Thursday, December 15, 2011

World’s Cheapest Tablet Aakash Goes on Sale

The ultra low cost Indian tablet is now available for consumers who were eagerly waiting for this pocket-friendly yet powerful device. Developed jointly by Datawind & IIT-Rajasthan and manufactured by Quad (India-based company), Aakash is a seven inch tablet computer that features 256MB RAM, ARM11 366MHz processor, Wi-Fi, 2GB internal memory, and 32GB expansion capacity. Running on Android Froyo, the tablet comes with Li-Ion 2100mAh battery.

So, what is it that has created a buzz about Aakash in market? It is definitely the unmatched price at which you can buy the tablet. Shelling out Rs.2,500 is definitely a no big deal for Indian consumers and it is expected that Aakash will get popular amongst students.

Ubislate7, the upgraded version of Aakash is also up for pre-orders. The tablet has better processor i.e. ARM Cortex A8 700MHz and runs on Android Gingerbread. It is GPRS & Wi-Fi enabled and comes with 3200mAh battery. Ubislate7 will be available in January 2012 at an extremely affordable price of Rs.2,999.
You can buy Aakash tablet online. Click for direct link

Friday, December 2, 2011

Spice Mi-350 Lacks in Skype Support

The Indian mobile maker Spice has recently launched a touchscreen Android phone Mi-350 in market. In no time, Mi-350 became popular because of being bundled with good features at an affordable price.

Mi-350 is an Android Gingerbread phone with features such as 3.4 inch capacitive touchscreen, 3.2MP front & VGA secondary camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, and 32GB expandable memory. Everything about the phone is good except the experiment Spice has done with the chipset.

Mi-350 is the first device that comes with Mediatek MT6573 chipset. It is because of the chipset, this Android Gingerbread phone won't let you use Skype. A lot of customers are talking about this problem, but no solution to this problem has been found out till date.

Overall performance of the phone is good. Click here for a detailed review of Mi-350. Websites like Saholic are giving a good deal on this product by selling it for Rs.8,501.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nokia Windows Mango 7.5 Phone Review - The Good & The Bad Things

When everybody was expecting Nokia to finally adapt to Android OS, the Finnish cellphone manufacturer decided to count upon Microsoft for improving its market presence. It was 6 months back, Nokia officially announced that its new phone will be running on Windows. And the company has recently launched two Windows phones, Lumia 800 and 710 in market.

Running on OS 7.5 Mango, both the phones have received a mixed response in market. Now, the next big question is, will Nokia be able to re-establish itself in the market with Windows mobile?

Microsoft’s Philosophy

Microsoft doesn’t believe in post PC World. The software giant has always tried to keep the products in its very own ecosystem. This is quite apparent when we see that most of the Microsoft’s software are compatible with most PCs.

Recently, Microsoft has disappointed consumers by announcing that there would be no tablet edition of Windows 7. The next version of Windows, i.e. Windows 8 will run on tablet, PC, and even cellphones. What I believe is, there’s no need of a different OS for different classes of devices provided, it is designed properly. If you are amongst the users who just can’t go anywhere without their tablet but also want Microsoft app, just plug-in the keyboard & mouse and within seconds, your tablet will turn to PC.

Mixed Response Received by Nokia’s Windows Phone

It was in the month of April when Nokia signed a deal with Microsoft and within 6 months it has launched two Windows phones in market. Let’s talk about the good and the bad things in Windows 7.5 Mango device.
The first thing you will notice is clean and crisp Metro UI. What is so impressive about the UI is that it doesn’t look like a copy of iOS (Android UI looks are a bit inspired by iPhone’s interface). Customizable live tiles are neatly placed in two columns on the screen. These tiles basically are replacement of widgets that we find in Android or Symbian phones. Users get the flexibility of having multiple tiles for fone app, which is absent in other software platforms.

One thing that was missing in previous version of Windows was merging of multiple mailboxes into one. You can now combine multiple email accounts into one consolidated tile. Microsoft has gone a step further by giving users the freedom to choose the email accounts they want to merge, which is not offered by most mobile OS. Moreover, all the conversations will be threaded in Windows 7.5 mobile. There is another functionality in the new Windows OS and I am sure you will love it. Supposedly, you are chatting with a friend on Gtalk and he has to log off. If you are still exchanging SMS with him, all his Gtalk messages will be visible in the threaded conversation.

Microsoft has also added Twitter & LinkedIn in People hub and Internet Explorer 9 with GPU acceleration in Windows Mango.

There have been talks about the absence of dual-core processor support in Windows 7.5 Mango devices. According to Microsoft developers, there was no significant performance gain by using dual-core processor and it was also affecting the battery efficiency.

What is Missing in Windows 7.5 Mango Mobile?

Your Windows 7.5 phone cannot be used as a USB drive. We know how easy it is to transfer data to PC from an Android device. Just connect the phone to PC and you are done. There is an exclusion of universal standard in Windows Mango phone and all the content will be transferred via Zune Desktop app on Windows PC. If you are a Mac owner, “Mac Connector” is the app for you but no such support is available for Linux machines.

Windows 7.5 phone is capable of multitasking but users are finding flaws in this feature. It has been told that applications don’t run in background because they get frozen. This is mostly happening with third party apps.
Windows phone marketplace is still evolving. At present there are around 25,000 apps but users are talking about “service unavailable” error received while purchasing or downloading an app.

The Conclusion

When a new product hits the market, it just cannot escape from being compared. Same is happening with Windows 7.5 Mango powered Nokia phones. Now what provides a Windows 7.5 phone an edge over other OS is its ubiquity. Windows OS currently captures 86% percent of the global market, which makes it easier for a Windows Mobile owner to connect his device and transfer the data.

There are some flaws in the Windows 7.5 Mango OS, but considering the newness of the OS, we can overlook them and wait for Microsoft to soon come up with an improved & more stable Windows 7.5 Mango upgrade.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Nokia 500 Review

There’s one more addition to Nokia’s lineup of smartphones. Running on Anna, Nokia 500 is first Symbian device with 1GHz processor. The latest entrant by Nokia looks stylish, feels great in hand, and comes with lot of features at a pocket friendly price.

Nokia has released the phone in shades of Blue, Red, Green, Pink, Black& White and every unit comes with 2 additional back covers. If you are a Nokia phone lover, this new entry is a delight for you. One thing I would like to emphasize about is the look and feel of the phone. Though, Nokia 500 is 14.1mm thick but it feels so sleek and light weighted in hand. Nokia has not compromised with the quality of plastic body and the phone is definitely sturdy.
Nokia 500 has 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen with nHD display for an improved view. It has ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the display brightness, proximity sensor for turning off the display automatically, and accelerometer sensor for portrait & landscape view.

Coming to connectivity options you get in Nokia 500. Well, it’s a 3G phone without secondary camera that means no video calling support. But, the device has quadband 2G and pentaband 3G support that will reduce the chances of call drop. Wi-Fi b/g, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps are other advantages of the phone.

5MP camera is the new standard in the mid-range phone market and Nokia 500 is no exception. It lacks in flash but has additional camera features like Geotagging, white balance modes, image editor, and more.

Nokia 500 runs on Symbian Anna OS and has 1GHz processor, which makes it the first Anna device with such a powerful processor. Drawback is the 256MB RAM that slows down the processing speed of the phone. Internal memory of the phone is again low. 2GB built-in memory that is expandable up to 32GB. But, affordable pricing of the phone surely compensates for this.

It has Ovi Chat for instant messaging, push email, and mail for exchange support. You can play Flash videos as the phone comes loaded with Adobe Flash Play 4.0. Live TV is another catch of the phone but I am not sure how Indian consumers are going to be benefitted with this feature.

Nokia 500 has A-GPS support, comes with Ovi maps, Wi-Fi positioning to get location info in case there are no GPS signals, and of course digital compass for additional assistance. Then, you have Quickoffice app for creating and editing all documents, excel sheets, and presentations. Social networking is common in almost all the phones.

Nokia is making efforts to firmly place itself once again in market. If we take a closer look at Nokia 500, the device is worth buying. It has got stylish looks, big screen, better display, Symbian Anna OS, 1GHz processor, and a decent 5MP camera. When you are looking for a phone priced under Rs.10,000, Nokia 500 is an option worth considering.

Best deal on Nokia 500 - Available for Rs.9,524 at Saholic

Friday, October 21, 2011

Android Phones That Fit Into Your Budget

Android phones have become so popular in market that the open source platform “Android” is expected to capture around 50% of market share by 2012. By seeing the growth in numbers of Android lovers worldwide, cellphone manufacturers have shifted their focus from Proprietary OS to this open source platform.

Android is for everyone. Where cellphone companies are launching heavily priced Android devices like Galaxy S and HTC Desire HD in market, they are also targeting a segment of buyers who do not prefer spending much on their mobile phones.

This time we have covered some of the good but definitely not the most expensive Android phones in market. Ranging between Rs.5,000-11,000, check out what these phones got to offer: 

Spice Mi-310

We can’t call it the cheapest Android phone, but it has every feature a phone owner wish to have in his device. The 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen phone has resolution of 480x320 pixels. It runs on Android Froyo OS, which is not upgradable to Gingerbread. The phone has 3G and Wi-Fi b/g support, good enough to keep you connected.

Though, the camera is 2MP but image quality is fine. You can record videos and adjust brightness level of the phone. Moreover, it has night vision that enhances the quality of the image taken at night or under bad lighting conditions.

The phone has push email and support for Gmail. You can stay connected with friends with the Gtalk instant messenger and social networking apps supported by the phone. Other than this, it has A-GPS and Google Maps support.

Spice Mi-310 is available for Rs.6,900 on Saholic 

Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 

A stylish and slim phone from Samsung, Galaxy Fit is popular in market because of its build quality, impressive UI and of course of its Android Froyo OS. The phone has 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen and support for 16M colors. The phone has 3G support with download speed of 7.2Mbps and Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity.

Wow…the camera is 5 megapixels but flash is missing. Still the phone is packed with features like 3x digital zoom, autofocus, white balance modes, and ISO settings. You can not only record but also watch YouTube videos as the phone supports streaming.

And there’s lot more – Galaxy Fit has 600MHz processor, supports multitasking, A-GPS, eCompass, QuickOffice document editor/viewer, push email, Gtalk, Facebook, and everything else you desire a smartphone to come with.

Samsung has priced the phone intelligently. It is available for Rs.10,500 on

HTC Wildfire A3333

The Android Éclair phone with Sense UI, HTC Wildfire is a hit in market because of its stylish look and the so-reasonable price tag. The Froyo upgrade for device was released long ago by HTC. Wildfire has 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass display for scratch & damage resistance. The smartphone comes packed with accelerometer, gravity, ambient light, and proximity sensors.

The phone supports wide range of audio and video formats. Further, it has Shazam application that will help you in recognizing and buying music. Where 3G will increase the browsing speed, Wi-Fi will save a lot of your bucks.

Click amazing pictures with the 5MP camera and LED flash. Since it supports 3G and has 528MHz processor, watching videos on YouTube will not invite too much of buffering & will be smooth. The phone has Adobe Flash Player support too.

What’s Else is Inside the Device?

The phone comes with security features such as Remote Wipe that allows you to remotely lock the phone by sending a text command, in case your device gets stolen.

Other than providing A-GPS and eCompass support, HTC has added Footprints and My Tracks features in the phone.

If you are one of those who can’t live without checking & adding FB updates, you will fall in love with the HTC Wildfire. It has some native apps of HTC including Friendstream, HTC Peep, and What the Doodle (a social multiplayer drawing game).

You get all this and more at a price of Rs.9999, which is not-at-all a bad deal. The phone is available for the same price on

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nokia 800 - A Sneak Peek

So, Nokia is all-set to announce its first Windows phone Nokia 800 on October 26, 2011 at Nokia’s World Event.

Though, Nokia hasn’t revealed the specs of the phone yet but it is expected to look similar to Nokia N9 (the Meego phone) and will be available in Black, Blue, and Pink colors. The phone will have big 3.6 inch screen and sleek design.

Nokia has been working on the Nokia 800 (codenamed SeaRay) for a long time now. Therefore, we have high expectations from the mobile maker and want the new device to give tough competition to launched Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid RAZR phones.

The Nokia 800 will be available in market by November 15, 2011 for an approx price of Rs.28000.

Check out for updated specs and best prices of Nokia 800

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs Motorola Droid RAZR - What's Your Pick?

The two leading names in mobile industry, Google & Motorola have finally launched Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR in the market. Both the handsets have been in news for quite a long time for the features they will be loaded with. Finally, there is an end to all the rumors and pre-announcements in market. The next big question that rises is “which one of the two recent releases would you like to own?”

Not much news has been leaked out, but the most necessary one is here. Let’s take a look at the distinguishing features between both next-generation mobile phones.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Motorola Droid RAZR
4.6 inch HD Super AMOLED with curved glass
Primary camera
Secondary camera
Video recording
Full HD 1080p
Full HD 1080p
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1.2GHz dual core
1.2GHz dual core
Internal memory
16GB (comes with 16GB microSD card)
Li-Ion 1750mAh
Li-Ion 1800mAh

While Motorola Droid RAZR is more about style, Samsung Galaxy Nexus is for techies who are always in look-out for new features. Galaxy Nexus comes with the all-new and much talked about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS but Motorola decided not to take any chance by sticking to Android Gingerbread. Both devices have same processor & RAM, which means you will not find major speed difference. Yes, the resolution and screen of Samsung Galaxy Nexus is higher & larger than RAZR. Again, Droid RAZR stands-out when it comes to camera with its 8MP resolutions (Galaxy Nexus has 5MP camera).

And how can we not talk about the thickness of Motorola Droid RAZR. It is the slimmest phone in the market with just 7.1mm thickness and the device also weighs 127g (Galaxy Nexus is 135g).

It totally depends on the buyer if he let himself get attracted to the good looks of Motorola Droid RAZR or he wants to try his hands on new Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why Shop Online?

The online shopping trend is about to explode. With so many retailers and even big brands following the same trend, we can say that eCommerce is going to be the next boom in the industry. However, online shopping is still in an evolving stage in India. I am amazed to see how dramatically the number of online shoppers is increasing in the country. It was estimated that air and rail tickets of whopping INR 30 crore are sold online everyday.

Online shopping is hassle free and yes, we all are slowly adopting this trend. What are those “good things” about online shopping, which make it so addictive? Let’s talk about them:

You Get More Options

Just Google about a particular product you want to purchase and thousands of results will be displayed on the screen within a few seconds. Suppose you want to buy a leather jacket, you can go through each web page, see the collection, and decide if you want to go ahead with the payment procedure. And the best part is you don’t have to think that saying no is going to annoy the salesman. Take your time and choose wisely.

The Convenience Factor

There’s no doubt that online purchase is far more convenient than visiting the physical store. You don’t have to get dressed-up or take the vehicle out, just because you want to check out a product at a store that you are not even sure of buying. It saves your time and fuel as well. Moreover, you can shop whenever you want to because online shopping follows the strict 24x7 criteria.

Better Deals

It is true that increasing online shopping trend means decrease in product prices. Every website is keeping a watch on what its competitors are selling. And if you don’t believe me, eCommerce sites even loose customers for a mere difference of Rs.10. You get all the freedom to surf as many sites you want, check out their deals, and buy product from the one you think is reliable & is offering a better price.

Second Hand Product Purchase

So you are looking for some antiques, there’s no place better than an eCommerce sites. There are lot of people selling their old/used things for peanuts, check out the price and grab them.

Things You Should Take Care of

Online shopping is convenient, money saving, and you will enjoy the experience for sure. But, you have to be careful when it comes to choosing your online seller. Lot of sellers are using eCommerce platform just for the sake of earning market presence and they seriously do not have the sense of business.

What you can do is search for the feedback about an ecom site before making a purchase. There will be consumer complaints as well as appreciation about such sites, which will help you in filtering out the most reliable of all the available options.

Delivery & customer service support is another key thing to be taken care of. Fine, you are getting a product for Rs.200 lesser than what other site is offering, but it’s of no use if the product is delivered after 15-20 days or nobody in customer care is attending your query.

Don’t Get Tempt with Those Heavy Discount Offers on Cellphones

Yes, you will come across many discount offers on cellphones, laptops, and other gadgets. Hold on. There are chances that the website is selling grey market products. The prices will be absurdly less but these products do not carry manufacturer warranty. In case your newly bought phone faces software or other functional issues, the authorized service center will not repair it under warranty period. You will be left with two options – either take the product to the seller (which is difficult) or pay for the repair (more hassle free option for you). There are websites like wherein, you will get good deals on products along with manufacturer warranty. And in case, there’s any problem with the product, these guys will collect it from your doorstep & sort the things out for you.

Become a smart shopper. Don’t just get carried away with the BIG money saver deal you have seen on the Internet. Do some research, understand market trends, make a list of some of your favorite websites, and go on an online shopping spree.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Difference Between iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S

Talks about the launch of Apple iPhone 5 were in the air for the last 6 months or so, but Apple gave tech lovers a shock by introducing the iPhone 4S. Not many people know that iPhone 4S shares specs similar to what could have been in the rumored iPhone 5.

Targeted as “the next generation iPhone”, iPhone 4S is not bigger or sleeker than iPhone 4 (dimensions are same) but the device weighs 140grams (iPhone 4 weighs 137grams). But, what is under the hood is definitely astounding. 

So, what makes iPhone 4S better than iPhone 4?

The iPhone 4S has dual core Apple A5 processor, which makes the phone twice as fast as iPhone 4.
The new intelligent antenna system will not only improve the call quality, but also increase the connection speed.

How can we miss out on the all-new and much talked-about iOS5 and Siri. Using both, you can make your device perform multiple tasks just by speaking. You can ask questions like “Which day is Christmas falling this year?” or “The weather in Delhi” and Siri will get back with an answer within a few seconds. Your phone will obey your commands such as making a voice call, writing text messages, or even creating reminders.

The iPhone 4S comes with 8MP camera while the earlier version iPhone 4 has 5MP camera, which means you will now be able to click better pictures. Plus, there’s one dedicated camera button in the phone.

Just like BlackBerry Messenger, Apple has introduced iMessage. It will enable iPhone users to chat with each other using Wi-Fi or 3G. This is definitely going to save at least a few bucks for you.

You will now get better email, messages, and social networking notifications with the intuitive & powerful feature of iOS5. Similar to Android phones, all new notifications will open in one tray in your iPhone 4S.

Apple has integrated Twitter in iPhone 4S and we are hoping Facebook to be next in-line.

Apple has finally made iPhone 4S a PC-free device. Like Android phones, you will no longer have to connect the device to PC or Mac for software updates as these can be received on the phone wirelessly.

Around 200 new features have been announced in iOS5, but Apple isn’t talking much about them:
  • LED flash for email alerts, which BlackBerry phones come with.
  • iCloud, which is a free service and allows you to share 5GB data between iOS devices.
  • New Safari browser that will allow you to save web pages for offline reading.
  • Improved text formatting – Now compose mails with text in bold, italics etc.
  • Email can be flagged.

Comparison Chart Between iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
Dual-core Apple A5
Apple A4
3.5 inch IPS
3.5 inch IPS
Primary camera
8MP with Flash
5MP with Flash
Video recording
Full HD videos @1080p
HD videos @720p
Secondary camera
802.11 b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n
v2.1 with EDR
8 hours on 3G
7 hours on 3G
Wi-Fi usage
9 hours
10 hours
40 hours
40 hours
10 hours
10 hours
200 hours
300 hours
115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
140 grams
137 grams

Apple iPhone 4S price in India –
Apple iPhone 4S 16GB price in India – Rs.29,999 (approx)
Apple iPhone 4S 32GB price in India – Rs.35,999 (approx)
Apple iPhone 4S 64GB price in India – Rs.40,999 (approx)

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The Apple iPhone 4 32GB is available for Rs.40,900

Thursday, September 29, 2011

“To Be Rolled-Out Soon”: By Sony Ericsson

Seems Sony Ericsson has decided to be in news in the last quarter of the year 2011. The company will soon be rolling out a series of low and high end mobile phones in market. Their expected launch date hasn’t been revealed yet, but I can see the “coming soon” tag on these cellphones on Sony Ericsson’s website. Here’s a quick peek:

Sony Ericsson Txt

Sony Ericsson rarely comes up with QWERTY phones and Txt is the newest addition in the series. The phone has Wi-Fi, USB, GPRS, and EDGE connectivity but what it lacks in is 3G. It has a 2.5 inch scratch resistant TFT-LCD screen with 256K color display.

The phone has 3.2 megapixel camera and will be available in attractive colors – Black, Pink, White, Blue. Popular social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter are supported by the Sony Ericsson Txt.

The Good Things:
  • Separated keys on the keypad for fast and easy typing
  • Optical trackpad for smooth navigation
  • Ofcourse, Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 32GB expansion capacity
  • 23 hours music playback time
  • Push email
What Else Could Have Been There:
  • LED flash
  • Sony Ericsson could have kept more space for RAM, which is just 64MB

Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman Phone WT13i

The touchscreen phone with Walkman Player, Sony Ericsson WT13i will catch your attention with its bright color combos and cloud bands that comes in selected models.

WT13i has 3 inch capacitive touchscreen and scratch resistant surface. The phone comes with proximity sensor for auto display turn-off and accelerometer sensor for display auto-rotation. Being a music phone, WT13i also has Karaoke feature, which is definitely going to get popular amongst those who love to sing.

The Good Things:
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • Walkman player
  • SensMe music mood mapping application
  • Support for YouTube
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • Support for Gtalk, Gmail, and social networking apps
  • Push email
The Phone Lacks in:
  • Camera with higher resolution, which currently is 3.2MP
  • Only 64MB RAM
  • 3G support as most of the phones are now offering 3G connectivity

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray ST18i

Just 9.4mm thick, Xperia Ray looks stunning. It seems Sony Ericsson is planning to give tough competition to other Android phone makers with the Ray. The Phone runs on Android Gingerbread platform and has features that will fairly meet the demands of today’s gadgeteers.

The clear and crisp Mobile Bravia Engine alongwith LED backlit LCD further enhances the display quality of the Xperia Ray, which already has a high resolution of 854x480 pixels. The 8.1MP camera with LED flash will allow you to click amazing pictures and VGA camera will support video chat.

The Good Things: 
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and the phone can work as Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Sony Xloud engine audio filter for better loudspeaker sound
  • 512MB RAM with powerful 1GHz processor for a speedy performance
  • 3D gaming
What Else Could Have Been There?
  • I am somehow not happy with the screen size of Xperia Ray. Consumers are nowadays looking for phones with bigger display and 3.3 inch screen might be a drawback for Xperia Ray
  • We want full HD playback, especially when resolution is higher & even camera is 8.1MP
You will soon get detailed info about these cellphones on