or surf the web or while typing on an external keyboard.

On the software side its running the Windows 8 RT which is for ARM tablets. In other words what this means is that it won’t be able to run legacy Windows programs but only the apps from the Windows Store. Also every Surface RT comes preinstalled with a full version of Microsoft Office 2013 which is a huge plus point for those who want productivity from their tablets!

Should you go with this tablet? Is it better than say the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tabs? Well that’s up to you! If you prefer to play a lot of casual games Surface RT is not the tab for you as of now but the Store is getting new apps every day and if Angry Birds could make it to the Surface RT, its a good indication other developers will also port their apps to Windows 8 RT. If you are someone who likes to do a lot of PowerPoint editing or Document editing or managing Excel Sheets, the Surface RT is for you!

Specs At A Glance

  • Windows RT; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote).  Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.
  • Dimensions : 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in
  • Exterior : VaporMg casing, Dark Titanium color, Volume and Power buttons
  • Storage options : 32GB, 64GB
  • 10.6″ ClearType HD Display
    1366×768 pixels
    16:9 (widescreen)
    5-point multi-touch
  • Processor : Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 with 2GB RAM
  • Wireless Connectivity : Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Cameras and A/V : Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing, Two microphones, Stereo speakers
  • Ports :
    • Full-size USB 2.0
    • microSDXC card slot
    • Headset jack
    • HD video out port
    • Cover port
  • Sensors :
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Accelerometer
    • Gyroscope
    • Compass

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D Hands On

Well, this is a Camera man’s (and woman’s) dream camera! The 6D packs a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor that shoots stills at 4.5fps, does HDR (though it only saves the composite image, not the individual shots), and 1080p 30fps video in 29 minute 59 second clips. Its sensitivity runs from ISO 100 up to 102,400 (extended) and has an 11-point autofocus system with an EV -3 sensitivity rating for better low light performance. There’s a 3-inch, 1.04 million dot ClearView LCD on the back to supplement the optical viewfinder, plus it’s got a stereo mic jack to ensure the audio matches the quality of your HD videos. To store your imaging masterpieces, the 6D has a single SD card slot that’s SDHC and SDXC compatible.

Specs At a Glance

  • 20.2MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ image processor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102800 expanded
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting
  • ‘Silent’ shutter mode
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 11 point AF system, center point cross-type and sensitive to -3 EV
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 97% viewfinder coverage; interchangeable screens (including Eg-D grid and Eg-S fine-focus)
  • 1040k dot 3:2 3″ ClearView LCD (fixed)
  • Single SD card slot
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Single-axis electronic level

Of course there were more devices like the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 also. The Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II were also present.

Omantel also announced four devices which make use of its 4G LTE Network ie , Nokia Lumia 920 LTE and 820 LTE, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE.

Microsoft was present showcasing its business and cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure , Microsoft Lync 2013, etc

All in all it was good but there was some disappointment in us too as we left the exhibition hall and await Comex 2014!


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