Oman technology: These gadgets are not so cool

08 Nov 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Two smartphones, a laptop and a home assistant — and they come out of famous stables. Alvin Thomas checks out the gadgets that aren’t really truly cool but seem like it.

On the surface

You probably were given an option between leather and fabric when you were shopping for a new car. But now, you can choose between having various shades of alcantara (a posh fabric) for your next laptop, if you’re opting for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, that is. Yes, we can already see the shortfalls: cleanliness and durability. But, if you want your laptop to complement your designer handbag, then things (slowly) start to make sense. Of course, it comes packing a powerful seventh-generation Intel i7 processor (with i5 and m3 options), a 512GB Solid State Drive (!), 16GB of built-in RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 and an 8-megapixel front-facing HD camera. Just make sure to keep your greasy mitts off the panel and the 12.3-inch wide HD screen. It retails for roughly RO538 from

X marks the spot

Apple fans can rejoice! The all-new de facto king of the smartphone world has arrived. Yes, it’s the iPhone X, and it’s everything you read about recently, and… well… nothing more. Oh, but you already know that. In any case, the “new” iPhone X (ten) is quite innovative. For starters, it looks modern, much like the Samsung Galaxy S8. The screen is 5.8 inches wide and wraps around the fascia. It has a mere 82.9 per cent body-to-screen ratio, too (!) The phone packs a potent Apple A11 Bionic chipset and a tri-core GPU chipset for graphics processing. You will also get 3gigs of RAM, and a neat 12-megapixel and 7-megapixel camera on the front and rear, respectively. The phone will be able to recognise your face for security purposes. Buy it for RO380 from

A cut above

Canadian company Blackberry may be out of the tech scene but they’re hoping to stage a comeback with their all-new smartphone – the Blackberry Motion. Sadly, the company hasn’t fulfilled its earlier promise of an all-screen phone and instead only rocks a small 5.5-inch wide scratch-proof screen. The specifications aren’t all too shabby, though. The device is powered by a fairly potent Snapdragon 625 chipset and an octa-core CPU. On the plus side, you get 4gigs of RAM, a decent 8-megapixel snapper and a fingerprint reader. Ironically, all of its competitors are miles ahead of the game; Huawei has also started artificial-intelligence with its new Mate 10. Get it for RO216 from

Echoes of Battle
Finally, a real gadget that has me going. Sure, house monitors may be a thing of the past but with its mammoth seven-inch screen and 5-megapixel on-board CAMERA, the Amazon Echo Show is striking to look at and functional too. As expected, you can control your personal assistant – Alexa – using only your voice, and avail her help to stream music, play videos, or even watch live feed from your wireless security cameras. You can also conduct video calls with your friends and family with ease. The device looks slick and feels plush with its high-grade plastic construction. Buy it for RO91.9 from (shipping charges apply)

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