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HTC Pure Review: In The Mobile World, Being A PC Is Not Much Fun

The HTC Pure retails for $199.99 before a $50 dollar rebate from AT&T. Courtesty of AT&T

Recently, I got a hold of an AT&T HTC Pure — a 3G phone powered by Windows mobile 6.5. The specs were promising: high-speed network, touch screen interface, 5 megapixel camera, apps, radio tuner and an on-screen keyboard.

Because full immersion is required for a proper evaluation, I did the unspeakable: I yanked the SIM card from my iPhone and inserted it into the Pure.

I was now a PC.

But I found out, quickly, that being a being a PC isn’t that much fun.

The Pure has two major shortcomings that make it unwieldy, especially for a longtime iPhone user. First, the touch screen isn’t terribly sensitive: scrolling and selecting are cumbersome and do not always yield the intended result. The touch screen performs better with the provided stylus, but pulling out the stylus is inconvenient if you are in a rush.

Second, the software is confusing. There are too many sub-folders and too many options. Superfluous steps are required to perform simple tasks. Thankfully, there is one feature buried deeply in the abyss of this OS, which improved my experience impressively: The Touch-FLO 3D interface built by HTC.

Much awaited WINDOW 7

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That’s a really good question. With its multiple editions (Home, Professional and Ultimate), multiple “versions” in some of those editions (there are student and OEM-system builder versions), separate upgrade and full-installation versions, cut-rate deals for multiple-PC licenses, ultra-cheap prices for students and half-price deals for some people who ordered the product in advance, figuring out the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 is more elusive than you might imagine.

For people who just buy a typical retail copy, the cost won’t be hard to figure out: The home premium upgrade is running about $120, and the full edition runs about $200. But if you build your own computers, Microsoft carves about $10 off that price for its OEM-system builder package — although that comes with additional license restrictions.

But wait! There’s more!

If you ordered Windows 7 during the summer when Microsoft was offering a pre-ordering deal (like I did), you probably paid $50-60 for the home premium upgrade. If you’re a qualifying college/university student, you might be able to get the same edition for as little as $29.99 (that’s 25 percent of the retail price!)

And then there are people who can get it for free! If you purchased Windows Vista, or a PC that came with Vista after June 26, you’re eligible for a free upgrade through Microsoft or the PC manufacturer.

To summarize: Looking at just the home premium version, you could pay approximately:

$200 for the full retail version
$120 for the upgrade version
$110 for the system builder-OEM version (which is more limited in flexibility than the retail editions)
$50 if you ordered during the summer pre-order window
$30 if you’re an eligible student
Free if you purchased Vista or a Vista PC after June 26

Now, toss in the fact that there are three major Windows editions (although not every “edition” is available in every “version”) and you’ve already got all sorts of different price points.

But wait! There’s still more! Microsoft has yet still more iterations. There’s a starter edition aimed at netbooks and emerging markets. There’s an enterprise edition aimed at the workplace. There are editions that let you upgrade from, say, “starter” to “home premium.”

In the end, most upgraders will probably stick with the most popular versions from the most popular retailers. But pricing a new version of Windows is getting oddly close in experience to pricing a new car with accessories.


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Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology

With new laptop PCs based on Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology for the home, or Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ technology for business, you’ll experience a new breakthrough in mobile performance, enabled longer battery life, the future of wireless now with 802.11n standard, and more, right at your fingertips.‡ Delivering performance gains of up to 50%¹ enabled by a minimum 3MB Smart Cache and 1066MHz Front Side Bus, these laptops are equipped to handle everything from robust business to masterful multimedia and everything in between. And with Intel Centrino 2 processor technology, you’ll make quick work of the toughest computing tasks like HD video encoding—up to 90% faster², so you can accomplish more without the wait.

Features and benefits
Upgrade performance. Built on hafnium-based Intel® Core™ microarchitecture and next-generation Intel® Core™2 processor, new Intel Centrino 2 processor technology provides a minimum of 3MB smart cache and 1066 Front Side Bus, providing performance gains of up to 50 percent.‡

Empower multitasking. By upgrading to notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 processor technology your mobile workforce can make quick work of the toughest computing tasks such as 90 percent faster HD video encodingµ and integrated Intel® Turbo Boost so you have everything you need to run Microsoft Windows Vista with support for full Aero*.

Stay productive with the longest possible battery life. Notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 processor technology will keep you unwired longer with Intel® Intelligent Power Capability and Deep Power Down Technology built in.

Unleash multimedia. With up to 90 percent faster performance when compressing HD videosº and over 3X better 3D graphics performanceµ, you’ll enjoy your HD entertainment experience at home or on the fly.

The future of wireless now. With integrated WiFi, you’ll get up to 5X the speed when connecting wirelessly to your Wireless N home network and up to 5X better wireless performance for even faster Wireless N technology that’s just around the corner.∇

With WiMAX rolling out in cities around the world, you’ll want to add optional WiMAX-enabled notebooks powered by Intel Centrino 2 processor technology.Φ Positioning you at the cutting edge of 4G wireless, these notebooks offer the fast, high-performance Internet experience you’ve come to require for your mobile workforce.

Intel® vPro™ Technology

Notebook and desktop PCs with Intel® vPro™ technology enable IT to take advantage of hardware-assisted security and manageability capabilities that enhance their ability to maintain, manage, and protect their business PCs. And with the latest IT management consoles from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with native Intel vPro technology support, IT can now take advantage of enhanced features to manage notebooks over a wired or corporate wireless network- or even outside the corporate firewall through a wired LAN connection.

PCs with Intel vPro technology integrate robust hardware-based security and enhanced maintenance and management capabilities that work seamlessly with ISV consoles.¹ Because these capabilities are built into the hardware, Intel vPro technology provides IT with the industry’s first solution for OS-absent manageability and down-the-wire security even when the PC is off, the OS is unresponsive, or software agents are disabled.²

To Be A Champion, Become A Child

To Be A Champion, Become A Child

Have you ever wondered what successful people have that makes them successful?

Ever wonder how those champion recruiters in your company manage, month after month, to get the most new recruits, the biggest bonuses, the largest paychecks?

Well let me tell you a secret. No one starts out as a Champion. Most of them started out like you and me.

So what is it that makes a Champion different from the rest?

Champions have an attitude, a mindset that sets them apart from the rest. But most of these qualities are not exceptional.

Indeed each and every one of us possesses these qualities when we start out in life. But somewhere along the way we tend to lose them and diminish our own potential.

To be a Champion, you must first become a Child! Let me explain:

1. Champions are Willing to Learn.

Children come into this world with an innate desire to learn, to understand the world around them.

They are like sponges observing and absorbing every fact, every reaction. Because they know that their very survival depends on it.

One of the most important, and oft-repeated, qualities we need to succeed in business is a willingness to learn – to be teachable.

To become a champion, you must be willing to educate yourself or be educated, to read about, learn and absorb all the things you need to know, even if they are completely new to you.

If you don’t, you are doomed to failure from the start.

2. Champions are Willing to Act

Have you notice how children completely geared towards action? As soon as they learn a new skill, they want to put it into action.

Champions are the same. They put their newly learned skills to use, taking concrete steps to improve their performance, so they can take their business to the next level.

They know that they must act on what they have learned, even if they haven’t perfected it. Which brings me to their next quality.

3. Champions are Not Afraid to Fail

Just as a child picks itself up again and again, every time it falls while taking its first steps, champions are not afraid to fall down or fail.

They know that failure is the best teacher. They learn from their mistakes and keep fine-tuning their methods till they succeed.

Champions have the courage to fall down and not be discouraged. They pick themselves up and keep trying.

4. Champions are Willing to Adapt

Darwin got it wrong.

Survival does not happen to the Fittest, but to the Most Adaptable.

As children, we adapt to long-term change relatively easily. We are more willing to accept situations and adapt our behaviour accordingly.

Unfortunately, as we grow older, we become more rigid in our thinking, unwilling to accept that there may be better ways of doing things.

In a changing business scenario, resistance to change makes us obsolete. We end up losing out to players with a better understanding of changing trends.

Champions are those who can adapt themselves and their business to changing trends.

5. Champions are Willing to Innovate

Children are extremely inventive beings. They come into this world with no preconceived notions of doing things. In their minds there are no limits to what they can do or how they can do it.

Champions apply these very principles to take their business to the top.

They not only learn from what has been done before. They find ways of doing it more efficiently, more cheaply, more successfully.

As Shiv Khera, motivation coach and author of “You Can Win” puts it, “Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently.”

You don’t have to be like a child in all respects to succeed. It’s probably not even desirable.

But if your pre-conceived notions, fears and hesitation are preventing you from reaching your goals, try looking at the world through a child’s eyes.

At best you will improve your chances of success, at worst you’ll remain young at heart.



Ever since I discovered the benefits of Meditation, my life has changed.
Incorporating meditation into my daily life has helped me heal, reduce stress, get more centered, improve my focus and concentration and develop my inner resources of creativity and intuition.

Daily meditation is a life-changing tool used and recommended by peak performers. It can help you live a fuller, happier and fulfilling life. It changed my life so much that I can’t do without it.

Meditation is so powerful that it can alter the structure of your brain, develop a calmer, quieter mind, supercharge your energy level and manifest what you truly desire in your life.

Indian yogis have tapped into its amazing power to manifest miracles and demonstrate amazing resilience even in the toughest circumstances.

Meditation helps you get in touch with yourself, enjoy deep relaxation and peace, improves creativity, increases energy levels, promotes good health.

It can help you achieve personal insights and foster better relationships. And the best thing is, it’s easy to learn. Anyone can practice meditation.

I’ve tried out a number of different techniques and am rather partial to guided meditations because they are so much easier to do.

Laws of attraction

Thoughts are energy – they are as real as sound, light and gravity.

Thoughts create vibrations, the way a pebble creates ripples in a lake.

Every thought has a frequency. Thoughts send out a magnetic energy.

Positive thoughts vibrate at a higher frequency than negative ones.

Your thoughts attract the circumstances of your life like a magnet.

What you focus on, expands
If you think about what you don’t want, you only end up attracting more of the same.

Everything you currently have in your life, YOU have created, the good and the bad – that’s a fact!

If you are not controlling what you think about, you are creating your life by default.

When you focus your thoughts on what you DO want, you are applying the principle of Deliberate Creation.

Your emotions (intuition, gut feelings) are your guidance system – they tell you if what you are attracting is right for you or not.

You can change your vibrations by changing the way you feel.

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