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Rajiv Makhni, Hindustan Times
November 17, 2012
The last few days have been incredible. Very rarely do we see so much great technology released simultaneously. From the Microsoft Windows 8 blitz, Apple releasing more k at one event than ever before, Google doing the same and truly throwing down the gauntlet in the hardware business, to Nokia’s event for its all-new Lumia phones and then HTC and Samsung following suit, it’s been overwhelming and frankly even intimidating. So much good stuff has been announced and released that it seems it’s Christmas every single day.

Excavation Time

Lost in competition: If further proof was ever required that Google is now a serious player in the hardware market, then the Google Nexus 10 provides it
But there is a downside to this onslaught of gadgetry that has been hitting us at the speed of light. Due to the sheer quantity of incredible devices being released, some really significant stuff tends to slip between the cracks. These are the kind of devices that are true game-changers but have been superseded by something that may not have any out-of-the-box features but has got more hype and buzz attached to it. It’s time to dig out two big ones that are rewriting the rules of technology.

Google Nexus 10
Tablets today are a dime a dozen. More seven-inch tablets are released in India today then the number of smartphones that see the light of day. Even larger-sized tablets struggle to make any news or noise as it’s really tough to differentiate one from the other. But one tablet that should have stood out, but got lost in the flood, is the Google Nexus 10. If further proof was ever required that Google is now a serious player in the hardware part of the world – then this tablet more than offers it. It’s built by Samsung with specs dictated by Google and a pricing policy (just $399) that makes it quite a steal. But it’s what this tablet offers that makes it a total must-have. The first is the most obvious: the super delicious 10-inch, LED-backlit, IPS LCD touchscreen with a mind-boggling resolution of 2560x1600 pixels. That’s an unprecedented 300 pixels per inch spread over its entire huge screen. Just to put it in perspective, the latest iPad Retina Display has 264 pixels per inch. While the processor, RAM, form factor, how light it is and how thin it is are all top-notch features – that screen really is a big deal as it now forces the competition to up the stakes. Low-res tablets aren’t going to cut it any more after this, and you’re going to see even economy Tablets huff and puff and come up with enhanced versions of their screens and displays. On a Tablet, where you spend 95 per cent of your time consuming content visually off the screen – the Google Nexus just made that whole experience a lot sharper and smoother.

Power-packed: The MacBook Pro is so powerful that at times it seems Apple has packed in a F1 car engine inside its slim profile as this one zips along at almost impossible speeds

MacBook Pro 13 with retina display
It’s impossible to even think that an Apple device as significant as an all-new MacBook Pro would get lost in the noise. But unfortunately, this stunning device came out at a time when the world was holding its collective breath for the iPad Mini. The dust and the fury of that little thing totally obliterated the significance of what Apple was able to put into this formidable machine. It’s thinner, it’s lighter and it’s so powerful that at times it seems they’ve packed in a F1 car engine inside its slim profile as this one zips along at almost impossible speeds. While many may argue that the bigger 15-inch sibling has equal or slightly better specs – that’s exactly where the 13-incher scores. If you can pack the same power and performance into a device much smaller, thinner and lighter – then the true Holy Grail of tech is reached. But once again, it’s not the insides that make this a game changing device, it’s the outside. A 13-inch screen and stunning Retina Display with a resolution of 2560x1600.

The Big Deal
If you’re as sharp-eyed as I am hoping you are, then you’ve caught the similarity: the exact same resolution as the Google Nexus 10. And there’s a reason. This is now going to be the gold standard for devices. The next level of benchmarking if a device has to stand up and be counted. And that is a very big deal for all of us as it’s now been proven that the human eye can truly see the
difference and benefit from pixels that are so closely put together. Eye fatigue is reduced by a significant amount, text is cleaner, jagged edges disappear, Web pages pop and look clean and sharp and eBooks and documents look smooth and appealing to the eye. Movies look stunning and pictures and images truly show off the goodness of your brand new state-of-the-art camera. Super-high-resolution machines are the future and a clear path to the future was paved by these two small little devices that got completely lost. It’s time for you to reach in deep into that crack and dig these two out.

Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3. Follow Rajiv on Twitter at twitter.com/RajivMakhni

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