CYBER- SHOT QX10
Sony, $ 279 SONY deserves extra marks for innovation with this smartphone accessory. Called a “lens camera”, the QX10 looks like a lens but acts like a camera, with its pocket- sized, 105g form featuring a shutter button and zoom control on one side.
The device offers a 10x optical zoom to capture 18.2- megapixel photographs it saves to a MicroSD memory card, but it uses your phone Google or Apple as a viewfi nder and transmits copies for quick sharing online.
The QX10 is the perfect phone accessory on paper but software hitches let it down.
Several- second buffering delays can deliver frustration and the QX10 sometimes stubbornly refuses to connect to a phone, leaving you with no viewfi nder. We await a second generation. sony. com. au GALAXY S4 ACTIVE Samsung, $ 699 THIS new smartphone stands out for two reasons.
First, it hides all buttons.
Instead, navigation keys exist only on its screen, and power and volume keys lie on its back in a surprisingly ergonomic arrangement.
Second, the G2 operates differently, with taps and sliding shortcuts.
Tap the screen twice and you can turn it on or off. Slide a fi nger up the screen and you can access Google Now, voice control or a memo app.
They’re handy additions that let you customise the phone.
The G2’ s other strength is its power, with a 2.3GHz quad- core chip and 2GB RAM that shows in everyday operation.
It only features 16GB storage with no space for a memory card, however, and its rounded, plastic form won’t please everyone. lg. com/ au Z30 Blackberry, $ 749 clarity, as well as all the slick touch controls that come with BlackBerry 10 software.
This phone features the v10.2 update that also delivers in- app replies and a Priority Hub for messages deemed important.
The on- screen keyboard teems with useful suggestions, for those willing to give up tangible keys, and on the hardware front its 2880mAh battery will last two days, a dual- core 1.7GHz chip and 2GB RAM keeps it reasonably speedy, its 16GB storage can be expanded, and 4G connectivity delivers messages fast.
Apps are still missing from BlackBerry World, of course, and the phone’s body is fatter than its rivals. au. blackberry. com