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LITB Labs – Tech Showdown

This week in the LITB Lab we’re taking a look at three of our favorite Android tablets competing for the title of “Best Sub $200 Android Tablet” and we want you to pick the winner.

Battling for this title the Supremo, the Incheon and Othello Tab. All these Android tablets come with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.2 or above and all cost less than $200.


First up for consideration is the new kid on the block…the Supremo. The Supremo has a sleek clean cut design that is very hard to find fault with. The Supremo is not going to win any awards for its design, but it certainly won’t be making any enemies with its classic style. Inside there is an adequate 800 MHz Cortex A9 processor and 512MB of RAM powering this machine, which leaves you with a smooth and almost lag-free user experience. On the downside there is no in-built camera on the Supremo, so if you a person who loves taking snapshots, this may not be the device for you. At just $188.09 the Supremo is definitely a worthwhile contender in this “Tech Showdown”, providing an excellent user experience, in a sleek and stylish design.


Next up we have the Incheon, the only tablet in the “Tech Showdown” running the Android 2.3 operating system. The Incheon tablet isn’t the best looking tablet in the world, largely thanks to the slightly chunky bezel, but what the Incheon tablet lacks in style, it makes up in performance and features. The Incheon has a 1GHz processor that keeps the tablet running smoothly, even with a number of applications running at one time. There is very rarely any lag, allowing your fingers to fly around the tablet quickly and comfortably. The Incheon also comes with a built-in camera and the Android 2.3 OS will be considered by many to be a huge plus over the other two contenders. At $165.99 the Incheon is the cheapest of the three Android tablets, but performs like it should cost a lot more.

Othello Tab

Finally we have the Othello Tab and the old favorite with the tech fans at LightInTheBox, a tablet that many people around here have a large soft spot for. The Othello Tab looks great, so good in fact that it has been adopted by Pierre Cardin for their stylish entry into the tablet market. The Othello Tab also has it going on inside as well as out; packing an excellent Samsung 1GHz processor and 256MB RAM means that lag is virtually non-existent. With the Othello Tab you also get a built-in digital camera, which is ideal for taking snapshots and videos. For me the only negative that I would have for the Othello Tab, would be the weight, as it’s slightly heavier than you’d expect, but this would not stop me from buying one. At $199.99 the Othello Tab is the most expensive contender but sometimes you get what you pay for and it would be my pick everyday of the week!

You’ve heard what I have to say about these Android tablets, now it’s your chance to tell us what you think. Which one would you choose? And which one deserves the title “Best Sub $200 Android Tablet”?

LITB Labs – The $100 Android Phone!

In the LITB Lab this week, we’re taking a closer look at the latest low cost Android offering from LightInTheBox. The Neo Android cell phone comes in a compact design with a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen, an in-built camera, Android 2.2, Wi-Fi connectivity and an impressively low price tag. The Neo is the lowest priced Android cell phone on LITB at just $99.59, but can this sub $100 handset really deliver a decent user experience? Let’s find out.

The Good…

First up is the compact design of the Neo, which I personally find rather attractive. It has a 3.2 inch touchscreen that I know some people will find insufficient, but I found that it was large enough to perform the usual smart phone functions including web browsing and mobile gaming. However if you’re looking for an Android phone to spend a lot of time watching videos on, then you may want to go for something a little bigger. Of course the price is worth mentioning again here, $99.59 is a fantastic price for an Android 2.2 cell phone and allows you to get a taste of Android without having to commit to a lengthy contract or spend a lot of money. The in-built camera is a nice feature for a handset of this price and is good enough for taking snapshots of you and your friends.

The Bad…

The resistive screen isn’t as responsive as the capacitive screens you find on many phones, but then it isn’t as expensive either. With a low priced product there is always going to be a trade-off between price and features, however the Neo’s screen seems to be a worthwhile trade-off. Obviously I would take a capacitive touchscreen over a resistive any day of the week, but the Neo’s resistive touchscreen is responsive enough to avoid any real frustration. The Neo is also slightly underpowered with the 460MHz processor and this can cause some mild lag if too many Apps are running simultaneously. However thanks to the smaller screen the Neo gets away with the lack of power and generally runs pretty smoothly.

The Summary…

Overall the Neo is a solid little handset and when you take into account the sub $100 price tag, it’s certainly hard to beat. The Neo is an ideal choice for anyone who wants an Android phone without it costing an arm and a leg. The Neo can do everything you would want from an Android Cell Phone, it won’t blow your mind like a Samsung Galaxy Nexus S, but it certainly won’t disappoint either. At $99.59 the Neo is worth every penny.

The Neo is now available at Lightinthebox.com!

LITB Labs – Tech Showdown

This week in the LITB Lab we’re taking a look at three of our favorite Android Cell Phones competing for the title of “Best Cell Phone Under US$ 200” and we want you to pick the winner!

Battling for this title are the Ouku Horizon 3G, the Starlight HD and the Griffin. All these phones come with Android 2.2, capacitive touchscreens and all cost less than US$ 200!


First up for consideration is our very own Ouku Horizon 3G. This popular handset comes with dual SIM card slots, one of which can support 3G SIM cards, meaning that you can get online almost anywhere. The Ouku Horizon 3G also has a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, a fast 600 MHz processor as well as front and rear facing cameras. The clean cut simplistic design is hard to find fault with and I found this phone to be a solid all-rounder. At just $179.99 the Ouku Horizon 3G has features and functions that you’d expect from a much pricier handset and certainly provides value for money.


Next up we have the Starlight HD… This substantially sized handset packs a massive 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen making it the ideal choice for those who subscribe to “the bigger, the better” philosophy. The Starlight HD runs Android 2.2 and comes with a rear facing camera. Unlike the Ouku Horizon there is no 3G internet, only Wi-Fi. But when it comes to media, the Starlight HD is surely the pick of the bunch, thanks to the 4.3 inch display, which is superb for watching TV shows and movies. At $199.49 the Starlight HD is the most expensive of the three choices, but it will win over many fans with its large HD display.


Finally we have the Griffin …The Griffin is the cheapest of the three cell phones at just $169.74, but don’t let that low price tag fool you as the Griffin certainly packs a punch. Like the other two competitors the Griffin comes with Android 2.2, a capacitive touchscreen, a built in camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Griffin Android phone has a sleek and stylishly curved design that’s sure to be popular with a lot of people. And the unique design on the back panel is one of the most interesting I’ve seen on any handset. As one of the cheapest capacitive Android phones on the market, the Griffin manages to pull off the fine balancing act of style and value.

You’ve heard what I have to say about these phones, now it’s your chance to tell us what you think. Which one would you choose? And which one deserves the title “Best Sub $200 Cell Phone”?

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[ LITB Labs ] Titan Android Tablet

Continuing with the high–end tablet computers, this week in the LITB Lab we’re taking a look at the Titan Android tablet computer. The Titan is one of the few 10” tablets available on Light In The Box and on paper the Titan has everything you’d expect a decent tablet computer to possess. From the responsive capacitive touchscreen and impressive 1GHz Dual Core processor to the 3G connectivity and 1080p HD video the Titan looks like a great alternative to some of the more common Android tablets and perhaps even the iPad.

How Is it?

When you first hold the Titan you’ll immediately feel the solid build quality of the device and instantly understand why this tablet is named the Titan; it feels strong and sturdy without feeling cumbersome or bulky. I kept this tablet with me for a couple of days, and carrying the Titan tablet around certainly wasn’t an annoyance or an inconvenience, in fact it fit perfectly into my bag that usually contains my ultra-portable netbook.

Design wise, the Titan is pretty non-descript, it has the typical (tried and tested) Chinese tablet design, which is pretty clean and should appeal to most people. Along the top edge there’s a microphone, an On/Off button, a lock button (for the auto-rotate) and a back button. Down the right edge there is a volume bumper button, headphone jack and hidden neatly away, a TF card slot, USB Port and a HDMI Out port. The Titan runs a customized version of Android 2.2 with an interesting build, clearly attempting to optimize Android 2.2 for tablets. It certainly adds to the tablet experience, but I did find myself missing the classic Android icons.

The 10 inch capacitive touchscreen is excellent, extremely responsive and almost no lag (largely thanks to the powerful dual-core processor). Web browsing with the Titan’s touchscreen is incredibly smooth and I was able to fly around web pages, swiping, flipping, pinching and zooming as I went along. The screen does however have a 16:9 aspect ratio (as opposed to a 4:3) so anyone looking for an iPad clone will be in for a disappointment.

I was able to take some decent snapshots and videos with the in-built camera, and sent them to my colleagues via my Gmail account. There is also 3G support on the Titan tablet (via 3G dongle) but unfortunately we were not able to try that out as we didn’t have access to a 3G dongle.

HD video is excellent on the Titan and is a huge selling point for anyone who is looking for a tablet to enjoy HD movies on. The Titan can support 1080p video playback on the 10” screen and with the HDMI out port you can watch your movies on your HD television too.

The Verdict

Overall the Titan is a decent tablet, the only major drawback being the price. At $369.99 it’s a little steep, but you certainly get your money’s worth. The specifications and build quality of the Titan more than justify the price, it all depends on if you are willing to spend that much.

The Titan tablet is now available at Light In The Box.

[ LITB Labs ] Aurora Windows 7 Tablet


This week we have a rather unique product for review in the LITB Lab and it comes in the form of the Aurora Tablet. The Aurora tablet is a little different to the majority of the tablets currently on the market as it is one of the few touchscreen tablet computers that runs Windows 7 operating system and the only Windows 7 tablet available at Light In The Box.

After spending the last year or so swamped with tablets running various versions and builds of Google’s Android OS, which is now as familiar and natural to me as signing my name on a piece of paper, this is the first Windows 7 tablet that I have ever used and I was excited to get my hands on it and to see what it can do.

At this point I should probably note that I’m not overly familiar with Windows 7, I spend the majority of my time on OSX, Jolicloud, Android and unfortunately the old workplace favorite Windows XP, so I am by no means a Windows 7 advocate. In fact I generally avoid Windows whenever possible!

My first thoughts when I turned on the Aurora tablet were, “this is weird”, but at the same time “this is interesting and kind of cool”. Using a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet computer was a completely new experience for me, so I thought back to the first time I used the Android OS way back in 2008 to see if the two experiences could in anyway compare.

I remembered that with Android, even though it was a completely new OS that I had no experience of, it just felt right. From the first time I picked up my T-Mobile G1, I knew how to use it, I knew how it worked and it worked well. Having Windows 7 on a touchscreen tablet however was a different story.

Once I had gotten over the initial novelty of seeing Windows 7 where I was so used to seeing Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.0, I started to explore the device. Navigation around Windows 7 OS felt clumpy and awkward, but then that is no real surprise when you remember that Microsoft did not develop Windows 7 with touchscreen tablets in mind.

Web-browsing was also a little frustrating, scrolling was awkward using the scroll bar at the side and the pinch and zoom function didn’t work as well as on Aurora’s iOS and Android counterparts. This said I did enjoy being able to use full versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers on the Aurora tablet, even if it wasn’t the slickest of browsing experiences.

The Good…

There is a lot to like about the Aurora tablet, it has a 9.7 inch screen like the iPad, that has superb HD video playback. There is the speedy 1.66GHz processor, which keeps the tablet running smoothly. The in-built camera is perfect for video calling with Skype, Gtalk or other VOIPs. The build quality of the Aurora tablet is excellent and if you’re a fan of Windows 7 then the OS itself will be a huge positive.

The Bad…

For me the major drawbacks lie with the fact that Windows 7 is not an OS designed for a tablet. The Aurora is not as good as a Windows 7 netbook nor is it as good as an Android tablet or an iPad, it is caught in the middle and doesn’t perform as well as the alternatives. The lack of an application market is also off putting and I know will be a big turn-off for most people. Then of course there is the price, at $439.99 it is probably not cheap enough to attract many people.

The Summary

As expected the Aurora tablet isn’t for everyone, if however you’re a fan of Windows 7 and have been looking for a Windows 7 tablet, then the Aurora tablet is definitely worth considering. For everyone else Android tablets are a far better option.

The Aurora touchscreen tablet computer is now available at Light In The Box for $439.99.