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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9900: The High Performing Engine from RIM


“The Thinnest BlackBerry Smartphone Yet”, is definitely a catchy statement for the new BlackBerry Bold 9900. Just 10.5mm thick, Bold 9900 is powered by OS v7.0 and 1.2GHz processor. The Touch & Type device definitely has the best keyboard, highest resolution, and much superior specs than its predecessors.



Things You Will Love About the New Bold 9900?

Liquid Graphics touchscreen – Means better response time and more fluidic animations on your phone’s screen.

High resolution display – The phone has 24-bit display with 640 x 480 pixels resolution and supports 16M colors. Higher resolution will definitely work as an add-on to your 720HD video playback support.

Fast Processor & Increased RAM for Speed – There has already been much of talking about the 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor of Bold 9900. And the combination of 768MB RAM just makes everything about the device, so powerful. So, get ready for a swift and speedy web browsing experience on the new Bold.

Introduction to NFC – NFC is one of the most discussed features of the new BlackBerry OS 7.0. With NFC support, Bold 9900 will enable you to connect to other NFC enabled devices and smart tags.

We Just Can’t Miss-out On:

5MP Camera with HD Recording – The Bold 9900 comes with 5MP camera and LED flash. It can capture and play HD videos of up to 720p. RIM has obviously not missed out on basic camera features like Geotagging, 4x digital flash etc. Zero shutter lag is one thing that would let you click real-time images.  Wish the phone had a secondary camera too.

Connectivity – Bold 9900 supports dualband 3G connectivity with up to 14.4mbps download and 5.76mbps upload speed. It has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, and of course a USB support.

Battery That Lasts for Long – There’s no doubt that BlackBerry phones have better battery life than Android devices. Bold 9900 is packed with Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery that gives more than 6 hours of talktime support in 2G and up to 5 hours support in 3G network.  You can also listen to music for 50 uninterrupted hours on your phone.

BlackBerry has kept the price of the Bold 9900, a little swanky. The phone is available for Rs.32,490 on www.saholic.com. Click here for detailed specs of BlackBerry Bold 9900

Friday, August 12, 2011

All About Symbian


Symbian is a mobile operating system owned and maintained by Nokia. It was originally owned by Symbian Ltd. and Nokia took over the company in the year 2008. Programmed in C++, Symbian has received lots of revisions and improved versions in the past few years. 

Nokia has come up with 4 versions of Symbian, after it acquired Symbian Ltd. The journey from Symbian 1 to Symbian Anna has seen a remarkable improvement. So, what are the basic differences and enhancements introduced in these versions?

Symbian^1 - It’s the incorporation of Symbian OS and S60 platform (5th edition).
Symbian^2 – The first royalty free open source version of Symbian, it was adopted by DoCoMo and Sharp for their smartphones in the year 2010.
Symbian^3 – Released in 2010, Symbian^3 is also known as the next generation smartphones OS.

Evolution from Symbian^1 to Symbian^3

  • While Symbian^1 had only one customizable home screen, Symbian^3 made it possible for the user to have 3 customizable home screens.
  • Symbian^1 supported Wi-Fi b/g versions and Symbian^3 came with Wi-Fi b/g/n versions.
  • Symbian^1 devices support Flash Lite 3.1 and the one with Symbian^3 have Flash Lite 4
  • Symbian^3 also made it possible for the phone to support HDMI video playback via an external connector. 2D & 3D features and an improved UI are other USP’s of Symbian^3.   
 Nokia N8, C7-00, C6-01 are a few Nokia phones with Symbian^3.

The New Anna from Symbian

Symbian Anna is the freshest OS by Symbian, released in April 2011. While the Symbian^3 and earlier phones have WebKit based browser, Symbian Anna has a new browser with an improved speed. The Symbian Anna device will also have a virtual QWERTY keypad in portrait orientation, up to 5 customizable home screens, and real-time home screen scrolling. 

Nokia X7-00 and E6-00 are the two Symbian Anna phones introduced by Nokia.

The Global Market Share

The OS giant, Symbian has seen decline in the market share due to the increased popularity of Android phones. Ranking second, Symbian acquires 31% of market share whereas Android stands tall & confident with 33%. Apple scores third rank with 16% and RIM’s share has dropped to 14%. Windows Mobile acquires 3% stake in market.

Why Not Symbian?

While Symbian is still more favored OS in countries like India, European nations are turning to Android and Apple phones. There are a few disadvantages with Symbian phones, which are making gadget geeks disappointed.

Android being an open source software allows you to download a gamut of free apps as well as develop third party apps for Android users.

One major drawback is non-upgradable nature of Symbian phones. Well, Nokia has now announced that N8 and a few more handsets can be upgraded to Symbian Anna, but that’s not enough. What about the non-upgradable phones? You won’t be left with an option other than buying a new phone.

It is also said that Symbian phones will require a minimum of 70MB RAM and 369MHz processor speed to deliver an optimal performance, which is again a loop hole.

If you are an apps freak and just can’t resist yourself from downloading the latest of games, wallpapers or utility apps, Symbian is definitely not your phone. There are hundreds of Android apps being made and uploaded everyday in the Android Market for application lovers.

Going by stats, flaws, and trend, is it right to say that Symbian share will further drop in the coming quarter. Will Symbian Anna support Nokia in rising from the fall again or it’s high time that Nokia should switch to Android? Will too much of Android invite saturation point in the market?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Which are the Top Three Android Phones Between 13-15K?


Android is the new buzz in market. If we see the trend, every mobile phone manufacturer wants to enter the Android phone segment. Currently, Android OS has 33% of the global market share, which is expected to receive a remarkable high in the next one year.

If you are planning to buy an Android phone, the wish list could be a little longer. Let’s try to narrow down your search to Three Best Android Phones, which will fit perfectly in your pocket.

HTC Wildfire S – Price – Rs.13,399


The mid-range, feature loaded handset from HTC, Wildfire S is ideal for those who don’t like missing out on tech upgrades, but don’t prefer splurging huge amount. Widlfire S is an Android Gingerbread phone with 3.2” TFT LCD display and capacitive touchscreen.  I am somehow disappointed with the resolution of the phone i.e 480x320 pixels. The Gorilla Glass display will surely keep your phone away from scratch and stains.

A 5 megapixel camera with LED flash is noticeable feature of the phone. For those, who want to stay connected, the phone has 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3, and VOIP for video chat.

You will not complain about the performance of the phone because it has a 600MHz processor with 512MB RAM.  The memory is expandable to 32GB. 

If you are getting a Gingerbread device with a decent processor speed and reasonably good RAM, you wouldn’t mind spending Rs.13,399 for it.

Check out more specs of Wildfire S

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 – Price – Rs.13,999


Here’s comes the Ace from Samsung. This good looking phone is attracting buyers with its Apple iPhone resembling looks and of course, the specs.

The phone is light weight but feels plasticky in hand. Samsung could have done a better job in improving the overall feel of the phone as well. The TFT LCD screen of Galaxy Ace is larger than Wildfire S, i.e 3.5” but again the resolution is less. Both the phones share same 480x320 pixels resolution. It has capacitive touchscreen and supports multi-touch.

Most of the smartphones are these days coming with Wi-Fi b/g/n support and Ace is no exception. It has 3G and VoIP support. If you are an avid photographer, you will like clicking photographs with the 5MP camera of Galaxy Ace. It has an LED flash too and supports video recording @20fps.

Poor RAM is something the phone lacks in. I agree that the phone has 800MHz processor speed but meager 278MB RAM will make you notice the slow performance level.

Coming to battery life. Being an Android phone, you can’t expect Ace to be your companion on a 7-days travel trip but it will surely let you continuously work for 8 hours. The phone is shipped with Android Froyo OS but it’s upgradable to Gingerbread.

Check out more specs of Galaxy Ace

Spice Mi-410 – Price – 13,999


Spice made a good attempt to enter the high-end phone market with Mi-410. The metallic body of this 10mm phone accentuates the look. The phone has an amazing 4.1” TFT LCD display with 800x480pixels resolution.

Camera is 5MP with LED flash support. It’s 720p video recording capability is worth mentioning. This is not all, the phone has a secondary VGA camera for video chat & calling purpose.

The phone supports Android Froyo but the Gingerbread upgrade has been rolled out by the manufacturer. And how can I forget to talk about 1GHz Snapdragon processor of Mi-410, which is backed-up by 512MB RAM.

About battery performance – You will be disappointed. Mi-410 has 4 hours talktime in 2G and 2 hours 30 minutes in 3G. You can blame 1GHz processor, RAM, and Android OS for the not-so-good battery back-up.

Check out more specs of Mi-410

Friday, August 5, 2011

Camera Phone or A Smart Camera Phone?


With every mobile phone brand coming up with one or the other enhanced camera feature in their device, buying the right camera phone is surely a confusing thing for the consumer. So, what are those features that make a camera phone, a smart camera phone? 

Does Megapixels Really Matter?

Yes, but that doesn’t mean you will have to buy a phone with 12 megapixel camera. Most of us don’t know that we need higher megapixels in case we want to take poster print of photographs.

Number of megapixels determines how an image will look when it will be printed in large size. If you will take a large print out of image captured from camera that doesn’t have enough megapixel, result will be a blurred image. Another thing to keep in mind is that editing or cropping images clicked from low megapixel camera will be lead to fuzzy results.

Camera phones with fixed focus will not capture quality pictures because the lens will cover anything that will fall in the range. Therefore, autofocus in a camera phone is an added advantage for consumer. With autofocus, one can focus properly on the subject by moving lens in & out and even the close-up shots clicked are better.

Why White Balance Mode?

Human eyes can figure out what is white even under different lighting conditions, but cameras are unable to do so. Fluorescent light can add bluish cast to clicked pictures and a bulb light can add yellowish tinge. There are various white balance settings in camera phones that will help you capture images with accurate colors.

It is always good to have image stabilization in a camera phone as it reduces the blurring that can happen because of the motion of the camera. If the shutter speed of the camera in your phone is slow, the camera will shake and frames will jitter. But, image stabilization feature will allow you to click images even when the 
shutter speed is 2-4 times slower than the normal one. It further improves the sharpness of the image.

Geotagging

One feature, almost every smartphone has. Geotagging allows you to tag or label the image to show the location where it was clicked. In case you want to capture the GPS data in the image, you should have a GPS enabled cellphone.

What Else to Watch-out For? 

Do you want your camera to focus on you, even when you are standing there in the crowd? Face detection technology will do it for you. All you have to do is make the camera understand the object to be focused upon, and it will take care of the rest. Even if the subject moves, the phone will stay focused on the face.

Smart cameraphones are bundled with many more amazing features including red eye removal, multi-shot, ISO settings, optical & digital zoom, and more. One more thing that should be kept in mind while hunting for an ideal camera phone is its lens. The quality of lens used in camera certainly enhances the quality of pictures you click. 

One must do an extensive research about the camera features a cellphone boasts of, before actually buying one. But, don’t forget that these features will only enhance the quality of the pictures taken and clicking the right shot from right angle depends on you.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Is HTC Sensation Z710e Facing Death Grip Problem?



First reported in Apple iPhone 4, "death grip" can muffle the wireless signals of the phone it's held in a certain way (like in landscape mode).

Got my hands on HTC Sensation a few days back, and came to know how the phone can actually get a noticeable signal loss even when the Wi-Fi speed is pretty decent. Watching YouTube videos in portrait mode was a smooth experience, but the moment I switched to landscape mode and clicked on a video, all I got was a lot of buffering time.

HTC's back cover could be the reason behind death grip. This removable cover is made of metal but there are plastic areas in between to work as antennas for the phone. If your hand by chance covers these plastic pieces, the result  would be a drop in the signal receptivity of the phone. You might face the death grip problem while browsing Internet on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity or when you are listening to radio.

If we keep aside the problem of death grip, Sensation is a good phone. It feels great in hands and I must appreciate the bright display of the device. For more specification, videos of the phone or in case you want to buy it, check out this link:

http://www.saholic.com/mobile-phones/htc-sensation-z710e-1001690

Monday, August 1, 2011

Waterproofing your Cellphone


Mobile phones or any electronic item is prone to get damaged by water. If by chance, your cellphone gets wet, it means the loss of money as well as important data stored in the phone. There are a few waterproof phones like Motorola Defy available in market, which are especially designed for a rough usage. But, it is true that no one would own a phone just because of just one characteristic and people do have different choices, when it comes to buying a mobile phone.

Fine, you are not in the league of those who own a waterproof phone. But, you can adopt some simple measures to protect your mobile phone from water:

Prefer Using Handsfree:

One of the basic tricks, but comes handy is most of the situations. Talking through handsfree will save the phone from getting wet in mild rains.

Look Out for Waterproof Accessories:

The market is flooded with accessories that are made to protect the mobile phone from water. There are various online stores that are offering silicon covers, soft jackets, waterproof covers, and polyurethane cases to protect your phone from water. Best thing about buying these accessories is that they will protect the phone in all types of weather other then when it’s raining heavily.

You can also use plastic bags and ziplock pouches to save the phone in rain. Put your phone in many layers of polybags and seal it properly with a rubber band. People also keep silica gel in their pouches because it absorbs moisture.

What if the Phone Gets Wet?

The very first thing – Remove the battery immediately.
We generally tend to panic by seeing liquid spilled on our precious device or it getting wet in rain. The first thing we do is, switch it on, just to find if the phone is alright. And the result is short circuit damage and the phone might be gone forever.

Remove all the components of the phone (like SIM, battery etc) and wrap them in paper or anything that absorbs moisture. DO NOT USE hair dryer because it will increase moisture level instead of absorbing the water. Put the components under sunlight and let them get dried off completely. You can also use a vacuum cleaner for this purpose.

Once the components are completely dry, put them into the phone and switch it on. If it works, you have just been lucky, else take it to the service center.

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy R


Samsung has officially launched Galaxy R, which was earlier rumored to be named as Galaxy Z. The smartphone is a trimmed down version of Galaxy SII, but is still expected to be a hit in the market. It has a 4.2 inch Super Clear LCD unlike the Super AMOLED Plus display of Galaxy SII.
 
It seems, the manufacturer is not in a mood to compromise with the hardware of the phone and has decided to stick to the dual-core processor for Galaxy R (though, the processor type has yet not been disclosed). The phone has Gingerbread OS, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal memory.

Camera has been reduced to 5MP but the device can capture HD 720p videos @25fps and can play 1080p HD videos. No changes have been made in the connectivity specs of the phone and it will still have Bluetooth v3.0 plus Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support.


Coming to the look n feel of the device – Just 9.5mm thick device appears to be the exact replica of Galaxy S2. The metallic design makes the device feel sturdy in hands.

Other features:
Secondary camera – 1.3MP
Flash – LED
UI – Samsung TouchWiz
Sensors – Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscopic, Digital compass
Expansion capacity – 32GB
Battery – Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Talktime – 580 minutes (3G)
Standby – 550 hours (3G)
Apps – Readers Hub, Gtalk IM, Music Hub, Game Hub, Samsung Kies 2.0, Social Hub

Galaxy R will be first release in European market and the company will eventually roll out the smartphone globally. The price of the device has not been disclosed yet.

Click here for price & specifications of Galaxy SII
Press Release for Samsung R