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Then And Now – The Battle Of Technology From 2001 vs 2011

Technology is evolving so fast that I’m getting tired keeping up with the latest trends. Each day I read about a new mobile phone or a state of the art laptop. Nowadays we have ebooks, multi-touch lcd’s, 3D TV and much more but I think we lost the emotion and the joy that we had 10-15 years ago when a new device was launched. In this article you can see 10 products that was launched circa 2001 and their followers in our days.

1. Sony KV-32S42 vs Sony Bravia XBR-HX909

Product Description for Sony KV-32S42

Get quality picture and sound with this 32M-^RM-^R TV from Sony! A Trinitron« picture tube, digital comb filter, & velocity scan modulation produce a picture with amazing clarity & vivid color. But thereM-^Rs more to this TV than a great picture – simulated surround sound adds intensity to any program, and variable/fixed audio output jacks allow you to control the volume of an audio system with the TV remote. Plus, rear A/V inputs hide unsightly cables. Sony puts it all together into one incredible TV!

Product Description for Sony Bravia XBR-HX909

Experience the pinnacle of Sony picture quality with the BRAVIA® XBR HX909 Series LCD HDTV with 3D. Designed to deliver outstanding Full HD 1080p resolution, this high-definition television features advanced LED backlighting technology for incredibly high contrast levels, deep blacks and bright whites. It also features Motionflow™ PRO 240Hz for crisp, fluid motion in fast-action scenes. And when you’re ready, transform your entertainment and enjoy 3D movies, sports, and videogames in Full HD 1080p when you add the Sony 3D sync transmitter and 3D active glasses

2. Nokia 3310 vs Nokia E7-00

Product Description for Nokia 3310

The 3310 is a compact but somewhat heavy (133 g) phone featuring an 84 x 48 monochrome display. It has a lighter 115 g battery variant which has fewer features; for example the 133g battery version has the start-up image of two hands touching while the 115 g version doesn’t. It is a slightly rounded rectangular unit that is typically held in the palm of a hand, with the buttons operated with the thumb. The blue button is the main button for selecting options, with “C” button as a “back” or “undo” button. Up and down buttons are used for navigation purposes.

Product Description for Nokia E7-00

The E7 weighs about 176 grams and has dimensions of (123.7) x (62.4) x (13.6) mm. its capacitive touch screen is 4-inch diagonally. For the cameras, it has 8 Megapixel with dual LED flash with Face recognition capability and a secondary camera perfect for video calls. It supports GPRS/EDGE class B, HSDPA Cat9 and WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n for data connectivity.

3. Dell Inspiron 8000 vs Dell Inspiron 17R

Product Description for Dell Inspiron 8000

This Inspiron 8000 features a 15-inch screen with a native resolution of 1400 by 1050 (a 1600-by-1200 screen also is available), dual pointing devices, and a set of dual-purpose buttons that can either control audio CDs or launch applications. The sensible bay design includes a fixed 8X DVD-ROM drive and a removable floppy drive; this arrangement lets you carry two optical drives at once, for instance, or two batteries and a DVD-ROM drive so you can watch back-to-back DVD movies on your next cross-country flight.

Product Description for Dell Inspiron 17R

A newly designed 17.3″ (44 cm) widescreen HD+ display brings life closer.  Expect more with Intel Core™ i3 and i5 processors.The Inspiron 17R laptop’s sleek new design is not only easy on the eyes, it also seamlessly travels by your side without getting in your way.

4. iMac G4 (2002 model) vs iMac unibody

Description for iMac G4 (2002 model)

It has a new futuristic form factor and contains a 700 or an 800 MHz G4 processor, and is only available in white. The display is now a 15-inch LCD, easily positioned by the “swing arm” attaching it to the base. (15-inch, 800 MHz model is M8535LL/A).

Description for iMac unibody

New quad-core Intel Core i5 processors are standard on the new iMac. Choose a 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.5GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5. Or expand your view with a 27-inch iMac featuring a 2.7GHz or 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5.

5. HP Compaq tablet PC vs iPad 2

Description for HP Compaq tablet PC

Officially launched in 2001, the Tablet PC, which integrates a touch-screen display with a keyboard, remained a very niche product for the entire decade.

Description for iPad 2

Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dual-core A5 chip. The same 10-hour battery life.1 All in a thinner, lighter design. Now iPad is even more amazing. And even less like anything else.

6. Sony PlayStation 2 vs PlayStation 3 (2006+)

Description for Sony PlayStation 2

The development of the PS2 was first announced to the public in April 1999.  The PS2 had some unique features, not present in any other console.  At its heart was an Emotion Engine, which was created by both Sony and Toshiba allowing the whole system to be backwards compatible with older Playstation games as well as be able to play games in the newer DVD format.  The PS2 had a hardware mode called Texture Interpolation to anti-alias the edges of graphics.

Description for Sony PlayStation 3

Released on November 11, 2006, the PlayStation 3 is the third and current iteration in the series. It competes with the Xbox 360 and the Wii in the seventh generation of video game consoles. It is the first console in the series to introduce the use of motion controls in games through the use of the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller along with other features, such as Blu-ray Disc and Full High-definition resolution graphics capability. The PlayStation 3 comes in 20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB, 160 GB, 120 GB, 250 GB, and 320 GB, with only the 160, and 320 being the current models.

7. Blackberry 5810 vs Blackberry Torch 9800

Description for Blackberry 5810

The Blackberry 5810 was one of the first evolutionary changes to the Blackberry. The unit not only offered the same abilities of the Blackberry 850, it added a larger screen that more than doubled its display capacity. The 5810 allowed for up to 10 email accounts to sync to the device, which is where the new evolution concluded in terms of memory and syncing. The biggest advantage? Research In Motion announced 1900mhz GSM/GPRS network support, alas the first commercially-available mobile/PDA with full email sync was born.

Description for Blackberry Torch 9800

Announced 2010, August. Features 3G, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and much more. With 8 GB of memory, expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card, feel free to immerse yourself in all that inspires you.

8. NEC MultiSync LCD2010X-BK vs LED Apple Cinema 27 inch

Description for NEC MultiSync LCD2010X-BK

Whether you are an imaging professional or just a serious online gamer, you’ll love the size and clarity of the NEC Multisync LCD2010X. Offering a 20.1-inch totally flat LCD view screen in a sleek black frame, it combines strength and beauty in one exceptional monitor. The 1,280 x 1,024 native resolution, 75 Hz refresh rate, and 16 million colors provide vivid pics.

Description for LED Apple Cinema 27 inch

A 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology. Connect your Mac with Mini DisplayPort to the LED Cinema Display for a panoramic viewing experience unlike any other. You get a huge 27-inch glossy widescreen display with a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and an astonishing 2560-by-1440 resolution. With 60 percent more pixels than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display, the 27-inch LED Cinema Display gives you even more room for all your windows and applications.

9. iPod First Gen vs iPod touch

Description for iPod First Gen
The first iPod was released in late October 2001, and was the first player to utilize Toshiba’s 1.8″ hard drives. Despite being compatible only with Mac and only supporting Firewire, it sold well due to the size/storage solution and the easy interface. The first version was 5GB, but a 10GB version was released later.

Description for iPod touch

New thinner design including two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording, hold button moved to top right corner, Retina display similar to iPhone 4, Apple A4 chip.

10. Shuttle SV24 vs Boxee


Description for Shuttle SV24

This thing is a tiny little box, measuring roughly 10.5″ x 7.5″ x 6.75″  has a mouse, keyboard, serial, VGA, S-Video, parallel, composite video, dual IEEE 1394 (Firewire), Ethernet RJ-45, audio in, audio out. It was used for streaming audio and video content to a TV set.

Description for Boxee

Boxee is a device that finds them and puts them on your TV. It’s easy to use and even better, there’s no monthly fee.








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