Sony has recently announced its newest innovation, Xperia Z1 Compact, which is the most technologically advanced small Android phone. In many ways, it is similar to Sony’s top-end Xperia Z1. This latest Xperia phone is packed with a powerful quad core processor, 4G LTE connectivity and 20 megapixel camera. As opposed to Xperia Z1 phone’s palm stretching 5 inch screen, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact features a 4.3 inch display. Let’s check out the many amazing features offered by this mobile phone.
Design and build quality
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has an almost identical body as Xperia Z1. It measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm and weighs only 137 g. This mobile phone comes with the all-glass front and back with the one-piece aluminium band that runs around the edge. It has chunky power button poking out of its side with a dedicated camera shutter button just below it. This phone looks gorgeous and has a sleek design with metal band that curves gently at the edges to meet the screen. It is covered with glass panels on the back and front that make it susceptible to scratches. However, you can easily avoid this by ensuring that you don’t carry it in the same pocket as your keys.
The latest Android phone is available in various bright colours such as hot pink and vibrant lime green. The Xperia Z1 Compact comes with the waterproof feature due to which it is not harmed when water gets spilt on it. It can also work properly when left under water at one metre depth for up to 30 minutes. The camera shutter button comes in handy under water as it won’t be able to register your finger when you tap the screen to take a photo.
The bezels on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact are slimmer than the standard Z1, so they help in maximizing the display size. Also, it is a full 17 mm shorter and 9 mm narrower when compared with the regular Xperia Z1. As such, the Compact is easier to hold in one hand and put in your jeans pocket. It provides 16 GB of internal storage that can be easily expanded using a microSD card slot. This micro SD card slot is placed under a waterproof flap.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact comes with a 720p Full HD display. Its 4.3 inch screen offers 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and 342 ppi of pixel density. Since this phone has a small sized screen, it doesn’t need many pixels to display sharp and clear pictures. The icon edges displayed on the screen are crisp while the small text on the Web pages is easily readable. This phone’s screen is packed with IPS display technology that delivers bold colours and great viewing angles without making it look over-saturated.
Software and processor
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The software interface on this mobile phone looks similar to that on the Z1. It allows you to customize a maximum of seven home screens, widgets and pop apps with the four customizable app icons on the bottom.
This mobile phone comes with a supercharged 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 processor with a 2 GB RAM. This combination delivers a massive serving of power which will allow you to experience fast and smooth operation. The high-end graphics processor Adreno 330 used in this phone will let you play demanding games such as Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8 and GT Racing 2. You can easily swipe around the Android interface and switch between open apps due to its swift multitasking capability.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is equipped with a 20.7 megapixel camera like the larger Z1. Since the Z1’s camera captures excellent shots with the same sensor and optics, there is no doubt that Compact will also perform well on the camera front. Its superb camera sensor offers excellent overall exposure with rich colours and plenty of detail. You will be able to use its automatic mode that balances the dark and bright areas easily. It captures all the fine details of the subject with maximum clarity and rich colours. This camera also offers picture effect settings like sweep panorama mode that will allow you to shoot impressive panoramic views.
This phone comes with various effect modes such as kaleidoscope and augmented reality mode. The augmented reality mode allows you to experiment with different photo effects which you can apply to superimpose on the photo. You can rapidly tap the on-screen camera button to take two shots per second. This feature is usually seen on high-end smartphones like iPhone 5 and HTC One. The Xperia Z1 Compact phone also comes with a burst mode that lets you to shoot 20 shots quickly. This mobile phone also provides a 2 MP front facing camera that is perfect for video-calling.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact mobile phone is packed with a 2,300 mAh battery. It provides long-lasting battery life. However, you will have to use this phone wisely as the screen causes the battery to drain faster. The battery power holds well in the standby mode or if you are using it for basic stuff like sending and receiving emails, texts, bit of web browsing and shooting a few photos. However, if you like to play loads of games throughout the day then this phone’s battery may start draining fast. So, if you use it sparingly and turn off power-hungry background tasks like Wi-Fi and GPS, you will be able to get battery power that lasts throughout the day.
Here is our final verdict:
The good: The small size of this phone makes it comfortable to use. It features a powerful processor, good camera and decent battery life. It has a sturdy build and waterproof design.
The bad: Currently, it is not upgradeable to the latest Android version. Also, some of the Sony’s software tweaks don’t make a difference in the overall performance.
The bottom line: It is dubbed as one of the best mobile phones as it comes with a powerful processor, excellent camera, decent screen and amazing, waterproof design. All these impressive features are enough to make you buy this fabulous Xperia Z1 Compact phone.
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So had that awful experience of dropping your i-phone and seeing spidery cracks across your once flawless screen. It’s truly, madly deeply heartbreaking, but it can happen to anyone. Luckily, you can fix this yourself. This challenge is for the adventurous souls. It is very easy to rip a ribbon cable or cause damage to internal components or worse get your fingers cut on a cracked display. These instructions along with the video will help repair your i-phone screen like a boss.
Things you will need:
A replacement screen and LCD panel for i-phone A suction cup A plastic spudger or case-opening tool A Phillips head #00 screwdriver A pentalobe screwdriver
What to do:
1. Back up and power down
This is a risky business, be safe by creating a backup either on your i-tunes or cloud.
2. Remove the pentalobe screws
Near the lighting connector port, at the bottom of your i-phone there are two pentalobe screws. Using a Pentalobe screwdriver, remove it carefully. There is a possibility that the pentalobe screwdriver can strip screws making them difficult to work with; hence you may want to replace them with Phillips head screws when reassembling.
3. Using suction cup, pry up the screen
Pry the unscrewed screen with the help of a suction cup. Before you do it make sure, the cup is firmly attached to the front panel. Apply force, if required as the display is more firmly rooted to the back panel. On separating the display enough from the device, you might want to use your plastic opening tool.
4. Remove the screen
Now, carefully lift the screen keeping in mind there are still several ribbons attached to the display. You may want to begin from the bottom and work your way up the right and left sides.
5. Separate the front panel assembly cable bracket
After you have removed the front display enough carefully remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.
6. Disconnect the ribbon cables2
After the metal panel is removed, use the plastic opening tool to unlatch the three front panel assembly for the LCD cable and the digitizer cable. Then, you can fully remove the front panel display from the rear case.
7. Remove the LCD display
If your plan on using the same LCD display and just replace the cracked screen, then you would firstly want to remove the six screws that hold the LCD display to the front panel.
8. Remove the earpiece speaker and the front-facing camera
Now, it is a good idea to dismantle components from your current front panel display. You may want to start with the earpiece speaker. Remove the bracket first and then follow it up with the speakers. Next, use your plastic opening tool to remove the front facing camera. Pry a little if it seems obstinate. You can remove the camera, once the cables are out.
9. Remove the rear microphone assembly and the home button
Next, remove the rear microphone assembly. You may be able to pull it out easily as it doesn’t require any removal of screws. After this, you will remove your home button beginning with the brackets that holds it in place.
10. Reassemble with the new display
For this, start working in the reverse order. Re attach all that you removed to the new display and then reattach it to the front panel to the rest of the device.
We have all dealt with broken screen i-phones. This is only worsened with your AppleCare+ warranty being over. Mostly, to save us the trouble of fixing it up, we go with buying us a new phone. However, with the help of simple tools and a whole lot of patience you can fix it up yourself at your home.
The latest news claims that Nokia is readying to launch its own Android phone for Verizon. Moreover, there is another report that Samsung is working on its new Windows Phone 8.1 device for the same carrier. Dubbed as Huron, the image of this Windows Phone 8.1 powered device has been leaked on the Web. Some other sources claim that it is expected to run on Windows Phone 8. This new device looks pretty similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S3, S4 and Ativ S.
The Samsung Ativ S has capacitive search and back buttons. However, the latest Samsung “Huron” handset seems to have a single dedicated home button. According to the rumours going around, Microsoft is planning to use on-screen buttons for its Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. So, the users need to watch out for this new development in the upcoming Windows phones. Samsung has not yet confirmed any details about the specifications of this latest Huron handset. However, the rumour mills churning on the Web suggest that it would have a 5 inch or 4.3 inch 1080p display. This Samsung Windows phone is expected to be powered on a quad core CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. Also, this phone has been identified as the SM-W750V and is being tested on Verizon.
There is a lot of anticipation and excitement among users about the rumoured Samsung Windows phone. However, there is no confirmation about its specifications and the benefits it is offering to users.
The recent development in the information and communication technologies is proving to be a boon for people in India. The technology & communication industry has made remarkable progress in India. It is growing at a fast pace allowing Indian users to reap more benefits. In addition to the growing popularity of already established smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and Sony; Indian smartphone manufacturers such as Micromax have also made a niche in the market. The telephone revolution in India has also made an impact on the economic growth of the country. Mobile phones have now become an indispensable part of the contemporary society. Be it a local vegetable vendor or a student or business leader, almost every person in India owns a mobile phone. As such, this mobile phone revolution has exposed the Indian users to a faster, efficient, and a convenient mode of communication. The mobile phone trends in India are in tune with those in the International market. Devices likeiPhone & iPad and Xbox that are already popular worldwide, are now making their niche at break-neck speeds in the Indian market. Mobile phones have already been popular in urban cities, but they are fast breaking into the conservative rural areas and small towns. The main benefits of mobile phones that are driving people in rural India include low-cost equipment, promotional network schemes, and advantages of speed and convenience. The nature of developmental impact in rural India may be different, but the scale of this impact is quite enormous. With innovative marketing and pricing techniques, mobile phone sales has seen an exponential rise in semi-urban and rural areas. Many individuals and organizations have studied this phenomenon and published white papers and research papers. This blog takes post takes a look at five unique stories (or case studies) that is driving the smartphone revolution in India.
1. Social interactions
I read a story of a girl who was trying to convince her mother to upgrade to a smartphone. Even after coaxing her mother to get a large screen phone with an Internet connection, she found no success. The problem here was that the mother wanted Facebook, but didn’t understand that it required her to subscribe to an Internet plan. It has been observed that a large number of people in India use prepaid mobile accounts, and they don’t like to pay extra money for MBs and GBs. This leads to intuitive pricing with the value being sold instead of the quantities of data. However, the fact remains that most smartphone users in India consume 3 times more data than any average user.
2. Personal Image
Last week, I was talking to a gardener who had just upgraded to a high end Micromax smartphone. He is a farmer with daily income of not more than INR 130, yet he went ahead and upgraded to a smartphone that was worth three times his regular income. This surprised me! On asking him, I found out that his sole motivation to buy an expensive phone was to gain respect within his community. Moreover, he had a huge collection of old Bollywood songs and films. He confessed that he is beginning to develop a taste for Hollywood movies. This advanced smartphone served him better than a PCO, multiplex, and radio combined.
3. Small business
Another fantastic story I came across was about the owner of a general store. He purchased a data plan and would renew it weekly. His plan was ingenious. He would download full length movies at night (thanks to the unlimited data usage), save it on CD/DVD. and sold them in his store. He said that due to this, his sale of groceries increased especially when he started displaying his collection of movies. He used the age old trick in retail: use an exclusive product to lure customers to sell your high-margin products to earn good profit. It was amazing to see a mobile user without any formal education is using a smartphone and Internet to realize his entrepreneurial ambitions. It would be naive to think that such instances are rare in India. It has been observed that approximately 10 to 15% of India’s 900 million mobile users use the Internet on their phones.
4. Cash alternatives
Some time back when I was in Noida I noticed that in a local cafeteria, very few people were paying through cash or card. Most of the patrons made payments via Airtel Money service. This cash alternative service is expected to become the future of money and commerce. This reminds of M-pesa which is quite popular in Africa. Talk about replacing plastic money, we Indians are already leading the competition.
5. Start-up Economy
It is estimated that over 3,00,000 companies in India are planning products for the country’s anticipated 50 million smartphone users by 2015. In the coming months, you will witness a lot of apps targeted towards your daily chores. Now is the best time to buy that smartphone you always wanted. The continuous availability of mobile technology in India has a positive impact on the Indian population. We can sincerely hope that apart from using the technology for entertainment, the rural Indian community uses it to educate themselves and for their advancement.
Long gone are the days when phones flaunted the inherent candybar design. With Apple, Samsung and Nokia going neck to neck in creating impressive designs that pack a smart operating system and rich, vibrant displays, how could LG be far behind? You will be lying if you say you never looked at a phone and went, Woah, I wish this phone was curved. Even better, I wish it folded all the way through. The LG G Flex is all but a humble start to fulfilling this fantasy. But does it hold its ground in delivering that extra wow factor? Read on to get a quick glimpse of the LG G Flex.
A curved smartphone
Augmenting the curved phone era in smartphones is the latest LG G Flex. Everything about this phone screams for attention. And why not! It is, after all the first curved phone that went on sale in the United States of America. With an impressively sensuous design that grasps your attention from the word go, this curved phone from LG mesmerizes its users.
The talk of the town is that the phone’s ergonomic curved design is ideal as it matches your face while conversing over calls. Not that the microphone being a few centimeters closer to your mouth makes a difference, but hey! It’s cool.
The main advantage of the curved screen, however, is that is cuts down on the reflection. So, you get a crisp view of the screen and its content. No more do you have to squint to read under bright lighting conditions or run towards the darkness. You are thereby spared.
The phone sports a 6-inch OLED screen that displays content at a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. While the display is decently good, it’s not all there. The first thing you notice is that LG Display, the pioneers in display technology, could make such a blunder. The screen has a grainy appearance, which more often than not, you will find irritating.
If you still feel like stabbing your eyes because of the bland paper-like display, you can turn the brightness all the way up. Then, it is hardly noticeable, and you can live with the guilt of having bought this phone. Then again, it’s a trade off as it consumes more of your battery.
The phone, however, epitomizes curvy design. You can try to flatten it against a surface, and it will bounce right back into its actual shape. Ain’t that something? It also flaunts a scratch-resistant resin back, which more than makes up for the okay display quality.
Powerful? Yes. Voice Mate and camera? Nah.
The phone packs the amazing Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to give you an ultimate user-friendly experience. This processor works perfectly with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system. The applications run smoothly to provide a holistic smartphone experience.
The phone’s voice command, Voice Mate, however, cannot match with iPhone’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice. The response is delayed, and that can be irksome. The phone’s 13 MP camera also leaves a lot to be desired. The images clicked appear hazy and on zooming, becoming even more blurry. This takes you right back to the era of VGA cameras.
Slender curved design
Low reflections, which means a better view
Sturdy built and scratch-resistant body
Substandard display quality
Disappointing camera and Voice control
Inoperable in one hand
The final verdict
The LG G Flex is a bold move; there is no denying. But while it has a smart, reflection-cutting curved screen, thanks to the phone’s major pitfalls in the display and camera department, the whole point of this phone seems superfluous. In the bargain of creating a revolutionary design, the creators dropped the ball on the basics. This makes you wonder, “Are curved phones the future of smartphone technology or a haphazard step back?”
With the release of its Samsung Galaxy S5, the flagship for 2014, a lot of Samsung loyalists are relieved, Samsung Galaxy S4 has been off the market for a while now. Samsung makes an attempt to provide the Samsung fans with advanced functionalities. Read on to know more about the specifications, what’s new in Samsung Galaxy S5, and finally the juicy comparison between S5 and S4. Also mentioned is the price of Samsung Galaxy S5 in India.
Specs and technicalities
Samsung Galaxy S5 works on KitKat 4.4.2, 1.9GHz octa-core processor with 2 GB RAM, expandable 16 GB up to 128 GB. Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a rear camera of 16 megapixel and a front camera of 2.1 megapixel. The screen is a whopping 5.1 inches, with 1080×1920 pixels resolution. That’s full HD, quite impressive! Galaxy S5 weighs 145 gm. The battery capacity is 2800 mAh. The regular features continue to be present, i.e. Removable battery, microSD expandable memory slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (v 4.00), and Infrared.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 design is not something that the critics are raving about. The body is made of soft touch plastic, kind of like “faux metal”, with a perforated back, designed for better grip and looks pretty awesome too. S5 is designed to be water-resistant and dust-resistant. The design includes protection of the USB port. It also comes with a protective cover for the back. Thus, even without a cover, the phone protects itself.It features the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in the front to protect the display from harm. Just like Samsung S4, S5 has small bezels and a silver band running along the edge of the device.
What’s new in Samsung Galaxy S5?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with its share of shiny bells and whistles. The S Health app is designed for the health fanatics. It measures your heart rate, by asking you to place your finger on the phone. It also measures the steps you take (like a pedometer). The file transfer system of Samsung S5, S Beam have proven to be a champion, as it sets S5 apart from its iPhone counterpart. It comes with enhanced battery life (upto 24 hours) and advanced options to save juice. Samsung S5 also introduces fingerprint sensor in Samsung phones. Apart from this, the following sensors are present:
For easy reading, we will discuss this with respect to six features:
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is 136.6 mm tall, 69.8 mm wide, and 7.9 mm thin, and has a weight of 130 grams. Because it has to accommodate slightly larger screen and battery the Galaxy S5 measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs 145 grams.
The new Galaxy S5 boasts about a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED . Its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a slightly smaller screen with 5.0-inch.
The Galaxy S5 has by far the more powerful processor. The Galaxy S4 sports a 1.9 GHz and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. Inside the Galaxy S5 Samsung has squeezed Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset, which arrives with a quad-core 2.5 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU with four processing cores.
Galaxy S5 is available with either 16 or 32 GB native storage and has support for microSD cards of up to 128 GB. That’s a maximum of 160 GB. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 comes with 16/32/64 GB internal storage expandable using microSD cards up to 64 GB. Both devices pack 2 GB of RAM.
The primary camera in S4 came with 13 MP sensor, and supports recording 1at 080p@30 fps videos. The GS5 has a 16 MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, supports videographing at 4K@30fps and 1080p@60fps. The rear camera of the Galaxy S5 is capable of focusing in just 0.3 seconds (the fastest focus on a smartphone camera) and allows the users to choose the focus point of a photo after it was taken courtesy of the Selective Focus function.
Launched with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean then updated to Android 4.3, the Galaxy S4 is now upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box.
Moto E is strikingly similar to Moto G with its curved design and pebble like shape, and with just a small difference of its edges which are slightly raised from both the ends. What’s even interesting about this phone is that you can swap the back covers between Moto G and Moto E
Moto E, however is a lil’ smaller and lighter than Moto G. The difference between Moto G and Moto E is miniscule: Moto G is 143g while Moto E is 142g in weight, and taller than Moto G by half a centimeter.
Moto E comes with a 4.3-inch screen, and comes with qHD, compared to Moto G which has a 4.5-inch screen. Moto E provides you with a screen resolution of 540x 960 pixels with a pixel density of 256ppi. This pixel density is too less compared to Moto G’s screen resolution of 1280×720 HD or a pixel density of 329ppi. Given the price for which Moto E is available in the market, I think Moto E does fair justice to the screen resolution.
Moto E provides fast and smooth graphics, and it’s quite easy to switch between screens and apps. However, this performance still lags behind the Moto G. This is probably due to the fact that Moto G is equipped with a QUALCOMM Snapdragon quad core Snapdragon 400, while Moto E is equipped with a Snapdragon dual-core 402.
Limited storage space in Moto G was a big pain point for Moto fans. This pain point seems to have been addressed in Moto E. While Moto E comes with just 4GB of internal memory against Moto G which has 8GB of internal memory, you can expand the external memory upto 32GB. This will give you enough space to store all of your favorite apps effortlessly.
Moto E comes with a 5MP camera and can capture 720p video at 30fps. Moto G has the same camera features, albeit it comes with a LED flash and a front facing camera of 1.3 MP, a feature which is missing in Moto E. I don’t think you need to haggle over the camera strength for a budget phone. Your favorite digital camera always comes to the rescue when your smartphone battery is about to die.
Moto E is powered by the latest version of Android KitKat and it also comes with an additional option to upgrade it to the next version. Motorola has also added few of its apps in the phone such as Motorola Migrate and Motorola Alert. Motorola Alert seems roughly like BBM revisited in a different avatar. However, only a hands-on review will help us understand the difference.
While the battery life of Moto E is powered by a 1980mAh battery and if Motorola is to be believed, this phone can last a full 24 hours. However, this claim will have to be tested once I lay my hands on the device.
From what we know about the features and capabilities of Moto G and Moto E, Moto E is indeed the poor cousin of Moto G. Moto E has slightly inferior graphics and hardware performance compared to Moto G, but it does everything you’d expect from a smartphone within your budget.
Do you really like the new Micromax Canvas A 110 for its attractive looks and amazing price? If yes, then you have landed at the right place. Here you will find a detailed review of this phone that will help you understand your favorite phone in a better manner. The phone’s build is plastic with a matte finish back panel that will help in keeping the phone clean and smudge free. The features offered in this phone are really cool especially once you consider the price bracket. In the past few months there have been many budget phablets trying to outdo the other in terms of its offerings. It may be rightly said that Micromax Canvas A 110 has been able to hit home in most of the aspects, especially considering the price it is offered at.
Let us now deep dive into the individual offerings of this smartphone.
Display The Micromax A 110 has an IPS display which is quite impressive. The big 5 – inch screen looks good and the colour reproduction is also good. The viewing angles are comparatively better than the other phones offered in the same price range. The credit for the same goes to its IPS display. It has 854x480p resolution which isn’t that great and atleast a HD resolution would have been appreciated. The touch sensitivity is good which indicates the fact that even budget phones have evolved in the recent past. The large display is a boon for those who love to watch movies, play games, and watch YouTube videos on their phone.
Design The phone has a classy and attractive design and is devoid of any Micromax branding on the front. It has a large 5” display which might not be comfortable to hold and use. The glass is highly reflective and is prone to smudges. The phone has three capacitive buttons, for Home, Menu and Back respectively. On the top left section is the blinking LED for notifications and on the right section is the front camera.
The back panel is textured and has a small Micromax logo placed in the center. The 8 mega pixel back camera protrudes out which is a cause of concern as the lens is prone to scratches when kept on its back. There is a 3.5 mm audio jack and micro-USB input on the top side while the right and left side features the power switch and volume controls.
Hardware The Micromax Canvas A 110 has striking similarity to the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II. One major difference is the absence of a physical home button. The features that are similar to Note II are the front camera, sensors and the chrome speaker frill. The chrome trim around the phone is a bit too jazzy and might not be appreciated. There is a big power key on the right side of the phone while the volume rocker is on the left side of the phone. On the top of the phone is the micro-USB port along with the 3.5 mm audio parts. The back cover feels durable and is made of plastic and also offers a good grip. There is a dual LED flash beside the camera and the back also has a Micromax branding and a speaker. The phone’s device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM along with 4GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB with microSD card.
This phone is a dual-SIM smartphone and supports GSM SIM card in both slots. The SIM Card slots are hidden behind the back cover, just above the battery slot. One disadvantage is that the SIM cards and the Micro SD Cards are not swappable.
Camera The Micromax Canvas A110 comes with a 8 mega pixel rear camera and clicks decent pictures. If you click photographs from too near then there is blurriness in them. The camera comes with options like, HDR (High Dynamic Range) but is not of much help the average photos that this device clicks.
The videos are shot at a maximum of 720p HD resolution. The quality of the videos shot are okay and is fine for casual photography. Considering the price, the camera is fine as you cannot ask for more at this price tag.
Software/ Interface The Micromax Canvas A 110 comes with pre-loaded Android 4.0.4, and the interface is more or less untouched except the little odd tweaks. Micromax has however used its own set of icons that makes the user interface look different from Vanilla.
It is not correct to expect Jelly Bean at this price point, but some useful additions will be most welcome. The capacitive button includes the usual menu along with the Back and Home button which is different from the Google where it is attempting to get rid of the Menu button. The task-switcher is available if you long press the Home button.
The usual Ice cream Sandwich features is present in this phone – the re-sizable widgets, revamped UI but the Face Unlock feature is missing. The performance is smooth and snappy owing to the pretty-much stock interface.
Micromax has pre-loaded some third party trial games including its own bloatware like Hookup (similar to Whatsapp), M! Zone, M! Buddy and M! Store. The phone supports 3G video calling natively, which is a welcome addition as other Android smartphones usually did not have 3G video calling feature.
Verdict The Micromax Canvas A110 is a decent upgrade to A100. A 5’’ screen phone at this price bracket is really impressive and offers value for money. The only thing that seems missing is a better screen and Android Jelly Bean. Overall, this phone looks attractive and has decent features, the same seems apparent once you consider its price. Micromax has shown that it was clear in its offering while creating the phone and hence has been successful in launching the same. This phone is a must have for those who like to carry a good looking phone with decent features and that too at an affordable price range.
After tasting the success achieved due to the Android platform, Google Nexus devices have been launched which are developed by different companies. The Google Nexus 4 is one such device that has been developed by LG. Most Google Nexus review have highlighted that the first devices were sold from the Google’s Play Store in hardly any time. The Nexus 4 is powered on a quad-core Krait processor which is clocked at 1500MHz with a 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. The fact that this phone is so low priced and has such powerful hardware makes the Google Nexus 4 to be so much preferred in India. Read along to know whether this phone is really worth buying.
Design The Nexus 4 has a very simple design with the front having software buttons on its display. This slender 9.1mm phone has nicely curved edges. Its backplate is full of glittery pixels that change their pattern when the phone is twisted. It is made of plastic elements and has a removable backplate. This phone has a non-removable battery and lacks a microSD card slot. This might prove problematic as the storage memory options provided are only of 8GB and 16GB. As opposed to the innumerable devices available currently, Nexus 4 supports the SlimPort standard for micro USB slot which is based upon the DisplayPort.
Display The Google Nexus 4 has a 4.7 inch display that gives resolution of 1280×768. This phone has a true HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen display with 320 ppi pixel density. Even though its touchscreen doesn’t provide the retina display, it gives far more pixel density. Similarly, Nexus 4’s IPS display gives sharper text and detailed pictures that are of even better quality than the HTC One X. When compared with the 4.8 inch display of Samsung Galaxy S3, the Nexus 4 is hardly any smaller but provides three Android virtual buttons on the screen. Among these software buttons, one is that allows users to switch to the landscape mode. This facility will be liked by users though these buttons tend to take up some part of the screen.
Camera The Nexus 4 is an amazing phone that has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixels front snapper. Most of the phones these days come with an 8 megapixel camera and Nexus 4 has followed that trend. The camera loads quickly and enables users to start the camera with a single swipe on the camera symbol. This phone’s camera gives great results with the fantastic reproduction and HDR mode. Its LED ensures that the user gets good pictures even in low light. It displays a circular dial that shows camera settings for flash toggle, auto white balance, etc. It also picks out faces by encircling the faces which will enable users to get perfect pictures. This phone also has two features for clicking panoramic views. These features are the standard panorama mode and the new photo sphere mode.
Connectivity The placement of the connectivity slots on Nexus 4 is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3. The power button of this phone is placed on its right side while the volume rocker is on the left side. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack which is placed on the top of this phone while a microphone and a micro USB slot highlight the bottom part. The micro USB port can be used as a removable drive when connected to a computer as well as for battery charging through a modular charger. This phone is available in two flash memory models of which one gives 16GB memory capacity while the other gives 8GB memory capacity.
Performance The Google Nexus 4 is powered on a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon chipset with a 2GB RAM and four Krait cores that run at 1.5GHz. It runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which is admirably very fast in operation. Even though this phone doesn’t give the fastest performance, it does majority of tasks quickly and also switches between different tasks with ease.
Media Since the Nexus 4 doesn’t have enough storage space, it is obvious that the users will need to be careful whenever they store music and videos on this phone. The absence of microSD card slot becomes a big drawback for this phone. It has a standard Play Music app that gives good performance. It gives pleasant sound quality though the loudspeaker could have had more bass and volume. It feels great to watch videos on the Nexus 4 but it is unfortunate that the video files cannot be saved on the phone. It also provides the Movie Studio app that lets users to do basic editing of the videos.
Battery The 2100mAh non-removable Li-Po battery gives impressive performance. The battery life of this phonelasts for up to 390 hours when used in standby mode for 3G service. It gives around 15 hours battery life when the phone is used for normal usage.
Verdict The Google Nexus 4 is an amazing device that has good build quality. Its IPS screen gives lower brightness than the iPhone’s Retina display but still is quite good to use. This phone gives all the connectivity interfaces except for the microSD slot. It’s 2GB RAM enables users to play full HD videos and 3D games without any problems. Its photo sphere feature is an additional advantage for its 8MP camera.
Ever since its launch, Android has taken the smart phone market by storm. These days, every other smart phone features an Android operating system. One vital reason for Android’s instant success could be accounted to the reason that it is free of cost. Google had categorically announced during its launch that Android will always be free and this attracted many mobile phone manufacturers to use Android as their Operating system.
The reasonability of the Android as an operating system in terms of monitory consideration has made it an instant hit in the smart phone market. It can be rightly said that Android has taken the smart phone user’s delight to a different level of ecstasy by offering an array of exciting applications but keeping the price in control. Since Android has become such a popular operating system, it makes sense to take a quick tour of some tricks that will make the life of an Android phone user simple. So, fasten your seatbelts to take a quick tour of some smart shortcuts that will make Android phone usage simply simple:
Install ‘Mounting’ for easy file transfer:
To automate the process of mounting the SD card whenever a USB cable is connected to your Android phone, install an SD card mounting application from the marketplace. This process of ‘mounting’ will enable the micro SD card to function as a storage device as soon as you connect your Android with the computer/laptop using a USB cable. By following this process of ‘mounting’, you will add ease to the process of loading content onto the micro SD card from your computer.
Add a contact with ‘tap’: It is very simple to create icons for contacts on your home screen. To create one, press and hold on an empty space on your mobile screen. As soon as the menu pops up, select shortcuts>contact. After this, you can scroll your contact list and tap on the person you wish to add.
Manage files with ease: Android offers you the advantage of storing files in the phone’s internal memory, but at times it can become difficult to manage files systematically. To deal with this issue, simply download a file manager like the Astro File Manager to locate and sort your files with ease.
Search using your voice: The smart Android phone application helps you search the web or your phone just by talking. To use this incredible feature, tap the microphone placed next to the search bar and get your search recorded. Try it out; the search results are incredibly accurate!
Use Google Voice to make calls: Use Google Voice on your Android phone to make calls. It’s simple, launch the voice application to verify your phone number and make it a default setting. It is also a good option for sending free text messages.
Access special characters in no time!: Get the special characters like back slashes, commas, period quicker with a smart shortcut. Tap and hold the period key, a box will show on your screen with commonly-used characters. So, it is a special and smart way to use special characters.
Multitask – the easy way!: Are you the kind who likes multitasking and cannot stick to one thing at a time? Then Android phones are meant for you; simply hold your phone’s Home button and a window with recently opened apps will pop up. Following this quick and simple step you can enjoy multitasking on your smart Android phone.
Go social with your phone contacts Sync your favourite social networking sites with your phone contacts and get social with your friends instantly. The same can be done as soon as you install Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Flickr apps on your Android phone. Just follow this simple step, after downloading the application, go to Settings>Accounts And Sync, and sync your contacts with the social networking site of your choice.
Type using your voice:
The smart Android phone enables you to type with your voice without having to use your fingertips. It is simple, tap the mic button and speak what is to be typed, the rest will be done by your smart Android phone!
These were some of the tips to use your smart Android phone with ease and comfort, and there are many more. With these quick hands-on tips on how to use an Android phone smartly and easily, you are sure to add pace to all your mobile phone activities.
Micromax had started offering mobiles in the year 2008 with the aim to provide users with low priced mobile phones having great specifications. It targeted the entry-level segment by focusing on its low price strategy and wide distribution making Micromax a popular brand in India. It had launched its first entry-level smartphone, the 2.8 inch Andro A60 that operated on Android v2.1 and had a touch feature back in 2008. After the success of the Andro A60, Micromax went on to make several low-budget smartphones that matched the features of the high-priced models.
The AISHA feature was incorporated in the Micromax A50 Superfone Ninja which was the first Micromax smartphone to have this feature. Micromax stands as the third largest manufacturer in India and 12th in the world for its volume. Its popularity is due to the amazing innovations that are coupled with its affordable prices which have become the USP of this company. One of the best examples for this is the Micromax Canvas HD A116.
Micromax Canvas HD A116 runs on the buttery smooth Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. This 5.0 inch smartphone is powered on a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A7 quad core processor along with a 1GB RAM. The smartphone is available in India at a price of Rs. 13,999.
Display and Design Micromax Canvas HD A116 is a 5.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen phone that gives resolution of 1280×720 pixels with pixel density at 294 PPI. The size of this smartphone has dimensions 5.67 x 2.91 x 0.42 inches and it weighs around 156 g. This lightweight phone is lighter than Huawei Ascend D2 which weighs 170 g. The Canvas HD A116 also provides better display resolution when compared with Lava Lris 502. Conversely, its resolution is poorer when it comes to Huawei Ascend D2 and ZTE Grand S.
Power Micromax Canvas HD A116 runs on the Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. This amazing smartphone is powered on ARM Cortex A7 Quad Core 1.2GHz processor along with the MTX MT6589, PowerVR SGX544 GPU and 1GB RAM. It also provides a 4GB internal memory and a microSD card slot that is expandable to 32GB. Comparatively, Huawei Ascend D2 and ZTE Grand S have a 2GB Ram while the Lava Lris 502 has a 1.0 GHz single core processor.
Connectivity Micromax Canvas HD A116 comes with various connectivity features including 3G HSDPA HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. Apart from this, it also features micro USB 2.0, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, Microphone and Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) Dual Standby.
Battery Micromax Canvas HD A116 has a 2100mAh Standard Li-Ion battery that gives standby time of up to 174 hours and talktime of up to 5 hours. In comparison, Huawei Ascend has a better 3000mAh battery capacity.
– It offers 3G connectivity.
– Its Dual SIM Dual Standby makes it the best phone to buy.
– It has Good Processor power ensuring that phone operates at faster speeds.
– It as an 8MP rear camera that gives better and clearer pictures.
Cons Micromax Canvas HD A116 has a drawback in the form of its battery life. Its 2100mAh battery gives less battery capacity which doesn’t last for a longer time.
VerdictMicromax Canvas HD A116 is an awesome phone with good design and display features. It features an 8MP camera with good processing power that makes it a phone worth buying.
Finally, Samsung’s biggest release for the year is here. Unquestionably, the Galaxy S4 will be in great demand, but the vital question is, whether it is the finest smart phone of the year, and are all the countless new features this phone has incorporated really worth having?
The modeling is quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3, since that design was already a huge hit with the masses. Still, if you observe more closely, you will perceive some subtle developments in the S4’s design. The Samsung S4 certainly is straighter and sleeker compared to the S3.
With a host of great features, the Galaxy S4 is the most potent and enviable device Samsung has produced yet. It is indubitably the most eagerly awaited smart phone ever to emerge from this highly reputed brand.
With a larger 5” screen and a full HD resolution, this phone displays the same number of pixels like an advanced HD TV. Though some other smart phones like the Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One have this unique display feature, they still do not even hold a candle in front of the S4’s amazing Super AMOLED HD screen. Similar to the S3’s size, the Galaxy S4 is extremely lightweight and measures 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31” (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm).
Even though it is extremely lightweight at just 130 g, you still do not feel like you are holding a fragile handset due to its sub-8mm thickness. This gives it a more solid build and improved structure compared to its predecessor. The stylish faux metal band that was missing from the S3, is once again added to this model, giving it a premium look. In addition, there is almost a negligible flex in the chassis when they are held firmly. The polycarbonate chassis from the S3 model is retained, along with the reliable battery cover, which conceals a removable battery and micro SD slot. The delicate cover of the Samsung S4 is perhaps its only drawback, but it is still a marked improvement from the covers of the S2 and S3.
Moreover, this phone is equipped with a super fast processor, a huge in-built storage capacity, and an expandable memory card slot. It also comes with 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and all the other connection facilities required. Furthermore, it has been upgraded with a superior camera, a better way to communicate with your friends and consume media, and many more applications in comparison to its predecessors.
Another brilliant feature of this smart phone is the is the infra red blaster located on top, which helps you control your TV, satellite box, DVD player, amplifier, and even your air conditioner. A host of sensors like cameras to track your eyes, a 2MP camera for HD video calling, and a proximity sensor for determining the phone’s position in relation to your ear, are located above the screen,on the front of the phone. The presence of these sensors looks even better on the darker model.
The power button has been placed slightly towards the right side of the phone, making it more user-friendly. This makes it slightly similar to the Galaxy Note 2 in terms of positioning, thus making the power button easy to handle. The volume button might not be that easy to handle, but it is still relatively easy to navigate and convenient to find quickly. What’s more, the home key is made from supreme quality plastic and gives you a firm feeling when pressed. The two concealed buttons bordering the home key give you access to the menus and glow nicely when in use.
Conclusion I can now infallibly state that you can safely go ahead and buy Samsung Galaxy S4. The purpose of this Samsung Galaxy S4 review was to dissect its pros and cons over similar smart phones currently available, including Samsung’s own plethora of great phones already available in the market. Well, it certainly feels much better than any other Samsung phone ever held. Along with being easier to grip, it is also a huge advancement from the Galaxy S3, with such improvements like a faster RAM and a more efficient processor. In addition, its screen spreads towards the sides of the phone, offering a finer bezel and an overall sleek look.
After seeing the success of the HTC One and Galaxy S4, Sony has taken a step forward and created a smartphone which is based on the double-tiered approach. Even though the new Sony Xperia ZL has similar hardware, it has got a thinner and more rugged body. Sony has combined the features of the Xperia Z in this phone but has changed the overall look and design of the phone.
Design The Sony Xperia ZL’s front side is fully covered with its screen and very little bezel. As opposed to the older phones, Xperia ZL has no hardware or capacitive navigation buttons. This has mostly been seen on Android running phones. The power on/off button is prominent in the middle of the phone making it inconvenient for the users. It also has a volume rocker and a physical, two-step camera button that enables users to switch between the two cameras. The back of the phone feels like slightly curved plastic which is easy to grip. Apart from the camera lens, it also has the speaker on its back side. The Sony Xperia ZL has a little panel at the bottom that flips up to swap in micro SD cards as well as SIM cards. This phone has a non-replaceable battery due to which the phone’s back panel cannot be removed.
Whats inside The Sony Xperia ZL has a less wide body than Xperia Z and comes with a smaller bezel and rubbery back panel. This device is much easier to grip but doesn’t offer the waterproof feature like the Xperia Z. This 5 inch smartphone offers a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels full HD Reality Display. Its display works on the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 making it one of the best phones made by Sony. The power button is on the edges of the phone while the camera shutter button and the volume bar are on its right side. The back panel has a large flap that has slots for microSD card and SIM card. The rear camera of the Sony Xperia ZL has large metal rim around its lens that works as a protection for the lens. The external speakers and a single LED flash are placed around this metal rim.
Software Sony Xperia ZL is one such Android device that has amazing apps like WALKMAN, Sony Album, Movies and Sony Select. It also provides the Wisepilot for Xperia and the Smart Connect which is similar to Xperia Link. It also gives apps like Remote Control that prove to be useful making it easier to implement Sony Xperia ZL with its IR-Blaster to the television, stereo or home theatre. The phone’s user interface is quick and responsive due to its Qualcomm SoC processor and also has a long battery life.
Display Sony Xperia ZL is packed with a 5 inch 1080×1980 TFT display and pixel density of 441 ppi. It runs the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 software that enhances the quality of pictures and videos. The high density provided by the phone’s display ensures that the users get amazing clarity and colour on its screen. It gives 100 percent screen brightness due to which the outdoor visibility is pretty good. It comes with a pre-applied screen protector that doesn’t feel like glass and has a tendency to collect extra lint and dirt around the edge of the screen that is difficult to remove.
Interface Sony Xperia ZL has a different look and feel of the software customizations when compared with other stock devices though it does function just about the same way. Sony’s launcher is quite basic due to which it looks and feels plain. The plain lock screen allows users to unlock the phone simply by swiping anywhere on the screen. It displays a clock display and quick launch buttons for camera and music control. The home screen shows an array of screens along with a status bar, standard dock and app arrangement. The display allows users to sort apps but not widgets that can be accessed by long pressing on the home screen. Many themes are provided to change the look of the device. Apart from the launcher, it also has colour accents that change the colour of the user interface based on the theme the user selects.
Camera The Sony Xperia ZL comes with a strong 13 megapixel camera that has Sony’s Superior Auto system for switching through various shooting modes automatically. For instance, it changes to night mode if the camera detects darkness when the user is about to click pictures. It has a camera app that gives an amazing camera experience with the facility to customize the user interface.
Performance The Sony Xperia ZL works like a high-end device that opens apps swiftly and performs tasks smoothly. The launcher and app drawer launched quickly without any crashes, freezes or random reboots. Sony has made various improvements to the software and the additional Jelly Bean OS give amazingly smooth performance on this phone.
Battery life Sony Xperia ZL has a non-removable 2370mAh battery underneath its back case. This battery lasts long enough for a whole day when used for normal use. The battery tends to drain more when used continuously with Wi-Fi or in sunlight. However, the battery doesn’t drain alarmingly and enables users to use it consistently for a whole day without any problems. Sony has taken care of the smaller battery problems by providing the Power management settings under which are softwares like Stamina mode, low battery mode and location-based Wi-Fi. These softwares help in prolonging the overall life of the phone. The Stamina mode enables to disable the data traffic when the screen is off while the low battery mode lowers the screen brightness, screen timeout, etc. when power level is low.
Pros The 5 inch Sony Xperia ZL is easier to grip due to the smaller bezels and on-screen navigation buttons. The automatic settings and dual detent hardware shutter button ensures that the users get high quality photos from its 13MP camera. Its Jelly Bean OS gives amazingly smooth performance and its processor ensures that the phone operates at faster speeds. It also supports radio frequencies such as HSPA+ and LTE.
Cons The major drawback of the Sony Xperia ZL is that it has very poor viewing angles that are slightly off-axis. So, even if it offers a great display, this becomes the downside of this phone. Apart from that, Sony provides numerous in-built apps of which only some are useful. The fact that Xperia ZL’s camera is so amazing, it becomes unnecessary to use the camera app it comes with.
Verdict The Sony Xperia ZL has been made by combining the best features of Xperia Z and yet making it more friendly to the users. So, people who prefer to have glassy finish on their phones should go for Xperia Z but those who would rather have a phone that has a stronger build should go for Xperia ZL. Apart from that, the Sony Xperia ZL is expected to be cheaper in India when it is available.
Micromax seems to be stepping on Samsung’s footsteps by launching new phones that are made for different market segments and prices. Micromax has recently launched the new Micromax Canvas A 115 smartphone which is the first 3D smartphone made by any company. Earlier, HTC and LG had also tried to provide a 3D smartphone but its expensive price and the lack of 3D content made it unsuccessful. The newer Canvas 3D offers similar features as the 3D smartphones of HTC and LG provided but this smartphone is priced at a very affordable rate.
Build Micromax has built all the Canvas series phones like Canvas 2 and Canvas HD in an excellent way but the Micromax A115 Canvas 3D has far better build design. The back side of this smartphone is coated with a soft touch material. This ensures that the users find it robust and easy to handle. Its phone body is made of plastic making it waterproof and sturdy. The unique build and design of this phone makes it look like a premium phone. The overall design of this phone shows resemblance to the HTC devices as well as the Samsung devices. This phone is well-built and feels good to hold, so this low-priced phone is quite good to buy.
Camera The Micromax Canvas A115 3D smartphone has a 5 megapixels rear camera with the facility to shoot in 3D mode. It has a single camera sensor that allows users to capture 3D images by first clicking the picture then moving the camera towards the side to get the final 3D image. Its software automatically fixes the depth based on the way while the user is shooting the pictures. The presence of only one camera lens doesn’t allow the users to record 3D videos. It also doesn’t give great image quality so it gives average quality for outdoor photography. Apart from the rear camera, it also has a VGA sensor camera on its front. It provides video recording that maxes out at 720p.
Performance Like Micromax Canvas 2, the Micromax Canvas 3D gives excellent performance which was reduced only because of the 3D display and the graphics card. This phone enables users to download and install all kinds of games as it has a great storage memory card. The only games that don’t work are NOVA 3 and Modern Combat 4 as this phone lacks the power for running such games. The user interface of this smartphone gives basic features of vanilla like quick toggles in the notification panel and custom apps and icons. Apart from that, it performs vanilla with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS which gives very smooth performance on this phone.
Music Player Even though the design of the media player has changed considerably, it provides the same functionality as the Jelly Bean music player. The rear speaker of the Micromax Canvas A115 3D smartphone is loud though its audio quality is average when it comes to the earphones. This smartphone can smoothly handle up to 720p video playback as well as plays MP4 files pretty well on the stock player. The problem is that it doesn’t play AVI, MKV and other such files in the MX Player. It also doesn’t have great viewing angles and doesn’t give vibrant colours even in the 2D mode.
Battery Life The Micromax Canvas A115 3D smartphone is packed with a Li-Ion 2000mAh battery that can last for nearly five to six hours on talktime for normal usage. The battery power can drop to nearly three hours if the usage includes browsing the internet or accessing any online data. This phone gives a good 48 hours of battery life when it is in the standby mode.
Conclusion The Micromax Canvas A115 3D smartphone has various features though none of them are excellent. These days many Android phones having IPS display and quad-core chipset are available at a very affordable price so comparatively this Micromax phone is not so much worth it. The additional feature of 3D support also doesn’t serve as a contributing factor to buy this phone.
Equipped with 4G connectivity, a quad-core processing unit, abundant memory space and huge battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 spins a completely new dimension on the meaning of a smart phone. It features the biggest screen of any smart phone, the S-pen stylus and a whole range of productivity tools to give you an experience unlike any previous mobile handset has delivered. In short, Samsung has ensured to develop the Note 2 as a very special device.
Build Quality Boasting of a 9.4 mm thickness, it’s slimmer than the original Galaxy Note (9.65mm), but with a weight of 182.5 g it is slightly heavier than its predecessor (178g). At the bottom of the handset, lies the charging micro HDMI cable port. Moreover, the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack is in its usual position at the top, while the new, more accurate S-Pen, is neatly concealed at the bottom right hand corner. When it comes to physicality, the round home button has been strategically placed at the bottom of the screen with two capacitive buttons on either side. Behind the device is located the 8 MP camera with flash alongside it and the loud speaker is situated at the opposite end. In addition, the micro SD card slot, which can expand storage up to 64GB and the micro SIM slot, which provides the phone functionality, are located underneath the detachable back cover. The power button is positioned on the right edge of the phone with the volume oscillator on the opposite edge. In spite of its large size, the slick curved design makes the phone feel quite unobtrusive in the hands of a user. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is basically a kind of king-sized version of the the Samsung’s flagship smart phone, the Galaxy S3. The S3’s straight lines are swapped for sleeker curves and a white finish.
Display Along with its large screen, the Note 2 packs an astounding 720p (1280 x 720) super AMOLED resolution that delivers an impressive 267 pixels per inch for a crystal-clear output. The Note 2 has an enormous 5.5″ display screen, which makes the screens of Apple’s iPhone and other competitors look cramped and puny. What’s more, the S-pen stylus that is accompanied along with this phone is actually suited for its large display screen. If a user requires to jot a note quickly, while in between an intricate game level, he just needs to double-tap for the S-notes function, quickly type whatever must be written, save and return to the game. Furthermore, accessing those miniscule buttons on websites becomes much easier with this stylus. With the S-pen, one can just hover the stylus at the bottom of the screen and scroll quickly down without the need of continuous swiping.
The most important applications that the software provides are the Google Play Store and the App Drawer. The S-pen for its part semi-launches some extra cool applications the moment you put it to use. This phone operates on the latest Android 4.1 Jellybean software. With this software, users get to download Samsung’s patented colourful skin, Touchwiz, which lies atop the Android software. Touchwiz offers the users to scroll through seven diverse home screens that can also be supplemented with different widgets, like Gmail preview and music control.
Camera Samsung’s Note 2 is equipped with two cameras, the 8 MP camera at the rear end, and a 1.9 MP one located in the front. The phone also provides multiple screen modes, which enables users to customize their clicked photos. The 8 MP camera captures all your favourite moments through life with unbelievable clarity and an extremely strong flash to boot. Setting this camera into motion is relatively easy and quick, more so if you attach a shortcut key on the lock screen of your display. The Galaxy note 2 incorporates another revolutionary feature, wherein one can click photographs simply by talking to the camera. All one has to do is just utter the word cheese. The picture quality never fades away even in darker surroundings. The camera also boasts of amazing shutter speed and is capable of snapping two pictures in a second.
Performance With a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and the newest Android Jellybean software, this Galaxy phone delivers an unbeatable performance at remarkably high speeds. Plus, the Jellybean software is integrated with Android’s pioneering Project Butter technology, which only serves to boost the handset’s speed even further. Along with this, the device is equipped with a 2 GB RAM, which further improves its performance.
Audio and Video The phone can effortlessly play videos across myriad formats like mP4, M4V, Xvid, Divx, AVI and 3GP. Users can also watch their videos instantly over any running application with the unique pop-up play function. As stated earlier, it comes with a full HD, high-resolution display. Google Play Store allows to purchase or rent films within a day or two. Additionally, the phone has an outdoor setting that makes it easier to enjoy your favourite videos in bright sunlight. Just like its video support, the Note 2 supports multiple audio formats delivers astonishing sound quality through the headphones as well as the loud speaker. The phone also has a special music hub that scans for tunes you might like based on the songs present in your memory bank. If one desires listening to music for free, this mobile devise also comes with a user-friendly FM radio. It has really has left no stone unturned to give its users a wholesome musical experience.
Battery Life Samsung has provided a huge 3100 mAh battery that should suffice for an entire day’s usage of the phone, irrespective of how many tasks are performed simultaneously. This will meet the demands for the high-end, king-sized phone.
Wrap-up The Galaxy Note 2 has made remarkable enhancements in almost every department from its predecessor and its attractive design does well to conceal its large size. The issue of size should be looked at positively, as the larger display only heightens your viewing and gaming pleasure. Performance wise and in terms of contemporary applications and other functions, the phone will give any major competitor a run for its money. With the swanky powered stylus to boot, this is definitely one fine smart phone to possess. Samsung has designed the phone to be virtually faultless.
Samsung communication devices have become synonymous with ultra-sophisticated android phones and tablet phones of the present era, and the electronic giant is leading the market with its wide range of products. Samsung Galaxy Tablet series always brings the new revolution in market and the company constantly comes up with more innovative models. ‘Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini’ is the hottest addition to this renowned assortment. It is a sleek and slim tablet phone that looks appealing at the very first glance. Though it’s a tablet phone, it feels quite handy and if you are no longer in the mood to carry both your laptop and your executive phone, it’s the right substitute for both. Let’s take a sneak peek at the specifications of this phone vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 to review if it’s really better than its competitors –
Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini
Key Features –
1.4 GHz processor
3.7 inch WVGA capacitive touch screen
5 MP auto focus
LED flash camera
Front facing VGA camera
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Mobile hotspot capability
Compatible with UMTS and HSPA+
Samsung Galaxy S2
Galaxy S II (or Galaxy S2) is the thinnest phone to date, measuring only 8.49 mm. It’s faster and gives better viewing experience than its predecessor Galaxy S.
Key features –
4.3″ WVGA Super AMOLED plus touch screen
8 megapixels camera with LED flash
HD video recording
2 megapixels front-facing camera for video calling
Adobe Flash Player 10.1
One of the basic disparities between the two is their up-to-date status. Samsung Galaxy S2 is the basis for the production of its mini version, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini. In this light, it is quite obvious that Galaxy S2 Mini is much more updated and improved compared to Galaxy S2. Apart from bearing disparity in size, Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S2 Mini differ in internal features. One of which is in camera resolutions. Although Galaxy S2 Mini is the latest version, it only has 5 megapixels whereas Galaxy S2 has higher resolution of 8 megapixels.
Samsung Galaxy S2 mini is much advantageous in size and weight as compared to many other phones in the market with similar screen size and pricing. It is handier and more comfortable to use. More so, it has more advanced features, and more applications can be easily downloaded into the unit.
Though many consumer gadget making companies are slowly emerging, Samsung remains to be one highly respected company as they have paved ways in keeping the advancing technology alive and always on the go.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 mini is a budget blower, designed for a youthful owner. It feels solid enough to survive the odd schoolyard scrape. However, there’s a glut of Android phone choice these days, and its charms might be less winning if you do your homework and check out the cut-price competition. In the end, you have to decide if it is really worth spending money on.
It won’t be wrong to say that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to own a feature-loaded smartphone. In the recent past, the mobile phone market has been folded with a gamut of smartphones, each trying to outdo the other in terms of features, user-friendliness and aesthetics. A recent addition to the smartphone bandwagon is the Sony Xperia Miro. This smartphone from the house of Sony is a great mix of both feasibility and aesthetic appeal. Also, buying an Xperia Miro won’t make a hole in your pocket. Infact, it may be rightly said that this Sony smartphone bridges the gap between the starter package and more advanced smartphones. In this blog, we will highlight the specifications of Sony Xperia Miro, so that you may base your buying decision on the information shared. Our endeavor is to help you with all the information related to this smartphone and free you from the hassle of checking out smartphone stores to gather relevant information.
Sony Xperia Miro lets you experience the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich, without having to pay a heavy price for it. It will not be wrong to say that price is the only thing that makes this phone a low end one. This phone has the aesthetic appeal of Sony Xperia go and the internals of Xperia tipo.
Let us have a quick glance at the specifications:
This smartphone comes with a powerful 5 megapixel camera that makes it an ideal camera phone. So, you can snap a quick shot and share it on social networks in a jiffy.
The VGA front camera facilitates video chat.
The bottom strip of the phone is a distinguishing feature. It emits different coloured lights depending on the kind of notification received. This feature helps you know whether you have received message or a missed call alert, without having to unlock the phone.
This smartphone comes with the usual unmatched sound quality of Sony, and offers the xLoud audio technology. This unique audio technology will help you enjoy music with superior sound quality.
It also comes with Sony Music Unlimited, which lets you enjoy music of your choice without any limits. You can listen to any music of your choice even if you are not connected to the internet.
Sony Xperia Miro features a single core 800 MHz processor with 512 MB of RAM. It has an internal storage of 4 GB, which can be further augmented via microSD card, if you want to store more music and videos in your smartphone.
Before, moving further, it is worth talking about the Xloud feature which makes this smartphone all the more desirable. This unique sound enhancement feature boosts the sound’s quality and speaker volume, offering an unmatched listening experience. Let us now, have a quick overview of Sony Xperia Miro’s key features:
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support
7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
3.5″ 16M-color LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels) at around 165 ppi
5 MP autofocus camera, single LED flashlight, geotagging, smile detection, touch focus
VGA video @ 30fps
Secondary VGA front-facing camera
Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
GPS with A-GPS
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Stereo FM radio with RDS
microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
1500 mAh Li-Ion battery
After taking a quick glance at the key features of this smartphone, it will be a great option to understand what features distinguishes Sony Xperia Miro from Sony Xperia tipo. The major distinguishing features may be listed as below:
It has a bigger LED-backlit screen as compared to Sony Xperia tipo
This smartphone offers a higher resolution camera, as was missing in the Xperia tipo
The secondary camera for video calls is also a new addition, which was missing in Sony Xperia tipo
When we are talking about a Sony smartphone, we definitely cannot miss on the aesthetics, since Sony smartphones are known for it. Sony Xperia Miro is no exception to this common rule. The smartphone exhibits the signature rectangular design of the NXT line, the rounded corners of the Xperia tipo has been done away with. The finish of Sony Xperia Miro is simple and not extravagant but by no means is of poor quality. The back of this smartphone does not give a coarse feel, which adds a royal touch to this smartphone.
The other feature worth appreciation is the trademark chin that creates a subtle yet impressive bulge at the phone’s rear. The same allows a comfortable and secure grip, ensuring that the phone does not fall off your hand easily. There are certain features which demands attention; below the HVGA display are three usual capacitive controls viz. Back, Home and Menu options that are ergonomically placed. The Sony Xperia Miro is highly user-friendly; the same is evident from the fact that ‘a tap and hold’ on the Home key will launch the task switcher. Another impressive feature is the hidden LED that glows each time you charge your phone. The phone blinks upon an incoming call, notifying you promptly. The dedicated application from the Google Play store enables you to further customize the LED’s status notification behavior.
Thus, Sony Xperia Miro is highly recommended for those buyers who are looking for a smartphone in an affordable price range. The looks, features, and user interface are worth appreciation. Most importantly, the Xloud feature makes this Sony smartphone a worth buy!
So, are you all set to grab the Sony Xperia Miro and listen to crystal clear music on the go?
HTC recently launched two phones – HTC One V and One S. The One V has been tagged at a lower price than the other, which might appeal to the average Indian consumer. The One V might not be as feature loaded as the others in the series but definitely does not lag behind its siblings. It’s as aspiring as the other two phones in the HTC One series. This phone does offer certain distinct features but the point to look for is whether the One V will be able to match up the other two One series HTC phones in terms of expectations with respect to features, design and performance.
Design: The HTC One V features the curved chin design that was made popular with the HTC Legend and the HTC Hero. This phone looks quite premium and has a polished metal body with an ultra smooth coating alongside the back and the sides. There is a contour continuing throughout the frame of the phone and the same lends the phone a sleek look and gives definition. The chin has a unique feel and texture on both the interior and exterior. One of the most differentiating factors being that the One V has a stylish and appealing feel to it that is missing in the other phones competing in the same category.
Protruding chin, a trademark design of HTC helps adding grip to the phone. The phone comes with a flat back panel along with curved edges. The bottom of the One V made of plastic is quite functional, meaning it is removable and hides the SIM card and microSD card slot. Another feature worth noticing is that it has a wide earpiece grill placed on the top of the device that produces impressive sound quality even in noisy environment. The back top corner of the phone features a 5 megapixel camera with single flash. The power/lock button and a 3.5 mm jack are placed at the top side of the phone and it rests over the notification LED that flashes once there is a missed call registered or a message received. It also indicates the phone’s charge levels. The phone flaunts a slender design at 9.2mm and is reasonably light at 115g.The bottom left houses a microUSB port and the top side has the volume rocker. Overall, the HTC One V is ergonomically designed and facilitates easy operation while offering a tight grip.
Display: The One V has a 3.7 inch touchscreen and it features a protective Gorilla glass that stands out a millimeter above the surface of the phone and seems as if it has been pasted on the phone’s body. The display has a resolution of 800×480 pixels and the pixel density stands at about 252ppi. Its brightness, sharpness and colour vividness are at par with AMOLED and S-LCD displays offered on similar budget phones.
Camera: The 5MP camera featured in the HTC One V phone may be considered as average. The colour and sharpness offered by the camera is fine but the moment you zoom in the photograph, it starts to pixelate. The camera facilitates quick operation and gets ready in a jiffy. A feature worth noticing is the burst mode that allows you to click 15 photographs at one stretch in a second and you may choose the best one among the clicked photographs. The LED flash will help you to click photographs in low lights but is not that powerful to facilitate real night photography.
Performance: The performance of the HTC One V is top-notch as the operation is super quick and has no hanging issue. It comes with 512 MB RAM and Adreno 205 GPU. This configuration might appear to be slightly low end in comparison to other smartphones, but it doesn’t reflect in the performance.
Although, on opening too many applications or if you play games that contain heavy graphics, then the performance slows down a bit. You should ideally close down the applications that you will not need. The voice quality offered by HTC One V is truly top notch; the loudspeaker is loud and clear. The Wi-Fi connectivity is impressive as compared to other phones in the same category. The FM reception might not be that good but definitely is not a disappointment.
The HTC One V comes with 1500 mAh battery that lasts for a full day and with Wi-Fi on, it lasts for more than half a day. The phone battery also supports two hours of music along with YouTube videos and a good number of calls.
Verdict: HTC One V is an accomplished phone performance-wise, especially in the price bracket that it is offered in. It is a safe buy for those who like the HTC Sense user interface. A vital question that is bound to arise is that whether HTC One V lives up to the legacy of the One series. Well, the answer to that is a mixed one as the device has an impressive look and feel and possesses a unique design which is missing in most of its competitors. The 1GHz single core processor does a good job when it comes to keeping pace with minor lag issues while flipping between menus and applications.
The sturdy, appealing look and feel of the phone differentiates it from the other candybar phones with plastic-backed covers. Another worthwhile experience is provided by the on-board ICS OS which is combined with the latest Sense UI. The video recording feature is a bit turn-off as the inbuilt digital zoom makes overall user experience bad.
If upgrading your current Android phone is your next thing to tick off on your to-do list, you will like this knowledge shared on this blog. Browse through the various phones under the 20k range, listed by us and select the phone that matches your preferences.
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 Android The cool Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is known for its nice design, faster processor and better camera. The phone comes with a 3.5 inches compact screen with 320 x 480 pixel display and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. It is easy to type and has a fast interface with 800 MHz processor. With an Android 2.2 OS, it is a worthy pick for the price range set by you.
HTC Desire VC GSM + CDMA Want a phone with an appealing design, awesome display and easy to grip feature? Consider buying the HTC Desire VC GSM + CDMA Dual SIM Mobile Phone in Black. This phone gives you ample storage with an internal memory of 4 GB and extendable memory of up to 32 GB. It features a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash and a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. With not many CDMA + GSM smartphones currently in the market, this phone makes for a smart choice.
Motorola Atrix 2 The Motorola Atrix 2 GSM Mobile Phone is a great hi-end phone to take pictures with while you are on the go. With an 8 megapixel camera, you can take videos and images with utmost clarity. The phone comes with a bright screen and a good display. It also has an amazing battery life and has a fast processor that stands by your browsing and runs through the day. It is lightweight and portable for an easy to carry purpose. The accessory list of the phone includes a GPS car mount, a Lapdock for charging the phone and using a webtop operating system, and another docking station that enables you to connect to an HD TV using an HDMI cable.
Micromax Superfone Pixel A90 Known for its top quality audio, built and camera, the Micromax Superfone Pixel A90 GSM Dual SIM in Black Mobile Phone is one thing you ought to own. The phone features an internal memory of 4 GB and comes with a camera of 8 MP as well as a secondary camera of 0.3 MP. It has a Dual SIM feature and has the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 operating system. The display of the phone is a 4.3 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
Samsung Ace Plus S7500 The Samsung Ace Plus S7500 features a 3.65 inch touch screen with a resolution of 320×480 pixels. It includes a stereo FM Radio, Image Editor, Google maps, Organizer and Voice memo/dial. The phone runs on Android OS 2.3.6 Gingerbread powered by 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It comes with a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. There is internal memory of 3 GB that lets you stock up your best of music and pictures.
With a list of Android phones under the 20k range, we suggest you to go in for Micromax Superfone Pixel A90 or HTC Desire VC. As Micromax gives you absolute value for money and the HTC model has a dual SIM feature. It stands difficult that which one out of the two holds for a perfect buy, although both phones match up to your budget list. We wish you a happy purchase and Android-ing!
Croma recently launched their own label ‘Croma’ smart phones engineered to provide a remarkable user experience to consumers at an affordable price. This new launch will enable tech savvy folks to experience Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich OS, packed in sleek and aesthetically designed smart phones.
The Croma phone was reviewed by My Mobile, a tech-magazine which offers news and reviews on mobile phones, mobile phone prices, value added services, cellular services, tariff plans and reviews of mobile applications and games. The Croma phone features a 4.63 inch Capacitive Touchscreen display along with a 1 Ghz dual core processor. It runs on the famous Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich operating system.
Here’s a review by My Mobile on the “Croma CRCB2093 GSM Mobile Phone” which was published in their latest edition viz. 15th June to 14th July. Take a sneak-peek!
To know more about the Croma CRCB2093 GSM Mobile Phone, its specifications, pricing and other details, click here.
Samsung’s flagship mobile phone, the Galaxy SIII is quite an advanced model that supports 4G networks for ultrahigh speed data communication. Its large 4.8 inch display packs in a high pixel density of about 306 ppi to offer an unbeatable sharpness with minute details. Let’s see if the phone is a good enough deal as a flagship model.
Design and Build Quality The phone comes in three colours- ceramic white, pebble blue and red. It has smooth roundish contours and offers a good grip. Interestingly, the high-tech phone is pretty slim at 8.6mm and feels solid at 133 gm. The external body is made of hardened plastic material and the display has a toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for scratch resistance. The display is a bit too shiny and tends to reflect light.
Interface The SIII comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (upgradeable to Jelly Bean) and includes the Android Beam that lets you share and transfer photos, videos or other data with compatible models simply by tapping the devices to each other. Samsung has also incorporated its proprietary S-beam feature. In addition, there is a new feature S Voice, which is similar to iPhone’s Siri voice assistant. This voice-based interaction with the phone however drains out the power rather fast.
Features As a flagship mobile phone with an Android operating system, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes featured with many apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps with turn-by-turn voice navigation and connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies. You can adjust settings so that you can mute an incoming call by flipping over the phone or initiate a call while texting someone simply by taking the phone close to your ear. A SmartStay function prevents dimming of the screen if you continue to look at the phone, for instance when you are reading an ebook or watching a movie on the display. At the heart of the phone is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor and 2GB RAM. The phone is available as 16GB and 32GB models.
Camera There is an 8 megapixel rear camera that is accompanied with an LED flash. In conjunction with the Android 4.0 OS, the camera lets you capture photographs with almost zero shutter lag. There are inbuilt colour filters to add effect to your photographs. The phone has a face recognition feature to keep faces within fame in sharp focus and appropriate exposure. You can shoot up to 1080p full HD videos with the primary camera. The front facing 1.9 MP camera can record 720p video as well.
Battery life The smartphone comes featured with a 2100 mAh battery which is claimed to offer 700 minutes of talktime and 790 hours standby time under 3G network. In real life, the smartphone actually beats the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X for video playback at maximum brightness.
Performance Thanks to the powerful CPU and 2GB RAM module, the phone is superfast at processing requests and playing back glitch-free HD video. The intuitive interactions are fast and so is the photo-video capture process. The phone also has 2 microphones to capture your voice with clarity.
Samsung has adequately armed its flagship smartphone to offer the best and to readily compete with models from other brands. Fast performance and lots of features make this phone highly desirable. It’s simply one of the best smartphones available in the market.
Bordering between smartphone and phablet territory is this HTC’s new product. The HTC J Butterfly is the first 5-inch smartphone with full-HD screen introduced by the Taiwanese company. It is sleek, stylish and is packed with interesting features. We bring to you full-review of HTC Butterfly.
Design It has a unibody design similar to the HTC One X with curved edges. It’s slightly thick at the centre and comparatively thinner at the edges, which make it easy to hold and use. Primarily made out of plastic, it features a strong built that offers easy grip and adds to its overall appeal. It houses a 5-inch screen and is narrower compared to SIII. The phone weighs 140 grams and feels sturdy in grip.
Screen The 5-inch Super LCD3 display with Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution is its USP. It has pixel density of 441ppi which gives crisp clarity in images and texts. It is a boon to people who read a lot as the display is brighter and legible even under the sunlight. Everything on the front except the earpiece and the strip is covered with Gorilla Glass 2.
Software The HTC Butterfly J comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box along with HTC Sense UI 4+ which makes the combination visually stunning. The Full HD screen just adds to the package. The 1.5GHz quad-core processor is backed up by 2GB of RAM. It supports 10 different lock screen apps such as weather, people, music, photo album etc. along with 4 customizable shortcuts and up to 7 different home screens.
Camera There’s an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. It has resolution of 3264×2448 pixels for large pictures. The camera is supported with autofocus and LED flash.
Performance The Butterfly is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, which give a snappy overall performance. Its 2,200mAh battery lasted almost a day, however the ‘power saver’ does help in stretching the battery life a bit. The voice calls offer great clarity and the speaker mode is loud and clear, thanks to its amplifier. There were no call drops or inadvertent phone restarts.
It is a great phone but lacks LTE (4G). Having said that, it shouldn’t be a matter of concern for Indian customers for now. The battery life of 2,200mAh is larger than most phones but the screen seems to be consuming most of it. For a full-HD handset, you might also want to look out for other options which have been announced with similar hardware configurations. If you are not too fussy about lack of LTE, battery life or minor issues, then this android phone is a definite purchase because of its fast performance and multiple features.
In this epic smart phone war between Samsung and Apple, BlackBerry Business Phones plays a smart move, now slowly shifting its focus from Smart phones to its Services as well. The Canadian Acme today launched a “Secure Work Space” feature for iOS and Android devices which allow users to separate their work apps and personal data with ease all managed through the single BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 administration console.
Secure Work Space tool allows new containerization in addition to application-wrapping and secure connectivity option which in turn offers high level of control and security. On a personal Android Phone or an iPhone, users with Secure Work Space get integrated email (with attachment viewing), calendar and contacts for productivity, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities with BlackBerry’s “Documents To Go”. With corporate data held separately within the Secure Work Space container, the standard apps can be deployed by user with confidence in addition to other apps chosen by the company.
BlackBerry in association with Partner Box is working towards the cloud aspect of the new service & users interested in taking advantage will have to purchase a $99 per year, per device license to access the new feature. According to BlackBerry, users benefit majorly because, they no longer need to configure and manage expensive VPN infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind their corporate firewalls.
The success graph of these BlackBerry operated services can be drawn from the fact that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 which went live back in January, has since been installed a reported 18,000 times on an Android Phone or an iPhone, with Reuters stating that in excess of 60-percent of Fortune 500s in the United States are either currently using or testing out the platform.
Though critics argue that the company is fighting a lost battle with the release of the BlackBerry Smart Business Phones “the Z10 and Q10” being the most notable, it is a known fact that BlackBerry Business phones have a herculean task ahead if it plans to compete with Android Phones and iPhones.
Sony has recently introduced the next revolution in premium large-screen Android smart phone category. The latest offering of Sony is the new Xperia Z Ultra which is a waterproof, ultra-slim smart phone that has a very lightweight design. This is Sony’s first smart phone to have the Full HD TRILUMINOS Display which is powered by its latest X-Reality. This feature enables users to get the most immersive viewing experience they have ever got. This is one of the latest mobile phones which features the fully integrated Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor along with 2.2GHz quad-core CPU. It also features the 4G LTE and HD voice which helps in giving users an amazing entertainment experience along with fast performance and long-lasting battery. Among the new large-screen smart phones that Sony is offering, the Xperia Z Ultra provides a 6.4 inch touch screen that features the latest full HD display technology of Sony.
The slimmest Full HD smart phone The Xperia Z Ultra is one of the slimmest and lightweight mobile phones that features a 6.5mm body and weighs 212 grams. Its front and the back are made from tempered glass along with the seamless surface. It also has the OptiContrast panel which comes with a solid metal frame that looks stunning from every angle. It is available in various colours including black, white and purple.
The only waterproof Full HD smart phone The Xperia Z Ultra is one of the most durable smart phones that is not only resistant to dust but is also waterproof. It allows users to take their large screen smart phone experience to the next level by letting them to film in Full HD underwater. Its camera provides features like HDR, superior auto mode, noise reduction and so on to give users stunning images and videos even in challenging conditions. It gives an amazing experience to users for watching movies, playing games, reading books and browsing the web on its big screen.
Built for business The Xperia Z Ultra features super responsive screen with handwriting recognition and is compatible with any pencil, stylus or pen. It also enables users to write notes or sketches during calls due to its easy-toggle keyboard that is great for one-handed input and multi-tasking. It offers amazing security features that safeguard corporate as well as personal data. For starters, check out this review on Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s forerunner Sony Xperia Z for comparision.
Ultra connectivity The Xperia Z Ultra is one of the latest mobile phones that feature one-touch functions for instantly sharing music, photos and videos from a wide range of NFC-enabled Sony device such as speakers, SmartWatch, wireless headsets and TVs. This smart phone also comes with SBH52 which is a dynamic Smart Bluetooth handset that provides hands-free call handling with a single press. To have a good comparision, check out the price, features and specifications of Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s predecessor Sony Xperia Z.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been on top of the list of the best mobile phones in India. The newer smartphones that are becoming popular are Galaxy S4 and HTC One that are being closely followed by Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL and LG Nexus 4. There have been many additions in the smartphones sector that include the buttery smooth Jelly Bean, beautiful displays, high-quality cameras, 4G LTE connectivity and much more. The five best mobile phones in India have been listed here that not only provide many features but also have great hardware.
1. HTC One The full-fledged aluminium body of the HTC One enhances the overall design of the phone as well as makes it look more sophisticated. It features front-facing stereo speakers which enable users to get the ultimate music and video experience. The users are able to get immersive gaming experience as well as great movie watching experience on this amazing smartphone.
2. Samsung Galaxy S4 The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the best mobile phones in India as it features all the good features of the Samsung Galaxy S3. It is a 5-inch smartphone that works on TouchWiz user interface and has a plastic body. This phone provides the best camera that comes with the camera app which features the Samsung Galaxy camera. The Galaxy S4 offers only 9 GB storage for its 16 GB version though users have the facility to get extra 64 GB memory through the microSD card.
3. LG Optimus G Pro The Optimus G Pro from LG is a 5.5-inch mobile phone that has features similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This amazing smartphone comes with higher-resolution display, updated internals and a narrower body. It also features a great camera along with the Photosphere feature that enables users to click fabulous pictures.
4. Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL Sony’s offerings Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are feature-packed Android phones that provide speedy performance, clean user interface and amazing camera software. Both these phones have a superb camera that shoots clear and crisp on-screen images. These amazing smartphones also provide water resistant capabilities.
5. LG Nexus 4 Among the top five mobile phones, the LG Nexus 4 is the only Nexus model that enables users to get the awesome Android experience. The Nexus 4 has many features that include its fast processing power and lightning-fast speed for updates from Google. This amazing smartphone is available in standard black as well as white coloured models.
The expectations are ripe for the Android 4.3 to launch within the next couple of months. This year has proved to be full of newer developments that also include the new hardware that has been featuring in these smartphones.
It has already been six months since its launch and there doesn’t seem to be any other smartphone to map up to this beast. Not even close. And when the experts are asked, “What does HTC ONE have, that it prides its apex position without anyone close enough to defeat the ONE”, all they have to say revolves around some master specifications with the amazing values and numbers. Is that it? Was really there no equivalent competition? Let us investigate this very question which stands tall and unanswered. Here’s a detailed review of what you really want to know, of what really matters, from the user whose HTC One has been faithful to him for over four months now. And I forgot to mention, you may have a sudden anxiety to buy the HTC One or atleast check it out once, if at all you were confused over which mobile to buy. Beware!
The sleek design of the HTC One with a full metal body and tapered edges offer a slim and satisfying grip. With no compromise in the design, HTC One took home the award for Best European Advanced Smartphone. It even ranked at the number one spot in our earlier article viz. Five Best Mobile Phones in the World. This phone has also been consistently ranked as the best smartphone by a number of expert review websites as well as events. Some reports also show that it has accounted for as much as half of HTC’s sales.
Coming to day of its release date- around the period from March-April this year, HTC One, formerly known as the HTC M7 sported a unibody design constructed of aluminum. It showcased a 4.7 inch FHD display and the screen brings an industry leading pixel density of 468ppi along with the HTC UltraPixel camera on the back. Boasting a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm processor, the competitors could only amaze in all silence. Previously, HTC had already come up with three excellent phones: the One X, the One X+, and the Droid DNA. This year, HTC came back with the dominant HTC One with an audacious strategy to focus on one device that could span across many carriers.
Let us dig deeper into this and check out what makes this beauty- a Beast – for any tech fanatic!
Design and Build
Offering a near-perfect performance, the HTC One having round edges is like a bigger version of iPhone 5 or a Sony Xperia Z. It has an all metal, aluminium construction and the only part of the shell that is not made of lightweight metal is the Gorilla Glass screen and the slim plasticky band that runs around the edge.Talking about the weight, the HTC One is quite heavier than the iPhone 5. The HTC One is like the BlackBerry Z10, only it feels like a much more desirable object.
What makes the design more striking are the thin edges on the sides of the screen. Above and below the screen, there are speaker grates to give the actual stereo sound. The up-most portion of the phone is graced by the 88-degree wide angle front-facing camera, which facilitates video-chatting.
HTC preferred to include two capacitive buttons- Home and Back and the micro USB port on the bottom of the phone doubles as an HDMI port for connecting directly to a TV. The phone can be wirelessly connected to the TV Miracast. Furthermore, the power button on top of the phone doubles as a IR blast, so that it can be used as a remote control.
You may check out minor details like placement of buttons, placement of flashlight, sensors and 3.5mm jack, battery details from the images alongside and specification sheet in the link at the end of this HTC One review.
Firstly, let’s talk about the two most common questions:
1. What is Benchmarking? A. It is the process of accessing the execution of a device by running several programs or processes and the final results are tabulated and a performance graph is made for comparison and scrutiny.
2. Why Benchmark the mobile phone? A. Modern handsets are multi-functional minicomputers with faster processors and are also enabled with 3D graphics rendering capability, high quality image and video processing. So, the benchmark test is to check the efficiency of the phone’s hardware.
I carried out numerous benchmark tests using Antutu, smartbench and other softwares. One thing I observed was that the phone did heat up considerably. The results however made me let go the bit of heating issue. Seriously! Check the following images and don’t disregard the feeling of supreme power that comes along with the phone. Prepare to be left in awe.
The Antutu test did show that Galaxy S4 ranked higher, but user performance wise I find both to be of the same status!
Here are some more stability tests. Stability test graph which does not waver much indicates good phone health and good stability. HTC One proved why it’s worth all the attention!
So, the results of the benchmark tests on the HTC One gives just one conclusion: If you were searching for the ONE smartphone that could answer all your queries and suit all your needs, this is the One, HTC One.
The HTC One features the Android 4.2.2 software update, which has brought a flock of new features and it has been redesigning Sense 5, which is another step forward in the Android overlay story. The 2GB RAM and a staggering 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor are things you cannot stop talking about.
Opening and closing apps or browsing multiple tabs on the internet, there’s nothing that can slow down the HTC One. The interface on the HTC One is uncomplicated and displays the time and weather information.
It has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches that is enough to leave you stunned. Apart from the stunning looks, the touch is also good enough. This Full HD 1080p display jam-packs 468 pixels into every inch and that statistic is fabulous, which shows it is crisp and sharp. It has feather touch buttons that add to the appeal and the screen looks lively with a good contrast ratio. Its razor sharp but not quite colourful as the SuperAMOLED displays sported by the Samsung handsets, but is brilliant at rendering details in images and videos with no natural light. Even the viewing angles are good, which means a couple of people can easily watch a movie together. Moreover, the touchscreen of the HTC One is very responsive that adds to the efficiency.
The best feature is the BoomSound with the combination of the two front facing speakers and the inbuilt amp to help boost the sound through the headphones.
The HTC One is accentuated with an array of connectivity options and covers umpteen network frequencies. It features quad-band GSM, quad-band 3G and market-dependent LTE support. The local wireless connectivity has Wi-Fi and DLNA support and stereo Bluetooth 4.0. It also features an internal GPS antenna, GLONASS and a digital compass along with a gyro sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.
HTC has a smartly designed special options screen, when you connect the One with a computer. The listing of options includes Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings, USB and Bluetooth tethering along with NFC connectivity with Android Beam.The browsing experience is nothing short of a marvel. Amazingly smooth interface and no despair to those impatient like myself!
The HTC One primary camera has a smaller sensor but comes with larger pixels to allow in more light, therefore more data, to make the images look much better. The smartphone has a 4-megapixel camera and a 28mm equivalent lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2 and optical image stabilizer for enhanced picture quality. HTC’s UltraPixel camera features a backside-illuminated sensor with a pixel size of 2.0 µm and sensor size of 1/3-inch. It also has the innovative Zoe shooting mode that can surprisingly take up to 20 shots and a 30-second video to create a living photo that can also be shared with friends. With the HTC One, HTC redefined the smartphone camera and made a very bold move by trying to get away from the megapixels race and focus on larger pixels in order to allow greater light absorption. I’ve taken pictures of some really non-interesting stuff and trust me, the pictures have an entirely new story to talk about. Really, look alongside. Kudos here!
The faster the sensors means the shots can be captured quickly making it more efficient for a smartphone user. And other better options also include changing exposure and contrast, tweaking ISO levels, adjusting sharpness, the HDR mode etc which I am sure you are already very familiar with. No need to talk about them.
One of the things that HTC phones are known for is gaming. Most of the Android games run smoothly on the HTC One. I ran a hundred games and the phone performace never disappointed me.
To sum it all up
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not far behind at all with the stunning screen and rich detailing. What separates HTC One from the other similar gadgets in this category are features like HTC Zoe which captures an HD video every time a photo is clicked by grabbing an image 0.6 seconds before the shutter button is pressed, and then capturing info for three seconds afterwards; the images and videos from a given event are then stitched together on the fly in order to create an up to 30-second video which can be exported as a MPEG4. Also, with the Ultrapixel camera that extends the range of photos that can be taken or simply the improved speakers bolted on the front, the HTC One is the best smartphone in the market. It has more a premium feel than other great handsets such as theSony Xperia Z and the Samsung Galaxy S4; the HTC One looks and feels like something high-priced and luxuriant.
Some time ago, an official looking Blackberry Twitter account had posted news about the availability of BBM for Android devices by June 27th this year. The T-Mobile UK also followed this post and shared it further saying it was official news. It turned out that this post was fake and the account from which it was posted was also fake. Since these rumours had spread very quickly, many reports started coming in that claimed that this post was in fact official and genuine. This made the awaiting users question whether the June 27th release date was delayed.
After some days, the tweets that spread this rumour were deleted. The expected June 27th release date came and went without any news about the so-called BBM for Android. The news about the Blackberry messaging service being made available for Android devices is true but the release date turned out to be false. Once the provider of best mobile phones in India and the rest of the world, Blackberry had announced in May this year that they are going to launch their messaging service this summer but there has been no further reports about its development.
When the managing director of Blackberry India was recently asked whether the BBM for Android would be expected soon, he replied saying that the users can expect to get the BBM for their Android mobile phones online by the end of Summer. On probing him further, he said that the BBM for Android phones would arrive in Summer as per North America. So, users can hope to get BBM for the best Android mobile phones in India by September.
In the U.S, Summer mostly starts by June 21st and ends by September. Although Blackberry has confirmed that the messaging service will arrive for some of the best Android mobile phones in India in this Summer, they haven’t specified any time frame for it. As of now, there are no online reports about the time slot in which Blackberry will be providing BBM for Android mobile phones. The summer has officially started in U.S so the update about the release date could come any time now.
Although there are no details about the BBM for Android, the latest update comes in the form of Google which is working towards integrating SMS functionality for its Google Hangouts feature. So, it would be quite worth thinking whether the users waiting for their Android mobile phones to get BBM would go online to check out the new universal chat feature Google is going to implement.
This new development does arise the question of whether Google will steal the show from Blackberry while it takes time to launch BBM for Android. Also, it is good to notice that Blackberry is focussing on the services part with the Secure Work Space that it launched earlier for Android devices and now it’s looking forward to adding BBM to the Android Apps store.
Micromax has tasted immense success when its Canvas 2 and Canvas HD smartphones became a great hit. It enabled Micromax to get its space in the Indian smartphone market. After the success of the two best selling mobile phones in India that offered large 720p screen, it has paved its way to leap to the next level by launching an even better Canvas phone. The newer Canvas model will prove to be one of the best mobile phones in India which will help it to continue expanding its portfolio of flagship devices.
Micromax’s new flagship, the Micromax Canvas 4 (A210) has created a lot of buzz due to its amazing build quality and advanced smart features provided on the same hardware. Peek below to check the detailed review about Canvas 4:
Display and Camera
Even though the Micromax Canvas 4 is priced at an affordable rate, it provides an amazing display along with a resolution of 720p. Its fantastic screen shows higher levels of saturated colours and brightness with great touch sensitivity and refresh functionality. The USP of this smartphone is its 13 megapixel camera that gives impressive detailed pictures though the phone’s display causes some noise in the images. The camera gives great performance in daylight but doesn’t give good results in low-light or for close-up shooting. Its video functionality is quite good that allows users to shoot full HD videos and keeps the subject in focus at all times.
Performance Like Canvas HD, the Canvas 4 also gives fairly good performance as its hardware is not that great. As compared to the other budget phones in India, the response on the touchscreen, message sending, browsing and other such features felt same as the Canvas HD. This quad core smartphone is great for typing, playing games and even watching videos. It runs AVI and MP4 formats smoothly and gives average battery life that can last for a day.
To sum it all up: Micromax is now known to be the provider of best mobile phones in India that offers the latest technology at affordable prices with the successive launches of Canvas A110, A116, A88 and now Canvas A210. They now compete to all the major android smartphone manufacturers since they have a product in almost every price range now offering the best of their services. The latest addition to the Canvas phones is the Canvas 4 that features the dual-core processor which made Canvas 2 a huge success. The new Canvas 4 has some newer features which include Blow to unlock, 13MP rear camera and much more. I bet you just cant ask for anything more!
The new Sony Xperia Z has a 5-inch display screen with a resolution of 1920×1080. Apart from the quad-core 1.5Ghz processor, it also has a 13 megapixels rear facing camera that gives amazing photos.
Design Even though the display screen of the Xperia Z is quite small, it has a thickness of 7.9mm which makes it quite good to handle. The build quality of the Xperia Z is excellent owing to the fact that it has a solid shatterproof glass on its front and back side. It also has the plastic edging and quite good finishing. As opposed to other phones on which the users need to fiddle in to find the power/ wake button, the power button is placed prominently on the right-hand side and is shown as a metal circle.
Camera The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 2.2 megapixels front facing camera that can be used for Instagram or basic Skype video calling. Apart from the front facing camera, the Xperia Z also provides a whopping 13.1 megapixels rear camera which can shoot at 4128 x 3096 pixels giving very sharp and amazing pictures. The Xperia Z’s camera doesn’t have the shutter button but does have a standby button which is situated on the side because of which it can be easily thought of as the camera shoot button.
Display The 5-inch display screen of the Xperia Z phone offers a very good display as it has an amazing resolution of 443ppi which is quite higher than the iPhone 5. This provides rich and detailed pictures that look wonderful and offers very smooth video playback.
Performance Along with all these awesome features, the Sony Xperia Z is powered on the Qualcomm quad-core 1.5GHz processor which is very fast in operation. To add to it, the Xperia Z phone runs on the buttery smooth Android Jelly Bean. Even though it doesn’t run on the latest version of Jelly Bean, an upgrade is in the progress.
Battery Life The Sony Xperia Z offers battery life of up to 11 hours of talktime while when the phone is in the standby mode, the battery life can go up to 550 hours. This battery life only applies when the user is using 2G connection. The Xperia Z has 2330mAh battery which can be used for normal use as well as the advanced normal use. The advanced normal use provides much more advanced power saving capabilities for the Xperia Z phone. This also includes the Stamina mode which will allow the user to turn off the data when the screen is disabled. The Stamina mode will enhance the battery life due to which the Xperia Z phone would work wonderfully without having to charge it for a few days.
Verdict The new Sony Xperia Z is without doubt a very big leap made by Sony when compared to its earlier Xperia devices. The Xperia Z phone is power packed with a quad-core processor and the razor-sharp 1080p display screen with shatterproof glass. The huge 13.1MP camera and the long-lasting battery make this phone a must-have even though the latest Jelly Bean update is yet to come on this phone.
HTC has released a new 4.7 inch smartphone, HTC One that offers a full HD display with 1080×1920 pixels. It provides a quad-core processor with a 2GB RAM. The other features of the HTC One smartphone include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connections. Apart from the HTC Sense, it also provides 32GB internal storage.
Design The HTC One smartphone has a very impressive metal body that is quite better than the plastic body of Galaxy S3. This phone looks similar to the BlackBerry Z10 that has recently released. It is the slimmest phone having 9.3mm thickness. It is 137mm long and around 68mm wide. It offers the multi-tasking feature which enables the user to switch between the different windows by pressing the home button twice. The edges of this phone have a micro USB slot for charging and data transfer and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Even though it doesn’t offer the microSD card slot, it is available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants.
Battery The HTC One offers a 2300mAh battery that is not replaceable due to the fact that it is sealed into the metal frame of the phone. The battery life of this phone is 48h and so the battery of Galaxy S4 is considered better.
Performance The amazing 1.7GHz quad-core processor of the HTC One comes with the 2GB RAM. This fast processor with the latest Android Jelly Bean makes this device a strong competitor for Xperia Z and Galaxy Note 2. It is one of the fastest smartphones that quickly loads menus and does the page transitions very smoothly. Due to such amazing performance, this phone lets users to multi-task easily and at great speeds.
Camera The HTC One offers a 4 megapixel camera that has a small sensor that follows the ultrapixel method. This method provides larger pixels in more light giving great quality pictures. It also offers a 2.1 megapixel front camera and the feature to switch between cameras by sliding the finger up and down the display screen.
Media The HTC One smartphone offers awesome sound quality that is because of the new BoomSound feature it provides. This feature combines the power of the two front facing speakers and the in-built amp that boosts the sound quality of the phone. This makes bass and clarity of the music quite appealing to the listener.
Wrap up The HTC’s new flagship phone, HTC One has given big competition to other phones by offering such amazing power-packed features. It has a 4.7 inch full HD display and runs on the Android Jelly Bean. Its ultrapixel 4MP rear camera offers great pictures. The fast processor of this phone gives amazing speed and smoothness in operation. The only glitch of this phone is its smaller irreplaceable battery which is not removable.