DELL VENUE PRO
4.1-inch multi-touch screen, slide-out portrait qwerty keyboard. Almost 6.5-inch tall when open. 5 MP camera with flash and HD video recording, Wi-Fi, GPS. dell.com
LG optimus 7
One of two LG WP7 models. This one features a 3.8-inch WVGA display...
LG Optimus 7Q
...and its almost-twin has a 3.5-inch WVGA screen and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Both include voice-to-text input capabilities, 16 GB of storage, 5 MP cameras, 720p video recording. lge.com HTC 7 Surround
Featuring a slide-out speaker and an integrated kickstand, with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD.
htc.com HTC hd7
The HD7 is the most loaded, with 4.3-inch screen, a 5 MP camera, 720p video recording, and the HTC Hub set of apps. Add WP7 features such as Xbox Live and Zune integration, and it’s the clear leader of the pack. htc.com
Samsung Omnia 7
The Omnia comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (if it’s as good as the Galaxy S, you’re in for a treat) and is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor. Its 5 MP camera can shoot 720p video. samsungmobile.com
Loewe’s new Individual Slim Compose sets a new benchmark for chic designer exclusivity. With an LED-backlit, 40-inch screen, media streaming and, for a small premium, a built-in hard drive all squeezed into a 2.5-cm-thick frame, it is one of the greatest combinations to date of high-tech features and high-end design.
Rs. 2,45,000 onwards, loewe-uk.com HOMEFun on the run
Wish your day had more than 24 hours? Get the Run Personal from Technogym. It connects you to your media through its VISIO digital platform and USB media port. So you can burn off the fat with a good run while you watch TV, catch some music, play mind-improving games, even do some work. And its Wellness System takes care of your workout regimen like a pro-trainer. technogym.com
Industrial designer Sandeep Sangaru won the design concept award in Home Furniture at the Red Dot Design Awards 2009 with his Truss Me line. Handcrafted and sustainable, it uses the high tensile strength of bamboo to create a light yet strong structure. The technique involves splitting a solid bamboo pole a little beyond the knots and laminating it with another strip of split bamboo on the internal surface. This serves as a lightweight load-bearing truss for furniture, shelters and modular systems. The components can be batch produced by craftsmen, with templates ensuring consistency in production and quality. Sangaru recently set up Sangaru Design Objectssangaru.com
TECHNOLOGYLook and Feel
Surround sound, scratch ’n’ sniff, 3D; what next? Philips has the Emotions Jacket. Inside its lining, motors vibrate in synch with the movie you’re watching, passing on what film characters ‘feel’. Creator Paul Lemmens sees it turning up in everything from blankets to waiting-room chairs to aids to long-distance relationships, conveying your emotional state through the actuators over the Web.
(This story appears in the 19 November, 2010 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)