2012-12-29

LCD Screen for Sony Xperia Active, ST17i Released


Selling at Smartphonebay.net: USD $32.79

- Repair parts for Sony mobile
- Fix broken or dim malfunctioned LCD panel
- Low cost tools set are offered to you (click the above option to get it at USD 4.79)
- OEM product, 100% work guranteer
- Compatible with: Sony Xperia Active, ST17i

2012-12-28

Touch Digitizer for Sony DSC-WX30, WX70 Released


Selling at Smartphonebay.net: USD $16.79

- Repair parts for Sony DC
- Fix broken or malfunctioned touch screen digitizer problem
- Low cost tools set are offered to you (click the above option to get it at USD 4.79)
- OEM product, 100% work guranteer
- LCD screen display is not included
- Any enquiry about the item, please contact: sales@smartphonebay.net
- Compatible with:Sony DSC-WX30, WX70

Leak out of Huawei Ascend D2 image. A Samsung Galaxy XX like mobile!!


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CES 2013 will be soon upon us, and a slew of new devices will be displayed for our nerdy little hands to play with. Huawei was one of the manufacturers that was going to unveil a new flagship phone, but it seems that the internet has acted…like the internet. Leaked images of the Ascend D2 have hit the web, and I must say, a certain company with that fruit that will keep the doctor away, just might not like its design.
As you can see from the image above, anyone of us would jump to the conclusion that its an iPhone. Of course we you look at it more closely, you can see that it is made by Huawei and there are slight differences. A 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, and Jelly Bean are supposed to be packed in this “iPhony” that will have the power of a 3000 mah battery behind it. Yeah, sounds rather nice, but I would be embarrassed to pull it out of my pocket by the way it looks. I might be overreacting, but come on, that is just a little ridiculous looking. Apple is probably already getting the lawsuit prepared. Let us know what you guys think.
Comment from Smartphonebay.net staff:
This mobile is really having a iPhone or Samsung Galaxy appearance. Probably, a lawsuit will be raised against Huawei if this flag-ship mobile will got a record high sales volume. We are looking forward to see how Huawei defend their incoming lawsuit in 2013.

2012-12-27

LCD Screen for Canon Powershot D10 Released


Selling at Smartphonebay.net: USD $22.79

- Repair parts for Canon DC
- Fix broken or dim malfunctioned LCD panel
- Low cost tools set are offered to you (click the above option to get it at USD 4.79)
- OEM product, 100% work guranteer
- Compatible with: Canon Powershot D10

Disable the Second Core on the Xperia U for Better Battery Life with Xcore


Article cited from XDA-developers.com by Batterybay.net
Recently, we’ve seen several tweaks that offer granular control over multiple CPU cores, and the timing coincides with how multi-core devices have become commonplace this past year. We’ve seen mods that give control without root and many that still do require root. Now there is an app for the Sony Xperia U that helps give more control over that second core.
The app is called XCore, and it was posted by XDA Forum Member bliveinhack. XCore can be downloaded in the Google Play Store free of charge as well. It’s a relatively simple application. It shuts off the second core of the device’s dual core processor to help save battery life. The feature list includes:
-Simple UI
-Optimized Battery Performance
-Easy To Use
-support CM9 also
As stated, the app is very simple. Just open it, select the options you want, and go about your business as usual. XCore requires root, of course, but other than that, there aren’t any special requirements. Also, reducing the Xperia U to one core will definitely affect its performance, so those who give this a shot may not want to use this under all circumstances. But for those times when you don’t need much from your phone, it may be worthwhile to give this a shot.
For more details on XCore, check out the original thread.

Comment from Batterybay.net staff:
Nowadays, the processing speed of the mobile phone is always exceeding the amount that required. The exceeded processing ability is eating up the battery life in every seconds. Turning the excessive processing unit can really save up to 20% energy. If it is easy to do without rooting the mobile, why not give it a shot for your better battery life for your mobile? Nice XDA-developers forum users always provide extraordinary idea for making the full use of the mobile phone. 

2012-12-25

LCD Screen for Fujifilm Finepix Z909, Z900, Z905 Released


Selling at Smartphonebay.net: USD $22.79

- Repair parts for Fujifilm DC
- Fix broken or dim malfunctioned LCD panel
- Low cost tools set are offered to you (click the above option to get it at USD 4.79)
- OEM product, 100% work guranteer
- Compatible with: Fujifilm Finepix Z909, Z900, Z905

2012-12-24

LCD Screen for Nikon Coolpix S60, S70 is Available


Selling at Smartphonebay.net: USD $27.79

- Repair parts for Nikon DC
- Fix broken or dim malfunctioned LCD panel
- Low cost tools set are offered to you (click the above option to get it at USD 4.79)
- OEM product, 100% work guranteer
- Compatible with: Nikon Coolpix S60, S70

2012-12-22

Euro Pro Shark UV615, Shark UV615H, Shark UV615K Released


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $35.79

- Capacity: 1500 / 7.2VmAh 
- Ni-MH battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: XBP615, EU-36040

iOS 6.0.2 is draining our batteries, some users say


Some iPhone users are complaining of a faster battery drain after applying the latest update, although others aren't seeing any problems.

(Article cited from CNET by Batterybay.net)
The famed iPhone battery drain issue seems have to resurfaced for some people who've made the leap to iOS 6.0.2.
Several users chiming in on Apple's Discussion Forums say the latest iOS update, which was designed to fix Wi-Fi problems, is draining their batteries faster.
One iOS 6.0.2 updater said that "I can usually get through a day with about 75 percent of my battery power remaining. Today I've gone through 90 percent and I've done nothing special with it."
Another said: "Today I barely used my phone at all, and I noticed I was down to 40 percent after 3 hours of being off the charger. This is a significant change in battery drain."
A third commented that "before with the 6.0.1 I didn't have any kind of problem with the battery, I could have my battery full charged without doing any use of the iPhone 5 the whole night keeping 100 percent. But this morning when I woke up the battery was in 91 percent obviously without using the iPhone during the night."
Similar complaints have been shared with blog site MacNN, which pointed to Apple news site TidBITS for a theory behind the reported battery drain.
TidBITS authors Adam Engst and Michael Cohen speculate that the problem may be triggered by a change in the Wi-Fi behavior in iOS 6.0.2. Specifically, the new OS seems to have increased the number of Wi-Fi checks it performs in order to resolve the previous wireless connection issues, according to MacNN.
Reports of increased battery drain seem to be a common complaint each time a new version of iOS is released. But as usual, the problem this time is far from universal.
Some people commenting on the TidBITS story say they do find their battery draining faster, but others say they've seen no problem at all. The iOS 6.0.2 update was rolled out only to the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, which also limits the number of users potentially affected.
CNET contacted Apple for comment and will update the story if the company responds.

Comment from Batterybay.net staff:
The drainage of the battery life on iOS device may due to the demanding on system performance required by iOS to maintain its smooth and cool look functioning. Pushing all those parts of the device to perform the maximum effect would easily drain out the battery. Unfortunately, users like us cannot alter the operating system to set something for prevention of drain out. We can only hope Apple Inc. can fix it in the next update.

2012-12-21

Battery for Gemalto Magic 3 W, Magic3 M8, Dejavoo M8, M5, VeriFone MagIC3 Released


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $14.79

- Capacity: 700 / 3.6mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: A0285A, U0156783, A0170A

2012-12-20

Extended Battery for Samsung SGH-T699, Galaxy S Blaze Q, Relay 4G Released


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $21.79

- Capacity: 4200mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: EB-L1K6ILA, EB-L1K6ILZ, EB-L1K6ILABXAR

2012-12-19

Battery for Alcatel OT-986, AK47, One Touch 986 Released


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $13.79

- Capacity: 1500mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: CAB16D0003C1, CAB16D0001C1, TLiB5AC

2012-12-18

Allow More Multi Window Apps on the Verizon Galaxy Note II


One of the coolest features of the new Galaxy Note II is the Multi Window feature. Most Galaxy Note II devices didn’t ship with the mod initially, and received updates from their various carriers. Then came a modthat allowed users to add any app they wanted to the Multi Window list, which makes it much more awesome. Now, the mod has been ported to the last variant to hit stores, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II.
XDA Senior Member hairdewx posted a mod that lets users add any app to the Multi Window list. Unlike the most recent mods, which include an app that adds the apps for you, Verizon users are stuck using the old fashioned way for right now. This means de-compiling the apps, making the appropriate changes, re-compiling the app, and re-installing. Once done, the app will show up in the Multi Window bar.
The process isn’t difficult, but it does take some time for those unfamiliar with de-compiling and re-compiling applications. To do it, hairdewx suggests using APK Tool, which is a good idea since it’s well known and tutorials are easy to find. Eventually, a one-click method will show itself like with the other variants.
For more info, check out the original thread.
Comment on Smartphonebay.net staff:
It's so nice that XDA-developers member keep their heated heart to provide more and more meaningful and useful mod for Android smartphone. With this mod, we can more effectively doing different tasks on Samsung Galaxy Note II at the same time painlessly. Thanks to XDA-developers members again to their contribution for better Android using expereince.

Extended Battery for Sony Ericsson Xperia TX LT29 Released


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $25.79

- Capacity: 3400mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: BA900

2012-12-17

X'mas & New Year Holiday Announcement

Greeting to all of our customers,


Greeting from Xell Telecom for your 2012 Merry X'mas and Happy New Year.

Announcement for the holiday break of our service. Our email enquiry service and order dispatch during 21 Dec - 26 Dec and  31 Dec - 3 Jan will be paused. Order received and email enquiry within the stated period will be dispatched and replied after the holiday break.

Thanks again for your continual support on Xell Telecom. Wish all of our customers Merry X'mas and Happy New Year in 2012 and with a better and wonderful year in 2013

Regards,
Benny Wong
Sales Department Manager
Xell Telecom - Batterybay.net, Smartphonebay.net, Xell.hk, RCtoybay.net

Battery for Panasonic WA20, WA2, HX-WA20, HX-WA2


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $13.79


- Capacity: 770mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: VW-VBX090, VW-VBX090E, VW-VBX090E-W


2012-12-15

Battery for Samsung GT-I8190, Galaxy SIII mini Released


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $14.79

- Capacity: 1500mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: EB-FIM7FLU

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now available for AT&T’s Motorola Atrix HD

Article cited from digitaltrends.com by Smartphonebay.net

On Friday, AT&T announced that its Motorola Atrix HD will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

As 2012 comes to an end, Jelly Bean is on a rampage. In a slew of recent announcements concerning Android 4.1, Motorola’s Atrix HD has just been upgraded to Google’s most recent version of its mobile operating system.

On Friday, AT&T announced that the Motorola handset would be one many to get the Jelly Bean update as of late. This over-the-air update will bring features such as Google Now and Android beam to the 4.5-inch smartphone. It’s also worth noting that this is AT&T’s fourth device to operate on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other gadgets that preceded it in getting the update include HTC’s One X +, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3. Jelly Bean is expected to arrive on smartphones such as the original HTC One X and LG Optimus G soon, but no launch window has been specified.

In addition to the features mentioned above, Jelly Bean brings a variety of enhancements such as a fresh, buttery smooth user interface, an improved camera app and a refreshed notification center among other additions.

In addition to the features mentioned above, Jelly Bean brings a variety of enhancements such as a fresh, buttery smooth user interface, an improved camera app and a refreshed notification center among other additions.

On Friday, AT&T announced that the Motorola handset would be one many to get the Jelly Bean update as of late. This over-the-air update will bring features such as Google Now and Android beam to the 4.5-inch smartphone. It’s also worth noting that this is AT&T’s fourth device to operate on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other gadgets that preceded it in getting the update include HTC’s One X +, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3. Jelly Bean is expected to arrive on smartphones such as the original HTC One X and LG Optimus G soon, but no launch window has been specified.


Google officially announced its Jelly Bean operating system its I/O developers conference back in June. The update has been rolling out fairly slowly since then, but has seen a significant surge toward the end of the year. Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was also upgraded to Android 4.1 today, and the AT&T variant saw the upgrade last week.

While many devices have been patiently waiting for Android 4.1, the search engine giant unveiled the second-generation of Jelly Bean last month: Android 4.2. This expanded and updated version of Jelly Bean saw its debut with Google’s Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet, but was met with some harsh criticisms upon release.

The Android-loving world is still focused on Jelly Bean, but rumors about the next iteration of the mobile software have already begun to surface. Android’s next treat-themed operating system, believed to be called Android 5.0, is likely to be named Key Lime Pie.

Earlier this month a Google executive posted a cartoon to his Google+ profile that illustrated each generation of Android. The last image in the line depicted the loveable Android mascot holding a slice of Key Lime Pie, sparking speculation that Android 5.0 could be in the works. Before Google unveils “Key Lime Pie,” however, it should focus on launching Android Jelly Bean for all of its existing devices.

Comment on Smartphonebay.net staff:
Motorola is getting more and more aggressive. Not only developing mobile with longest battery life, but also getting the most up-to-date operation system onto the phone. Wish they could work it out to make us, phone users, get benefit to fully enjoy the phone function everywhere.

2012-12-14

Battery for Samsung SPH-M950, Galaxy Reverb, SPH-M950DAAVMU Battery


Selling at Batterybay.net: USD $13.79

- Capacity: 1250mAh 
- Li-ion battery
- Compact and light weight battery for daily use.
- With CE and ISO9001 certificate for quality assurance
- RoHS approved for toxic free 
- Advanced Li-ion technology provides improved energy density.
- Cadmium-free to make sure toxic free
- Battery can be used more than 500 times (charge and discharge)
- With 12 months warranty and we guarantee the battery quality within one year of delivery.
- The online sales price already included the shipping cost to worldwide.
- Any enquiry or wholesales request, contact us at sales@batterybay.net
- Compatible with battery have part number: EB485159LA

Acer Iconia W700 review: a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life


Article cited from Engadget.com by Batterybay.net
Acer Iconia W700 review a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life
Until PC makers figure out what consumers want in their Windows 8 PCs, they'll be throwing different designs at the proverbial wall to see what sticks. One thing's for sure, though: laptop / tablet hybrids have already made it. So far, we've seen a mix of models, some with low-power Atom processors, and others with laptop-grade Core i5 CPUs inside. Basically, a choice between amazing horsepower and long battery life.
In Acer's lineup, specifically, we've already had a chance to play with the Iconia W510, an Atom-powered device with a keyboard dock. Now we're taking a look at the Iconia W700 ($800 and up), an 11-inch tablet that's essentially an Ultrabook with no keyboard attached. Based on that brief summary you'd think it had the same form factor as the smaller W510, but you'd be wrong. Whereas the W510 has a keyboard dock with a built-in battery, the W700 has a cradle with a modular kickstand you can use you to prop up the tablet in landscape or portrait mode. There's no battery inside the dock, and the keyboard is a standalone product; you'll have to pack it separately if you decide you need it on a trip. So is there any advantage to having a design with so many different pieces? And how does that Core i5 processor fare, anyway? Let's see.

Acer Iconia W700 review

LOOK AND FEEL


Acer Iconia W700 review
Think of all the pieces you'll need to carry with you if you decide to take the W700 on the road.
We almost don't know where to begin. Insofar as the W700 is a laptop / tablet hybrid, we really should explain what it's like to use this thing as an 11-inch slate. Suffice to say, it feels well-built, which makes sense, as the casing is fashioned entirely out of aluminum. The problem is that as nicely constructed as it is, it's rather bulky, at 2.09 pounds and 0.47 inch thick. To some extent, the port selection is the culprit: the W700 is home to a full-sized USB 3.0 socket, so clearly this was not destined to be a razor-thin tablet. (The remaining ports include: a micro-HDMI port, a headphone jack, volume rocker, power button, screen orientation lock and dual speakers. There's an HDMI-to-VGA adapter, in case you plan on hooking up a projector.)
Also, given that this has a laptop-grade Core i5 processor inside, it requires some serious vents, which you'll find along the top edge. Obviously, any fanless, Atom-powered Windows 8 tablet will be thinner and lighter. But even some i5 tablets are more compact than this. Take Samsung's ATIV Smart PC Pro, which clocks in at 1.65 pounds and 0.38 inch thick.
But what difference do a few ounces make when the entire form factor borders on absurd? To be fair, it doesn't look so bizarre at first glance. Not until you play with it, anyway. The W700 comes with a docking cradle that you can use to prop up the tablet in either landscape or portrait mode. There's no battery built in, but you do get three extra USB 3.0 ports, which you'll appreciate if you want to use a wireless mouse or any other accessory that might require a dongle; you'll need to keep that plugged in, so it's nice to have a spare USB connection free. Inside the cradle there's a male USB connector, which plugs into the USB port on the tablet itself. Thankfully, it stays put; you'll need to wrest the tablet out with both hands when you're ready to undock it.
DNP Acer Iconia W700 review a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life
Here's where it gets weird: the kickstand on the back of the dock is removable, and can be inserted in one of two ways (again, to support the tablet in landscape or portrait mode). Though the kickstand ships with an illustrated instruction sticker on it, it's still way too easy to insert it incorrectly. It's at this point, in fact, that I wish I could narrate this review in GIFs, or at least show you a candid-camera-style video of all the people who tried and failed to put the dock together while swinging by my desk. It's not a terribly intuitive design. It's also thick and heavy with a puffed-out back, and the empty cradle's sharp edges make us nervous about putting it in a bag next to more delicate items. The whole thing is ugly too, but that's almost beside the point.
Worse, though: think of all the pieces you'll need to carry with you if you decide to take the W700 on the road. We've already mentioned three: the tablet, cradle and kickstand. But if you're going to be using this with the cradle, you'll probably also want the Bluetooth keyboard, which comes in the box. That's four. If you're using this in desktop mode, you'll also want some sort of wireless mouse or trackpad (not included in the box, sadly). That's five pieces. The AC adapter is six. Then there's the bundled faux-leather case, which fits the tablet only. Take that and you're up to seven. It's a lot to remember, and some of the pieces (the cradle, kickstand) don't lie flat, so they'll take up more space in your bag than a device with a regular ol' keyboard dock. And really, there wouldn't have been much of a downside if Acer went with that form factor instead: you'd get the cradle and keyboard in one piece, along with a built-in battery and a smattering of ports. The only thing you wouldn't be able to do is dock the tablet in portrait mode, which is fine by us.
Fortunately, at least, the case can be folded in such a way that you can prop the tablet up (in landscape mode). That'll save you some baggage, though you won't get any additional ports, as you would on the cradle or any competitors' keyboard docks.

KEYBOARD


DNP Acer Iconia W700 review a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life
The Bluetooth keyboard is similar to the one that comes built into the W510's keyboard dock, in that it has white plastic keys against a gray frame. Here, though, the keys aren't squished into a keyboard dock meant to fit a 10-inch tablet; it's more expansive, with no shrunken or undersized keys. It shouldn't take you long before you're typing at your usual brisk pace. What's more, we appreciate that the keyboard has an on / off switch, which takes any potential confusion out of the pairing process (i.e., there's no need to hold down a button or anything like that).
If anything, as we said, we just wish Acer went with a keyboard dock instead of a separate cradle that you have to assemble every time you set up shop somewhere. Maybe a slightly larger (read: less cramped) version of the one that comes with the W510. We know you can do it, Acer. Maybe next time.
We feel compelled to add, too, that it would've been nice if Acer threw in a mouse, particularly since there's no trackpad area on the keyboard (hybrids with traditional keyboard docks often have a small touchpad built in). Heck, we would've been happy to have a mouse instead of a carrying case, though that leathery folio is admittedly nice to have. Seriously, though, what is one supposed to do with the tablet in desktop mode with 1080p resolution and no pointing device? Particularly on such a dense screen, it is very difficult to get around the traditional Windows desktop using your fingers. As it happens, we had Logitech's Rechargeable Trackpad lying around, though most of you will need to go out and buy something, especially if you want to pull off certain Windows 8-specific gestures, like swiping in from the left to toggle through open apps. Fortunately, at least, there's a growing body of options, so assuming you're willing to shell out an extra $50 or $60, you should be fine.

DISPLAY


Acer Iconia W700 review
Acer's Aspire S7 already holds claim to one of our favorite laptop displays, so we weren't terribly surprised to find that the W700 also has a high-quality panel. This, too, is a 1080p IPS screen (this time coated in Gorilla Glass), though that resolution looks especially crisp on the smaller 11-inch screen (versus a 13-inch laptop, that is). It's the sort of thing you'll notice in desktop mode, when framing photos or even flicking through the Start Menu. With the brightness cranked all the way up to 350 nits we had no problem previewing photos we took using the stock camera app. That bodes well for indoor viewing angles as well, though it's a bummer that you can't adjust the screen angle, thanks to the fixed cradle and all. The ability to fiddle with the precise angle might come in handy if you're sitting a few feet away watching a movie, or trying to thwart glare from the overheard lights in your office. With the brightness at its max setting, we could indeed still see some reflections, but only when we bothered to look: the screen isn't so glossy that it ever distracted us from getting work done.

CAMERA


Acer Iconia W700 review
As you've probably gathered by now, we're not normally fans of tablet cameras, but we actually managed to get some usable shots from the W700. The autofocusing, 5-megapixel camera seems to home in on subjects a bit faster than other tablets we've used recently, such as the Samsung ATIV Smart PC. Colors were usually pleasing, and we even had a little bit of luck in harshly lit situations. We deliberately chose to lead with the above photo because it's a telling one: we were able to preserve the blueness of the sky (albeit, in an oversaturated way) even though the stock camera app doesn't have any sort of HDR mode. Poke around in the gallery, though, and you'll still find some pictures with washed-out backgrounds, so whatever magic at work here won't necessarily save every shot you take.

Acer Iconia W700 sample shots

PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE


PCMark73DMark063DMark11ATTO (top disk speeds)
Acer Iconia W700 (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)4,5803,548E518 / P506542 MB/s (reads); 524 MB/s (writes)
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)3,1134,066E1033 / P549136 MB/s (reads); 130 MB/s (writes)
Acer Aspire S7 (2.4GHz Core i7-3517U, Intel HD 4000)5,0114,918E1035 / P620 / X208934 MB/s (reads); 686 MB/s (writes)
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)4,4224,415E917 / P572278 MB/s (reads); 263 MB/s (writes)
Toshiba Satellite U925t (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)4,3814,210E989 / P563521 MB/s (reads); 265 MB/s (writes)
Dell XPS 12 (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)4,6734,520N/A516 MB/s (reads); 263 MB/s (writes)
By most metrics, the W700 is a fast device. Our particular test configuration has 4GB of RAM, a 128GB Toshiba-made SSD and a Core i5-3317U processor with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, the same chip you'll find on most Win 8 Ultrabooks. Despite packing similar components as competing devices, it mostly bests them in PCMark 7, and nearly matches the rest. In the disk benchmark, its read / write speeds (542 MB/s and 534 MB/s) were trumped only by the Acer Aspire S7, which has dual SSDs arranged in a speedy RAID 0 configuration (and is therefore going to be faster than anything else we test). Boot-up takes just 12 seconds, which is on par with some other Windows 8 systems we've reviewed. Also encouraging: those big honking fans on the tablet's top edge do a good job of dissipating heat, so that the device always feels cool or, at worst, lukewarm to the touch.
If anything, its Achilles' heel seems to be graphics performance, which to be fair was never a strong point for Ultrabooks and laptop / tablet hybrids. Its score of 3,548 in 3DMark06 falls far short of other Windows 8 systems, even those with the same integrated graphics solution. Even if you remove the high resolution as a variable and only compare it to other 1080p machines, it still ranks at the bottom of the list: the Aspire S7 and Dell XPS 12 both scored better on the same test despite having 1,920 x 1,080 panels of their own.
WINDOWS 8 SYSTEMS
BATTERY LIFE
Acer Iconia W7007:13
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 135:32
Dell XPS 125:30
Toshiba Satellite U925t5:10
Sony VAIO Duo 114:47
Acer Aspire S74:18
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist4:09
The W700's battery life is more typical of a low-powered ARM device.
What's funny about the W700 is that it has the same chipset as other Windows 8 machines we've tested, along with a 1080p touchscreen -- precisely the sort of thing that would normally suck the life out of a battery. And yet, the three-cell, 4,850mAh battery lasts hours longer than bigger touchscreen Windows 8 systems with similar internals. Specifically, we got seven hours and 13 minutes of runtime after looping a video off the local disk with WiFi on and the brightness fixed at 65 percent. The next runner-up in our list is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, and if you look at the numbers, it wasn't even a close contest: it managed just five and a half hours in the same test, even though it probably has room for a larger-capacity battery than the W700. It only gets worse from there: we've seen touchscreen Windows 8 systems that barely cracked four hours.
The W700 looks even more impressive when you compare it to lighter-weight, ARM-powered tablets. You wouldn't expect that to be the case -- this really isn't a fair fight -- but in fact the difference in battery life isn't as drastic as you'd imagine, especially if you take into account tablets that offer merely average endurance. TheASUS Transformer Pad TF300, for instance, lasts only about an hour longer than the W700; the Nexus 10 edges out the W700 by a mere 13 minutes.
We'll admit, the Nexus 10 offers skimpy battery life (we complained about it in our initial review). But here's the thing: we don't know of another Core i5 tablet that can even come close. Take the Surface Pro, for instance: it's expected to last half as long as the Surface for Windows RT -- i.e., about four and a half hours in our rundown test. If that's true, then the W700's battery life would seem that much more exceptional: after all, the W700 and the Surface Pro are close cousins, at least as far as key specs go. It's incredible, then, that the W700's battery life is more typical of a low-powered ARM device.

SOFTWARE


Acer Iconia W700 review
It's never a good sign when a company needs two large clusters of Live Tiles just to showcase all the bloatware it installed. Indeed, there's a lot of pre-installed software here -- some of it useful, along with plenty more we could do without. On board, we have Amazon.com; the Kindle reader; Netflix; iCookBook; Hulu Plus; the music streaming service 7digital; Evernote; eBay; Skitch; ChaCha; StumbleUpon; the TuneIn internet radio service; Skype; Acer's CrystalEye webcam software; Spotify; newsXpresso; and a trial of McAfee Internet Suite. But wait, there's more: you'll also find a handful of games, including ZeptolabThe Treasures of Montezuma 3and Shark Dash. AcerCloud, meanwhile, is less crapware; it's Acer's unlimited cloud storage service, which allows you to use iOS and Android apps to access your content remotely.
There's even Acer Explorer, an app for getting to know all the pre-installed apps. So basically, inception.

CONFIGURATION OPTIONS AND WARRANTY

The W700 starts at $800 with a 1.8GHz Core i3 processor and a 64GB SSD, though other specs, including the graphics solution and 1080p display, remain the same. The $900 configuration steps up to a Core i5 CPU, but still has 64GB of storage. The $999 model, the one we tested, combines an i5 chip with a larger 128GB solid-state drive. There's also a $1,149 one with the same specs, except it has Windows 8 Pro installed and has a warranty that lasts for two years instead of one.
Whichever you choose, the cradle and Bluetooth keyboard are both included. Pretty impressive when you remember that other companies, like Samsung and Microsoft, are still selling the keyboard separately for some or all of their configurations. So kudos to Acer for just tossing it in, and at a lower starting price, to boot.

THE COMPETITION


Acer Iconia W700 review
We get what Acer was going for here and really, it's an intriguing proposition: a hybrid that can be used as a standalone tablet, but is powerful enough to be your next laptop. As we said, it's fast and offers awesomely long battery life, but we suspect you'd feel more comfortable researching a few similar options before shelling out a thousand bucks.
We mentioned the Surface Pro, though it doesn't even go on sale until next month. At that point, it will start at $900 for the 64GB model, with the fantastic Touch Cover keyboard sold separately. As with the Surface RT, we expect we'll enjoy the Surface Pro's sturdy kickstand and comfy typing experience. Not to mention, it's comprised of fewer pieces than the W700. Still, it is rated for shorter battery life (but we already told you about that). The ASUS TAICHI, a convertible Ultrabook with dual 1080p screens, is also tempting but we haven't seen it creep into retail just yet. Certainly, we haven't had the chance to review one, so we can't vouch for its performance or overall quality right now.
The W700 succeeds in being powerful while still lasting seven-plus hours on a charge. Most other Core i5 tablets don't have that going for them.
One option that is available now is the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, aka theSeries 7 Slate, which retails for $1,200 and up. This, too, has a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD and an 11-inch 1080p display. The difference, though, is that the tablet supports both pen and finger input, and comes loaded with the same S Pen apps you'll find on theGalaxy Note 10.1. Also, the keyboard dock has a built-in touchpad, so you don't have to use a standalone mouse in desktop mode.
Suppose you only occasionally need to use your PC in tablet mode. Why not get a more traditional-looking touchscreen Ultrabook that can morph into a slate when you need it to? If you go that route, we suggest the Dell XPS 12 ($1,200 and up), which is only slightly bigger than the Acer Iconia W700, but still adds a 1080p screen and a fantastic keyboard.
If it were us shopping, we'd avoid sliders altogether. In general, the propped-up display eats into the usable keyboard space, which means you're stuck with a cramped keyboard. Also, who wants their PC's display to be exposed all the time? In particular, we found the 11-inch Toshiba Satellite U925t has poor build quality (on top of all those other issues), along with short battery life and loud fan noise. And though we're still wrapping up our review of the Sony VAIO Duo 11, we'll tell you now that many of these complaints apply there, too.

WRAP-UP


DNP Acer Iconia W700 review a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life
After unboxing the W700 and putting the cradle dock together, we didn't think we were going to like it very much. As it turns out, we like it quite a bit, and we think you might too, but you'll have to get past some surface flaws in order to truly appreciate it. The W700 is thick and heavy, even for a tablet with a Core i5 processor, and though it's solidly built, it has a boxy look that can be off-putting. The good news is that it's fast, even among Windows 8 PCs, and offers surprisingly long runtime. If we're honest, we never expected Core i5 tablets to be very longevous, and meanwhile touchscreen Ultrabooks have been consistently disappointing on the battery life front, so it's impressive that the W700 succeeds in being powerful while still lasting seven-plus hours on a charge. Most other Core i5 tablets don't have that going for them.
Finally, let's not forget the cost: even the $800 model comes with a cradle and dock, which is pretty aggressive pricing for a product in this class. For $900, in particular, you can get one with a Core i5 CPU and 64 gigs of storage. Compare that to the Surface Pro, which will start at $900 with the same CPU and no keyboard included. Granted, we prefer the Surface's lightweight, connectable keyboard, but that's beside the point: Microsoft could take a cue from Acer on pricing here.
The problem, though, is that the W700's cradle design doesn't make much sense. It's fine if you plan on using your tablet at your desk most of the time, but then you wouldn't get to appreciate the long battery life, would you? The design might also suit people who need just a tablet when traveling, but if that's the case, why not get a Surface? Why would you buy a tablet with this kind of horsepower if you thought you wouldn't need the desktop on the go? Ultimately, you could pack up the tablet and keyboard separately, but it's a pain, and the components take up a good deal of space. We suggest you use the case as a stand instead, but with the understanding that you'll have just one USB port: the one on the tablet itself. So, the quirky design doesn't rise to the level of a dealbreaker, but we do hope that Acer reconsiders the keyboard dock as it designs the inevitable follow-up product. After all, for a portable device like this, less would almost certainly be more.