Friday, January 28, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Smartphones have offered better features for sharing with friends but aren't used by most people around the world.
Few days ago a new mobile app was launched to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world. The Facebook for Feature Phones app works on more than 2,500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and other manufacturers, and it was built in close cooperation with Snaptu. The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates.
Facebook also wanted to make it available to as many people as possible. Similar to the 0.facebook.com site, we've worked with mobile operators from around the world to let you try this without paying for any data charges. The 14 mobile operators listed below are offering free data access when using the new Facebook mobile app during the first 90 days after they launch.
During the next few months, Facebook plan to make the app available through more carriers in other countries so you can have a great mobile Facebook experience no matter what device you use.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Samsung Chat 350 is the latest mobile phone launched by the company that comes with decent list of features. Physically the handset measures 100 X 52 X 16mm in size and comes with 2.4 inches of touchscreen display that is capable of supporting 262K colours along with resolution of 240 X 320 pixels.
There is a slide out QWERTY keypad in this phone which facilitates convenient and fast message typing and thus proves to be a good choice for all the messaging freaks. For taking care of your entertainment quotient even on the go, the phone comes packed with decent list of multimedia features which includes FM radio with recording, Music player, Video player and 2 MP camera. Dedicated buttons for social networking and music are also present in the phone.
Connectivity in Samsung Chat 350 is offered through Bluetooth 2.1 and microUSB 2.0 port. The battery of the phone delivers 12 hours of talk time and its microSD slot facilitates memory expansion of up to 8GB. The phone will be available in the market for an approximate price tag of Rs. 5000.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Gone are the times when large display screens and extraordinary features were rare specimens for a mobile handset. Sony Ericsson is one of those few brand names in the mobile industry which have made the public used to surprises. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is another member in the Xperia family that comes with a list of interesting features.
The reason why this handset is called Play is because it has a slider which reveals the gaming console (Like sony PSP GO) of this handset making it one of the most desirable gaming phones ever. The only point of worry could be the music player as it doesn’t produce the quality of sound expected from this great piece. Other than that, this is one handset that proves to be a complete device.
A responsive touchscreen, a relatively cool camera and a decent interface, but can Windows 7-powered HTC HD 7 really help Microsoft gain a foot in the smartphone market already crowded by the likes of iPhone and numerous Android-powered devices?
One look at this device and I can confidently say NO! In fact, the biggest letdown of HD7 is ironically the feature that should have been its weapon of choice to help it take its fight to the enemy camp some distance. The smartphone that carries a rather expensive price tag of Rs 30,000 is hugely dependent on Microsoft Windows Marketplace, which is yet to make its India debut and is only expected to be launched after two to three months.
This means that to download even a basic app like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, you will be left stranded by the seller despite having paid a bomb to acquire this dud. What were you thinking HTC and Airtel? People don't buy dud phones at Rs 30K, do they?
To start with, HD 7 is a solid, neat-looking black-coloured device -- albeit a tad too big to hold unlike an average smartphone -- and thin compared to its build. The smartphone measures 4.8 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick and weighs 162 gram. It sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen (480 X 800 WVGA), largest in the current breed of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, with two speakers spanning the entire display at the top and bottom. It has a metallic band running through the circumference of the phone with volume rocker, a two-stage camera button and a handy lock button at the top.
At the bottom, the phone houses a micro-USB port and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Just below the display is the back, start, and search buttons powered by Microsoft Bing.
The phone's build quality seems rock solid except for a rather flimsy quality plastic back cover which does not inspire confidence about how long it may last. HD7 has a kickstand covering the camera at back which when opened can help you take pictures and enjoy hands-free videos and music. Removal of battery and SIM is quite easy compared to many phones.
One of its biggest plus USP is its large built-in keypad which makes it ideal for browsing and using the Microsoft Office programmes. For messaging too, the touch sensitivity is quite good and auto correction gives closest results. The phone's Home button takes you to a list of tiles and apps list that has rather large, but reading-friendly icons. Which also means you may end up scrolling down and down to locate your favourite app. Especially, with no Folders around.
From the Home button you land at the Windows Phone 7 interface that takes you to a list of tiles and apps. Swiping right on the screen shows up a list of apps that are either built-in or the ones you have downloaded. Folders would have made life much nicer.
Coming to the phone's 5-megapixel shooter, the camera has an auto-focus, dual LED flash and can record 720p HD video. The camera makes up for good pictures that can be further jazzed up with the effects, scenes, resolutions and flicker adjustment. However, the camera interface came out to be pretty simple and flat. There is a built-in Photo Enhancer app that lets you play around with effects, found in any other basic phone.
The phone also bundles HTC Hub that houses apps like Sound Enhancer, YouTube, Notes, Flashlight and Xbox Live games, but be warned you would be unable to download many of the apps which is a pity indeed.
Microsoft has bundled Bing Maps in the HTC HD7, which comes out to be a surprise winner. It can be easy crowned as one of the best mobile mapping applications, giving accurate and clear results. The double tap on the screen to center lets you zoom in on a spot. You can also add a push pin to Maps if in case you want to remember a place or mark your location.
Another app that gets a complete thumbs up is Microsoft Office programme that offers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and OneNote. Microsoft's OneNote lets you track your shopping list, meeting notes and your to-dos. To jazz it up, you can add audio and pictures. With OneNote you can virtually record your entire meeting or an interview. All this particularly helps if you are used to working in a Windows environment on the computer.
Xbox Live coming to HTC HD7 is another to-die-for feature in the Windows-powered device. But with no Windows Marketplace in India around, this feature too won't excite you.
HTC HD7 also comes pre-installed with Microsoft's very own Internet Explorer sitting right on the Home Screen. The browsing experience seems to be satisfactory with pinch and tap for zoom functions. Also, the large display makes up for easy reading and watching videos.
I found the phone's battery to be impressive after a good session of Internet browsing and calling. But, the real battery test remains as the phone hasn't opened up to the real battery-hogging applications that could have come from the Windows Marketplace.
On connectivity front, the phone offers 3G, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS. HD 7 comes with 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB ROM/576MB RAM and 16GB memory capacity. However, there is no card slot to further boost the memory count which is quite strange in this age.
Coming to the most important part, is it worth a buy at Rs 30,000? With Microsoft saying it is still three months away from the Marketplace launch, HD7 is a complete no no until then. Especially when you have Android hitting the market with dozens of capable and cheaper devices and boasting of over two lakh applications.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
A XML of Nokia and pictures in a Picasa album has been leaked recently
revealing much information about the looks and the specifications about the latest mobile phone from Nokia that is yet to hit the market. Some of the specifications and features about Nokia E6-00 Symbian3 gives and idea that the phone will have a camera that will be assisted by dual-LED and will be a 8 megapixel one. Prior to this latest model, all the other devices had a resolution of nHD (640*360 pixels) that is less than VGA (640*480 pixels).
The reason behind it has been stated as the limitation of operating system. In spite of the leakage of the Picasa account revealing the existence of this
mobile phone, no picture of the phone has yet been revealed. So the no one is actually aware of what the phone will actually look like. However the hype regarding the phone has already been created much before its launch.
Motorola Xoom Zoom Specs, Design, Price & Pictures
Some Impressive Hardware specs of Motorola Xoom Tablet :
- a dual core Tegra 2 processor with each core running at 1 GHz,
- 10.1-inch touchscreen display(larger than the iPad’s 9.7 inches),
- a 1,280×800 resolution (compared with the iPad’s 1,024×768)
- HDMI output,
- 1GB DDR2 RAM,
- 32GB onboard memory (expendable via SD card support expandable to 32GB),
- 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing., including one that can record in HD(none in the current version of the iPad.)
- a Bluetooth keyboard
- three accessories: a leather case that doubles as a stand, a standard dock for charging and display, and a “speaker HD” dock. The latter includes three USB ports, HDMI output, and built-in speakers.
As far as the estimated price is concerned, the information is not official. The price tag is bound to kill the excitement for those who were hoping Xoom to be priced lower than Apple’s iPad.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc unveiled at CES 2011
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the latest Xperia device based on Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread OS. It is the first smartphone that comes equipped with advanced display technology powered powered by Sony's Bravia Engine – the display common with Sony's televisions.
The device measures just 8.7mm thick and features a 4.2-inch display, 8.1 megapixel camera with Sony's Exmor CMOS sensor and 1080p HD video recording via an HDMI-out connection. The device offers stereo Bluetooth, a digital media player with TrackID and WebKit browser.
The other key features of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc include Wi-Fi, A-GPS, text and multimedia messaging, Microsoft Exchange e-mail, USB mass storage, PC syncing, 512MB of internal memory and loads of Google apps.
Although, Sony Ericsson has introduced the first member of its new Xperia family at CES 2011, everyone must be eagerly awaiting to meet the Sony's fabledPlaystation Phone.
The Sony Ericsson Arc is expected to be released later this quarter.