Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Not to be mistaken as the successor to last year's N97, the N900 succeeds the Nokia N800 Internet tablet.
As Nokia's current flagship phone, the N900 is the first of its kind to support the new Maemo 5 platform. In terms of physical design, the N900 is really clean and squarish in nature, lacking any buttons on the front panel.

It is comparably thicker than most modern smartphones and it is kind of like a throwback to older N-series phones like the N95.
Still, the phone remains at a pocketable size though it may be a little squeeze in a tight pair of jeans.
Featuring a large 3.5in touchscreen, the phone is primarily touch driven. The screen doesn't use a capacitive touchscreen like the iPhone so it doesn't do multi-touch gestures like pinch to zoom.
Instead it uses the same resistive touchscreens implemented in other Nokia phone models so it isn't as responsive as the iPhone's capacitive screen.
The screen is quite a fingerprint magnet, often leaving lots of smudges and prints after each use. It has a generously large 800 x 480-pixel resolution, which gives the extra real estate needed to render full webpages.
The N900 has a slide-out keyboard that comes in handy for text messaging and web browsing. Though the buttons are well laid out, they are densely packed into a small area so users with large fingers may have problems typing.
The phone also features a pair of stereo speakers that are of decent quality for casual music listening and is sufficiently audible for taking calls on loudspeaker mode.
The back houses a powerful 5-megapixel camera that takes both photos and videos. A nifty slide-out cover protects the camera lens when it is not in use and instantly activates the camera when opened.
There's also a little kickstand that holds the phone up on a flat surface at an angle which is useful when you want to watch videos on it.
In use
The Maemo 5 operating system is the core of the N900. The first thing that struck us upon using it was just how different it looked and felt in comparison with the Nokia's Symbian-based smartphones.

The N900's home screen is an entirely new environment that has been completely rehauled to be visually pleasing.
It is a highly customisable environment that allows you to set your desktop anyway you like it to be.
You can drop widgets, bookmark websites or create shortcuts to your favourite contacts across four panels that you easily switch between by swiping across the screen.
Menu navigation on the N900 feels smooth and seamless, giving users easy access to settings without having to go through multiple windows.
Powered by a powerful ARM Cortex A8 600MHz processor, the N900 runs very smoothly when transitioning between different applications and is more than capable of handling multitasking applications.
Tapping on the upper left icon takes you back to a screen that Nokia calls the "Dashboard" - here you get a full view of all active applications and allows you to freely switch between them.
The web browsing experience on the N900 is much improved and it delivers a browsing experience that very close to the desktop experience.
The flexibility and compatibility of the N900's default browser is quite astounding and it has full support for Adobe Flash.
This means that visually-rich Flash-based websites are no problem for the N900. We loaded Facebook on the N900 and used it exactly as we would on a desktop, even as far as playing Facebook games like FarmVille on it.
Another cool thing we liked about the new Maemo platform is how the N900 is able to integrate contacts from your phone address book with those online on your instant messaging client.
This means you can pull up a contact and choose between calling, SMS or instant messaging them all within one simple interface.
One drawback to the phone is its short battery life. With 3G turned on, the phone could just barely make it through the day on a single charge.
Applications for the N900 can be downloaded via the Ovi Store or application manager. However the catalogue of Maemo applications is still very limited.
Though majority of applications are free to download, the Ovi Store lacks applications for Twitter or Foursquare if you're into social networking.
Sadly, the only two useful Maemo applications that are worth mentioning on Ovi Store are Firefox and Facebook.
However the Facebook 'app' has pretty limited functionalities as it can only show you status updates and notifications. It acts more like a widget and you cannot update your own status or do anything else with it.
The only game worth playing that is available on the Ovi Store is Angry Birds, which is ported from the iPhone.
The drawback to the Maemo version of the game is that it is limited to just 21 levels and users will need to pay for additional levels.
Conversely the iPhone version of the game has 63 levels available. There's also noticeably lag on the Maemo version of the game though it does not impact the gameplay greatly.
There are however a lot more applications you can download through the application manager, either via WiFi or 3G connection. Admittedly this alternative source for applications feels half-baked.
There's no way to quickly search through the catalogue for applications so you'll need to manually scroll through hundreds of applications to find something you're looking for.
Though its application library spans a variety of categories such as games, multimedia and office productivity tools, the selection is rather limited with only a handful that are actually useful.
Still, there are a few gems that can help customise your phone such as a WiFi switcher to turn your connection on or off as when needed; or a brightness adjustment bar on the status/notification menu to quickly access these basic functions.
If you want to play games on the N900, there are also a few emulators that you can download for running Super Nintendo, Sega Master System and Amiga ROMs.
Some of the useful applications preinstalled in the phone include an RSS reader for aggregating news from your favourite websites and a podcast download tool.
The fact still remains though that the Maemo platform still has a long way to go in terms of apps before it can be a contender to the iPhone and Android.
Perhaps with time more applications will populate the Ovi Store and there will be some actual killer applications for the platform.
Great for music and videos
We didn't quite expect the N900 to be a phone for media playback but the default media player application does a very decent job. Within it you can access your music, videos and even stream live Internet radio.
There are notable improvements to the music player in the N900 - not only does the player look better but it is also easier to find songs now that they are arranged by albums.
The video player is really quite amazing as it supports a wide variety of formats such as MOV, WMV and AVI files out of the box, thus making it useful for watching videos.
You can also download additional video codecs via the application manager to enable the media player to play MKV files as well.

Video playback quality is reasonably good and smooth for down-coverted videos, though the N900 can also play unconverted movies meant for larger screen resolutions. But the drawback to this is that the videos tend to stutter.
The 5-megapixel camera takes good quality pictures and the addition of a dual LED flash helps it take pictures when it's dark. The phone can also record videos but we found the performance to be disappointing.
The camera doesn't auto focus as you are recording videos so when you switch from recording something close up and then pull out to a wider angle, things get out of focus. Additionally there are noticeable dropped frames even as you record and videos subsequently stutter during playback.
Overall, the N900 is an interesting smartphone from Nokia that is a refreshing change from the old Symbian platform. From what we could tell, Maemo 5 is a stable and reliable platform with its main strength being able to run multiple applications simulatenously.
The N900 also serves as a great device for web browsing and its support for Flash means the experience is really close to browsing on a desktop. Also it plays both music and videos very well so you won't be short of any entertainment when you're out on the road.
However, the platform as a whole still feels very experimental. Much of the interface is new so there is a bit of a learning curve to using the device.
Furthermore there's a need for more applications as the current pool is just too limited. Another point of contention is the device's poor video recording and the short battery life.
But on the whole, the N900 is a great workhorse that let's you do a lot of things. If you're a mobile tech enthusiast who enjoys tinkering and customising your phone to suit your needs, this is the phone for you.
Pros: Great for web browsing; Flash support; superb video and music playback; able to multitask.
Cons: Limited number of applications at the moment; poor video recording; poor battery life.


Touchscreen smartphone
CAMERA: 5-megapixels (dual LED flash)
DISPLAY: 3.5in, TFT resistive touchscreen (800 x 480-pixels)
EXPANSION SLOT: microSD (up to 16GB)
BATTERY: 1,320mAh lithium-ion (BL-5J)
STANDBY/TALK TIME: 10 days/6 hours
OTHER FEATURES: Full keyboard, A-GPS, geotagging, accelerometer, FM radio, Media Player with DivX/XviD support, Maemo Internet browser, Ovi Maps
DIMENSIONS (w x h x d): 110.9 x 59.8 x 18mm
WEIGHT: 181g
PRICE: RM2,280
Review unit courtesy of Nokia Malaysia, 1-300-88-1600

Editor's Rating
ClassTouchscreen smartphone
Other FeaturesFull keyboard, A-GPS, geotagging, accelerometer, FM radio, Media Player with DivX/XviD support, Maemo Internet browser, Ovi Maps Battery: 1,320mAh lithium-ion (BL-5J)
Dimensions(w x h x d): 110.9 x 59.8 x 18mm
Extra DetailsReview unit courtesy of Nokia Malaysia, 1-300-88-1600
ConnectivityBluetooth, GPRS, EDGE, WiFi
Operating SystemMaemo 5
Display3.5in, TFT resistive touchscreen (800 x 480-pixels)
Camera5-megapixels (dual LED flash)
MessagingSMS, E-mail
Expansion SlotmicroSD (up to 16GB)
Standby/Talk Time10 days/6 hours

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Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

WHEN I first read the press release for the Nikon Coolpix P100, I was immediately attracted to it. Like a nail to a magnet, I was drawn to the idea of having its DSLR-like manual modes to play around with, the lengthy 26x optical zoom and full HD video recording.
Thankfully I managed to get hold of the P100 before my recent trip to Hainan Island and I was truly impressed at the capabilities of the camera.
First of all, it fit snugly and comfortably in my hands. With the right amount of grip and at the right places, you will not mind holding the camera.
It is not particularly heavy and although it is heavier than the Nikon Coolpix L110, it gives the camera a solid feeling.
I had a chance to hold the new Nikon Coolpix L110 as well but somehow the dimensions of the P100 felt more at home in my small hands.
There were a slew of other cameras on this trip - a simple point-and-shoot Canon Ixus camera, a Nikon D90, an Olympus E-620 and a Canon 30D. The P100 fared pretty well with its competition.
Friendly features
It takes the P100 about three seconds to warm up and get that shot which is speedy enough to catch that smile or that moment.
The 26x optical zoom served its purpose with aplomb as I was able to get the most close-up picture even though I was lazy. For example, when I visited the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone in Sanya, there was a 108m statue of Guan Yin and I was able to get a really close up shot of her face with the P100's optical zoom fully extended. It was amazing. I was so proud of the P100 that it could get the shot and not only that, the photo was evenly exposed and clear.
The 26x optical zoom coupled with 10.3-megapixels really gives a good chance for your pictures to be usable.
Picture quality may suffer quite a bit and seem a lot softer than DSLRs but really you cannot complain with the P100's ease-of-use, price and capabilities.
Other bright spots
The swivel LCD screen is also very appealing and helpful when there are the hard to reach shots. I was stuck in a sea of people in a ­family village and due to my height, I had to hold up the camera above my head and tilt the LCD screen to take the shot of the ­homecoming parade. It was very handy indeed.
On top of that, the LCD works well in sunlight.
The electronic viewfinder is a good addition and is conveniently accessed via the EVF button but the only gripe I have is the resolution. It makes the viewfinder quite unpleasant to use.
There is a dedicated button for the full HD video recording function, which allows you to start recording almost immediately.
There are two modes - the HD for high definition and the HS mode is for slow / fast motion playback.
It also records in stereo. The quality of the video is generally smooth and it takes the camera approximately three seconds to start filming.
End word
The one thing that would have made the P100 the perfect travel camera would be if it had a better way to protect the lens.
The lens cap is annoying and bulky. Had it been automated it would have really been a good a plus point.
The battery life of the camera is also good. I could use it constantly over two days with a single charge.
Overall, I really enjoyed using the Nikon Coolpix P100 and I was really happy to have this snappy camera as a travelling companion. Even in low light, it was able to capture photos admirably.
Pros: Long optical zoom; HD recording; swivel LCD screen; good image quality.
Cons: Electronic Viewfinder could be better; cumbersome lens cap.


Prosumer compact camera
SENSOR: 10.3-megapixels VIEWFINDER: 3in vari-angle TFT LCD LENS: 4.6-120mm, f/2.8- f/5.0 (35mm equivalent); 26x zoom ISO RANGE:160 - 3200 EXPOSURE MODES: Program, Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene modes VIDEO MODES: 1080p HD at 30fps STORAGE: SD Card (SDHC-compatible); 43MB internal INTERFACE: High-speed USB OTHER FEATURES: Vibration reduction BATTERY: Rechargeable EN-EL5 DIMENSIONS (W x D x H): 114.4 × 82.7 × 98.6mm (excluding projections) WEIGHT: 481g (without batteries of memory card) PRICE: RM1,498
Review unit courtesy of Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, call (03) 7809-3688

Editor's Rating
ClassProsumer compact camera
Other FeaturesVibration reduction
Dimensions(W x D x H): 114.4 × 82.7 × 98.6mm (excluding projections)
Weight481g (without batteries of memory card)
Extra DetailsReview unit courtesy of Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, call (03) 7809-3688
Lens4.6-120mm, f/2.8- f/5.0 (35mm equivalent); 26x zoom
ISO Range160 - 3200
Shooting ModesProgram, Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene modes
Video Mode Formats1080p HD at 30fps
Viewfinder3in vari-angle TFT LCD
BatteryRechargeable EN-EL5
StorageSD Card (SDHC-compatible); 43MB internal
InterfaceHigh-speed USB

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Lenovo X100e: The little red Thinkpad

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Business users looking for more than what a netbook can provide should check out what Lenovo's ThinkPad X100e has to offer.

THE latest ThinkPad X100e is more of an entry-level ultraportable notebook than a netbook.
Instead of the usual Atom-based processor, it runs on an AMD Athlon Neo X2 Single-Core MV-40 processor.
Supporting the processor is an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP 128MB, which provides a boost when playing videos or running graphics-intensive apps on the machine. That's not all, it also has a bigger 11.6in widescreen monitor and the keyboard... well, it's probably one of the best that we have used on a notebook (more on this later).
Of course, being a ThinkPad it wouldn't be complete without having a trackpoint pointing device around. For the uninitiated, it is the tiny red dot that you see in the middle of the keyboard. However fret not if you are not used to the trackpoint as the notebook also has the usual trackpad.
Stay clean
The X100e is available in either the standard non-glossy black or red - which is what we received for review. However, no matter which colour you choose, the interior will always be black.
At first glance, the red review unit looked dull due to the non-glossy coating. Heads will not turn but on a positive note this ThinkPad will stay cleaner, especially from fingerprint smudges, a lot longer than its glossy brethren.
As a matter of fact, we only had to wipe the lid when it was time to return the review unit.

However, for this particular model you will likely notice that not all of the exterior is covered in red. From the rear, you will see the black six-cell battery pack sticking out like a sore thumb.
Seriously, it makes the whole notebook design look awkward. Perhaps, Lenovo will be able to come up with a better design in the future to make the battery pack less conspicious for the coloured models.

TAKE NOTE: Half of the inserted SD card also sticks out from the built-in slot, so don't forget to take it out when moving the notebook around.
Unfortunately that is not the only thing that protrudes from the notebook. Half of an inserted SD card also sticks out from the built-in slot, so don't forget to take it out when moving the notebook around.
As mentioned earlier, the X100e offers a slightly bigger screen than usually found on a netbook.
Its 11.6in WXGA screen is able to display an image at up to 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution, which allows users to view widescreen movies with ease.
To complement the video is a built-in sound system that produces decent audio even at full blast.
It is also worth noting that the notebook supports the company's ThinkVantage suite of professional security features such as Access Connections, Power Manager and Active Protection to give business users peace of mind while using the X100e.
Fast operation
The AMD processor with help from the integrated ATI graphics card and 2GB of RAM ensure fast and smooth notebook operation. It is able to play 1080p HD videos well and handles photo-editing tasks without a fuss.

NICE: The X100e has an excellent keyboard and two navigation methods, trackpad and trackpoint.
It is a shame then that the model does not offer any HDMI connectivity. Users will just have to make do with the built-in VGA port when connecting to a HDTV for a larger viewing.
One feature we liked a lot is the keyboard. Unlike a typical full-sized island-type keyboard, the one on the X100e takes it slightly further where each matte key is curved as if it has been moulded to neatly fit your fingertip.
Plus the keys are raised in order to provide maximum tactility and the keyboard is also spill-resistant.
Some rarely-used keys such as Pause/Break, Scroll Lock and SysRq have been removed, leaving more room for the rest of the keys. Other changes include much smaller Function buttons and two full-sized Shift keys.
However the keyboard is not without its fair share of problems especially in the form of lots of "mis-pressing" due to the different key layout.
On the X100e, the Delete key now sits three keys away from its regular position at the end on the top right corner. The position of the Fn and Ctrl keys are also reversed, with the former now located at the far end on the right bottom corner.
All these switches led to us pressing the wrong keys or key combinations when trying to delete some files fast or when executing certain commands.
As mentioned earlier, the X100e offers both the trackpad and trackpoint, with two mouse buttons for each. Some people find the extra navigation method an unnecessary addition to the notebook but we beg to differ. There are times when you would like to use one over the other.
For instance, based on our experience, the trackpoint allows us to finely position the pointer especially when editing photos while for faster access to the notebook's functions we prefer the touchpad.
Plus the touchpad also has multi-touch capabilities for quick zooming. In any case, the notebook allows you to disable either function if you prefer to use only one method.

SPOILER: The black six-cell battery pack at the back of the notebook sticks out like a sore thumb.
One area users need to be aware of is the heat - the notebook gets pretty hot especially on the left side and bottom. Our advice is to make sure you put it on the table and not on your lap when using it.
What really surprised us was the battery life. Unfortunately, not in a good way.
Despite being equipped with a six-cell battery, the notebook only managed to last slightly more than three and half hours, compared to five hours as claimed by Lenovo.
As a comparison, most Intel Atom-based netbooks with a six-cell battery pack that we have used before can last way longer than this.
However this could be down to the power management, larger screen or simply that the Neo processor needs more juice than its Atom-based competitors.
Nevertheless, the result here is still a disappointment.
The legacy... continues
The first things that come to mind when one sees the name "Thinkpad" are reliability and solid construction.
We are glad to note that the legacy continues with the X100e series. It also ships with enough firepower to let you go about your daily computing life with ease and it feels as fast as other full-fledged notebooks that we have tested before.
Of course, the awesome keyboard helps to give the X100e an edge over the competition in comfortable typing.
While it's impressive in many ways, we simply cannot ignore the heat and rather poor battery life that seem to plague this notebook. And the mismatched colour battery pack definitely ruins an otherwise clean exterior design.
In any case, if you think these drawbacks are something you can live with, then the X100e could just be the good companion that you are looking for when travelling.
Pros: Good performance; reliable; solid construction; excellent keyboard; dual navigation method.
Cons: Unappealing colour; positions of Ctrl, Fn and Delete keys have been switched; poor battery life; runs hot.


Ultraportable notebook
PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon Neo X2 Single-Core MV-40 (1.60GHz, 512KB) MEMORY: 2GB 667MHz DDR2 DISPLAY: 11.6in HD AntiGlare (1,366 x 768-pixels) GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP 128MB STORAGE: 320GB hard drive CONNECTIVITY: WiFi, Bluetooth, 10/100 Ethernet PORTS/SLOTS: Three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, Ethernet LAN port, 4-in-1 card reader, heaphone and mic combo jack BATTERY: Six-cell lithium-ion OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit OTHER FEATURES: Trackpoint, multi-gesture touchpad, low-light sensitive webcam DIMENSIONS (W x H x D): 282mm x 209mm x 15-29.5mm WEIGHT: 1.5kg PRICE: RM2,200
Review unit courtesy of Lenovo Malaysia, 1-800-18-2388

Editor's Rating
ClassUltraportable notebook
Other FeaturesTrackpoint, multi-gesture touchpad, low-light sensitive webcam
Dimensions(W x H x D): 282mm x 209mm x 15-29.5mm
Extra DetailsReview unit courtesy of Lenovo Malaysia, 1-800-18-2388
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional 32-bit
ProcessorAMD Athlon Neo X2 Single-Core MV-40 (1.60GHz, 512KB)
Memory2GB 667MHz DDR2
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP 128MB
Display11.6in HD AntiGlare (1,366 x 768-pixels)
Storage320GB hard drive
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth, 10/100 Ethernet
I/O PortsThree USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, Ethernet LAN port, 4-in-1 card reader, heaphone and mic combo jack
BatterySix-cell lithium-ion

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Netbook, laptop sales growth biggest in 8 years

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Last year was one of the most discouraging for PC makers as consumers hit hard by the recession started pinching their pennies.

But 2010 saw a big reversal of last year's decline: Gartner released data on Tuesday that showed mobile PCs grew to just under 50 million units during the first quarter of 2010. That's an increase of 43.4 percent from the same quarter a year ago, good enough to be the best quarter for mobile PC makers in eight years.

The success of the category is in line with what Intel reported last month. Its profits jumped 433 percent for the first quarter, compared to the same period a year ago, mostly thanks to the strength of its mobile chip sales.

Though they did well, the first quarter of 2010 could also be the last hurrah for mininotebooks, or Netbooks. They saw a spike in growth of 71 percent from the same period a year ago, but in some geographic regions their sales are already beginning to slow. That's because consumers are "beginning to understand the limitations of mininotebooks, especially in the face of aggressive price cuts of regular notebooks," said Gartner analyst Mika Katagawa. The average mobile PC was sold for $732, compared to a year ago, when the average price was $868.

But cheaper laptops are not the only reason. Mininotebooks could also be getting squeezed by touch-screen tablets, which are priced close to mininotebooks. Lots of buzz surrounding Apple's iPad is also helping to attract a lot of attention to the new form factor for consumers. As of early May, Apple had sold 1 million iPads. IDC expects 7.6 million tablets to ship by the end of 2010, and for the category to hit 42 million units by 2014.

Gartner does not count devices like the iPad in the mobile PC category, however. It's included as a "media tablet" and is reported with statistics for mobile devices. That category is expected to see huge gains over the next year as the iPad and its competitors from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Asus, and others begin trickling into stores.

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

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Nexus One

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Google's Nexus One not only looks the part but comes with enough firepower to make it a serious contender for the iPhone 3GS crown.

ONE thing's for sure, having Google's Nexus One around will surely make you stand out from the crowd for the simple reason that the device is not yet available here... officially at least.

What's really special about this particular smartphone model is that it runs on the latest Android 2.1 operating system, and has many tricks under its sleeve to compete head on with the iPhone 3GS.

Currently, the Nexus One is only available through the Google website for US$529 (RM1,690) and although the company ships the smartphone internationally, Malaysia is not on the list.

Yes, we have it

We managed to get a review unit courtesy of the good people at vsHub Sdn Bhd (short for Virtual Shopping Hub), a local parcel forwarding service aimed at reducing the hassle of online shopping in the United States.

The smartphone feels soft in the hand thanks to its soft-touch treatment coating. It's also easy on the eyes, with a housing that consists of what appears to be two interlocking pieces - the main in dark grey wrapped around by a lighter grey and smooth, almost metallic, band.

Plus at only 11.5mm thick, the Nexus One generally feels slimmer and sleeker than the iPhone. (It is however about 4.5mm taller than the iPhone.)

The glass-covered front is monopolised by the 3.7in capacitive touchscreen, which has a 480 x 800-pixel resolution.

The display looks awesome with colours that appear to jump right at you. But, like similar screens, it fares poorly under direct sunlight and is also a fingerprint and smudge magnet.
There are four touch-sensitive buttons placed slightly at the bottom of the screen for Back, Menu, Home, and Search functions.

Useful as they are, we still found the layout to be somewhat annoying as we kept accidentally tapping them while texting, composing an e-mail message or when playing games.

Further down there is a glowing trackball to navigate and access the phone's features.

Most users complain that apart from doubling as the camera button and notification light, there's literally not much use in having it around.

After all, to navigate anywhere on the screen you can simply use your finger. And it's faster that way too, we might add.

To be fair, however, we did find the trackball handy when playing games. It can be used to navigate in a game, enabling you to take one thumb off the screen, thus providing a bigger viewing area.

In comparison, on the iPhone you need to place both thumbs on the screen especially when playing racing games. This essentially blocks a large portion of the display from the eyes.

Moving on, along the left side you will see the volume rocker while up on top are the power button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Naturally, the back is where you will find the 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.

Other features include light and proximity sensors, accelerometer, HSDPA, WiFi, A-GPS and a microSD slot with a 4GB card included.

A snappy dragon

Thanks to its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Nexus One is quick to access and open applications. Coupled with the latest Android 2.1 OS that has new tweaks and a tightened user interface, the overall experience feels snappy.

The Nexus One only offers 512MB Flash memory and 512MB RAM to run and store data as well as applications. There is a microSD card slot but unfortunately it is only to store data files.
Once switched on, the first thing that will surely grab your attention has to be its animated and interactive wallpaper.

There are plenty to choose from, including a swirling galaxy; blades of waving grass; and an analogue sound meter with a needle that moves to the music you're playing.

Also available are those that respond directly to touch, such as the Nexus neural network to create more colour lines as well as water that ripples.

Some like it, others don't but one thing's for sure - despite being a novelty feature that you would get tired of after a while, the animated wallpaper is still one of the cool functions that would attract people when they first look at the smartphone.

The Nexus One offers up to five homescreens, which you can add and delete shortcut icons, folders and widgets at will. The upper left hand corner of the screen is reserved for notifications.

Just like the iPhone, you only have a virtual keyboard and the spacing of the keys are narrower than the former. This poses a problem in the form of lots of mistyping.

There is no option to increase its width so you are stuck with the default layout.

However, its touch sensitivity feels smooth.

Shop for more

Excellent touch-sensitivity is not the only feature that closely rivals the iPhone. The Android Market is another - an online marketplace that is what the App Store is to Apple's iPhone.

Despite having a much smaller number of apps than the App Store, the good news is that almost all the most useful iPhone versions are also available on the Android Market.

You can pick from games like Robo Defense and Gem Miner to must-have tools such as metal detectors and digital levels; as well as all social networking and instant messaging mobile editions.
And they all work just as well as the iPhone versions, we might add.

Also, Google doesn't restrict users to apps that are only available on its Android Market. Being an advocate of an open platform, the company also allows users to install software directly from developer sites outside of the marketplace.

On the iPhone you can only do so if you "jailbreak" the device first - a move which is clearly not supported by Apple.

Also unlike the iPhone platform, Android apps are able to run in the background. So, if you accidentally pressed the back button, the app that you've already opened will still be where you left it when you come back.

Of course, the Nexus One works tightly with Google apps such as Sky Map. If you want to find out which constellation you are currently looking at, just point the smartphone to the night sky. It that cool or what?

Note however that only free apps are accessible for now as Google needs to work out the billing deal with local carriers first before the paid versions will be made available.

In other words, the smartphone itself needs to be officially available here before that can happen.

A sleek shooter

The camera department is another section in which the smartphone shines. Its 5-megapixel shooter is able to produce above average pictures compared to other camera phones we have used to date.

And thanks to the LED flash users can also light up subjects in a dim environment.

There are also autofocus, white balance, colour effect controls, digital zoom and three quality settings to help users take better pictures.

Overall images captured were clear and offered vivid colours. Images were also very detailed and low light performance was generally good. There was an element of graininess but this is to be expected from a camera phone.

With the built-in A-GPS you can also geotag your shots for your reference.

The Nexus One's imaging capabilities don't end there though, as it also features very capable video recording at up to 720 x 480-pixel resolution at 20 frames per second.

Colour reproduction is good and footage is pretty clear.

Beyond voice dialling

Like most smartphones in the market, Nexus One also supports voice dialling but the technology goes beyond that, offering users an enhanced voice recognition capability to enable them to simply speak to input text.

So when you don't feel like typing, just press the microphone icon in supported applications to dictate your texts, e-mail, searches, notes and others.

Google Speech Recognition is tightly integrated into Android 2.1 on the Nexus One so to use this feature the phone must connect to the Internet as that's where the transcribing is done.

It recognises several languages. However, most Malaysians can probably only choose either UK or US English as the option unless you can speak French, German, Italian or Spanish as well.

The accuracy is patchy, at about 60% to 70% success rate. Plus, you would also need to speak slowly and enunciate everything properly. Surprisingly, we got better results in the US English option.

As a phone, the Nexus One isn't dramatically different from most GSM devices you have probably used. Suffice to say that the call quality is at par with others.

The dynamic noise suppression option is a surprising addition though. The feature makes use of the second microphone located at the phone's back to isolate background noise from your voice when making calls.

In this department, the only thing that really bothered us was the device's soft ringing volume. Even at the highest setting, the sound wasn't loud enough to notify us of an incoming call when we were slightly away from the phone.

Not a pretender

Compared to other "iPhone-killers" that have been positioned to dethrone the king, the Nexus One is probably the closest one to be able to do so at the moment.

It offers many of the iPhone 3GS advantages and more including fast operation, gorgeous display, elegant design, decent camera, plenty of apps to download and customise. Plus we also welcome its voice recognition capability.

However, it is not without its problems. For starters, application storage remains limited to the internal memory.

Of course, being a trendsetter also means you usually need to pay a higher price to be among the first to secure the phone.

In the case of the Nexus One, you need to go through a third-party and this costs slightly more - RM2,588 if you want to take the VS Hub route. However, at least the price includes door-to-door delivery.

The Android and iPhone platforms can be similar and yet vastly different. There are also things beyond the technology platform such as brand loyalty - so at the end of the day it all boils down to what you consider the more important value when choosing one over the other.

Pros: Looks trendy; fast; nice display; great camera; lots of free apps available.

Cons: Soft ringing volume; narrow virtual keyboard layout; pricey and not yet available here.
Nexus One

(Google and HTC)
Android smartphone
CAMERA: 5-megapixels
DISPLAY: 3.7in 16.7mil colours AMOLED, 800 x 480-pixel resolution
EXPANSION SLOT: microSD, 8GB card included
BATTERY TYPE: 1,400mAh lithium-ion
STANDBY/TALK TIME: 250/7 hours (on 3G)
OTHER FEATURES: A2DP stereo Bluetooth, haptic feedback, second microphone for dynamic noise suppression, proximity sensor, light sensor
DIMENSIONS (W x D x H): 59.8 x 11.5 x 119mm
WEIGHT: 130g
PRICE: RM2,588
WEBSITE: www.vshub.com (to purchase) and www.google.com/phone (for information)
Review unit courtesy of vsHub, call (65) 6886-4230

QUICK SPECSEditor's Rating   
Manufacturer    Google and HTC
Class    Android smartphone
Other Features    A2DP stereo Bluetooth, haptic feedback, second microphone for dynamic noise suppression, proximity sensor, light sensor
Dimensions    (W x D x H): 59.8 x 11.5 x 119mm
Weight    130g
Price    RM2,588
Extra Details    Review unit courtesy of vsHub, call (65) 6886-4230
Connectivity    Bluetooth, 3G, HSDPA
Operating System    Android 2.1
Display    3.7in 16.7mil colours AMOLED, 800 x 480-pixel resolution
Camera    5-megapixels
Messaging    MMS, SMS, e-mail
Memory    512MB Flash, 512MB RAM
Expansion Slot    microSD, 8GB card included
Standby/Talk Time    250/7 hours (on 3G)

Source : http://techcentral.my/gadgetsandapps/reviews/story.aspx?file=/2010/4/20/it_gadgets_reviews/20100420145651&sec=IT_Gadgets_Reviews

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Nokia E72

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

A FEW years ago, Nokia came out with a full Qwerty smartphone that rivalled the likes of the BlackBerry in functionality and ease of use.

In fact, the E71 remains hugely popular amongst working professionals for its push email and PC-like interface.

The newest edition, the E72, looks almost identical to the E71 and E63. It has almost exactly the same dimensions, weight and basic features.

However, since it's a new model, it naturally has some improvements over its older counterparts and it certainly stands out in many ways.

Not untouchable

One of the very first things you will notice about this model is that the execute button is somewhat of a touchpad. This is called Optical Navi. By flicking your finger in a certain direction, the button moves the cursor without the need for any button to be pressed. Although there are cursor buttons around the execute button, it certainly is a fun feature to have and everybody notices it.

Unfortunately, the sheer amount of buttons on this model (and the others too) makes it difficult to navigate, especially if you have big fingers. For some, however, having a direct link to the most important features right up front is important. It certainly saves you a lot of time once you get used to it.

With this model, the LED light around the cursor illuminates periodically and flashes when there is a message or missed call. I found this aesthetically pleasing and also quite informative.

Although this may seem negligible, the screen is also slightly bigger on this one - its 2.4in as opposed to 2.36in on the older model.

Feature upgrade

The E72 has a 5-megapixel camera as compared to the E71 (3.2-megapixels) and E63 (2-megapixels). What is really interesting is that this model has an Optical Navi autofocus to replace traditional "half-press" technology.

As mentioned earlier, the execute button acts like a touch screen. Therefore, to autofocus, you simply need to rest your finger against it and then properly press the button to take the picture.

The memory is also greatly extended. It has 250MB internal memory with a 4GB MicroSD card bundled with the phone. It also supports up to 16GB MicroSD cards which is great news for those who felt that the previous models did not have enough memory to support their "never erase" lifestyle.

When you place the E72 next to the E71, you'll realise that the newer version is also faster at processing commands. Unsurprisingly, the processor has been upgraded to 600MHz, almost double the power of the E71. This is vital, especially if you are a professional that needs to get things done fast and do not have the time to wait around for the phone to respond.

The speakers are nothing to rave about. In fact, we would argue that they are not nearly loud enough to be effective as a music player or alarm clock.

This can be frustrating as many people depend on their phones to be both, so volume and bass are not irrelevant - even on a business smartphone in my opinion.

It does not seem too much to ask to have the ability to hear your phone ring from the next room, does it?

Surfing and the rest

The E series phones are not the best for surfing, there just seems to be too many buttons to make it simple and enjoyable. However, it is built for push e-mail and messaging is fantastically easy. Indeed, if you need it to stay connected with your office or significant other, the E series phones allow you to do it in the most efficient way.

It has a file manager application that lets you keep track of all your downloads and other data. You can also make categories for files if you feel it necessary to separate work and play.

But if you are bored and just want to surf the Net to see what is new, you will quickly grow tired of how long it takes to get from A to B. Perhaps we have been spoilt by touchscreen smartphones.

The A-GPS works as well as Nokia's in-house road navigation works on any model. Now that Ovi maps are free to download, it may be even more worthwhile to have a phone with A-GPS.


The E72 is miles above its other E series counterparts (except for the E90 perhaps). It looks better, it feels sturdier and packs a lot more punch than the rest. True to form, it is an executive's phone in the sense that it has great e-mail messaging and file managing capabilities. It is not the best phone for entertainment, media playback or surfing though.

Pros: Fast; Optical Navi very useful; efficient phone for executive-types.

Cons: Too many buttons; sub-standard speakers; surfing the Net is tedious.


3G smartphone
Camera: 5-megapixels
Display: 2.4in (320 x 240-pixels)
Messaging: SMS, MMS, e-mail
Connectivity: WLAN, HSDPA, USB, Bluetooth
Memory: 250MB internal memory, 4GB MicroSD
Standby/Talk time: 576 hours/360 minutes
Dimensions (W x D x H): 58 x 10 x 114mm
Other Features: Optical Navi, A-GPS
Price: RM1,499
Review unit courtesy of Nokia Malaysia, 1-300-88-1600

QUICK SPECSEditor's Rating   
Manufacturer    Nokia
Class    3G smartphone
Other Features    Optical Navi, A-GPS
Dimensions    (W x D x H) 58 x 10 x 114mm
Price    RM1,499
Extra Details    Review unit courtesy of Nokia Malaysia, 1-300-88-1600
Connectivity    WLAN, HSDPA, USB, Bluetooth
Display    2.4in (320 x 240-pixels)
Camera    5-megapixels
Messaging    SMS, MMS, e-mail
Memory    250MB internal memory, 4GB MicroSD
Standby/Talk Time    576 hours/360 minutes

 Source : http://techcentral.my/gadgetsandapps/reviews/story.aspx?file=/2010/3/15/it_gadgets_reviews/20100315114416&sec=IT_Gadgets_Reviews

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Buy Indonesian Furniture Handicraft, Its Very Cheap

Posted by Masifud on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ehm.... Btw My post first in english talk about Indonesia Furniture Handicraft Wholesale Marketplace. Many people in the world Only know Bali now indonesian is famous in the world. Not Only Bali with beach Sanur, Kute And Other Now Komodo Island enter in new seven wonders.
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Djarum Super 4x4 Real Adventure Offroad 2010 Seri 2

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kejuaraan Djarum Super Real Adventure Offroad 2010 Seri 2 akan digelar di Sirkuit Gedongombo Semanding Tuban tanggal 22-23 Mei 2010.
Pendaftaran sudah dibuka sejak tanggal 10 Mei yang lalu dan akan ditutup tanggal 20 Mei 2010. kecuali kuota sudah terpenuhi, waktu pendaftaran kemungkinan akan ditutup lebih awal.
Bagi yang sudah mengikuti seri sebelumnya di Semarang harus melakukan konfirmasi ulang dan membayar biaya pendaftaran, karena urutan start seri tuban akan menggunakan daftar hasil seri 1. Jika sampai batas akhir waktu pendaftaran, peserta dari seri 1 belum melakukan konfirmasi maka otomatis tim tersebut akan diikutsertakan dalam undian start atau berada di posisi terakhir.
Menurut informasi dari penyelenggara yaitu Genta Auto & Sport, peraturan pemasangan sticker di kendaraan pun dibatasi dengan ketat, jika peserta memasang stiker sponsor selain djarum di body mobil akan dikenakan denda.
Selain itu ukuran dan jumlah nya pun ditentukan oleh penyelenggara, yaitu maksimal  dua buah sticker dengan ukuran 60cm persegi. Pemasangan stiker sponsor diperbolehkan dan tidak dikenakan denda jika sticker tersebut dipasang di kaca depan mobil untuk nama tim yang bersangkutan.
Peserta DSRAO ini harus merupakan tim, dengan maksimum kendaraan 3 unit (setiap unit harus memenuhi standar spesifikasi) dan maksimum awak dalam 1 kendaraan adalah 3 orang yaitu Driver, Navigator dan Crew.
Seperti seri seri kejuaran sebelumnya, kali ini pun diberlakukan minimum requirement kendaraan peserta sebagai berikut :

# Wajib menggunakan kendaraan dengan penggerak 4 (empat) roda atau lebih, berat maksimal kendaraan adalah 2,5 Ton.
# Wajib menggunakan ban khusus Off-road.
# Wajib menggunakan Accu Min. 70 Amp disarankan 2 buah.
# Wajib menggunakan Roll-Bar atau RollCage, minimal 4 titik disarankan 6 titik.
# Wajib menggunakan Safety Belt min. 4 titik.
# Wajib menggunakan Safety Helmet Full Face (Full Cover)
# Wajib menyediakan pemadam kebakaran Min. 2 kg per mobil.
# Wajib menggunakan lampu penerangan minimal sama dengan standart manufacturing.
# Wajib menggunakan Winch / PTO untuk setiap kendaraan, dan berfungsi dengan baik. Dan tetap terpasang selama kegiatan lomba berjalan, tanpa kecuali.
# Wajib membawa peralatan komunikasi minimal 1 SET dari setiap team.
# Diwajibkan membawa obat-obatan / P3K.
# Bagi kendaraan yang tidak memasang pintu kiri dan kanan diwajibkan memasang pengaman tambahan.
# Wajib memasang Cut-Off.
# Wajib membawa Strap / Belt dan peralatan lainnya.
# Untuk kendaraan yang menggunakan atap kanvas atau fiber, wajib memasang Plat/ pelindung (Top  Cover) terutama di atas tempat duduk Driver & Navigator.
# Menyediakan Damper Winch (pemberat tali winch) terbuat dari kain atau bahan sejenis, dengan berat min. 1 kg, dipasang pada ujung kabel (kawat) Winch.
# Menyediakan Sarung tangan Full Cover yang terbuat dari bahan yang kuat dan tebal untuk Driver, Navigator & Crew.
# Wajib menyediakan/memasang lampu belakang dan lampu sign untuk Touring malam hari.
# Pemasangan roll bar harus sampai ke bagian Chasis.

Gelar juara umum akan ditentukan di seri terakhir yang rencananya akan digelar tanggal 16-17 Oktober 2010, peserta harus mengikuti minimal 3 Seri Kejurnas Djarum Super Real Adventure Offroad 2010 ini dan wajib mengikuti seri terakhir.

Sumber : http://www.djarum-super.com/event/offroad/content/read/djarum-super-real-adventure-offroad-2010-seri-2/

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Limusin Mercy E Klasse

Posted by Masifud on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ya, mobil ini memang benar-benar panjang, dengan konfigurasi 6 pintu. Sehingga kini panjangnya menjadi 5,98 meter, yang berarti 1,11 meter lebih panjang dari versi E Klasse standar. (Dok Binz).

Pabrikan Jerman Mercedes-Benz bekerja sama dengan perusahaan modifikasi mobil Binz membuat Mercedes-Benz berbodi melar. Mobil ini diberi nama Mercedes-Benz E Klasse Limousine.
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Printer Tinta Multifungsi Ramah Lingkungan

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

VIVAnews - Hewlett-Packard baru saja meluncurkan tiga buah printer tinta multi fungsinya ke pasaran. Tiga printer All-in-One yang menyasar untuk perusahaan itu, adalah HP Officejet 6500, HP Officejet 4500, dan HP Photosmart C4780.

Kemampuan printer-printer multifungsi memang biasanya dibutuhkan untuk mendukung produktivitas kantor. Namun, kemampuannya untuk mencetak dokumen, mencetak foto, mem-foto kopi, menerima dan mengirim faksimili, juga bisa dimanfaatkan untuk produktivitas yang berkaitan dengan hobi dan kreativitas rumahan.

Ketiga printer tinta multifungsi besutan HP kali ini merupakan printer-printer yang mendukung koneksi nirkabel Wi-Fi. HP Officejet 6500 adalah inkjet HP yang bakal bersaing dengan Canon Pixma MX700.

HP mengklaim Officejet 6500 berkecepatan cetak hingga 32 halaman per menit (ppm) untuk hitam putih, dan 31 ppm untuk pencetakan grafis.
Tak hanya mampu beroperasi di jaringan Wi-Fi, printer ini juga menyediakan koneksi ethernet, dan bisa menangani tugas pencetakan dari 10 pengguna komputer.

Selain itu, Officejet 6500 juga mampu memblokir pencetakan faksimili yang berasal dari nomor tertentu yang tidak diinginkan. Ia menyertakan 250-sheet tray masukan serta automatic document feeder (ADF) hinga 35 lembar.

Tray masukan juga bisa menangani berbagai ukuran media, mulai dari kertas foto berukuran 4x6, atau kertas berukuran legal. Officejet 6500 menggunakan memori tambahan MMC/SD, xD, dan MS/Duomedia cards.

Sayang, printer ini tak menyediakan port PictBridge. Printer ini disertai dengan aplikasi HP Solutions Center dan Photosmart Essentials yang menyediakan tool manajemen sekaligus software penyunting foto (photo-editing).

Sementara itu, Officejet 4500 All-in-One merupakan printer mutifungsi yang diklaim mampu mencetak dengan kecepatan 20 ppm, dan mendukung berbagai jenis cetakan kreatif seperti pembuatan scrapbook, replika berbahan kertas, serta kerajinan kreatif lainnya.

Hasil cetakan printer ini disebut-sebut mampu kering dalam waktu singkat. Ia juga dilengkapi dengan fitur-fitur yang bisa mengirit waktu pekerjaan seperti fitur scan to folder, yang akan langsung mengirimkan hasil pemindaian ke folder komputer.

Yang tak kalah penting, dengan konsumsi daya yang diklaim cuma 17 watt, serta katrid tinta yang bisa didaur ulang, HP mendapuk Officejet 4500 sebagai printer multifungsi yang paling ramah lingkungan.

Terakhir, HP Photosmart C4780 adalah printer foto yang diklaim juga mampu menghemat energi lebih dari 30 persen dibandingkan dengan model terdahulu.
Ia membesut display HP Touchsmart berwarna 1,45 inci, untuk mempermudah penyetelan pencetakan, status, dan menyediakan pangkalan USB, serta slot MS, SD, dan xD Card.
"Selain untuk keperluan kantor, fitur-fitur yang dimiliki printer-printer ini juga bisa digunakan untuk pengguna rumah," ujar Alia Octhora Dewi, Market Development Manager IWS Hewlett-Packard Indonesia, di Jakarta.
HP membanderol HP Officejet 6500 seharga Rp 2,8 juta. Sementara HP Officejet 4500 dijual Rp 1,35 juta. Adapun HP Photosmart 4780 dilabel seharga Rp 1,3 juta. (hs)

Sumber :http://teknologi.vivanews.com/news/read/149289-printer_tinta_multifungsi_ramah_lingkungan
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12 VW Karmann Ghia Kumpul di Bandung

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

VIVAnews - Sekitar 500 mobil Volkswagen (VW) berbagai varian akan meramaikan Achtung VW 4 yang akan dilaksanakan di Bandung, Minggu 9 Mei 2010. Sebanyak 12 mobil di antaranya merupakan VW Karmann Ghia, jenis VW langka yang hanya beredar 40 unit di Indonesia.

"Peserta yang sudah mendaftar mencapai 500 VW berbagai jenis. Peserta datang dari seluruh Indonesia," kata Ketua VW Klub Bandung Denny F Kusumah di Bandung, Kamis 6 Mei 2010.

Karmann Ghia diproduksi tahun 1956 hingga 1971 dengan total 1 juta unit.
"Harga pasarannya sekarang berkisar antara Rp 200 juta hingga Rp 1 miliar," ujarnya.
Menurut dia, selain 12 mobil VW Karmann Ghia, hadir juga dua VW Convertible.

Walaupun acaranya bertajuk ghatering, pemilik mobil VW tidak akan melakukan konvoi. Menurut dia, ini dilakukan karena menghormati kota Bandung yang tengah menggalakkan program car free day.

"Kami akan naik sepeda bersama komunitas sepeda Bike to Work dan Komunitas Onthel Paguyuban Sepeda Baheula (kuno)," ujarnya. (art)

Sumber : http://otomotif.vivanews.com/news/read/149175-12_vw_karmann_ghia_kumpul_di_bandung
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Avansa Matic Di Luncurkan

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

VIVAnews – Koreksi kecil pada pasar otomotif pada April 2010 dimanfaatkan Toyota sebagai momen untuk menggairahkan pasar dengan menghadirkan varian Avanza 1.3 E dengan transmisi otomatis. Varian yang telah lama ditunggu ini telah hadir di dealer resmi Toyota sejak awal Mei ini.

Selama April 2010, sedan Toyota mengalami peningkatan sebesar 11,1 persen. Secara total kelas sedan Toyota berhasil mencetak penjualan retail sebesar 1.457 unit.

Kendaraan eksekutif muda Toyota Vios yang pada awal April ini baru saja melansir model terbarunya berhasil mencetak angka penjualan sebanyak 418 unit atau meningkat sebanyak 38 persen dari bulan sebelumnya.

Selain itu beberapa model Toyota berhasil menjaga performa penjualan. Kijang Innova membukukan penjualan ritel sebesar 4,539 unit atau meningkat kurang dari 1 persen.
"Tidak ketinggalan Toyota Fortuner yang secara total yang berhasil mencetak kenaikan 1 persen dari sebelumnya dengan penjualan sebesar 914 unit," kata Presiden Direktur PT Toyota Astra Motor Johnny Darmawan dalam keterangannya, Kamis 6 Mei 2010.

Di kelas komersial, Toyota Dyna berhasil mencetak kenaikan yang cukup siginifikan dengan mencetak penjualan 966 unit, atau naik sebanyak 13,1 persen dari bulan sebelumnya. 

Total penjualan Toyota pada April sebesar 23,831 unit. Dengan penjualan ini, Toyota berhasil memperkuat pangsa pasar hingga menguasai 41,3 persen. “Pencapaian yang cukup baik ini akan kami jadikan acuan perusahaan,” Ujar Johnny.

Di tengah koreksi pasar otomotif nasional pada April 2010 ini, Toyota tetap berusaha optimistis kembali menggairahkan pasar. Toyota Avanza memperlengkap pilihan dengan meluncurkan varian 1.3 E dengan transmisi otomatis, dengan harga Rp 143,6 juta on the road Jakarta. Sebelumnya, Toyota tahun lalu telah memperkenalkan varian 1.3 G transmisi otomatis. (umi)
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Sekilas Hyundai i-flow Concept

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

KapanLagi.com - Masih ingat Mazda Nagare yang muncul di Los Angeles Auto Show tahun 2006 lalu? Melihat konsep yang ditawarkan, sepertinya Hyundai i-flow Concept ini meniru konsep 'mengalir' yang ditawarkan Nagare saat itu. Meniru atau terinspirasi sebenarnya sah-sah saja selama hasilnya bisa lebih bagus ketimbang produk yang ditiru. Untungnya justru itulah yang terjadi pada Hyundai i-flow Concept ini. Paling tidak secara proporsional, i-flow ini lebih menarik ketimbang Nagare.
Lengkung dan garis yang saling bertabrakan adalah konsep dasar desain Hyundai i-flow Concept. Mulai dari ujung bagian depan hingga buritan i-flow ini dipenuhi oleh aksen garis tegas dipadu dengan bentuk lengkung yang memang menguntungkan dari sisi hambatan angin. Desain memang soal selera tapi tak bisa disangkal kalau i-flow ini memang sangat cantik, terutama kalau Anda termasuk orang yang suka sesuatu yang berbau futuristik.
Tampak depan i-flow ini mau tak mau didominasi oleh grille berukuran besar berbentuk hexagonal yang sepertinya jadi trademark Hyundai. Dengan lampu depan yang berbentuk meruncing ke atas dan fender menggembung mirip bentuk taring, lengkap sudah garangnya tampilan depan i-flow ini. Konsep penuh lengkung ini tetap dipertahankan hingga bagian buritan yang kurang lebih sama dengan bagian depan. Tak cuma itu, bodi bagian samping pun dihiasi goresan tegas yang saling tumpang-tindih, memberikan aksen tersendiri buat mobil konsep ini.

Menariknya, atap dibuat semi transparan dengan lapisan solar cell yang bisa menyerap cahaya matahari dan mengubahnya menjadi daya listrik. Sebenarnya Hyundai punya maksud yang jelas saat merancang desain i-flow ini dan tak hanya sekedar mengekor konsep Nagare yang ditawarkan Mazda. Alasannya adalah coefficient of drag. Dengan desain revolusioner ini, i-flow bisa mencapai nilai coefficient of drag hanya 0,25 saja.
Bukan tanpa alasan juga atap mobil ini dibuat dengan lapisan solar cell karena i-flow ini memang dikonsep sebagai alat transportasi ramah lingkungan alias mobil hybrid. Di bawah kap mesin i-flow ini terpasang mesin diesel turbo dengan empat silinder dengan kapasitas 1.700cc didukung dengan pemasangan baterai Lithium Ion-Polymer. Selain bahwa mobil konsep ini menggunakan six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, Hyundai sepertinya masih merahasiakan spesifikasi i-flow ini.

Bukan hanya menggunakan konsep hybrid dan memanfaatkan atap mobil sebagai 'penjaring' energi matahari, i-flow ini juga dilengkapi berbagai teknologi yang kabarnya bisa menghemat bahan bakar sekaligus menurunkan emisi gas buang. Pertama, Hyundai yang bekerja sama dengan BASF merancang konsep mempertahankan suhu mobil tetap optimal (di atas 40ÂșC untuk waktu 14 jam. Dengan kemampuan ini i-flow diklaim bisa menghemat bahan bakar sampai 9%. Selain itu, Hyundai dan BASF juga memasang teknologi yang memungkinkan mengubah panas dari gas buang menjadi energi listrik.(kpl/roc)

Sumber : http://www.kapanlagi.com/a/sekilas-hyundai-i-flow-concept.html

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Bosozoku dari Taiwan

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

TAIWAN, KOMPAS.com — The 5th Taiwan Motorcycle Show yang berlangsung pada pertengahan April lalu tak cuma memamerkan motor-motor baru. Hasil modifikasi pun ikut meramaikan pesta tahunan yang digelar di Taiwan World Trade Center ini.

Aliran modifikasi mengingatkan pada aliran Bosozoku, tren asal Jepang yang identik dengan geng keras berkendara. Mereka, antara lain, sering terlibat urusan pelanggaran.

Tengok saja SYM Fighter 150 dengan knalpot ganda yang melingkar seperti trombon. Ada juga desain knalpot ganda melebihi buritan sehingga sangat membahayakan pengendara di belakangnya.

Produsen NCY menyodorkan konsep yang rada unik: semi-telanjang dan semi-gambot, konsep yang sudah banyak diaplikasi builder skutik di Tanah Air.

Tak ketinggalan, Chiken Moto Parts. Aliran low rider yang sudah menjamur di Indonesia ini mereka tampilkan dengan model setang tinggi. Di sini, motor tetap memakai knalpot bongsor.

Yang juga menarik, Yamaha Majesty 125 bergaya low rider yang tiang roda belakangnya mundur abis. Tidak usah takut melewati jalan bergelombang atau polisi tidur karena motor ini sudah dilengkapi suspensi udara. (RZ-1)

Sumber : http://otomotif.kompas.com/read/2010/05/02/09014186/Bosozoku.dari.Taiwan
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Ferrari 430 Beraroma Novitec Rosso

Posted by djepok on Thursday, May 27, 2010Wednesday, May 26, 2010Monday, May 17, 2010Wednesday, May 12, 2010Saturday, May 8, 2010Thursday, May 6, 2010

KOMPAS.com — Di Indonesia ada Ferrari Novitec Rosso. Anda tentu baru dengar. Apakah itu model terbaru dari pabrikan "Kuda Jingkrak"? Bukan! Sedan sport yang tampak ini adalah Ferrari F430 produksi 2008. Namun, sama pemiliknya sudah disisipi perangkat Novitec Rosso.

Novitec Rosso adalah tuner asal Stetten, Jerman, yang karyanya selalu identik dengan Ferrari. Makanya, ia menyediakan hampir semua kebutuhan performance dan styling produk Scuderia Ferrari dengan desain yang menawan.

Itu termasuk opsi car configurator F430 yang memberi keleluasaan buat pemilik F430 dalam menyusun personalisasi perangkat Novitec Rosso sesuai selera pemilik. Mulai dari velg, body kit, sampai aksesori kecil bisa diadopsi secara virtual.

Mr X, pemilik F430 ini, memilih opsi menengah karena opsi itu sudah hampir menyentuh seluruh sektor. Sebut saja velg, aero kit, lampu-lampu, hingga paket mendongrak performa mesin via exhaust system. Sementara itu, aero kit terdiri dari dua opsi, yakni bemper depan diganti sepenuhnya atau hanya menambahkan lip di bemper asli. Mr X pun memilih opsi terakhir karena ingin mempertahankan ciri F430.

Namun, tidak demikian dengan buritan. Mr X mengganti diffuser—desainnya hampir tak beda dengan versi F430, hanya warna disatukan sama bodi—dengan menambahkan lip (heckdiffusor) yang menutup sebagian diffuser bagian bawah.

Untuk kaki-kaki, suspensi tidak mengalami perubahan. Hanya, velg diganti dengan NF3 Novitec Rosso dengan lip yang sesuai kelir bodi. Ukurannya 20 x (8,5 + 11,5) inci dan dibalut Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 245/30ZR20 (depan) dan 315/25ZR20 (belakang).

Di sektor mesin V8 4.300 cc, tak ada ubahan signifikan. Yang ada hanya penambahan exhaust system Novitec. Dengan teknologi katalis dan actuator flap, saluran buang itu mampu memberi tambahan tenaga 20 HP. Ketika digas, lengkingan suaranya mirip F1. Pedal yang ditekan terasa enteng dan tenaga padat. (Rudy)

Sumber : http://otomotif.kompas.com/read/2010/05/04/17285845/Ferrari.430.Beraroma.Novitec.Rosso
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