London Lite Thursday, 10 September 2009 15 Thefuture startshere... Tomorrows gadgets reviewed today T-Mobile Pulse Available: October Price: from 180 AT LAST, a smart phone to rival the iPhone, but one which is affordable to the masses. Next month T-Mobile will launch Pulse, a touchy-feely phone running the Android operating system from Google. It is the third Android phone to be offered by the network, but the first to be available to pay-as-you-go customers. SCREEN With a 3.5 inch touch- screen, the Pulse is roughly the size and weight of an iPhone, but will also feature a novel gesture- based user interface. Plus, it has a built-in mouse-like trackball to make navigation easier when the touchscreen doesnt hack it. APPS Being an Android device, there are plenty of applications to run on the Pulse. In fact, given some of the restrictions Apple places on app developers, there are some Android apps available that you wont be able to get on an iPhone. In addition, Pulse comes loaded with the usual software packages, including a trial version of TeleNav satnav system. VERDICT Its a nice device. But although its resistive touchscreen will let you use a stylus as well as your finger -- unlike the iPhone -- some people may find it slightly less responsive. Even so, with Orange expected to end O2s reign over the iPhone next month, there is a real danger of us all becoming Apple clones. So lets hope that devices like the Pulse offer some genuine competition. t-mobile. WINDOWS 7 now makes it easier to become connected and share or to sync files. Microsofts HomeGroup is a one-stop shopping feature that takes the headache out of connecting to other devices. It also features Internet Explorer 8 -- the fastest and most refined Microsoft browser to date. IE8s Web Slices will automatically change the colour of a favourite website icon on the tool bar whenever something has changed on that site. SNOW LEOPARD now supports Microsoft Exchange by default, which makes it easier to hook up to your work email, calendars and contacts. Another feature allows a Mac in sleep mode to wake up automatically when files need to be shared and then nod off again when the job is done. And if you thought IE8 was fast its nothing compared to Safari 4. With Mac browsers always one stylish step ahead of Microsofts, it will also now let users browse their favourite websites in an iTunes-like Cover Flow mode.7/10 9/10 MICROSOFTS chunky Media Player now makes it easier to capture videos, television shows or music, and supports more formats than ever before. But perhaps its best feature is that you dont always have to use it, because it is now possible to listen to your MP3 tracks using a Mac-like pop-up preview feature without having to go to the bother of opening the full resource-sapping Windows Media Player. SNOW LEOPARD has also undergone a welcome overhaul in the Media department. Mac computer users will be delighted to discover that the systems QuickTime media player is an utter joy to use. Say goodbye to the cluttered interface, because any time you want to be recording, editing and sharing media it is now as easy to do as it is on an iPhone. 8/10 USUALLY the first thing people notice about a new Microsoft operating system is the bloat, often accompanied by your computer grinding to a halt as the new version sucks up every last resource. The pleasant surprise with Windows 7 is that it has shed serious pounds, despite supporting the more powerful 64 bit processing. This means you can actually free up space on your hard- drive and still boost performance. Microsoft has halved the hard-disk requirements from 40 GB for Vista to just 20 GB (for 64 bits installations) or 16 GB (for 32 bits) for Windows 7. NEVER a company to knowingly miss a trick, Apple has managed to make the Snow Leopard even leaner, requiring only 5 GB and so freeing up 7 GB. And yet the speed at which Snow Leopard boots up, wakens from sleep mode, shuts down, connects to wireless networks and performs in general, is often now twice as fast. This is largely thanks to a feature called Grand Central Dispatch, a revolutionary new approach to computing which makes the most efficient use of the hardwares multiple core microprocessors and which is woven into the very fabric of Snow Leopard. 9/10 10/10 9/10 CONNECTION Mac Snow Leopard SCORE: 45/50SCORE: 41/50 Windows 7 MEDIA PERFORMANCE VSn wLe pardpardLewSn pardLewSn pardLewSn FOCUS index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html