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LG Optimus 7: Features and Specifications

We already knew it existed but now it is official: LG officially the LG Optimus 7, which is nothing more nor less than his first phone to come with Windows Phone 7.

The device comes with support for 3G networks, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with an expansive 3.8 inch WVGA LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. LG Optimus 7 also comes with Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi (with DLNA compatible), 16GB of internal memory, a 5 megapixel photo sensor with LED flash, video recording in 720p HD and a battery of 1.500mAh. Do you like movies? The LG Optimus 7 Also offers 16:9 aspect capture and playback for shooting and viewing movies in cinematic style! LG Optimus 7 is definitely the best cell phone you may have, because it has many features and is from LG, a brand known worldwide for its excellent phones.

Here are the complete feature list:

  • You can share multimedia files with other digital devices from the picture, video or music Hubs without having to access other menus.
  • Users will be able to display videos and photos captured on their LG Optimus 7 on a TV or enjoy music on their phones through their favorite speakers without wires.
  • ScanSearch, users can access real-time information about shopping, dining, weather, entertainment and banking, bringing together one’s online and offline worlds for a more enjoyable life.
  • Users can also speak up and be heard thanks to LG’s Voice-to-Text feature which allows communication without the need for finger input and the users will have the freedom to transcribe their voice into text for updating Facebook and Twitter or composing emails and memos for the experience of convenient, hands-free communication.
  • Consumers will have direct access to their favorite games and music, bringing all entertainment devices together for more convenient enjoyment.
  • With 5MP camera offers a host of technological enhancements from LG such as Intelligent Shot, which lets users take the perfect photo without having to adjust camera settings, and Panoramic Mode for stitching together a full 360-degree landscape scene. Also, with an expansive 3.8 inch WVGA LCD display that can capture every detail in a photo with its 800×480 pixels. The screen size makes the Optimus 7 large enough for convenient web surfing but svelte enough to fit in any back pocket.
  • 16GB of internal memory to store hundreds of MP3 files, hours of video and hundreds of applications.
  • Extra large 1500mAh removable battery for hours of internet browsing, e-book reading or game playing, or for simply talking.LG Life's Good

LG Optimus 7 series is a very interesting cell phone and offers glance and go the experience of Windows 7 Phone combined with unique features only available on the LG devices.

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LG Electronics launched its first Windows® Phone 7 device, the LG Optimus 7! Building on Microsoft’s new operating system that offers people the ability to do more in fewer steps, the LG Optimus 7 introduces a new era for smartphones and offers consumers a whole new experience of mobile life.

LG Optimus 7 is a device that has a expansive 3.8 inch WVGA LCD multi-touch capacity touch screen display along with the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, that can capture every detail in a photo with its 800×480 pixels, 16 GB of internal memory storage to store hundreds of MP3 files, hours of video and hundreds of applications and photo. LG Optimus 7 has a 5 megapixel camera capable of record in HD 720p and also offers 16:9 aspect capture and playback for shooting and viewing movies in cinematic style. Best of all is that this cell phone have an 1500mAh removable battery, is very good for hours of internet browsing, e-book reading or game playing, or for simply talking.

In addition to being able to take panoramic photos of 360. Several interesting features are part of LG Optimus 7, as the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). This feature lets you share data between electronic devices. You can, for example, show pictures from your smartphone to the TV via a Wi-fi. For this it is clear the two devices must be compatible with the technology. Other interesting resources sharing also involve the presentation of videos, music and even printing files. All via wireless.

Below you can see the video of DLNA feature:

LG has put some more features on your own machine as the ability to convert speech to text messages on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.

LG Optimus 7 series offers the glance and go experience of Windows Phone 7 combined with unique features only available on the LG devices. Surely fans of LG will have a great cell phone in your hands. Do you liked?

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Click Here!Of all of the Michael Bay films from the 90s, it was Armageddon that was perhaps the most well-known and most-copied. The two and a half hour epic about the possible end of the world further vaulted Ben Affleck’s movie career and cemented Bruce Willis, once again, as a tough bad-ass who could go up against anything. While detested by critics, the film grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide during its theatrical run and was one of the most talked about films of 1998. Over the years the film has seen various DVD incarnations, including an extras-laden Criterion Collection release, but this marks its first foray onto the Blu-ray format.

From the blockbuster-making team who produced and directed Pearl Harbor and The Rock (Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay) comes Armageddon, available for the first time on Blu-ray™ High- Definition! Starring the explosive talents of Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Will Patton, Armageddon is a meteor storm of action adventure moviemaking that has you on the edge of your seat forgetting to breathe! When NASA’s executive director, Dan Truman (Thornton), realizes the Earth has 18 days before it’s obliterated by a meteor the size of Texas, he has only one option – land a ragtag team of roughneck oil drillers on the asteroid and drop a nuclear warhead into its core. Spectacular special effects, laugh-out-loud humor, great characters, riveting storytelling, and heartfelt emotion make Armageddon an exhilarating thrill ride you’ll want to experience like there’s no tomorrow!

I have a genuine love/hate relationship with Michael Bay. For every film of his that I enjoy I seem to dislike two others. I still have yet to watch either of the Bad Boys films so I cannot comment on those, but his other works I’ve seen and mostly enjoyed for the deafening mess that they often are. The most recent Transformers I was ambivalent on, but I did enjoy the first film in the series. The Rock was a lot of fun to watch, but Pearl Harbor and The Island both greatly annoyed me. So where does that leave Armageddon? Well, Armageddon may be the only Michael Bay film that I genuinely hate.

I hadn’t seen the film until a few years back when I’d finally borrowed the Criterion disc from my brother. “Oh boy,” I thought, “I’ll finally get to see this movie!” I popped it in and within half an hour I was bored out of my mind. I flipped the timer on to see how much longer the film had to go and…two hours? You gotta be kidding me. How is this mess going to stretch on for another two hours? But it did…by God, did it ever keep going. Every mundane detail was dwelled upon and were it not for Bruce Willis’s genuinely entertaining persona, I would’ve given up on it after an hour. I stuck with it and was really not rewarded with anything of value; it was loud, stupid, made absolutely moronic scientific leaps and…I just really haven’t hated a movie with Steve Buscemi in it as much as I hated this one.

I really don’t know how so many people flocked to the theater for this one; I mean, yeah, it’s big and dumb but it’s also just so long. There is little, if anything, that is redeemable about this film and I quickly found myself wondering when it would end. The relationships between the characters is often forced and unbelievable; not only that but most are unlikeable (aside from the “Blue Collar” guys that make up Willis’s crew…and Billy Bob Thornton was entertaining, I suppose) and even if you can get past the overall stupid idea that this kind of asteroid destruction is even possible, you still have a very long climax at the end where we wait for the damn thing to blow up.

The special and sound effects are of course entertaining in an overly loud way, but there’s just no substance to this film. It’s akin to an amusement park ride that has intermittent stops along the way to help develop the “story” of the tracks that you’re riding upon. Only you don’t care about the story, you just want to have your stomach turn upside down and fall into your throat. It’s got too much substance for a film that should really float along on nothing. In that regard I can simply tell you to Rent It if you, for some reason, have yet to see this film. Then again if you don’t like Michael Bay productions then you can just continue to ignore it.

The Blu-ray
Buena Vista tosses out Armageddon in a very bare package. It has the movie, of course, in 1080p with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, but the extras? Pfft. Forget it. Some trailers and the Aerosmith music video for that song that will get stuck in your head (it’s been looping in my head the entire time I’ve been writing this review) and refuse to leave. There’s nothing else on here, which means all of those wonderful extras from the Criterion release are staying in that same spot—making this Blu-ray release rather useless if you were looking to swap it out.

Video is an AVC encoded 2.35:1 encode and considering the film is now over a decade old there’s a lot of eye candy to take in. Some of the effects look dated at times, but as with most Bay productions comes the ballooned budget because he often utilizes real locations or implements enormous fireballs—so while there’s plenty wizardry going on, there are a lot of legitimate effects to look upon as well. It’s a pretty solid effort from start to finish, but it’s not the video transfer that will really floor you.

No, what will floor you is the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track. Although entirely expected from this movie, the resulting thuds and bangs from this soundtrack are deafening at times. It doesn’t matter whether its individual meteors laying waste to entire cities or the sound of a spaceship crash landing on an asteroid, there are not only a myriad of environmental sound effects but also plenty of LFE utilization as well. It’s a robust and potent mix, but sadly the A/V boost is all this Blu-ray has to offer.

As mentioned previously there’s nothing here on the extras side that’s worth mentioning—just all the old fluff in standard definition. Not worth upgrading to unless you absolutely love this film for some reason. Skip It.

Armageddon arrives on Blu-ray on April 27th.

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“Sherlock Holmes” Blu-ray Review

Click Here!Having only been exposed to Guy Ritchie’s directorial talent through his movie RocknRolla with Gerard Butler, I was certain that his style would be far too askew to adapt for the most legendary fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. My expectations were mostly right; it was very askew. However, instead of becoming an alienating aspect, it was a very welcoming and refreshing take for the period. Most people describe his style as adding a “steampunk” element to Holmes, but you never quite get that. I suppose it could be related in the sense that steampunk really is about showing off the elegance held within a complex system of seemingly unrelated parts that create a beautiful web of twists and turns that leaves you in a sense of inspired awe. That’s about as far as it goes, though. You certainly won’t find Mr. Holmes using some modern gadget re-inspired into a clunky looking contraption, as is the most common use of the steampunk ideal.

The game is afoot – and astounding! Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law put memorable imprints on the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a bold reimagining that makes the famed sleuth a daring man of action as well as a peerless man of intellect. Guy Ritchie directs this dazzling adventure.

Between the writing and directing, you find yourself immersed quite intensely into the mystery, to a depth in which you’ll most likely not be expecting. It’s seemingly simple in its setup, and even the start of the movie attempts to persuade you into thinking that you can predict the pace. However, once we meet Holmes’ feminine foil the movie starts to flex its ability to hide things from you in plain sight. It seems that director Ritchie certainly knew that we would attempt to be following along and catching things before their reveals, so every twist becomes more clever and unexpected as the film progresses. At times, this almost seems as though it’s about to backfire as the movie suddenly feels like the pacing has come to an abrupt and unwelcome stop. Admittedly, there are a couple times that this happens when it really does work against the movie, as I began to feel that it had finally lost its ability to remain fresh. Fortunately, though, it’s not frequent, and redemption is never far behind.

Of course, the clever writing or inspired directing wouldn’t be anything if the cast couldn’t pull off their roles well enough to keep things into a coherent perspective, even at the times in which they feel the most estranged. Robert Downey, Jr. was undoubtedly the main draw with his unwavering wit and crisp delivery of dialogue, and is a continued delight to any Downey, Jr. fan. Early into the movie we’re teased slightly as we’re given unsure evidence as to whether or not Ritchie will truly have Downey flex his cerebral muscle as Holmes’ involvement is downplayed to nearly being a complete bystander, but after some proper build up we’re finally introduced to the full blade of his rapier wit. His partners in crime, or rather anti-crime, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams aren’t to be left in mere afterthought, however, as their performances are certainly just as noteworthy with only the style in which they deliver them to be the difference. Jude Law is inarguably enjoyable as the silent but steady Dr. Watson, providing a more logical foundation to Holmes’ theoretical leaps. When I first heard of the casting I thought the film might suffer due to the back-seating of the actual Britain in favor of the American Downey, Jr. to play the lead, but never once did that feeling become perpetuated during the movie. The pair conveys an awkward chemistry that works without flaws, and never once do you grow bored with seeing them play off of one another.

Click Here!Rachel McAdams’ eventual expanded involvement brings the group into an unlikely, but highly enjoyable trio, yet throughout she continues to pop in and out of the movie at times that can only be described as appropriate. She, like Law, also has some very pleasing chemistry with Downey, and never feels shoved into a scene to simply fulfill a token female role, nor to needlessly enhance the sexiness of the movie. Rounding out the cast with the last most prominent role is our cunning villain, Lord Blackwood, played by Mark Strong. Despite having seen RocknRolla, and Stardust, and a couple of his other previous movies, I really hadn’t remembered him very well. So, I had a bit of a concern that his villainous role would simply fall flat, and would be the weakest part of the movie, but I was found wrong. His role has some of the strongest material throughout the movie with clever mystery, and never coming across as contrived throughout his evil plan, and he brings this character to life in a way that makes you like the bad guy. I may not have remembered him well from other movies, but this performance will certainly stand out for a long time coming.

The story itself is full of twists, and turns, and clues in which it’s best for the viewer to remember. However, you’re not simply left sitting there and left to your own accord to remember a few seconds of dialogue; you become enamored with the way they explore scenes, and clues, and fully envelop your fascination with each one. This leaves a lasting impression each time and you never feel left behind. The story starting off with Holmes no longer working had me very worried for a bit that there would be unwelcome inflation of token drama to provoke him into applying his keen intellect and detective skills once more. Of course, it was highly surprising that the villain didn’t turn out to be Holmes’ most notorious foil, Moriarty. I’m not much of a Holmes follower, or connoisseur, or aficionado, but chances are that if you know of Holmes then you know of Moriarty. At the very least, however, the movie gives us plenty of hints that we do have his devious presence to look forward to, and he is wonderfully alluded to in seemingly inconsequential scenes.

Overall, I Highly Recommend picking up this movie. The wonderfully done styling of the time period surprisingly manages to enhance not only the mysterious flair of scenes, but also the chemistry between each actor as they never fail in their flexing their brilliant skills. The comedic element that was present throughout the trailers had noticeably made people nervous, as their reactions suggested, but fortunately it is never used in a manner that becomes dangerously close of being present for cheap laughs. The humor is just as cleverly written as the rest of the movie’s elements, which all come together to make, arguably, one of the top greatest films to be released in 2009.

The Blu-ray
Click Here!Warner brings Sherlock Holmes to Blu-ray in a standard two-disc Elite Blu-ray case with a high-gloss slipcover to help it stand out on the shelves. Of course there’s a sticker on the front to designate that it includes a DVD and Digital Copy in addition to the Blu-ray, so that will probably help move more than a few copies regardless. Though I’ve yet to personally make use of these combo packs, they’re still a nice bonus for those not yet ready to adopt the Blu-ray format fully. Nothing else about this set stands out, as the inserts inside are just firmware upgrade notices and redemption codes.

Video arrives in a VC-1 encoded transfer and, as per usual with Guy Ritchie productions, it looks fantastic. There is a decidedly great deal more grime and muck on the picture (obviously on purpose) and with the film being a rather dank and dark production altogether, the transfer doesn’t exactly fill the screen with life and color. The color palette is largely muted and unspoken, but whenever the film does speak up to make itself known (such as whenever McAdams character pops on screen in some kind of vibrant dress) it does such with great success. Despite the laid back color palette, however, the video still boasts an incredible amount of detail. While I was disappointed when I went to the theaters that this was a 1.85:1 film, on the home video format it works out much nicer since it floods nearly every inch of your screen with detail that you can just gawk and gaze at.

Audio is a DTS-HD MA 5.1 powerhouse. Yes, I overuse that term but Holmes earns it with ease—the surrounds kick up at every fight and the subwoofer never seems to sleep for more than a few minutes. Every punch, every weapon drawn, every explosion…they all resonate in the room with a resounding thud into ones chest and anytime the film has to stop and catch a breath with a flood of dialogue, the soundtrack is there to pick it up as well. Some of the rapid speech, a staple in Ritchie films, can be a bit difficult to understand completely, but that’s an issue with the original source audio, not the mix here. Although it’s not even really a source issue—the accents are just so thick and delivered with such gusto that it can be difficult to hear solely because of those reasons.

Extras don’t exactly bedazzle the viewer from the start, but once you realize that there’s quite a bit of footage packed into the Maximum Movie Mode bit then it’s a lot more exciting. The full list of extras:

Maximum Movie Mode (2:11:42, HD)
Focus Points (31:17, HD)
Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented (14:06, HD)

Anyone who has seen the Movie Mode bits on previous Warner titles know that the director isn’t ever-present; it tends to taper off in segments and as you can see from the runtime it doesn’t differ much from the actual runtime of the film itself (2:08:24), but Ritchie only pauses the film a few times so there’s no real cause for the runtime to be that much longer. It’s really a neat piece and I’m quite impressed with them whenever Warner tosses one of these onto a film, so it’s nice that the tradition is kept up for their big blockbuster style films. The “Focus Points” are merely the behind-the-scenes clips from the Movie Mode in case you don’t want to sit through it all (although please do—if you enjoyed the film or are a fan of Ritchie, you’ll be interested to see how he presents the behind-the-scenes clips and other additional insight into the film). The final extra is the “Reinvented” piece is which is a bit EPK-y in nature, but still worth checking out since it features cast and crew interviews.

Overall Sherlock Holmes isn’t your normal “blockbuster” in any real sense, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun and this Blu-ray portrays that more than well enough. The A/V transfer especially is a blast to watch and listen to—and having the surround system at full blast to listen to that end credits score pound out from the speakers is quite an enjoyable aural experience indeed. Highly Recommended.

Sherlock Holmes arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on March 30th.

Movie review by Andrew
Blu-ray review by Zach Demeter

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