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Win a Spice Android Smartphone daily with the Spice Milaye Sapnon Se Contest

milaye sapno se contest Indian mobile handset manufacturer – Spice Mobiles has launched a special brand campaign named ‘Spice Milaye Sapnon Se’ contest wherein anyone can share their dream & stand a chance to win recently launched Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506 Android smartphone daily. As simple as it sounds, a user simply needs to visit the contest page on Spice Mobile website, sign up using his/her Facebook account and share his dream. The entry with maximum likes from his/her Facebook friend on a particular day stands to win a smartphone. There will also a grand prize wherein one contestant stands a chance to win 5 Spice Android smartphones and 5 headsets.

Features of Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506

Spice Stellar mettle mi-506 The Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506 is a newly launched and the first smartphone in the Spice Stellar Mettle series. Below are the brief features of the device.

    • The device sports a 5” LCD with capacitive touch screen having WVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution giving an effective pixel density of about 195 PPI pixel density
    • It has dual-dual SIM support with dual standby mode
    • In terms of camera, it has an 8 MP primary rear camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera
    • The device is powered with 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM
    • It has 4 GB of internal memory which could be further expanded up to 32 GB further
    • The device runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
    • Connectivity options includes 3G (only on single SIM), Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS & A-GPS.
    • The phone has a 1800 mAh battery on-board and is 9.6 mm thin.

The device is priced at Rs. 6,999

Steps to enter the contest:

    • Visit Spice Milaye Sapnon Se contest page
    • Sign up using your Facebook ID
    • Share your dream on the contest page
    • Once your dream post has been moderated, an update will be automatically posted on your Facebook wall
    • Now all you need to do is invite your friends and family to the contest and like your dream. The ‘dream’ with maximum likes on the respective day would stand a chance to win a smartphone.
    • The contest is open from 24th of March through 2nd April, 5.30 PM IST.

Link: Spice Milaye Sapnon Se Contest

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Best Smartphones Available in India under Rs. 10,000 – May 2013

Thankfully, in 2013, we now have a lot of affordable smartphones that are worthy to buy and these are selling like hot cakes. Today, we present you a list of best smartphones you can buy for under Rs. 10,000. Before we begin, let me inform you that for price below 10k, there are more than 90 smartphones available to choose from. Our list below has been compiled to ease that gruesome task of selection, and phones have been short-listed on the basis of a combination of multiple features like latest operating system, battery life, speed, storage options, manufacturer’s reliability etc.

Best phones under Rs 10000

XOLO Q700

Two weeks back we saw the launch of Xolo Q700 and the smartphone has already made it to our list of recommended buy. Lava’s brand ‘Xolo’ stands for providing premium Android experience at affordable prices. And the Indian manufacturer offers the same with Xolo Q700. For an affordable price, you get a power-packed quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM, latest OS – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch qHD OGS IPS display (~245ppi) and lastly a 2400mAh battery to keep it running for long. The device comes preloaded with three premium apps – Xolo Switch, Xolo Secure and Xolo Power. Xolo Switch allows users to create up to 4 profiles with different lock screens, apps and wallpapers. Xolo Secure features enterprise level security features like control by single SMS, remotely lock and wipe phone data, cloud backup for SMS and call log, alerts on SIM change, remote lock and track device location. Xolo Power offers longer usage of battery by synchronizing the data consumption and comes with a Night mode to reduce power consumption. It also allows to detect and kill background apps by a single click and real time CPU load analysis. A power-packed smartphone for a power-user? Yes, definitely!

Xolo Q700

Key specifications: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor + 1GB RAM, 4.5-inch IPS display with 540 x 960p resolution (245 PPI pixel density), 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera flash, 0.3 MP front camera, Video recording – 720p, 2400 mAh battery

Price: Rs. 9,999

Who should buy?

The xolo Q700 has made it to the top of the list, because this is the most preferred choice of Android phone under 10K with the best specs and a powerful quad-core processor. But if you’re more conscious about the brand of the phone, then you can checkout Sony Xperia E listed below or the Windows Phone 8 based Nokia Lumia 520. If not the brand, but the screen size of the phone matters to you, then you can instead opt for the Micromax A110.

Sony Xperia E

Sony’s last year models in this price range like the Xperia Mini, Xperia Tipo have always been criticized for having small 3.0-inch displays, but they offered decent performance at pocket-friendly prices. In 2013, Sony gets the combination for a budget smartphone right with the ‘Xperia E’. It’s the right phone for Sony loyalists looking for an entry-level Android Jelly Bean smartphone. The Xperia E offers well-built hardware, decent performance and a comfortable 3.5-inch display. The camera performance is a tad average due to a meagre 3.15 MP sensor.

Sony Xperia E

Key specifications: Android v4.0.4 ICS (upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean), 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm MSM7227A processor + 512 MB RAM, 3.5-inch display with 320 x 480p resolution (~165 ppi pixel density), 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 3.2 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera, Video recording – 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 1530 mAh battery.

Price: Xperia E – Rs. 9,990 and Xperia E Dual – Rs. 10,990

Who should buy?

If you don’t require huge display smartphones and cannot satisfy your ego by owing a smartphone from a local manufacturer/vendor, then Xperia E is the smartphone you should be buying. But be ware, this is a smartphone for normal usage like social networking, web browsing, etc and doesn’t comes with powerful specs. It neither has a very good camera that can replace your regular digi cam.

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia’s Lumia range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones have been appreciated for excellent hardware, vibrant displays, best cameras, ease-of-use OS and body color options. Nokia brings all that same experience to an affordable smartphone called ‘Lumia 520’. For the price point, you get a very good 4.0-inch display with scratch-resistant glass, sleek hardware, a well-performing 5MP camera, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 64GB) and decent battery life. The performance is smooth as with all Windows Phone 8 devices. The trade-offs Nokia did for making 520 affordable include no NFC, no camera flash and no front facing camera. Also, Windows Phone 8 is lacking some popular apps and games. If you’ll can live with these trade-offs, then Lumia 520 is an excellent entry-level Windows Phone 8 smartphone you should be buying. It’s available in yellow, red, cyan, white and black colors.

Nokia Lumia 520

Key specifications: Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS, 1 GHz dual-core processor + 512 MB RAM, 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with 480 x 800p resolution (~233 ppi pixel density), 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64 GB, 5 MP rear camera, Video recording – 720p@30fps, 1430 mAh battery.

Price: Rs. 9,799

Who should buy?

If you can compromise with the much famed Android Operating system and want a cool and trendy looking smartphone with a simple to use interface, this windows phone 8 based smartphone would be a perfect choice.  Read more about various operating systems here.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110

Micromax has gained a lot of market share in India (3rd largest), all thanks to its much famed ‘Canvas’ series of smartphones. From the series, Canvas 2 A110 is our choice. The device is quite famous and had also been brought back on popular demand after it went out of stock in the market. The smartphone packs quite a punch for the affordable price. The pros include well-built hardware, 5.0-inch IPS display (~196 ppi) offers good colors, 8MP camera performs well in daylight and lastly good battery life (2000mAh). The cons include average performance when loaded with apps and only 2GB internal memory. If you’re looking for a well-made device with a large display, then Canvas 2 A110 is the phone you should be buying.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110

Key Specifications: Android v4.0.4 ICS (upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean),  1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 MediaTek MT6577 processor + 512 MB RAM, 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 480 x 854p resolution, 2GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 8MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, 0.3MP front camera, Video recording – 480p@30fps, 2000 mAh battery

Price: Rs. 9,999

Who should buy?

We shall suggest you Micromax Canvas A110 only if you fancy large screen phones over a powerful processor or higher specs phone, and your budget is strictly constrained to Rs. 10,000.

Karbonn S1 Titanium

At first look, the features on Karbonn S1 Titanium resemble XOLO Q700. But the S1 came out first in the market as an affordable quad-core smartphone. It lives up to the promises of a fast phone and performs very well with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device looks fairly okay due to it’s all plastic build. The 4.5-inch display (~245 ppi) produces good colors but has bad viewing angles. The 5MP camera too performs decent in daylight but disappoints with indoor shots. The 1600mAh battery provides average battery life. Summing it up, the S1 Titanium is a hit and miss device with everything performing average.

Karbonn S1 Titanium

Key Specifications: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor + 1GB RAM, 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 540 x 960p resolution, 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Video recording – 720p, 1600 mAh battery

Price: Rs. 9,999

Who should buy?

This is just another alternative to the Xolo Q700 with a good looking build but a disastrous battery of only 1600 mAh.

What’s your choice?

Have you made a decision yet or already bought a phone in this price range? Do let us know your favorite smartphone!

Lava launches Android smartphone – Xolo A500 for Rs.6,999

Indian handset maker Lava has launched their latest android phone, namely the Xolo A500. It has 4 inch display and runs on Android 4.0 ICS operating system. The Xolo A500 is a Dual SIM mobile and uses a 1 GHz dual-core processor. The A500 is the younger sibling to other devices in the Lava Xolo A series such as  A700 and A800, both of which were launched last year.

Lava Xolo A500

Specifications of Lava Xolo A500:

  • 4 inch capacitive touch screen
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Internal memory: 4GB (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card)
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • VGA front camera (for video calls)
  • Bluetooth/3G/Wi-Fi/GPS
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Price: Rs.6,999

The phone is already listed on Flipkart but it is currently out of stock. Considering the impressive features of this phone, we feel it is a good bargain for that price.

Samsung Launches 5 inch Android Phablet Galaxy Grand in India

Samsung has launched their latest android phablet in India, namely Galaxy Grand. The phone has a huge 5 inch TFT touchscreen and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the key features of the Galaxy Grand is the Smart Dual SIM, where you can use both SIM’s simultaneously. You can receive calls on SIM1 while taking a call from SIM2.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile said

Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market. The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great Smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition.

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Grand:

  • 5 inch LCD display
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
  • 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 8MP rear camera with flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Internal memory of 8GB (expandable up to 64GB via microSD card)
  • Bluetooth/USB 2.0/Wi-Fi/DLNA
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • Flip cover included
  • Priced at Rs. 21,500 during launch (find best price of Samsung Galaxy Grand here)

The phone will be available from February in White and Blue colour options. Samsung is also offering Vodafone customers 2GB data download free per month for 2 months. At the launch, Samsung also revealed that it has sold 10 million (1 crore) Galaxy series devices till now in India.

We feel that the handset has very good features for a relatively low price. With Micromax announcing the A116 yesterday, it seems that the mid range phablet war has begun.

Micromax announces quad-core Android Smartphone A116 Canvas HD

Micromax has announced their latest assault in the Indian handset market, namely the A116 Canvas HD. The device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a massive 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It has a 5 inch HD screen and a 8MP camera with LED flash. The phone comes as successor to the Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2, which was launched last year and won several awards of being the best smartphone in the given price bracket.

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Specifications of Micromax A116 Canvas HD:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (update to 4.2 to come later)
  • 5 inch 720p HD IPS display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • PowerVR Series 5XT GPU
  • 8MP camera with LED flash; VGA front camera
  • Internal memory of 4GB (expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD card)
  • 3G/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/GPS
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Price during launch – Rs. 15,000 (Check Micromax Canvas HD best price)

The A116 will be the company’s flagship device and it will be launched next month. The features of this phone are comparable to devices which lie in a much higher price bracket. We can surely say that with the help of this handset, Micromax will soon be cementing their position as one of the country’s best handset maker.

Spice launches Slimmest Indian Smartphone – Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495

Spice has launched its new Android based smartphone, that Spice claims to be the thinnest phone ever manufactured by any Indian vendor. The phone’s named Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495. It is a dual-SIM Android ICS based device and comes with features such as a 11.43 cm qHD screen and a 1 GHz Dual core processor. The Stellar range is the best in class innovation by Spice in the smartphones and tablet  category.

Spice Stellar Virtuoso

Specifications of Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495:

  • Android 4.0 ICS OS
  • 11.43cm (4.5inch) qHd screen
  • 9.44mm thin body
  • 1 GHz Dual Core processor
  • 8MP Auto focus Camera with Flash
  • 1.3MP Front Camera
  • 512MB RAM
  • Internal memory of 4GB (Expandable upto 32GB via MicroSD card)
  • 1700 mAh Battery with 6 hrs talk-time and 200 hrs of battery back-up
  • Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Tethering
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Price: Rs. 10,499

During the launch of the phone, Mr. Dilip Modi, Co-Founder & Group COO, Spice Group said:

The launch reflects our belief in constant innovation and customer delight. Having created the fast evolving segment of Dual-SIM phones in the country, we are glad to offer these technologically advanced and stylish smartphones to our customers,thereby expanding our 3G devices portfolio.

As seen on the photo, the phone looks somewhat similar to that of the iPhone 4/4s and going by the features and specifications of the phone, it definitely is a worth buy.

On another note, during the launch of mi-495 smartphone, Spice also launched the Stellar Pad Mi-1010 tablet with the most powerful battery in the industry.

Spice Stellar Pad

It runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS and a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. It has a 10.1 inch multi-touch TFT display and boasts of a 7600mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery, which offers upto 6 hrs of video playback and standby time of upto 15 days. It is priced at Rs. 12,999.

Nokia Launches Asha 205 for Rs. 3,499; Comes with Dedicated Facebook Button

In a recent announcement, Nokia India has launched its latest product in its Asha line of phones – Nokia Asha 205. It’s an entry level priced device with some specialties like a  dedicated Facebook button (for quick FB access), QWERTY keyboard for easy typing, 40 paid games per-installed, strong battery life, etc. The phone will be available for purchase from December 24th and will be priced at Rs. 3,499 during launch.

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Key Features of Nokia Asha 205:

  • Dedicated Facebook Button – Looks like its the USP of this Asha product. The dedicated FB button would let you access your Facebook timeline in a single touch of the phone
  • QWERTY keypad – Since its a phone dedicated for Facebook lovers, the QWERTY keypad would surely come handy
  • 40 paid games from EA pre-installed – As mentioned above, the phone would add up as a gaming phone as well since it comes with 40 paid games from EA per-installed and free of cost
  • Huge battery backup – As per company’s claims, the phone’s battery would give a standby backup of upto 37 days
  • Pre-installed productivity apps – Includes Twitter, Gmail, eBuddy Chat, etc.

Specifications of Nokia Asha 205

  • Dual SIM phone (supports only 1 SIM simultaneously)
  • Dimensions – 112.8 x 61.1 x 13 MM
  • Weight – 94 Grams
  • 2.4″ TFT screen with resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (167 PPI)
  • Connectivity options – GPRS & EDGE
  • 64 MB internal storage, expandable upto 32 GB with micro SD card for storing data like music, games, etc
  • Camera – VGA

Our take:

This phone could be a good buy for messaging freaks and people who love to stay connected with friends in Social networking websites but have low budget. Since the phone lacks 3G support and quality camera, it may not be a suitable device for professionals though. Overall, we would say, given the price tag under 3.5K INR, Nokia Asha 205 is a good buy.

World’s Best Smartphone Fight: iPhone 5 vs Nexus 4 vs Lumia 920 vs Galaxy S3 vs Note 2

iPhone 5, Nexus 4, Lumia 920, note 2, galaxy s3

In today’s times, buying a smartphone is just like going out for shopping with your wife. She’ll go through loads of varieties, colors, brands of clothes and end up buying something which either she’ll like or regret buying as her friend got a better dress than she did. It’s more of like fashion, keeps changing everyday. Are you getting my point? What I’m trying to tell you is that buying the perfect smartphone has gotten a lot more complex with so many varieties, competitors and ecosystems. In this post we will be comparing 5 best smartphones currently available in the market – LG Nexus 4, Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3 and also let you know why you should for the same. The best of all ecosystems are present on the list. Let’s put them up together for a specifications fight first.

Side by side specifications comparison:

Mobile Gyaan Best Smartphones Comparison

Since we’ve already checked out the specifications of the above phones, lets go ahead and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

LG NEXUS 4:

The all-new LG-made Nexus 4 is like the child born from marriage of old Galaxy Nexus and LG’s flagship device –  Optimus G. When Nexus 4 is kept aside the old Galaxy Nexus, they both look like twin brothers but just from different mothers. That said, there are still important notable hardware and design changes here. First, the device is majorly build out of Gorilla glass, both the front and back. Yes, the back is flat glass with a holographic stipple pattern making the handset look elegant, modern and even futuristic for that matter. Although it’s a gorgeous piece of design but save yourself from dropping it. This design is complimented by a new 4.7″ 1280 x 768 LCD display which does a better job than the AMOLED on the older Galaxy Nexus. The display may not be the best but its at par with all the four devices on the above list.

Furthermore, Google and LG have bumped up everything to make this a worthy successor and a strong competitor. The processor inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked to 1.5GHz with 4 cores, which Google says makes the Nexus 4 fastest phone. RAM has been boosted to 2 GB. This pretty much makes it a very snappy phone to use. Nexus 4 is running on a newer version of Jelly Bean with version number 4.2. The new version brings in changes to Gmail which can now automatically scale messages to fit within the width of your window. A new keyboard that does gesture swiping just like Swype. A Quick Settings menu that drops down from the notification bar lets you tweak most-used settings like brightness, Bluetooth, airplane mode, etc. A two-finger swipe from the top of the screen can also bring down this new quick setting menu. Google’s predictive search app – ‘Google Now’ gets more smarter now as it has the ability to scan your email for flight and hotel reservations, and then present that information when the right time comes.

The camera on Nexus 4 gets the biggest improvement. The rear camera is now a 8-megapixel shooter with improved color reproduction as well as low-light performance. Here comes the best part about the new camera – software. A newly designed interface for the camera app is so simple that you may get surprised by how quick and easy it is. A circular menu in the camera app gets activated by touching anywhere on the screen and that circle lets you swipe in to different directions to change individual settings. Simple. Another creative enhancement in the camera is a new shooting mode called “Photo Sphere”. Let me tell you this is like the daddy of Panorama mode. It allows you to capture everything around you like a 360-degree shot (Street View).

Why you should buy it?

If you are among those many pure Android enthusiasts who do not like manufacturer interference in the software and love stock Android, then Nexus 4 is the right choice for you. Look no further, it does everything a pricier Galaxy S III or iPhone 5 does. Plus, you get the advantage of having the only smartphone that runs on latest version of Android – Jelly Bean 4.2. It has everything you expect in a modern smartphone. The 27k price for 16 GB model makes it a value for money product. It’s a steal.

Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is everything everyone had expected the iPhone 4S to be. It’s faster, slimmer, lighter, bigger and better than ever. Apple took the complaints and competition’s offering seriously while building the iPhone 5. All those slim models look even fatter in front of iPhone 5, thanks to a very slim 7.6mm body. The slim body also contributed in trimming down the weight. In comparison to the 4S, it weighs feather light at just 112 grams. If you thought these factors affected the build quality then you’re partly right and partly wrong too. The front now finally withholds a much-needed larger 4″ (1136 x 640 pixels) retina display. Rest of the hardware resembles exactly to the 4S with those same rounded corners and metal band running around edges. The back is where the real change is. Now it has a brushed aluminum material with glass on the top and bottom. Although this delivers a premium overall look, the back material tends to be prone to scratches. Rest assured, the taller, slimmer, lighter iPhone 5 will attract your eyes.

Apple also made some improvements to the already superb iSight camera. The glass on the outside of the lens has been replaced with a 6mm disc of crystal sapphire for durability. Rear camera image quality remains superior as always and 1080p video quality is bright and smooth. The improvement here is speed of snapping. Its faster than ever. The front VGA FaceTime camera has gotten replaced by a  1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera capable of capturing 720p video. It’s a good upgrade for FaceTime video chatting users. Apple finally adds a Panorama mode with iOS 6. The competition offered this since a long time and now finally iPhone has got it too.

I had mentioned about the iPhone 5 to be even faster now, that is, thanks to the 1 Ghz Dual Core Apple A6 chip coupled with 1 GB RAM beneath the display. On the software front, as always, Apple claims there have been more than 200 enhancements. iOS 6 brings in two major changes – Maps and Passbook. Maps on one hand are well-designed with clean and beautiful aesthetics but as complained by users worldwide it lags behind Google Maps at large. It’s not a finished product yet. Passbook too remains a big question to users as they expected to have NFC paired with it for mobile payments. Perhaps the biggest iOS 6 feature is Facebook integration. One can tell Siri to post a message to Facebook or do it manually by pressing “Tap to Post” button in the Notification Center. If you’re interested in knowing everything new in iOS 6 then check out this awesome engadget review.

 Why you should buy it?

iOS 6 doesn’t really offer something substantial for iPhone 4S users to upgrade but on the other hand, loyal Apple fans can go ahead with the iPhone 5. They’ll appreciate the solid hardware and build quality. It has a excellent camera and display. All things work fine with the iPhone 5. One issue of buying it in India is ‘price’. Lets accept it, it’s over-priced. The highest model costs a hefty 60k. If your bank vault is well filled, go ahead and buy this premium product. Be assured, you’ll have no regrets.

Nokia Lumia 920:

It’s not just you who would have mistaken the Nokia Lumia 920 with the old Lumia 900. At first glance, they look quite similar. They have the same gorgeous polycarbonate single shell design with flat top and bottom surfaces. Nokia did right by not changing this, as it was already a beautiful piece of hardware in my opinion. But the similarities stop as soon as you hold it in your hands. It feels like a new phone and one with enough punch to beat the rest. The first thing you’ll notice – it’s heavy at a hefty 185 grams weight. Allow me to explain why so much weight.

Nokia brings in a 4.5″ (1280 x 768) IPS LCD Display for Lumia 920 instead of the AMOLED on Lumia 900. This new crisp display now runs on PureMotion HD+ tech which in simple terms means, one can expect smooth 60FPS animations, transitions and also the screen can respond to any touch inputs even if they are done by your nails or gloves. The display has got a higher PPI (332) than the iPhone 5’s Retina display has (326), making it even more stunning to look at. The symbian running Nokia PureView 808 might not have been a hit but the on board camera was phenomenal. Nokia makes the right decision of using their PureView imaging technology from 808 by adding it to Lumia 920 and unfortunately it won’t come with the 41-megapixel madness, instead a 8.7-megapixel sensor. This new camera is capable of excellent low-light pictures and it excels more in image stabilization. It does both 1080p rear camera video shooting and 720p front shooting at 30fps.

Perhaps the biggest change in the Lumia 920 is the software. Windows Phone 8 is here and its coming from a different origin now.  Microsoft has finally managed to blend in the cores of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This radical change has brought in much faster performance, responsiveness and improvements. It runs on a faster Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Microsoft is bringing in deeper Skype, Office, SkyDrive, Xbox and IE 10 integration to Windows Phone 8. Check out this verge review of Windows Phone 8 to read more about the new OS.

Why you should buy it?

Are you one of those buyers for whom ecosystems don’t really matter? If yes, then go buy this phone. I say this because the Windows Phone ecosystem is still developing and although it’s emerging out to be a winner with all the Live Tiles and minimalistic design approach, it still needs lot of work to be done. Even if you don’t care about the OS, it’s a great phone in it’s own right with a elegant design, stunning display, latest wireless charging feature and the best camera on board. Also, Nokia packs in their utilitarian software services as a bonus. Nokia Lumia 920 price has not been announced for Indian masses yet, but we are expecting it to hover around Rs. 35k price tag.

Samsung Galaxy S3:

How do you build a smartphone that triumphs the already best smartphone? Samsung knows how. The Galaxy S 3 in every sense is a worthy successor to the Galaxy S 2. As always, Samsung loads in the most highest specifications including a beastly 1.4 Ghz quad-core Exynos chip coupled with 2GB RAM ensuring super fast performance. The display on the front is now a  huge 4.8″ 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD which delivers 306 ppi. The display isn’t the best, but it’s among the best. I’ve personally used the phone and I can assure you that the huge screen or the plastic hardware isn’t really a problem. The phone feels fine in hand with 8.6 mm thickness and a normal 131 grams weight.

The camera on S3 can now deliver even better pictures than the S2, and is easily on par with the likes of iPhone 5. Samsung has added HDR mode while the rest of the camera software remains the same. That said, it’s a an excellent snapper with detailed pictures and lag-free 1080p @ 30 fps video shooting. Below the 8-megapixel rear camera, lies a 2100 mAh battery that promises to deliver 16 hrs of battery life on a regular usage basis.

Perhaps the better enhancements on the S3 is it’s software. Skinned on Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1 Jellybean), Samsung’s TouchWiz UI gets lot of additions and utilitarian features. It’s a list with all the “S’s” like S Beam, S Memo, S Planner, S Voice, Smart Stay, etc. Samsung brings in gesture based controls like the lock screen can now be used to pause music playback by simply placing the palm of your hand over the display. It works the same way for videos as well. A very smart motion control here is that one can swipe their palm over the screen to take a screenshot.  While composing a text message, one can make a Direct Call by just lifting the phone to your ear. One of it’s kind addition here is Pop up play which allows you to keep watching any video in a small, re-sizable window atop any other phone activity your carrying out. It shows the future of multi-tasking. Samsung has also started rolling out Jelly Bean update to present S3 owners, thus you don’t have to worry about being left-out with the latest update.

Why you should buy it?

Looking for the best Android phone that does it all? Look no further. This is the phone you should be buying right now. Samsung has covered it all – a great camera, a stunning display, a blazing fast processor and top of all useful gesture based controls that makes the S3 stand out from the rest of Android devices. There’s also a storage bonus for S3 buyers as Samsung is offering free 50 GB dropbox storage for 2 years. All things considered, the approx 34,000 INR price is justified and is a worthy buy in very sense.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

The first note was a revelation, a hybrid, a innovation by Samsung that diminished the line between a smartphone and a tablet. The humongous 5.3″ display was loved by many and criticized by few. The same applies to inclusion of a stylus in a phone, but Samsung had done much more than just adding the stylus for touch input replacements. It’s a year gone now and Samsung is ready with the next successor, and undoubtedly Note 2 excels at greater heights than the Note 1, thus landing in my best smartphones list.

It’s a good sign that Samsung is maintaining design uniformity for its top of the line devices. I say that because the Note 2 is exactly what the S3 looks like. In fact, I would call it a bigger S3 with an added stylus. Why I say bigger S3 is because the Note 2 now has a larger 5.5″ ( 1280 x 720) Super AMOLED HD display with 267 ppi. Hang on before you think this is too huge! Yes it is but yes it also has its set of advantages that make this large size one of the benefits as well. I myself wasn’t a fan of the huge Note 1, but having used the Note 2 for few hours, I found it marvelous, and the extra screen size is a bonus for viewing movies, browsing, games and of course using stylus with Samsung’s bundled S Pen apps. The curved back and other ergonomics of the phone contribute in better one-hand comfortable handling. Let’s appraise the fact that a large 5.5″ display, super speedy 1.6 Ghz quad-core chip with 2 GB RAM, same 8-megapixel senor of S3, S Pen stylus and a big 3100 mAh battery, altogether have been put inside a slim 9.4 mm body. It’s a engineering feat if you ask me.

The talking point of this phone is of course the stylus aka S Pen. Rest of the software is same as its on S3 with TouchWiz skinned on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The S Pen is now a lot more smarter, leaner and utilitarian than ever. You can use it to navigate your phone entirely. A new functionality called Air View for the S Pen has been added, which shows a dot on the screen exactly below where your stylus is hovering. This feels a lot like using a wireless mouse on PC with the pointer being your guide to increase accuracy. This functionality can do more like it can show thumbnails along a video’s timeline without the need to click. Another amazing addition is Multi Window which enables real time multi-tasking. One can use two apps side by side from the selected set of usable multi windows apps. There’s a lot more the stylus or even the Note 2 can do. Check out this amazing video that demonstrates the nitty-gritty of the phone:

Why you should buy it?

We all love big things that come in small packages and Galaxy Note 2 is one such piece of phone. It’s special, powerful, huge, very useful and does much more than any other smartphone on this planet can do.  The screen and stylus are the two small packages that make the Note 2 together a big bonus package. It feels more like using a PC than using a phone and that’s what makes it a real ‘smart’ device. If you ask me, it’s the best phone one can buy today. Available for a price tag of less than Rs. 35,000

Final Verdict

Again it all comes down to your choice of ecosystem. If iOS is your choice, iPhone 5 is the best you can get. If you’re an Android enthusiast, then Nexus 4 is your best bet. If you’re looking for best individual qualities like best display, best camera, best hardware, then Lumia 920 with the developing Windows Phone 8 software is your best choice. If you’re looking for the perfect Android phone with everything at it’s best, then Galaxy S3 is the phone you should be buying.

Lastly, in my opinion, regardless of any ecosystem or individual best characteristic, it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 that beats all the above phones. Be it any section, hardware, design, camera, display, software, battery life, etc. It excels equally in all the aspects. It’s the best phone right now. Period.

Over to you, readers!

Yes I agree its been a long post but don’t you think a comparison of the best phones available on the planet deserves the amount of words been posted here? Anyways, if you are still confused about selecting your phone or have any other queries, don’t hesitate to use the comment form below and we shall look forward to it.

Karbonn Mobiles Launches Smart A21 and A9+ Android Phones

Country’s own brand – Karbonn Mobiles has announced the launch of 2 new Android  smartphones – Karbonn Smart A21 and Karbonn A9+ under its Duple series. These Android phones will be powered with 1.2 GHz dual core processors and have Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich avatar.

Karbonn a21 a9+ smartphone

Both A21 and A9+ shares several common features – 1.2GHz Dual Core snap dragon processor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 5MP auto focus rear camera with features such as burst mode, face detection; front facing 1.3 MP camera, 3G, Dual-SIM support, WiFi, Bluetooth; sensors – 3D gravity, proximity, light.

What differentiates Karbon A21 from A9+ is, A21 spots a 4.5″ qHD screen and 1800 mAh battery to power the phone while its A9+ counterpart will have a 4″ high definition screen having a 1420 mAh battery.

Karbonn Smart A21 is priced at Rs. 11,990 and A9+ at Rs. 9,990/-.

Karbonn Smart A21 Features:

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Karbonn Smart A9+ Features:

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Nokia launches Asha 308 & 309 Smartphones in India

During the last week of September we reported about Nokia unveiling 2 new smartphones – Asha 308 & Asha 309 in its Asha series of phones, that Nokia claims, are the most affordable and cheapest capacitive touch phones from the company so far. Nokia has recently launched both of these phones in India. Asha 308 and 309 are available online for a tentative price tag of Rs. 5,590/- and Rs. 5,990/- respectively.

nokia Asha 308 309 India launch

Both, Nokia Asha 308 and 309 are 2G based devices with full 3.0″ capacitive touch screen supporting common features like multiple home screens, FM radio, upto 32GB of expandable memory capability. Though the major difference between the two is, Asha 308 is a dual SIM device while its 309 counterpart is a single SIM based phone but having WiFi support.

These phones also comes with premium benefits of Nokia Music (download over 4.5 million songs for free), 40 free EA games, free Nokia Nearby Application pre-installed to name a few of them.

Related read: Detailed specifications and features of Nokia Asha 308 & 309

More about Nokia Nearby:

Here’s a quote from the official statement of Nokia about Nokia Nearby:

Nokia Nearby is an additional application to Nokia Maps 2.0 and is available preloaded on the new Nokia Asha 308 /Nokia Asha 309 and can be launched via the Nokia Xpress Browser. It helps users to discover, search and share places without knowing in advance what they are looking for. For example it will help consumers to discover places close to their location or elsewhere. Nokia Nearby searches within a 10 km radius of the phone’s location and presents results in popular categories such as ‘Eat & Drink’, ‘Shopping’, etc. Consumers can then simply choose the category they want to explore and view the available options on a map. They can then search for specific places and read ratings and reviews and share their location or POI easily on Facebook.

Japan made Fujitsu Smartphone F-074 debuts in India, courtesy Tata Docomo

Tata Docomo in collaboration with Fujitsu has today launched a Japan based 3G smartphone named Fujitsu F-074 for its Indian customers. The phone, official information claims, will be highly durable, water proof and scratch resistant AMOLED display smart phone. Other attractive features of the phone is that it is just 6.7 MM thin and weights 105 gm.It also has a 5MP camera in it.

Fujitsu F-074 will be currently available exclusively for TATA Docomo customers in Bangalore and new Docomo postpaid customers opting to buy the phone will have the option to get a premium number free of cost along with 1GB of free 3G data for 3 months. Prepaid customers get free 1GB data usage for 2 months. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 21,900/-.

fujitsu f074 smartphone by docomo

Highlights of Fujitsu F-074 Smartphone:

  • Japan made 3G smartphone F-074, manufactured by Fujitsu launched in India
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system
  • Brought to India by Tata Docomo
  • Currently the phone will be available exclusively for TATA Docomo users in Bangalore, India
  • Attractive features of F-074 includes, waterproof, scratch resistant AMOLED screen, ultra slim (6.7 MM), 105 GM weight
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • Priced at Rs. 21,900 during launch
  • Docomo customers opting for the  phone will be getting several benefits like free premium number and 1GB of 3G data for 3 or 2 months depending on post-paid or prepaid

We are waiting for more information and detailed specs sheet of the phone from the official public relations team and shall keep this post updated with the same.

Samsung Galaxy Premier Announced – yet another Android based Galaxy Phone

As per reports, in a recent announcement Samsung has launched yet another Galaxy phone dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Premier (Model No. – I9260). The phone is said to have inherited Samsung’s popular model – Galaxy S3’s design and internal features and will be an improved version of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Galaxy Premier spots a 4.65″ AMOLED display with 720×1480 resolution, powered with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 8/16GB internal memory depending on model.

The phone will be supporting HSDPA+ or LTE depending on the region, will have a dual snapper – 8MP rear and 1.9MP in the front for video calling, etc. Its also said that the phone will be debuted next month from Ukarine.

samsung galaxy premier features price

Highlights of Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260:

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier to run on Android Jelly Bean OS
  • Inherited hardware designs and software features (like ike TouchWiz UI, S Beam, Smart Stay, Direct Call, Pop-Up Play, S Voice, Best Photo) from Galaxy S3
  • 4.65″ AMOLED based screen
  • Screen resolution – 720×1280
  • Dual camera – 8MP in the rear and 1.9 MP in the front
  • Dual Core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8/16GB internal memory models, ability to expand upto 32GB via micro SD card
  • HSDPA+/LTE support
  • Will be launched next month in Ukarine followed by other countries
  • 2100 mAh battery

(Via SlashGear)

Google’s New Nexus Device – Nexus 4 is now official; Here’s its Price, Features & Specifications

Not too long back we had reported about speculations of 5 new upcoming nexus devices and unlike those rumors, Google today announced only 1 Nexus phone in partnership with LG along with 2 other nexus tablets. Rumors also suggested that there could be a Nexus product launch during the same even which will have specifications inline to HTC’s recently launched Japan exclusive phone – HTC J Butterfly.

Google nexus 4 India launch

Anyways, lets not talk much about what was expected and not released. Here we go ahead with some details about new features and specifications of Google Nexus 4, its pricing and availability details.

Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4, unlike previous 3 Nexus phones, this time Google chose LG to manufacture Nexus 4 device. The phone is powered with a Quad Core S4 pro processor, 4.7″ screen with 1280×768 screen resolution leading to a whooping 320 PPI crisp display which is at par to Apple’s latest iPhone 5 retina display. A major drawback on the previous Galaxy Nexus has been worked upon too, Nexus 4 now comes with a 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera for video calls. Other improved features on Nexus 4 is, a operating system, improved gesture typing, nicer Google now experience, etc. As far pricing is concerned, 8GB & 16GB unlocked model costs $299 and $349 respectively.

Quick Highlights:

  • Nexus 4, newest Google Nexus mobile phone manufactured by LG
  • Spots 4.7″ screen with screen resolution of 1280×768. 320 PPI
  • Quad Core S4 Pro Processor
  • Camera upgraded to 8MP and a 1.3MP front camera
  • Comes with newer version of Android – Android 4.2 (List of new features on Android 4.2)
  • Priced at $299 and $349 for 8 and 16GB models respectively
  • Will be available from November 13th in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada

Google Nexus 4 India Launch

Indian Android fans have a reason to be jovial too as, in a recent press meet LG official claimed that the new nexus device will make it to India sometime during the end of November. We keep our fingers crossed. Will update it on the blog as soon we get any information regarding the same.

(Image credit: TheVerge.com)

Lava Launches Iris N350 Entry Level Android Phone, First in Iris Series

In a recent announcement from Lava Mobiles, we have learnt that the company has launched its first ‘Iris’ series phone – Lava Iris N350 based on Android Operating system and targeted at entry level smart phone users. In the words of Lava, Iris series phone would be its flagship phone.

Lava iris n350 android phone

Lava Iris N350 Highlights:

  •  Dual SIM based Android smartphone
  • Dimensions (in MM) – 115 x 61.5 x 11.9
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS
  • 3.5″ HVGA, LCD capacitive touch screen
  • Dual camera – 2MP rear & 0.3MP front
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 160 MB internal memory, expandable upto 32GB via micro SD card
  • Connectivity options – 2G (GPRS, EDGE), Bluetooth, Wifi
  • FM with recording capability
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Priced at Rs. 5499/-

Here’s a quote from Lava about Iris phones:

Lava International is entering the smartphone arena with its ‘Smart’ offering Lava IRIS. Lava intends to launch a host of exciting smartphones under its flagship brand Iris which promises superiority in not just the technical aspects but be smart on the wallet as well. The Iris brand is designed to give a ‘richer experience’ to its user and promises a complete customer delight.

We are trying to arrange to review this handset personally, will keep you all updated with our findings. Stay tuned!

Micromax A110 Canvas 2 Starts Selling in India! Here’s the Complete Specifications

Few weeks earlier, Micromax India officially announced to launch the sequel of its 5″ phone Micromax A100 Canvas named as A110 canvas 2 with better specifications and features as compared to its previous counterpart. Though the phone was just available for pre-booking until recently, it has now hit the stores and is also available across various online stores including Saholic (both Black & White colors) & SnapDeal (Black only) among others.

micromax a110 canvas 2

Since, as seen on the screenshot below, Micromax has not listed the complete specifications of the phone on its official website leading to chaos and confusion among interested purchasers, we are hereby doing so!

micromax a110 canvas 2 specifications

Specifications of Micromax A110 Canvas 2:

  • Dual SIM supported Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS based smartphone
  • Dimensions (in MM) – 147 x 76.5 x 9.7
  • 5″ full touch, IPS LCD, Capacitive touch, 196 PPI, screen
  • 8 MP rear camera with dual LED flash and 0.3 MP front facing camera
  • Dual Core 1GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM (undisclosed on official website)
  • 2 GB internal storage (undisclosed on official site)
  • Internal storage upgradable upto 32GB via micro SD card
  • Connectivity options – 2G, 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, Micro USB, GPS
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Priced at Rs. 9999/- during launch (You may want to check MySmartPrice for updated and best price of Micromax A110)

Compared to previous Micromax A100, A110 has several upgraded and better features. To name a few are slimmer body, better screen, better camera, LED flash support.

Our verdict:

Micromax A110 is surely worth the buy but only if you have low budget and looking for bigger screen phone to work comfortably. The output from its 2000 mAh battery could be little disappointing too considering its a 5″ phone. But what more would you expect from a 5″ phone costing <10K INR? If that still doesn’t convince you, you may check out Samsung Galaxy S Duos Price and its features, screen size and other aspects.

A note for Micromax:

If someone from Micromax is reading this post, I humbly request you to make sure that the site has complete specifications listed. Even for several previous products I have had problem figuring out details of your phones and came across several forum posts about the same issue. (P.S. – I hope the missing data are not concealed purposely).

(Thanks Vrinda for pointing us about the mirrored image)

iPhone 5 officially Debuts in India, Pre-booking Starts!

iPhone 5 India launch and price

Here’s the great news that all you Apple fans have been waiting desperately for. Finally we have received an email from Ingram Micro – the official Apple Sales Partner in India that states as follows

Ingram Micro announced today that it will offer iPhone 5 at leading modern trade stores and retail outlets across India beginning Friday, November 2. For more information on availability details please visit www.imonline.co.in. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit www.apple.com/in/iphone.

As stated on the official communication with Ingram Micro, pre-booking for iPhone 5 has already begun officially in India and the phone will be available starting November 2nd. During the time of writing this post, online E-commerce website Saholic had already started pre-booking for the 16Gb model at a price tag of Rs. 45500 hence we expect the official pricing to be in-line with that of Saholic’s. There are also rumors suggests the official pricing for other 2 models 32GB and 64GB would be Rs. 52500 and Rs. 59500 respectively.

No matter what the pricing would be like, we are glad Apple’s launching the product within such a short time of its global launch.

HTC J Butterfly Announced in Japan – Spots a 5″ Screen, 1080P Display, Powerful Processor, Jelly Bean out of the Box

Looks like HTC is back with a bang with the announcement of ‘HTC J Butterfly’ smartphone. It’s the first smart phone spotting a full 1080 P Display with a screen resolution of 1920*1080 P thus having an effective display of 440 PPI.

htc j butterfly

Let us tell you, the phone is not awesome just with its display, but it is also powered with a whooping 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM. HTC J Butterfly also supports 16 GB of internal data storage along with the capability of expandable memory.

J Butterly has a 8 MP rear snapper that can obviously record videos in full HD and a 2 MP camera in the front for video calling. As mentioned earlier the phone has Android Jelly Bean 4.1 out of the box and a battery of 2020 mAh.

Some other impressive feature of the phone is, it would be dust and water proof phone as reported by several other blogs.

Highlights of HTC J Butterfly:

  • Runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean OS out of the box
  • Spots a 5” full HD display that sums up as 440 PPI display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, could be expandable via Micro SD card
  • 8 MP rear camera (can shoot full HD videos) and 2GB front camera
  • Phone will be exclusively available in Japan
  • Comes in 3 color variants Red, Black, Blue
  • Will be launched during December

Though the phone is announced exclusively for Japanese customers, other countries can surely expect a phone from HTC with similar specs in the upcoming days. May be a similar phone could be among the one of the 5 upcoming rumored nexus phones that we posted about couple of days back.

(Via GSMArena)

Apple iPhone 5 may launch in India officially on October 26 [Update]

Less than a month ago, the latest version of Apple iPhone – iPhone 5 made its debut and there are rumors floating that Apple is officially going to launch the phone in India, in less than a fortnight from now. October 26th to be precise.

iphone 5 india launch date

If the news turns out to be true, it will be the first time that India would witness the official launch of an iPhone in such a short duration after its global launch. The news comes in from a blog of repute and thus a reason to rejoice for Apple fans in India. The blog also claims that unlike earlier, this time Apple itself would be distributing and marketing the phone instead of selling via any telecom operator.

As far as the iPhone 5 price is concerned there is no official word about it yet, but it is available in the Indian gray market and several e-commerce stores for a whooping 60K INR, obviously without the official Apple warranty.

Update: Its official, iPhone 5 will be available in India starting November 2nd. Check this post for more details.

Related: List of new features and specifications of Apple iPhone 5

(Via BGR)

Upcoming Google Nexus Phones’ Rumors Roundup

If you are an Android fan you might most probably be aware of the fact that, for the past 3 years Google has been launching a flagship phone every year. Contrary to the phones sold by individual handset manufacturers, these Google flagship phones are ‘pure Android’ phones without any customization (includes user interface, looks, features, etc) by handset manufacturers (for ex. sense & touch wiz by HTC and Samsung respectively).

google nexus

You may ask what’s the advantage of going for Google’s nexus phone instead of other available Android handsets in the market? Well one among many other advantage is, as a nexus phone user you get to use their latest OS update before any other handsets receive the software update.

Google Nexus Phones for 2012:

In the past 3 years, Google launched 3 flagship devices in collaboration with HTC and Samsung. But if the rumor mill is to be believed, there are 5 Nexus devices scheduled to be launched this year in tie-up with HTC, Samsung and LG among other manufacturers. Below is a quick look on 3 of the 5 devices that are leaked on the internet.

Google Nexus 5 – 5” Nexus from HTC

Google Nexus 5 is one among the 3 leaked devices that, as per rumors, would be manufactured by HTC spotting a 5” screen, Quad Core Snap Dragon S4 Processor, Full HD video recording support, 4G LTE, 12MP and 2MP rear and front cameras respectively.

Galaxy Nexus 2

Successor to Google’s current flagship phone – Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Nexus 2 is another phone that is expected to be announced along with other nexus products. This successor of Galaxy nexus is said to have processor and camera improvements along with support for extending the phone’s memory via memory card.

Here is an image from SamMobile.com comparing the specs of Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus 2 which is code named as GT-I9260.

galaxy nexus 2

Recently GSMArena also reported that a camera sample of Galaxy Nexus 2 (as shown below) was leaked on a photo sharing website with the EXIF data confirming that the pic was taken from Samsung GT-I9260.

galaxy nexus 2 camera sample

LG Optimus Nexus

Lately the details of LG’s Nexus were leaked by a Spanish publication which reveals that LG would be contributing a nexus device too to the next Nexus line of products. Though not much details about its specifications are leaked, we have learnt that the phone would spot a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus display with 1280 x 768 resolution.

Lets just hope the above rumor of 5 new nexus phones turns out to be true. Keep checking this space for any further updates and more information on nexus related leaks.

(Update: Google has officially announced a new Nexus device – Google Nexus 4. Read more here.)

Nokia Announces Asha 308 and Asha 309; Claims to be Most Affordable Capacitive Touch Screen Phones

Finland based communications and mobile handset manufacturing company – Nokia has announced 2 new phones in its Asha line of phones – Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 which, the company claims are its most affordable capacitive touch screen based phones launched so far.

nokia asha 308 asha 309

Nokia Asha 308 & 309 Features:

The newly launched duo has some common features such as, both of them spots 3.0” WQVGA capacitive touch screen, S40 based mobile operating system (read more on mobile phone operating systems), multiple home screen support, stereo radio, loud speakers, 2G data capabilities and support for upto 32GB expandable memory via micro SD card. The only feature that differentiates the phones is, Asha 308 has dual-SIM capability (with easy swap facility) in contrary to Asha 309 that supports single SIM and Wifi technology, to compensate with Asha 308 perhaps.

 

Video featuring Nokia Asha 309

Freebies included:

In their official statement the company also mentioned:

The phones also come with the free* gift of 40 premium EA games, social features such as standalone Facebook and Twitter clients, the Nokia Messaging Service, and video streaming through the browser from sites like YouTube – a first within the Asha Touch range.

Pricing of Nokia Asha 308 & 309:

Both the phones would have a mere price tag of $99 approximately which converts to less than 5.5K in Indian rupees.

The company also added that the phones would start shipping in the last quarter of the current year.

New Services Launched:

On another note, Nokia has also announced the launch of newer avatar of Nokia Life services named Nokia Life +. With Nokia Life +, as the company claims, all Nokia Asha users can easily get access to health and “infotainment” topics from the web browser absolutely free of cost (data charges shall apply).

Update: Nokia Asha 308 & 309 are now available in India. Read more about it.

Sansui Mobiles Unveils 4 new Mobile Phones in its S Series of Phones

In its latest endeavor, Japan based Sansui Mobiles has launched 4 new phones in its ‘S’ series of phones in the Indian market. With the launch of Sansui S43, S45, S47 & S49T, Sansui claims “to bring together new-age features like Big Display, Big Talk, Big Battery and Big Entertainment, and are pocket-friendly as well”.

sansui mobile launch india

Some of the features that comes pre-loaded/installed on Sansui’s S series devices are worth checking out, such as Movie DJ application, Privacy Lock, Mobile Tracker, Dedicated Movie Key, Auto Call Record.

Here’s a quick look of the features and specifications of Sansui S43, S45, S47 & S49T

sansui mobiles S43 S45 S47 S49T

As far as pricing details of these phones are concerned, we tried reaching Sansui in this regards and are yet to hear from them. We wonder if the pricing are not been disclosed purposely? We will keep you updated about any developments.

Update: Here’s the pricing as per the official communications team of Sansui:

  • Sansui S43 – 1999 
  • Sansui S45 – 1599
  • Sansui S47 – 2199
  • Sansui S49T – 2299

Here are few words from Mr. Sudhir Gaur, VP Sales of Sansui Mobiles:

We believe in bringing to the consumers a technologically rich mobile experience which offering the best of mobile features is easy on the pocket as well. As our consumers are becoming more and more feature conscious yet at the same time are looking for affordable mobility devices, our ‘S’ Series of mobile phones is aimed at offering the best of the technology available which will bring to them a perfect combination of new-age technology, ease of use and affordability; thus creating a win-win situation for both the company and the consumer

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite Vs Micromax A57 Ninja 3 Vs 3 other Competing Products; Detailed Comparison and Our Take

If you are following our previous posts about mobile handsets launch in India, you might have already realized that Android phones are raining in India by various handset manufacturers. Most of the new phones launched are budget phones and in the entry level, priced between Rs. 4000/- and Rs. 7000/-

micromax ninja versus samsung galaxy

Given these many choices, it could be an hindrance in correct decision making. So, here in this post, we bring you a detailed comparison of 5 entry level Android phones launched recently that could help you to take the perfect decision.

The phone’s being compared here are Micromax A 25 Smarty, Micromax A57 Superfone Ninja 3, Micromax A87 Ninja 4, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite and the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos.

Bird’s eye view of these phones’ specifications:

 

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Micromax A 25 Smarty

micromax a57 ninja 3.5
Micromax A57 Ninja 3

micromax a87 ninja 4
Micromax A 87 Ninja 4

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Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite

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Samsung Galaxy Y Duos

Dual-SIM support Yes (GSM+GSM) Yes (GSM+GSM) Yes (GSM+GSM) Yes (GSM+GSM) Yes (GSM+GSM)
Operating System Android
Gingerbread
Android
Gingerbread
Android
Gingerbread
Android
Gingerbread
Android
Gingerbread
Screen Size 2.8” 3.5” 4.0” 2.8” 3.14”
Resolution 240×300 Pixels 480×320 480×800 240×320 240×320
Camera 1.3 MP Fixed Focus 3 MP 2 MP CMOS 2 MP 3.15 MP
Processor 1 GHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 832 MHz 832 MHz
RAM 245 MB 256 MB 256 MB 768 MB 290 MB
Internal Storage 412 MB 512 MB 100 MB 3 GB 160 MB
External Storage 32 GB (Micro SD) 32 GB (Micro SD) 32 GB (Micro SD) 32 GB (Micro SD) 32 GB (Micro SD)
Connectivity – 2G, Wifi
– Bluetooth
-  GPS
– 2G, 3G, Wi-fi
– Bluetooth
– GPS
– 2G, 3G, Wi-fi
– Bluetooth
– GPS
– 2G, 3G, Wi-fi
– Bluetooth
– GPS
– 2G, 3G, Wi-fi
– Bluetooth
– GPS
Other – FM
– 3.5 MM Audio jack
– FM
– 3.5 MM Audio jack
– FM
– 3.5 MM Audio jack
– FM
– 3.5 MM Audio jack
– FM
– 3.5 MM Audio jack
Battery 1280 mAh 1400 mAh 1400 mAh 1200 mAh 1300 mAh
Price (during launch) Rs. 3999/- Rs. 4999/- Rs. 5999/- Rs. 6990/- Rs. 8500/- approx
Check Live prices
(Via MySmartPrice)
Micromax A25 Ninja 3 Ninja 4 Galaxy Y Duos Lite Galaxy Y Duos
Pros – Price
– No 3G support
– Price
– Screen size
– Large Display – Internal storage
– RAM
– Camera
Cons – Screen size
– Camera
  – Camera
– Internal memory
– Price – RAM
– Internal memory
– Resolution
– Price
Value for money
(Rating out of 5)

5

5

4

3

3

(Phones arranged according to pricing)

All the 5 phones listed above are in the price bracket of Rs. 4K to Rs. 8.5K and has common features such as Android Operating system (2.3 Gingerbread version), Dual SIM functionality, Capacitive touch screen and the ability to expand phone memory upto 32 GB. Going ahead, lets discuss the winner in several aspects namely Screen size/quality, Camera, Phone Processor, RAM and Internal Memory and its Pricing.

Screen size & quality:

Apart from the mobile operating system (which is common in all the above phones), the first thing most of the smart phone buyers check out for, is the screen size and its display quality in terms of screen resolution. In terms of screen size and resolution, the Micromax Ninja 4 and Ninja 3 wins which bears a 4” and 3.5” screen respectively and decent resolution considering the size of its screen. But if you are planning to buy Ninja 4 just because of its screen size, then just wait, check out its other pros and cons as well.

Winner: Micromax Ninja 4 followed by Ninja 3

Camera:

If specs are to be gone by, Galaxy Y duos spots the best camera. As we are yet to review the phones personally, as per expert reviews from several popular sites online, the camera in Micromax Ninja 3 is at par with Galaxy Y duos.

Winner:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos
  2. Micromax A57 Ninja

Processor:

All the 3 Micromax phones are powered with a 1GHz processor which is decent enough for day to day activities of a smart phone user. Whereas the Samsung’s counterpart, the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite and Samsung Galaxy Y duos are powered with 832 MHz processor which not bad either, but considering these phones are dearer than the Micromax’s counterpart, we are bit disappointed.

Winner: Tie between Micromax A25 Smarty, A57 Ninja 3 and A87 Ninja 4

RAM & Internal Storage:

When it comes to the phone’s RAM and internal storage, it is the only place where the recently launched Samsung’s Galaxy Y duos lite wins. It has the maximum internal storage space and RAM when compared with the other 4 competing products. But personally speaking, with about 15-20 productivity apps and games, even the amount of RAM and storage provided in the cheapest Micromax – A25 smarty, would be sufficient. Though, if you are enticed with the biggest screen spotting phone – Micromax Ninja 4, be careful that it has an internal memory of mere 100 MB which could trouble you after several apps installation.

Winner Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite

Pricing:

The most important factor for the phones in these price bracket is pricing. And this is the place where, yet again Micromax emerges to be the winner with both, Micromax A25 Smarty and Micromax A57 Ninja 3. Just one word for the two phones – VFM (Value For Money).

Winner: Micromax A25 Smarty and Micromax A57 Ninja 3

Mobile Gyaan Verdict:

If you are someone who is very tight on budget and looking for the cheapest available option, then the cheapest Android ever from Micromax – Micromax A25 Smarty is the phone for you guys, but as mentioned in the paragraphs and specs sheet above, the phone has its own advantages and disadvantages. But we are really very impressed with the specs and features on the Micromax A57 Ninja which is just Rs. 1000 more when compared to A 25 smarty. So we strongly suggest you to reconsider going for Micromax Ninja 4 instead of Micromax A25 smarty though both the phones are complete value for money and gets the highest rating from us.

Overall Winner: Micromax A57 Ninja 3

Believe it or not, it’s a mixed feeling for us. We are very happy yet excited to see so many awesome products from Micromax, but at the same time disappointed with the products from Samsung which are priced so high yet low on features and specifications.  Dear Samsung, we would like to bring a full stop to this post by reiterating the question asked by Micromax –
Why y”?

Why Y TV commercial from Micromax

Fly Launches Dual SIM, 3D Display & Handwriting Recognition Feature Phone in India

Europe based Fly Mobiles has launched its 3D feature phone in India – Fly Style Icon E281n that has features such as Dual SIM support (GSM+GSM), 2,8 GHz touch screen, 3D display capability, handwriting recognition and also comes with a 3D glass free in the box, priced at Rs. 3499/-. Here are the complete specs of the phone along with its pic.

Highlights & Features of Fly Style Icon E281n:

  • Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) phone by Fly mobiles
  • Supports 3D display and comes with free 3D glasses
  • Handwriting recognition feature
  • Automatic call recording
  • Torch light
  • 2.8″ touch screen
  • 1.3 MP camera with flash
  • 3.5 MM audio jack
  • Expandable memory upto 32 GB
  • 1100 mAh battery (for upto 12 hours of talktime support)
  • Comes with a free 4GB storage card preloaded with 5 movies, 25 bollywood videos, 25 regional videos, 20 MP3 tracks, 2 e-books & wallpapers
  • Priced at Rs. 3499/- during launch

Here’s what  Mr. Rahul Goel, President, Fly Mobiles, said during the launch event of the phone:

We have been at the forefront of innovation and have introduced many categories in the Industry – from Dual SIM phones to long battery life, we have offered the best to the consumers. With E281n, we aim at providing a personal entertainment device with unique experiences at an affordable price.

Android based Micromax A25 Smarty Launched in India; Priced just at Rs. 3999/-

In yet another announcement today, Micromax has launched its new low priced Android device with features such as 2.8″ capacitive touch screen, 1Ghz processor, 245 MB RAM, Android Gingerbread OS at a very competitive price tag of Rs. 3999/-. Here’s the details of its specs and a pic of the phone followed with a very short verdict by us.

Specifications of Micromax A25 Smarty Mobile Phone:

  • Dual-SIM Android Gingerbread based phone
  • 2.8″ (240×320 pixel res.) capacitive touch screen
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS
  • 245 MB RAm
  • 412 internal memory expandable to upto 32GB via micro SD card
  • Connectivity options – 2G, Bluetooth, Wifi – 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, micro USB connector
  • 3.5 MM audio jack
  • 1280 mAh battery
  • Priced at Rs. 3999/- during launch

Our take:

The launch of this phone seems to be an answer to Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite announcement that we posted yesterday. Though there are some slightly additional and better features on the Samsung’s counterpart, that includes a better camera, higher processor, 3G connectivity but the price difference among the 2 surely justifies the purchase of Micromax A25 Smarty provided you do not need 3G connectivity on your phone and do not use the phone for photography.

Given an option, which phone had you opted?

Samsung Galaxy S Duos and Galaxy Y Duos Lite Launched in India, Here are Specs and Pricing

A younger and lighter version of Galaxy S3 was already announced last month and a lighter version of Galaxy Y was rumored too for the past couple of days.  Today, Samsung has officially launched both the phones in India. Both the phones are Android OS based and supports dual SIM on active mode. Galaxy S duos has a 4.0″ WVGA screen and runs on Android Ice cream 4.0 OS on top of a 1Ghz processor while the later being a lighter version of Galaxy Y, spots a 2.8″ capacitive touch screen and comes with Android Gingerbread OS. Both these phones are priced at Rs. 17900 and Rs. 6990/- respectively. Below are the specifications and pics of both the phones.

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S Duos:

  • Dual SIM (active mode) Android Phone
  • 4.0″ WVGA (480*800) capacitive touch screen
  • Android Ice-cream Sandwich OS
  • 1 Ghz processor
  • 5 MP auto focus (rear) camera with LED flash and 720P video recording support. Also has a VGA camera on the front
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable upto 32 GB via Micro SD card
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Has connectivity options of GPRS, EDGE, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Priced at Rs. 17900/- during launch

Specifications of Samsung Y Duos Lite:

  • Dual SIM (active mode) Android touch screen phone
  • 2.8″ capacitive touch screen
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3) OS
  • 2 MP rear camera
  • 832 MHz processor
  • 3 GB internal storage expandable upto 32 GB via micro SD card
  • 1200 mAh battery
  • Connectivity Options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Priced at Rs. 6990/- during launch
  • Freebie included: Option of 1GB 3G service or unlimited 2G data service (only for Reliance customer)

The above phones looks good, but if you are not too conscious about what brand you use, we suggest you to check the recently launched phones from Micromax – Micromax Ninja 3, Ninja 4 and the Karbonn Smart A18 which has better specs at almost similar price brackets.

Apple Invites Media on September 12th, to Lauch the iPhone 5 Perhaps

Finally it seems  the much rumored new iPhone would be launched on the 12th of this month. As per reports, Apple has officially announced an event to be held at San Francisco and invitation for the same has already reached the media. Here’s the pic from the invitation that points about the launch of the ‘iPhone 5’, not mentioned about the same on the invitation though.

Doesn’t it looks obvious from the image about the birth of a new iPhone?  The iPhone5 perhaps?

Event Date: 12th of September

Time: 10.30 P.M. (IST)

If you are concerned about what would be new in the iPhone5, here are few new features and improvements you could expect as per rumors and market experts:

(A leaked pic of the rumored new iPhone)

  • Larger screen size 
  • Repositioned headphone jack
  • Improved dock connectors and ear-phones in the packaging
  • Support for new type of SIM cards – the nano SIM
  • Improved speed, processor, etc
Lets just hope, unlike the previous iPhones the new iPhone (if launched), comes to India sooner rather than later!
(Via – Engadget)

Micromax A87 Ninja 4 Launched in India for Rs. 5999/-

Looks like handset manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned to manufacture phones that would fit every pocket and individual. After launching more than 4 phones within a couple of days, the company has today come up with another Android based phone named as Micromax A87 Ninja 4 with features such as 4″ screen, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS and 1GHz processor. Here’s a pic and the specifications of the phone:

 

Specifications of Micromax A87 Ninja 4:

  • 4″ capacitive touch screen
  • Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Expandable memory upto 32 GB using micro SD card
  • Spots 2 MP rear camera with auto focus feature
  • 1400 mAh batter
  • 3 color options: Black, White and Black & White combined
  • Priced at Rs. 5999/- during launch

Android based Karbonn Smart A18 Launched for Rs. 12990/-

Its raining Android phones from handset manufacturers like Micromax, Samsung and now Karobonn. In a recent announcement, Karbonn Mobiles has launched Karbonn Smart A18  – Android Ice Cream Sandwich based 4.3″ smartphone in India. Here are its pics, specifications and pricing details:

Specifications of Karbonn Smart A18:

  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • Dual SIM supported (SIM 1 supports 3G and SIM 2 supports 2G connectivity)
  •  4.3″ IPS capacitive touch screen
  • Powered with 1Ghz processor
  • Spots 5.0 MP rear camera with features like ‘Burst Mode’ & ‘Face Detection’ and 1.3 MP front camera
  • Expandable memory of upto 32 GB
  • Comes with popular apps pre-loaded which includes Facebook, WhatsApp, PayTM
  • Priced at Rs. 12990/- during launch

If you like the specifications of Karbonn Smart A18, you might also want to check the recently launched Micromax Canvas A90 that is at par to the specs and pricing of Karbonn Smart A18 but with better camera of 8MP.

Handset Launch – Android Based Micromax Ninja 3 A57 Priced at Rs. 4999/-

After successful launch of Micromax A90 and A100 last week, Micromax has launched yet another blockbuster product for people looking for a decent Android phone that would be friendly to their pockets too. Micromax Ninja3 A57 is a dual-SIM based  phone on their Ninja lines of product spotting a 3.5″ HVGA screen that runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread based operating system.

Specifications of Micromax A57 Ninja 3:

  • Dual SIM based phone
  • Runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS
  • Spots 3.5″ WVGA capacitive touch screen
  • Powered with 1Ghz of processor, 256 MB RAM
  • Internal memory of 512MB which is expandable upto 32GB with MicroSD card
  • Connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS
  • 3MP rear camera
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • Priced at Rs. 4999/- during launch

Mobile Gyaan Verdict:

Around this price braket, the phone specs surely impressed us. No matter how the looks of the phone goes, it would be surely value for money. Perhaps, tough time for the competition such as Galaxy Y and the likes.