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Microsoft exposed Windows Phone 7.8 last week. The system update got a bit of stage time information were still a bit lite. The Windows Phone group uploaded the video above and it ought to clear up some confusion around the new Beginning Screen.
Windows 8 brings a host of new characteristics, however many are concealed from the user, including the platform ’ s kernel. For more desirable or worse, the greatest visible change involves the Beginning Screen that will feature re-sizable tiles. However existing Windows Phone will not have the ability to leap on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon due to devices requirements. And so, to most likely avoid a mad mob of users, Microsoft is delivering the brand-new Start Screen to existing phones with the Windows Phone 7.8 update.
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According to reports, an upcoming Android update for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones could save the Korean electronic giant from a preliminary injunction imposed by a Dutch court at the request of the iPhone maker. It's been only a couple of days since …
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Let’s take a look at the 2010 Range Rover Supercharged infotainments systems because after all, shopping for in-vehicle technology is just about as important as feeling out the powertrain and suspension. Often these creature comforts can make or break a vehicle. But not the Range Rover Supercharged. Nope. Even though the infotainment stack is antiquated and the LCD dash cluster is nothing more than a novelty, the rest of the vehicle more than makes up for these letdowns.
See, the center LCD screen that controls media functions and navigation feels like a carry-over from a 2008-ish vehicle and that’s not good considering this 2010 Range Rover prices out north of $ 100k. The whole user interface feels a bit off. The system isn’t missing anything per se, but is just poorly designed. The layouts have strange control schemes, many of the menu’s only have one option, and the navigation looks like something from a department store GPS. Yes, it could be so much better, but I still love this truck.
Take the fancy-pants LCD dash cluster. It’s novel, I’ll give it that, but it’s not all that functional in practice. It has none of the sweet functions of the Jaguar’s implementation. It simply displays two round analog dials with a menu system between them. The Range Rover’s cousin, Jaguar, also uses an LCD screens for some models but features some nifty tricks such as replacing the fuel gauge with navigation maps on the fly. There’s none of this on the Range Rover’s version. Only during one off-road mode does the right analog dial scoot over a bit to display the vehicle’s differential settings.
You would think that with an LCD screen, an owner could customize their gauge cluster however they want. Nope, there’s only one option and that’s a silly spotlight mode that dims the gauges except where the needles are pointing. You can see this in the video and the pic above. I spoke with a Range Rover engineer extensively about the lack of options and apparently a committee decided to limit the amount of customization. For what reason, I do not know. Honestly, the LCD screen gauge cluster is a bit of a disappointment and I would rather see classic analog gauges with an LCD between them if customizing isn’t available.
The rear seat entertainment suite hits a home run, though. There are two LCD monitors sunk into the front seat headrests and are totally independent from each other. Passengers can watch a DVD from the 6-disc changer or content from either of the two composite video inputs. Everything is controlled from a large wireless remote housed in the rear-seat armrest — yes, I said wireless.
It’s clear within minutes of playing around with the in-vehicle electronics that they were not a primary focus for designers. A $ 25,000 Ford impresses more. However, the systems in the Range Rover get the job done and aren’t bad enough to totally rule out purchasing this vehicle. More to come on Friday with our full overview and as always, drop your questions below and we’ll try to answer them.
The Range Rover is an iconic statement whether it’s cruising a city or traversing some wild land. It’s big, bold, and boisterous — just the way it should be. The 2010 (and half) Range Rover Supercharged maintains that high-brow pedigree but adds a bunch of gadgetry to the mix. It’s that technology that we’re here for. Sure, the Range Rover Supercharged can tackle just about any surface on Earth, but does it have the electronic chops to stand in the $ 100k club? That’s what we’re after.
We just took delivery of vehicle a few hours ago and are more than ready to spend a week with the 510bhp SUV. Our initial survey found the staple LCD infotainment screen and also the new for this model year, an LCD dash cluster. Instead of traditional analog dials, the Range Rover, like its Jaguar cousins, sports a large LCD screen as its main cluster. It’s a crowd-pleaser for sure.
Most everything about this Range Rover screams confident luxury. The leather is supple and seats comfy. Even the buttons and knobs give a good amount of satisfying feedback. There’s a bit of standard Ford OEM parts throughout though, most notably the window switches and overhead panels, but for the most part the materials say $ 100k.
We have this model for the rest of the week. Drop any questions you might have in the comments below and we’ll get to them eventually. Expect a video demonstrating the infotainment screen Wednesday, followed by a full overview Friday. Until then, spend a few minutes ogling the pics below. She’s beautiful.
Range Rover Supercharged
- 5.0-liter Supercharged V8
- 461 lb-ft torque
- Air suspension–multiple vehicle heights
- Permanent four-wheel drive with locking center and rear differential
- 1,300 Watt Harman Kardon Audio system
- Bluetooth and iDevice connectivity
- Rear seat entertainment system
- LCD gauge cluster
- Dual 6-disc DVD & CD changers
Price as tested: $ 102,025