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Gadget corner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 September, 2009, 12:00am

Slick and non-stick

The Hero (above), smartphone maker HTC's latest challenge to Apple's iPhone 3G S, is a 3.5G handset that runs the Google-developed Android operating system. It weighs 135 grams with the battery and features a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive, smudge-resistant screen, a digital compass, an expandable memory and a five-megapixel camera with autofocus. The phone supports Global Positioning System, Bluetooth and Wi-fi links. The handset is Teflon coated for durability and has a trackball and various buttons on its base. Originally priced at HK$4,498, the Hero is free with mobile network operator SmarTone-Vodafone's HK$398- a-month subscriber plan.


Lenovo is giving its customers room to manoeuvre. The IdeaPad Lite S12 (right) is the manufacturer's first mini-notebook with a 12.1-inch display, which is complemented by a full-size keyboard. Weighing 1.4kg, the S12 has up to 160-gigabyte storage capacity, 1GB of memory, Wi-fi support and an ExpressCard slot for connecting to a 3G network. The IdeaPad Lite S12 sells for HK$3,999 at Fortress.

Talking about resolution

Sony's professional-quality Alpha 850 digital single-lens reflex camera (right) can help bolster your image as a photographer. It takes pictures with 24.6-megapixels of resolution, perfect for large-format prints. It supports wide-angle and specialist lenses, such as fisheye attachments, and works with Alpha, Minolta and Konica Minolta autofocus products. It can shoot at speeds of up to five frames per second and has an optical image stabilisation system to counter unwanted camera shake. The Alpha 850 costs HK$14,990, without the lenses.


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