The Media Guru
Aug 28, 2010



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It’s time again to visit our annual tech trade fair organised by the NCB – Infotech.

 

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Orange Expo?

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Before entering SVCC, one thing you’ll notice is this Great Wall being built.

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Actually, it’s the Port Louis Ring Road.

 

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At the entrance of the Conference Centre, there were two donation boxes to collect money for the Pakistan flood victims.

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Going in, there’s the Career area on the right.

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Avatar area on the left. :p

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12 screens joined together at the reception.

 

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Finally we enter the big bazaar. Here, the eShop stand & the huge Cash & Carry stand.

 

Cash & Carry

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With every Infotech, Cash & Carry seizes the opportunity to offer discounts on a huge variety of gadgets, including laptops.

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Taking a self-portrait. :)

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More laptops & LCD monitors.

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Nokia N97, X6, 5800… all class-B smartphones.

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Nikon S8000, L21 & L22. No DSLRs. :D

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Aha! 3D on a Samsung LED TV. After trying out the glasses (Rs 9k a pair), I’m still unconvinced. 3D lacks the depth of real-world objects. & when you focus on one point of the screen, the other areas lose the 3D effect. To conclude, it’s a marketing gimmick & a head-ache.

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Coming to back to TVs, it seems Cash & Carry have pulled out all the stops to promote their HDTVs.

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The public was definitely wooed.

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Cash & Carry’s “iMax” lineup. :p

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40” Samsung LED TV. These LED-backlit TVs provide better contrast, greater viewing angles & incredible thinness… at not-so-affordable price.

 

HM Rawat

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At the Rawat stand, I saw this.

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Magnification via a microscope of the internal circuit of a phone.

 

Galaxy

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The Rs 80k Asus 3D laptop. Another gimmick.

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The Rs 110k 46” Samsung LED TV. :)

 

eShop

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More self-portraits… this time with a touchscreen MSI Wind Top.

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Macbooks.

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Magic Mouse, an ergonomic nightmare.

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& the iPad, an over-sized iPod Touch. No hands-on, no demo. At least, it’s turned on, better than Courts’ Rs 40k "64MB" dead iPad.

 

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….

 

Courts

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The Super AMOLEDs Samsung Wave & Jet.

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The Motorola Droid Milestone.

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Canon EOS 450D, which has been succeeded by the 500D, which has been succeeded by the 550D. Oh well…

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Nintendo Wii & XBOX 360. This reminds me that I’ve never played with a console… :|

 

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MBC stand with Sam Amigan & co.

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Radioplus stand with Guillaume.

 

Interactive Whiteboard

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Basically, it’s a finger tracker which then allows interactivity with the OS – like a huge touchscreen.

 

Orange

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This is the Tabbee, a crablet (short for crap tablet).

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The Samsung Wave. The Super AMOLED screen is awesome, but Bada OS is a joke, a copycat.

 

Emtel

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As always, Emtel have the most innovative stand. I wish their products were the same.

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& the over-hyped Emtel girls…

 

To conclude, zero innovation, zero new technologies, gadgets that are 6 months (or years) old & very few product demos & hands-on. That said, if you are looking to buy something, Infotech might be the perfect place to get bargains (assuming that you haven’t already found it cheaper online). Otherwise, Infotech is just a place for window shopping. Duh!

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Anonymous said...

Agree with you that the Emtel babes are way over-hyped! :D

Sun said...

The nokia X6 at 10k! :O Thats nice!!!

But is this a tradefair? or is it infotech? Perhaps missier le ministre should read this article. All those publicity they made of the ipad being there, and its just in vitrine , and turned on? (did you check if it was a real ipad or just a printed glowing page? ) I can see that on my PC screen too!

What more INNOVATION was there?

is it too much to ask for? Perhaps Microsoft Kinect Demo?
3D Gaming Experience? Latest Phones!!!!(nokia c6.. damn... i'm still waiting). Norton? wtf?

What part of the tour showed that mauritius was " INTELLIGENT MAURITIUS ".

To the 'honorable' minister of techno, please, do not mock us ,IT-people, just say its an Electronics Mega Trade Fair 2010.

Yashvin said...

Once again, no need to say, but I will say again, NICE REVIEW.
Definitely, the INFOTECH is just a trade fair, "ene la foire computer".

Atleast for those going there by bus, I hope that you enjoyed your journey :P

carrotmadman6 said...

@Sun
For all intents & purposes, X6 & C6 are the same crap. Buy the X6, it's better.

@Yashvin
Had to wait for 30 mins, both aller & retour. :(

Anonymous said...

I went to the Infotech today and I wasn't impressed at all! Those 3D glasses were crap! *smh*

Tushal said...

Cash and Carry. . . 365 jours li reste meme promotion meme li. . 20%..30%. mais selment so prix reste pareil.mo sire, meme si demain li met 99% discount, prix la pou reste pareil. .

The Emtel babes were UGLY. .

Inf said...

@Yashvin: Not "ene la foire computer". "Ene la foire electronics" I agree. Didn't see a lot of computer parts there.

Emtel girls are over-hyped alright. They were expected this time around. As I said on Yashvin's blog: "Deja vu".

curiousEngine said...

Nice pics!

Hey :

"At least, it’s turned on, better than Courts’ Rs 40k 64MB dead iPad"

Its 64GB Wifi iPad

carrotmadman6 said...

@Ashesh
Look in Courts' pamphlet - it's written 64MB instead of 64GB. :p

Anonymous said...

I read in the papers that the iPad will soon be available at Rs 20-25 000!

carrotmadman6 said...

@Anonymous
I also read that & I guess it's the 16GB Wifi one.

keshav said...

You mentioned that Bada OS is a copycat, a copycat of what?

carrotmadman6 said...

@keshav
Mostly iOS, but I also saw tidbits of Sense UI & Android during the demo.
The Wave hardware is great, but Bada OS isn't. I prefer the Galaxy S. :)

keshav said...

I thought that the Wave and the Galaxy S shared the same DNA, OS-wise. I would buy the Wave but it's kinda overpriced.

carrotmadman6 said...

@keshav
The Wave & Galaxy S look similar because both have TouchWiz UI. But the Galaxy S runs it on top of Android (& it can be replaced). :)

JT said...

Emtel girls look like over powdered DOLLS !!

Yash said...

@media guru : kan to prend to self-portarait lor stand cash and carry, eski mo p bien trouvé ou zot p enkor vend banne computers ek windows ?? ou ti un netbook ca? non, paski la si banne la p vend banne computer avec windows xp lor la dans infotech2010, ena bel problem...

Yash

carrotmadman6 said...

@Yash
En netbook sa avec XP. :)

Yasir said...

LOL!! As expected ;) pa pou ena innovation sa..

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