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Want to learn the moves to Kala Chashma or catch up on the latest episode of Kapil Sharma’s comedy show, or you want to broadcast your life’s adventures to the world, you’re going to need high speed internet for that. Thanks to the power of telecom technology, you can live life in the fifth gear with 4G. From what an idea sirjee to free welcome offers, 4G has taken over our lives and rightly so.

India is experiencing an Internet Revolution. Millions of citizens who have never used internet are now coming within the fold of the World Wide Web and most of them are experiencing it through their brand new 4G mobile phones. But with every new technology come a lot of questions.

This post aims to answer all your questions about 4G technology, and what are its benefits.

 

What is 4G?

4G stands for 4th generation of mobile networks, it follows 3G and 2G or EDGE networks in the evolution of mobile networks. IMG_0043.JPGWhat is 4G?

 

 What is LTE?

 

LTE stands for Long term Evolution and is a type of 4G network technology. This is the type of 4G network we experience in India.

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 Why is there a need for 4G technology?

 

As millions of new users start using internet every single day, we need faster and more reliable technology to serve the internet to these people. 4G LTE offers users faster, more reliable and widespread mobile internet on smart phones, tablets and other portable devices. Internet speed on 4G networks is up to five to 10 times as fast as that of 3G network.

4G networks have reduced latency compared to 3G networks, making them faster and more responsive for video streaming and online gaming.

4G also provides crystal clear voice calls.

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What 4G band should my phone support?

4G internet is served over a spectrum. While there are potentially 5 bands for 4G spectrum, two are most prevalent and most devices are compatible with these.

When buying a new 4G internet device, make sure it is compatible with the 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz band.

 

Who are the major 4G network providers in India?

Reliance Jio is the only network provider with a pan India license for providing 4G LTE network. Vodafone, Airtel and Idea all offer 4G networks but in select circles. It is best to check the website of your network provider to see whether they provide you with 4G network in your place of residence.

 

What can I do on 4G network?

Faster Internet speeds mean you can load websites faster. Depending on the actual download speed you get from your network provider, you can stream videos or music or live news without any buffering. You can download heavy applications in a matter of minutes and watch full length feature films on the move. 4G also provides faster upload speeds. You can seamlessly broadcast yourself Live on Facebook or YouTube, upload pictures to social media in the blink of an eye as all of this will be super quick on a 4G network.

 

Below is a comparison of what faster internet speeds mean for day to day activities-

 

 

Activity                                                      

 4G Download Time    

 3G Download Time   

 2G Download Time 

Accessing typical web page

 0.1 seconds

0.2 seconds

8 seconds

Sending an e-mail without attachments

<0.1 seconds

<0.1 seconds

0.8 seconds

Downloading high-quality photograph

1 second

4 seconds

3 minutes

Downloading an music track (MP3)

3 seconds

10 seconds

7 minutes

Downloading an application

3 seconds

12 seconds

8 minutes

 

Internet speeds in the world are evolving, but the fastest average internet speed in any given country is South Korea, with 26.7 Mb/s, which is 4.6 times as quick as the global average, according to this Akamai report (2015).

 

Will my 4G phone work on 4G network all over the world?

Different countries serve 4G network over different spectrums. If your phone’s 4G modem does not work on the same frequency as the country you are visiting you’ll likely have to make do with 3G network. Since 4G is a new and developing technology, it will still take some time or 4G modems that work on all frequencies to become mainstream. However, if you buy a flagship smartphone, in all likelihood it is a world phone, which means, the 4G modem will be compatible on most major global networks.

 

Does 4G drain my phone battery faster?

4G phones have great battery life. Phone makers and component suppliers are constantly working on making your devices more battery efficient and faster. While latest chipsets from chip makers such as Qualcomm, Mediatek and Samsung are extremely efficient in locking on to the best 4G network without taxing the phone battery too much, network congestion and patchy networks put pressure on the phone to lock a reliable signal. The amount of battery life your phone enjoys is a result of great hardware and software optimization and also excellent network infrastructure by your service provider.

 

In order to ensure that your phone doesn’t keep running out of juice while you’re surfing on 4G, ensure that you buy a smartphone with a battery of at least 3600 mAh.

 

How can I get 4G?

Get a 4G compatible smart phone/tablet device. Look for a phone/device that supports the 4G LTE 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands.

Look for a good 4G network provider with coverage in your area of residence/office.

Get the best 4G data plan for you either with a voice SIM card or a 4G data dongle.

 

The world of 4G is extremely exciting. From the latest episodes of Game Of Thrones, to live cricket matches and prime time news or comedy shows, you can now consume whatever content you want, on the go, with minimum or no buffering. It also gives you the power to create a lot of meaningful content. From live streaming video to uploading pictures and videos to social media, you can bring about a real change by giving a voice to those who need it the most. We hope this clarifies your doubts about 4G technology, stay tuned for more posts on the best 4G devices that your money can buy at your closest Croma store. Abhi toh party shuru huyi hai.



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Which earphones should I buy? Should it be in-ears or earbuds or headphones? These are the questions that perplex each one of us. And there is no easy way out. Sometimes we make our choices in a hurry and then find out that ear-buds doesn’t suit the shape of our ear because they keep falling out and there are many such complaints that we make post-buying. Here’s a quick run-down on the features provided by different earphones and which one might just suit your needs.

 

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Earbuds:

These are the earphones that fit in the outer ear and without getting inserted face the ear canal. People have mixed feelings about them; some claim they are comfortable while others complain they are prone to falling out. They don’t provide any acoustic isolation and hence are a good choice if you want to listen to music while taking a stroll out of your place.

 

In-earphones:

In-earphones or canal earphones are as portable as earbuds with a small difference. They are inserted in the ear canal. They are the most popular choice. Because they are directly inserted in the air canal they provide sufficient noise cancellation and are less likely to fall out. This can have both pros and cons. If you are on a busy road you don’t really want canal earphones because it shuts out all the noise, something that earbuds didn’t provide. But then if you want to listen to your music without any noise, this is what you should pick up.

 

Headsets

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Headsets are headphones that come with a microphone attached. You can divide them into further categories like circumaural (that encompass the ears), supra aural (the pads of which are against the ears, rather than around the ears) and open-back and closed-back (that have their ear-cups open and closed respectively). Supra aural headphones are portable to some extent but depending on the size, their weight can go up to 500 grams. They provide complete noise attenuation. Supra-aural headphones, on the other hand, are smaller and lighter but don’t provide full noise attenuation and because of the pads pressing against the ears, some users complain of the discomfort.

 

Most of the time people are split between portability and comfort. Although headphones provide superior listening experience, their size becomes an issue. For those looking for an effective listening experience must consider in-earphones seriously. For those who can compromise their listening experience so that they can lend an ear to the bustle outside, earbuds will be an ideal choice. There are lots of brands to choose from and can be ordered online. They come with a warranty and are easily replaced if duration to damage falls within the warranty period.

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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.

 

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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.

 

Display

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.

 

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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.

 

Camera

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.

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Battery Life

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.

 

We would like to know your thoughts and views about Sony Xperia Z1 Compact in the comments section below. If you like our blog, do share it with your friends.

 

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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

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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.

 

And voila!

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Nowadays, people prefer to buy phones with large displays. This has proved beneficial for the sale of smartphones that are priced at an affordable rate. Nokia Lumia 1320 is one such mid-range phone that is a capable of standing next to the premium 1520 smartphones.

 

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The defining highlight of the latest Nokia Lumia 1320 phone is its giant, 6 inch display. It offers a ClearBlack, IPS LCD panel that is good for a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and low pixel density of 245 ppi. However, its multitouch display produces a fair amount of detailing with accurate colours. Even with fewer saturation levels, this phone’s outdoor visibility is pretty good. The screen provides plenty of brightness even under direct sunlight. This latest entry in the Lumia smartphones line has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which guards its display from any superficial scratches. The Nokia Lumia 1320 has a super sensitive display that registers the user’s touches accurately. This phone has dimensions 6.46 x 3.38 x 0.39 inches with a weight of 220 grams.

 

Interface and Functionality

The Nokia Lumia 1320 has the latest version of Windows Phone 8 update that is also referred to as GDR3. It allows users to make use of its large form factor to create an extra column of tiles. This phone can easily fit about six of the smallest Windows Phone 8 tiles on a single row and yet leave extra space to arrange the home screen. Many changes were noticed in the last Windows Phone OS update. However, the interface of Nokia Lumia 1320 remains largely unchanged in terms of functionality and looks. Some of the changes noticed in the update include a glance screen and Nokia Beamer. The Nokia Beamer app gives users the facility to mirror the screen of their phone over the web. The Lumia 1320 also provided navigation apps like HERE Maps and HERE Drive with offline navigation. However, it doesn’t offer the Nokia Pro Cam app so users will have to manually download it.

 

Processor and Memory

Under its massive hood, the Nokia Lumia 1320 comes with a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon 400 dual core processor. This incredible processor is complimented with 1 GB of RAM which ensures that the phone’s user interface runs pretty smoothly. However, it is perfect to play only medium-heavy games such as Minion Rush on this phone. So, it isn’t the best choice for heavy gamers. This phone is also equipped with an Adreno 305 GPU for running games easily. The Nokia Lumia 1320 comes with 8 GB internal storage. Moreover, it also provides a microSD card slot which is beneficial to expand its storage space. This phone’s microSD slot can be expanded up to 64 GB and is placed under the removable back shell, just below the SIM card slot. Apart from this, it also offers free SkyDrive storage of 7 GB to users who need to save documents when they are travelling.

 

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The Nokia Lumia 1320 provides a 5 megapixel primary camera with a f/2.4 aperture and a 1.4” sensor. Its 1/4” sensor has pretty large 1.4 micron pixels. This smartphone’s rear camera also boasts of LED flash that allows users to shoot images even in low light conditions. It also has a two-step shutter key that is placed on the lower right profile of the phone. This rear camera also provides other features such as autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and much more. The Nokia Lumia 1320 also allows users to use its 0.3 megapixel front facing VGA snapper with an f/2.8 aperture. This front camera is perfect for those who like to capture their selfies or need to video call. This latest Nokia Lumia smartphone gives decent amount of detail for photos which make it a suitable device to buy online. It provides pretty good exposure settings and image reproduction due to which the users are able to get impressive photos. This phone also allows to record excellent quality videos with its rear camera with 1080p resolution at 30 fps.

 

Battery Life

The Nokia Lumia 1320 phone comes with a sufficiently large non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery. This phone gives lets users enjoy 3G talk time for 21 hours and 9 hours of video playback time. It gives excellent battery life for moderate usage that includes a few hours of web browsing, video playback and calling. This phone provides impressive battery performance in the Windows Phone segment. Apart from its amazing battery life, it also offers many connectivity features to stay connected with the world. These include GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi hotspot, HSDPA, LTE, HSUPA, microUSB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP. This phone also provides FM radio and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. The Nokia Lumia 1320 phone is a mid-range device that is sturdily crafted with polished look. This 6 inch smartphone has features that make it capable of providing extremely good experience to the users. This Nokia Lumia offering has excellent battery and good call quality which make it a desirable device for users to buy online. However, it has more weight than other Windows phones. The different features offered by this phone make it an ideal budget device that is easy on the users pockets. This is a perfect phone for those users who like to play medium-heavy games.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Downer display

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.

 

Bottom Line

 

What’s Good

  • Slender curved design
  • Low reflections, which means a better view
  • Sturdy built and scratch-resistant body

What’s Bad

  • 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?”

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Microsoft, a global software giant has joined forces with an ambitious Indian phone manufacturer, Micromax to shake things up in the Indian handset market. Both the companies are market leaders in their respective product categories. This partnership will only bring good news to the Indian mobile users.

 

Earlier this year at the Build 2104 Developer Conference, Microsoft added Micromax to its list of Windows phone partners. Both companies intend to start selling Windows OS powered mobile phones at competitive rates.

 

After setting the Indian smartphone market ablaze by offering affordable and powerful Android phones, the company expects a similar trend with its Windows 8.1 phones in India. Micromax is going places and it is the first Indian brand to develop WP8.1 powered handsets at extremely affordable prices. The company is trying to diversify its offerings by delving into other opportunities apart from the regular Android experience.

 

In true Micromax style, the Indian mobile giant held a great product launch on Monday in New Delhi. The company plans to offer two Windows Phone 8.1 OS-powered handsets; the Canvas Win W121 and the Canvas Win W902.

 

The Micromax Canvas Win W121 is a stunning 5-inch phone which will be priced at around Rs. 9,500. The Canvas Win W121 sports a 5-inch IPS HD display, a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB in-built storage memory, and a microSD card slot. The phone runs the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS right out-of-the-box.

 

The closest competitor to Moto E handset in its low-end phone category seems to be the 4-inch Canvas Win W092. Canvas Win W092 seems to be less luxurious with respect to build quality and technical. Get your hands on everything about the new Micromax Canvas Win W121 smartphone that launched today at a packed event in New Delhi.

 

Micromax Canvas Win W121 closer to Micromax’s new age Android phones is more than a typical Windows Phone (read: Nokia Lumia 630). The body is made of polycarbonate plastic rather than just a plastic body, like any other Lumia in the market.

 

The Canvas Win W121 smartphone’s design is ‘inspired’ by others in the Canvas range, but we are not complaining. The phone has been given a nice tone. Canvas Win W121 is ergonomically designed for the phone holder, and doesn’t seem bulky. The faux leather case is interchangeable, and you can take the battery off whenever needed.

 

Talking about the screen and the viewing quality; it isn’t as impressive as its design. The display is pretty generic with a 3 way capacitive touch button (a Home button, a back button, and a Bing Search button) beneath the display. The 5-inch, 1280×720 resolution, IPS display screen does not match up to tall claims of Micromax that viewing is better than any other phone of the same strata.

 

Canvas Win W121 runs on the latest version of the Windows Phone 8.1 mobile OS out-of-the-box. In true Window style, the Home screen consists of live tiles, vibrantly coloured blocks for each app that flip to show information about your favourite apps such as music, messages, and others. You can re-size these tiles as per your taste. The screen graphics are smoother and faster than Google’s Android OS.

 

The Canvas Win W121 comes pre-loaded with free MS office application on the device. You can take advantage of the Windows Phone store to download applications. Canvas Win W121 is not compatible with Nokia HERE maps; however we did see Microsoft’s Siri-rival the Cortana, although we are not certain when it will be available in India.

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It’s that time of year again, when millions of people pre-order and wait in line for days, and no, it’s not a Black Friday. The new iPhone 5 has been launched and people cannot stop talking about it.  After months of rumors and overwhelming hype, Apple fanatics can finally get their hands on the new iPhone 5. While it flaunts an all-new design with 4G LTE, a slimmer profile and a larger 4-inch Retina display, Apple is calling it “the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.”

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The most attractive feature of the iPhone 5 is its new design. The second major change is the replacement of Google maps with a new Apple version that includes navigation. iPhone 5 is 20 percent lighter, 18 percent thinner, and 12 percent smaller by volume than the iPhone 4S. With 0.3 inches thickness and 3.95 ounces weight, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones available. That’s an impressive feat, considering that Apple has also increased the size of the display. The quality of the camera and the display shows a noticeable change indeed. The iPhone 5 has an 1136×640 pixels resolution retina display, while the iPhone 4s had 960×640 pixels display — this may not mean much, but in the realm of resolution, bigger numbers always mean better quality. The camera is still 8 megapixels, but the greater screen resolution displays sharper images, and makes it seem like it takes better-quality photos. It also has new optics and a faster processor that makes auto focus quicker, reducing the lag between clicking the snap and actual recording of the image. iPhone 5 also has a slew of features like iOS 6, a faster processor and 4G LTE connectivity.

 

The Apple fans would tell you there’s nothing that compares to the iPhone and living without the newest version, well, just isn’t an option. The thing is, Apple lovers seem to think all of this technology is new, but it’s actually been around for a while. Other smartphones are already faster with 4G and have had bigger screens than the iPhone for a while now. But along with these new updates, the iPhone 5 has negatives as well. The map features seem like a step in the wrong direction, the lightning port requires all new cords, some applications are not ready for the updated iphone5, and the aluminum covering scratches easily.

 

Just like any other phone, there will be issues, but overall, users are welcoming the iPhone 5. The issues will be worked out with time and the creators of the iPhone will continue to adapt in order to make the consumer happy. So will you ditch the old model for the new, or are you sticking to it ’till number 6 inevitably rolls out?

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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.

 

Design Details

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:

 

Compass/ Magnetometer: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Barometer: Yes

 

Samsung S4 vs. Samsung S5

For easy reading, we will discuss this with respect to six features:

 

Dimensions

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.

 

Display

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.

 

Processor

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.

 

Memory

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.

 

Camera

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.

 

Operating System

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.

 

Price of Samsung Galaxy S5 in India

Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced at INR 51,500.

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How do you think the majority of students use their smartphones? Are they on Instagram, or do they Tweet, Poke, Like, Snapchat or Circle their friends throughout the day? Is it only texting or is there more to it? On the face of it, students seem to be so into their smartphones that they are almost divorced from the world as it is on the outside.

 

True as this may be, it’s only half the story.

 

It might surprise one to learn that students are using their smartphones in many interesting ways. To cut to the chase – students use their smartphones for taking tests, studying smartly, and talking to each other. In fact, most students are using their phones to study and not chat with their friends as most would think. The infographic below shares the vision about the future of students’ use of smartphones.

 

We would love to know about your take on tech assisted studies. 

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(infographic courtesy: itecenkara)

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Nokia is a known game changer in the smartphone industry. It has managed make a comeback with its amazing line of Lumia devices that run on the Windows Phone OS. Last year, Nokia introduced six latest mobile phones for budget consumers. Nokia Asha 502 was launched to give competition to the high-end smartphones of Samsung and Apple. It is a budget phone that provides impressive features. The Nokia Asha 502 is the successor of the Asha 501 and comes with impressive internal OS features. Let’s check out the different specifications of the Nokia Asha 502 here.

 

Stylish design

Nokia’s latest phone offering, Asha 502 provides a better grip and is comfortable to hold. It measures 99.6 x 59.5 x 11.1 mm and is perfect for people with average or small hands. This mobile phone has a plastic monoblock body while its back panel is encased in a transparent material.

 

Small-sized display

The Nokia Asha 502 offers a 3 inch screen that is smaller than other devices within the same price range. People who have used phones with 4.5 inch screens may find this phone easy to operate. This mobile phone provides a QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution on its multi-touch display. Its screen can display up to 256,000 colours and allows you to view images clearly even under direct sunlight.

 

Impressive Software/Interface

Nokia Asha 502 runs on the Asha OS v1.1. This version of OS uses simple swipe gestures for different actions while its back button can be used to close apps and return to the main screen. It offers the Fastlane feature that enables users to access apps quickly without the need to search through the main apps page. It can easily run various optimized Java games that include Assassin’s Creed 3 and Asphalt 6: Heat. The Nokia Asha 502 comes with many pre-loaded apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Line, WeChat and WhatsApp. It also provides decent playback of YouTube videos.

 

Superb Camera

Even though it is a budget mobile phone, the Nokia Asha 502 provides many amazing specifications. Among these, the best is its 5 MP fixed-focus rear camera that is equipped with a f/2.4 aperture and a LED flash. However, this phone devoid of a front-facing camera. The camera app of Nokia Asha 502 provides access to various settings. These include flash adjustment options, self-timer, white balance, filters, camera shutter sound and a choice to select five resolutions. This camera provides good image quality and clarity in bright sunny conditions.

 

Great Performance

This phone offers noticeable stuttering when switching from one screen to the other. However, the overall performance of the Asha 502 is fairly good. The Nokia Asha 502 provides 64 MB RAM along with a few MBs of free memory for internal storage. However, it comes with a 4 GB microSD card that can be put in its microSD card slot. This external memory slot can be expanded up to 32 GB.

 

Battery

This phone is equipped with a 1010 mAh battery that provides usage of about two days. So, you can uninterrupted FM radio and network connectivity for a long time. The Nokia Asha 502 is available at a very affordable price in India making it the perfect budget phone.

 

The Nokia Asha 502 is a basic phone that provides simple features, and it is available at a very reasonable price in India. This handset is perfect for those who mainly use phones to call, text or sometimes for social networking. At Croma Retail, you will be able to get this mobile phone at a reasonable price.

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With the multifarious options there are in the mobile phone market ; it is no wonder that we are spoilt for choices when we are shopping for phones. When buying a phone you must know exactly the kind of features that you are looking for: Do you want a phone with a camera that offers high picture resolution or do you want a phone with a great display to watch movies? Is a long battery life is what you are after, or is a good sound system your priority? Fortunately there are some phones that meet all these requirements. The Samsung Galaxy S4Mini is one such phone. Here are the top five reasons why theSamsung Galaxy S4 Mini is a winner.

 

Display

For those who are fussy about all things visual, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is sure to please you with its five inch display and resolution of 1920 x 1080. This phone is a fantastic vessel for your gaming, movies, browsing, reading and TV shows. The sensitive touch feature allows for easy sliding and surfing. It is possible to use Samsung Galaxy S4 even with the gloves on!

 

Battery

Those who are often known to go on long expeditions, or are known to have long commutes will find the Samsung Galaxy S4 just right for them. Samsung phones, in general, are known to possess a good battery life and the Galaxy S4 Mini is no different. Its 1900mAh battery offers a talk time of roughly 9 hours and a standby of 300 hours. In short, the battery will last for a long time.

 

Design

It can be easily said that the Samsung Galaxy s4 Mini bears one of the most prudent designs. Not only is the glass-plastic combination easy on the eyes, the phone’s exterior has also been designed to be sturdy. The lightweight feature makes the Galaxy S4 an easy phone to carry anywhere. The compact size of the phone makes it very easy to hold in one hand, while the sleekness allows it to slide easily in the pocket. Although, it is not water resistant, you can avail many cases that will protect the phone from the mighty H2O.

 

Special feature

If you think of Samsung as another of your run-of-the-mill phones, you clearly missed noticing its numerous additional features. Some of our favourite Samsung Galaxy S4 features are the Wi-Fi Direct, Video Editor, Infrared Support, MMS Enabled, Predictive Text Input, Voice Input, Picasa, Geo-tagging, Auto Focus, HDR, Panorama, Touch Focus, Face Detection, CMOS, Image Editor, and Multi-touch to name some. Oh, and did we forget to mention about the infrared blaster with which you can control most electronics from TV and satellite to air conditioners and amps!

 

Camera

Samsung phones are generally known to have great cameras. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini packs an incredibly adept 8 MP primary camera that offers a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. It can take good photos in different light settings and environments. It has a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and is fantastic for video recordings, as well!

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Apple has been one of the pioneers of modern mobile technology. Apple has always lead the way with its iPhone franchise and has created a strong goodwill guild of Apple patrons who wait patiently and stand in long queues to get their hands on the next Apple product on their wishlist. At the launch of the new Apple iPhone 5S, we witnessed a somewhat similar enthusiasm from the Apple loyalists. The company has undoubtedly enhanced and improved the user experience, creating a new benchmark for the mobile companies to follow.

 

The Apple iPhone franchise was driven by a perception of individuality. iPhones overgrow your own independent personality, by servicing you in a personalized way like no other device does. It is always fascinating to notice that the company hasn’t changed its approach and has always dug deep to identify, recognize and implement new methods of individual assistance.

 

The Design

The iPhone 5S is inch perfect. The flawless design makes iPhone 5S more attractive, yet user friendly with minimal improvements. The phone probably has the best build quality executed with unparalleled precision. The Phone was launched with a new colour, Space grey which actually is a bit off character for Apple, but was received well by the audience all over the world. The gunmetal like grey looks adds more value and finesse to the perfect design of the phone. The new colour along with the new design seems like a breath of fresh air for everyone. The new frosted glass display along with the Apple’s flawless retina display adds to the glamour of the phone. Given the amount of features it offers, this phone still is one of the best designed devices out there.

 

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The new iPhone 5S comes loaded with the M7 co-processor which is committed to track and store your daily activity, up until seven days. It utilises the data extracted from your compass, accelerometer, gyroscope and other utilities and provides you a wealth of personal details. The company has integrated this additional chip in order to avoid more pressure on the A7 processor, responsible for most of the other features of the phone. The new M7 Co-processor enables the phone to track your daily activity without burning your battery.

 

Privacy Issues = No issues

Most of us prefer to carry our cellphones everywhere, so the data generated from your iPhone 5S will be more precise and personalized for your own benefit. In an example, Apple has shown us how the iPhone delivers our data utilizing our day today activities, like switching maps from driving to walking or running and reducing network pinging in the night while you are sleeping to offer an extended battery life. However, this data is specific to individuals and users expect it to be handled very carefully. No one really knows how else this specific data of users can be used but given the goodwill of Apple, one can trust the company for personal and privacy securities.

 

Along with a plethora of mind blowing features and up-to-date services, Apple iPhone 5S is the best buy for those who are looking for quality features and an amazing experience without worrying much about the expenses one has to bear for this beauty.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After the successful launch of BlackBerry Z10, the next in line is the BlackBerry Q10. Like BlackBerry Z10, this smartphone also runs on the new BlackBerry 10 OS Mobile platform. It is one of the first smartphones to have a physical QWERTY keyboard. Most people have a liking for touch screen smartphones but there are some others who prefer a physical keyboard. BlackBerry is at its best with this smartphone and is known to provide top-quality QWERTY keyboards on its phones. We present a hands-on for BlackBerry Q10 which we will later analyze for a verdict.

 

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Design
The BlackBerry Q10 is made using the glass weave technique on the back of the device. It has stainless steel framework on its sides which makes it far stronger than plastic or stainless steel. On comparing this new phone with the older BlackBerry models, you will find that this phone has a firm, well-made and attractive exterior. Apart from that, the physical properties of this phone have also improved which is made for business users.

 

The BlackBerry Q10 has a power on its top and volume controls on its right side. This phone is quite lightweight and weighs only 139g. It has a compact size of 120 x 67 x 10.4mm that makes it easy to hold in our hands.

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Camera
BlackBerry Q10 provides a large 8 megapixel camera that has almost all the features of the new Z10’s camera. The Time Shift feature used by both these smartphone lets users to take shots in high speed mode. This feature enables to select the best facial expressions which will give you excellent pictures. So, the resultant picture will have everybody in the group photo looking great with their best smiles. This can be done by clicking many photos continuously and integrating a photo frame by frame with the best shots.

 

Screen
The BlackBerry Q10 has an amazing 3.1 inch touch screen display with a 720x720p resolution and density of 330dpi. The touch screen is made of AMOLED display that gives great performance in less power. This phone gives high-quality colours on the display as well as amazing contrast ratios. Even though Q10 has a smaller display, its touch screen responds quickly. It enhances its usage by providing the awesome combination of QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen.

 

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Keyboard
There isn’t any phone available yet that provides the physical QWERTY keyboard like the BlackBerry phones. At the launch of BlackBerry Q10, they had mentioned that it would give the best typing experience. The BlackBerry phones are preferred the most by people only because of this season. The Blackberry Q10’s keyboard gives effortless and great typing experience to its users.

 

Verdict
The Q10 would suit business users the best but others can also buy this feature-packed smartphone. Even though it doesn’t have a full touchscreen display like most other smartphones available today, we hope that it will appeal to a specific section of users.

 

Also checkout the Blackberry Z10’s Review

 

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People who like to listen to music while exercising can now do so by using the new Sennheiser CX 680 Sports earphones. These in-ear headphones stay in place firmly as opposed to the usual ones that slip off during work-out. These earphones come with a pair of flexible rubber ‘earfins’ that stay securely inside the curve of the ear. It has variant sized earpieces which are available in three sets alongwith three sets of earfins. Its cables are made of Kevlar and so are rugged and water-resistant. It includes two cables of which one is short and the other is long.

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Design
These black earphones include highly durable cables that are resistant to perspiration as well as water. It provides secure fit due to the flexible rubber fin that extends away from the earpiece. The two cables are joined together by a tiny rubbery plastic piece. Its two-foot long cable has an in-line volume control that is easily accessible and far easier than any physical volume buttons on players. It also has a shirt clip that can be used to keep the cable steady.

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Features
The fact that the Sennheiser CX 680 earbuds are sweat as well as water resistant makes them a must-have for those who bother about ruining them during workout. These earbuds can also stand heavy rains and so can be used without any worries during the rainy season. It is made of Kevlar cable which is not only unbreakable but can also resist water, sweat and extreme cold temperatures. These earphones provide the perfect and flexible fit thus making them tremendously comfortable to use.

 

Who should buy Sennheiser CX 680 Earbuds?
The regular earphones tend to get damaged due to the persistent sweat sticking to it or the water getting into it. The Sennheiser CX 680 headphones can withstand all of this pressure and stay in very good quality. These durable headphones have an excellent sound system that can block out the disturbances around the user. It is especially made for people who like exercising or are more into sports.

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Performance
The Sennheiser CX 680 offers excellent bass response that causes absolutely no distortion even at maximum volume. It doesn’t even cause any distortion at the lower volume levels. Thus, it delivers the finest, balanced music performance with perfect bass power that gives clear music even with when guitar or vocal music is played.

 

Verdict
The Sennheiser CX 680 Sports headphones are designed for the athletes and people who like exercising. They are built in three different sizes for iPod and iPhone and have earfins that stay securely in place. These water resistant earphones have a very thin 3.5mm audio jack cover and inline controls. It is the perfect headphones for runners or sports people who like to hear music at higher volumes.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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In today’s tech savvy world, smartphones have occupied an important part in our daily lives. While these intelligent gadgets are put to task for manifold useful functions, we do seem to do many dumb things with them! Mobile phone accessories like headphones, USB cables and chargers take centre stage. However, smartphone covers should top our list! A survey commissioned by T-Mobile revealed that nearly half of all smartphone owners lose their phones, or they end up being stolen or damaged. From those who damaged these snazzy devices, 29 percent are said to have anointed them a spilt drink, 37 percent scratched the screen; 29 percent sent them tumbling down the stairs, and 20 percent sent it for a swim in the toilet!

 

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The above statistics should give you a good reason to use a smartphone cover. It provides a certain modicum of protection if you drop your phone, but it doesn’t mean you can play catch with your smartphone once you insulate it in a case. While a case may take away some of the smartphone’s sleek looks, it helps ensure that all of its parts are working. While there are waterproof smartphone covers on Croma, even a basic case gives you the few vital seconds where you can snatch a falling phone plummeting towards a pool of spilled beer.

 

Here are some factors you should consider:

  • Style of Case or Cover You have a plethora of choices while deciding on a cell phone cover, from leather wallet styles to funky and bright coloured fashionable socks. Business phones look better if clothed in a more professional style, but this does not mean, it has to be boring. You can go for football or celebrity themed phone covers.
  • Level of Protection Since protection of the smartphone is the most significant factor for buying a phone case, it is important to choose one which provides adequate protection against the surrounding elements. For a phone that will frequently be operated in harsher conditions, choose a case that allows hassle-free access to all the important controls.

 

shutterstock_90361489-300x200.jpgWater and Dirt Liquids are a smartphone’s Achilles heel. A waterproof smartphone case offers protection from all kinds of liquids. Water resistant phone cases can also be used for a phone which will frequent dusty or dirty environments as they prevent the ingress of fine dust particles, while also safeguarding the phone against any unfortunate liquid hazards.

  • Shock Many smartphone cases and covers have been built to absorb the impact of a fall. Silicone and Neoprene panels are commonly used as shock absorbers
  • Screen Protection While phone cases do protect the screen to a certain extent, a screen shield is the ultimate protection against a scratched surface. Screen shields are clear adhesive panels that are designed to absorb wear and tear, an occupational hazard of owning a touch screen. So, will a smartphone cover really protect your phone from damage? Well to answer that they would to a large extent. But a smartphone case is no excuse to be careless with your device. A smartphone case is no excuse to drop your phone from the roof to see if it would survive the impact!

If you found this article interesting, do share it with your friends.

 

Also Read: Accessories to accentuate your mobile phone’s performance and appearance

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.


Camera Micromax Canvas HD A116 has an 8MP rear camera that features LED flash with 3264×2448 pixels ...

 

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.

 

Pros

–          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.

 

Verdict Micromax 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.

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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 Samsung-Galaxy-S4-2-295x300.jpgreally 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How many times has it happened that you have given a second glance to a mobile phone, while on the go? Must be quite a few times, when either a mobile phone’s attractive faceplate or cover has caught your eye’s attention or when a beautiful embellishment hanging off a mobile phone has impressed you. Or maybe a unique headset with boom microphone has made you think that carrying one of these is actually a smart choice. The point being derived here is that mobile phone accessories not only accentuates the aesthetics of a mobile phone but also enhances its performance. Till now we have talked about the external accessories used in a mobile phone to make our life easier, but there are a bevy of internal accessories as well that add shelf life to your mobile phone. These days a variety of mobile phone accessories is available in the market to suit your different needs, be it the basics or the augmented ones.

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Earlier mobile phones were used as basic devices to make and receive calls and stay connected while on the move. But, with the passage of time and as technology advanced, this humble device got a new avatar and enabled its users to multitask. In order to multi task, we need to take proper care of the mobile phone and this can be aptly done by using proper parts and accessories. These can be divided into two broad categories – internal parts or accessories andexternal accessories.

 

Let us first go through the basics of internal parts or accessories and know more about it:

 

Data cables: Use good quality cell phone data cables and software to synchronize your mobile phone with a laptop/PC. This way you can easily download wallpapers, ringtones, and games, also share picture clicked using your cell phone with friends in no time!

 

Cell phone batteries: It is important to always keep your cell phone batteries charged; even better if you always carry an already charged battery. This will help you stay connected even if your cell phone battery drains out. It is ideal to replace your old batteries after using for one or two years, especially if your battery meter shows fluctuations. Special care should be given to cell phone batteries as they are vital for a mobile phone as it may stop your conversation if it drains or wears out.

 

Cell phone audio adapter: These cables/adapters let you enjoy music stored in your cell phone with others. You can simply connect your mobile phone to audio system or speakers by using this accessory and share your favourite music with others.

 

Cell phone headsets: These accessories help you do anything you want to, be it shopping, driving, and eating while conversing with your friends and family over the mobile phone. Headsets come in a variety of options to suit different needs. You may opt for ‘ear bud headsets’ which comfortably fits into your ear with the microphone located on the wire so that it can be clipped to your shirt. The other options are, ‘headsets with boom microphone’, these have an extended microphone enabling the person on the other side hear your voice clearly. The most convenient among all the headsets are Bluetooth headsets, these are wireless and keeps you connected in the most hassle free manner.

 

Cell phone covers/faceplates: Add character to your mobile phone with colourful and designer covers or faceplates. These days you get a plethora of cell phone covers/case in different shapes, sizes, colours and designs. Based on the size and shape of your phone, you may choose your pick and accentuate the look of your mobile phone. Cell phone covers/cases are made of different materials, each having its own unique advantage. ‘Leather flip cases’ are very common as these protect the screen of the mobile phone along with guarding the phone’s body. ‘Leather wallet cases’ are very popular among those who are always on the go; it has chambers to keep your essentials like membership/loyalty cards, debit/credit cards along with your mobile phone. There are ‘hard case’ mobile covers that protect the cell phone from damage in case it falls from a height. A very convenient variant of a mobile phone cover is the ‘slip case’ which is like a leather pouch and you simply need to slide in your mobile phone.

 

Off late, the ‘soft mobile phone jackets’ have become very popular, especially among girls as these come in vibrant colours and in different shapes (rabbit, shirt, fruits, vegetables, etc). The cell phone cover/case/faceplate not only protects the device but also makes it look attractive.

 

Cell phone scratch-guard: These mobile phone accessories helps protect your mobile phone display from any damage, be it scratches, marks, or even cracks. It in fact increases the resale value of your phone, if you happen to sell it after using for some time. Scratch-guards come in different sizes to suit different mobile phones.

 

Surely you must be using some or most of the above mentioned mobile phone accessories in your daily life and must be aware of its usefulness. Another prime reason to use mobile phone accessories is to enhance the phone’s performance/appearance and enable multi tasking.

 

So, which mobile phone accessory have you added in your shopping cart?

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Most of you will agree that buying a smartphone few years back was easier than what it is now, the prime reason being the competition between the leading smartphone manufacturers.  This competition is majorly to outdo each other by offering unique features, user friendly operating systems and moreover, appealing aesthetics. These days you are spoilt for choice when it comes to possessing a smartphone. You actually need to prioritize your requirements/needs before settling for one. One should be aware about the requirements as the cost involved in buying a good quality, feature loaded smartphone is quite generous, so you cannot afford to be careless.

 

The smartphone market competition is becoming competitive with each passing day. Mobile OS (operating system) giants are getting aggressive in their endeavor to please the consumers. The same is resulting in either some new mobile application launch or revised OS version launch, almost every quarter. A prospective buyer of a smartphone usually chooses between these leading OS giants:

  • Android (owned by Google) – 2007
  • Blackberry (owned by Research In Motion) – 1999
  • Windows CE (owned by Microsoft) –
  • iOS (owned by Apple inc.) – 2007

Now, a vital question arises – which of this operating system is better and also, how to analyze the same? To reach a reasoned conclusion, one needs to compare the different operating systems based on his/her requirements. Here, we would be comparing Android and Blackberry operating systems with respect to:

  • Features
  • UI Design (user interface design)
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  • Applications
  • Security Concerns


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Features
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When, it comes to features, Android definitely bags appreciation since it is loaded with features, thanks to its open source Operating system. If you are someone, who loves multitasking and looking for a phone loaded with Wi-Fi hotspot, Adobe Flash support and tethering (connecting one device to another) features, then you should go for an Android powered smartphone. On the other hand, Blackberry lacks in features, but is ideal to be used as a business phone. If you are typical 9 to 7 person and like keeping yourself busy with official commitments, checking emails and updating MIS, then Blackberry is your pick! Though Blackberry lacks in features, its applications possess the unique ‘push mail’ technology which is a boon for the email services. Also, the ‘data encryption’ feature offered by Blackberry is unique as it compresses the size of the mail, so you end up spending less time while mailing. So, it can be rightly said that both Android and Blackberry are decent operating systems, each appealing to a different TG (target group) and it is the user who has to choose his pick based on the requirements.

 

UI Design:
The User Interface in Blackberry is not that impressive, in terms of widgets, visual attractiveness, etc. So, if you are a user who desires a fully loaded and attractive interface then, the Blackberry’s UI design might not impress you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a dynamic UI in terms of design, usability, widgets and applications, then straightaway go for Android smartphones.

Android is always on-the-go to offer its customers with latest and upgraded user interfaces, thus topping the score card with its impressive UI Design and making Blackberry lag behind. The latest Android UI being launched is ‘Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’ following the launch of Android 4.0 ‘Sandwich Ice Cream’ earlier this year in April 2012. This shows the fast paced response of Google Inc. – Android’s owner, towards its customer requirements. So if you are a UI admirer, then do not settle for anything less than an Android smartphone!

 

Functionality:
Both Blackberry and Android fetch similar marks or appreciation when it comes to functionality. Yes,Blackberry business phone’s corporate look and feel might make it less appealing, but when it comes to functionality the basics are the same. So, if your purchase choice is based on functionality, then you can opt for any of these two operating systems, Blackberry or Android. Battery life of a smartphone is another important aspect. Since smartphones are constantly being used by the user, a good battery life becomes very crucial. In this case, Blackberry can be your ideal choice.

 

Applications:
This is one major areas where Android’s open source operating system scores more than Blackberry. The open source feature of the Android OS has facilitated the addition of applications almost every day. So, if you are an application buff or a developer for that matter, then Android smartphones is perfect for you. The Blackberry application centre has also added many new apps, but if you are in the lookout for some of the most exciting apps, then opt for an Android smartphone. ‘Google Play’ – the application centre for Android phones featuring impressive apps like, Google Maps Navigation, Google Drive (new name for Google Docs) are something to definitely look out for.

 

Security Concerns:
When it comes to security concerns, Blackberry definitely ranks higher than an Android smartphone. Android is not much foolproof on security concerns due to its open source operating system. Though the same provides the advantage to develop a plethora of customized apps, it does come with a cost in the form of security issues. The Android open source OS can be hacked very easily, thus intruding privacy. On the other hand, the Email and instant messages sent and received over Blackberry devices are considered to be highly secured. This is because Blackberry maintains its own servers, thus negating the possibility of a third party intervention that may leads to security threats. The encryption system used by Blackberry makes it congenial for Government security requirements as well. Blackberry’s impressive security features have made it the most admired communication device, among businessmen and corporate professionals.

 

To sum up, both Android and Blackberry are good and impressive OS systems in their own respective places. It is the user who has to make a choice between the two based on the requirements. It is always better to discuss with your peers about the latest offering in this ever evolving smartphone market and then invest in a smartphone that suits your customized needs.

 

So, which OS giant is on top of your mind, is it Blackberry or Android?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

Interface


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.

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The latest addition to the Finnish smartphone manufacturer’s Lumia series is the Nokia Lumia 925. This new handset is a new interpretation of Nokia’s flagship phone, Lumia 920. The success of Samsung’s flagship phone, Samsung Galaxy S4 has caused Nokia to lose ground leading to the lesser sales of the Lumia 920. The Nokia Lumia 925 is an impressive phone that is packed with excellent features including the 8.7 megapixel sensor with Nokia PureView technology, Carl Zeiss lens and optical image stabilization.

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Build and Design
The Nokia Lumia 925 has been built with its crucial components on metal. It has a thick metal band around its edges with a polycarbonate back plate. Even though it is not made with a single-piece metal construction, it has firm metal edges and a solid and secure back panel. The size of Lumia 925 is roughly the same as Lumia 920 but is lot slimmer as it is 8.5mm thick. It weighs 139g so is quite lighter in weight as compared to Lumia 920. It also has the matte surface structure that makes it easier to hold. Most of its buttons are made of metal including the power button, volume rocker as well as the dedicated camera shutter button. The top of this phone has a headphone jack and a micro USB port. It has 16GB internal storage though there is no microSD card slot available. The phone’s GSM radio supports 850/900/1800/1900 bands with the WCDMA support for 850/900/1900/2100 while LTE support for 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz.

 

Display
As opposed to the earlier Lumia models, Nokia is using an organic LED display that gives more vibrant colours with better contrast ratios and improved viewing angles. This technology enables users to get better and faster moving videos and games as it gives faster response time. Nokia Lumia 925 has a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 1280×768 pixels at pixel density of 332 pixels per inch showing sharper text.

 

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Camera
The Nokia Lumia 925’s camera works on PureView technology that consists of backside illuminated camera sensor, optically-stabilised camera array and large aperture lens. Though Nokia has kept the camera hardware same as Lumia 920, it uses 6-part lens in Lumia 925. This enables users to capture great photos with improved performance in low-light conditions. It features an app known as Smart Camera that adds new shooting modes for better camera performance. The new shooting modes include burst shot mode, best shot, action shot, change faces, motion focus, remove moving object and so on.

 

Charging
Nokia doesn’t provide the wireless charging but users who don’t like the protruding camera can flatten it by adding the optional wireless charging case with it. The wireless charging pillow and dock doesn’t come with the phone so it needs to be bought separately.

 

Conclusion
The Nokia Lumia 925 is a sleek and attractive phone having metal parts and running on the latest Windows Phone 8. It is very much similar to Lumia 920 with no major features being added to it.

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It’s that time of year again, when millions of people pre-order and wait in line for days, and no, it’s not a Black Friday. The new iPhone 5 has been launched and people cannot stop talking about it.  After months of rumors and overwhelming hype, Apple fanatics can finally get their hands on the new iPhone 5. While it flaunts an all-new design with 4G LTE, a slimmer profile and a larger 4-inch Retina display, Apple is calling it “the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.”

 


The most attractive feature of the iPhone 5 is its new design. The second major change is the replacement of Google maps with a new Apple version that includes navigation. iPhone 5 is 20iPhone-51-216x300.jpg percent lighter, 18 percent thinner, and 12 percent smaller by volume than the iPhone 4S. With 0.3 inches thickness and 3.95 ounces weight, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones available. That’s an impressive feat, considering that Apple has also increased the size of the display. The quality of the camera and the display shows a noticeable change indeed. The iPhone 5 has an 1136×640 pixels resolution retina display, while the iPhone 4s had 960×640 pixels display — this may not mean much, but in the realm of resolution, bigger numbers always mean better quality. The camera is still 8 megapixels, but the greater screen resolution displays sharper images, and makes it seem like it takes better-quality photos. It also has new optics and a faster processor that makes auto focus quicker, reducing the lag between clicking the snap and actual recording of the image. iPhone 5 also has a slew of features like iOS 6, a faster processor and 4G LTE connectivity.

 

The Apple fans would tell you there’s nothing that compares to the iPhone and living without the newest version, well, just isn’t an option. The thing is, Apple lovers seem to think all of this technology is new, but it’s actually been around for a while. Other smartphones are already faster with 4G and have had bigger screens than the iPhone for a while now. But along with these new updates, the iPhone 5 has negatives as well. The map features seem like a step in the wrong direction, the lightning port requires all new cords, some applications are not ready for the updated iphone5, and the aluminum covering scratches easily.

 

Just like any other phone, there will be issues, but overall, users are welcoming the iPhone 5. The issues will be worked out with time and the creators of the iPhone will continue to adapt in order to make the consumer happy. So will you ditch the old model for the new, or are you sticking to it ’till number 6 inevitably rolls out?

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