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Amazon Gets Into Touch Territory With Kindle Touch And Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire Launch

Amazon got itself well and truly into touchscreen territory, launching four new Kindles. But no, we don’t think Cupertino will be worried.

When they write the history of ebook reader, September 28 will go down as the day when Amazon took a deep breath and dived into the tablet market. Just as was being widely expected, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos revealed a Kindle tablet running Android. Bloomberg even jumped the gun and told the world that the tablet would be called the Fire and would be priced at $199. What was NOT expected was the fact that he would unleash three other Kindles, with prices that started from USD 79 and went up to USD 199. (more…)

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As MeeGo Goes For A Talespin, Tizen Is Born

MeeGo Is Now TizenToday we are witnessing the death of another operating system that raised hopes of bringing a refreshing change to the handheld industry. After the sad handling of webOS at HP, we not have MeeGo undergone another transition. Industry insiders and observers already knew this was coming, Intel couldn’t manage to pull off MeeGo without a good hardware partner and in the last few months the momentum just drifted away. While the wordings used are carefully crafted to highlight that a new open source operating system ‘Tizen’ is making its way into the industry, we can safely assume that MeeGo is dead.  (more…)

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Apple Sends out Invites for “Lets Talk iPhone” Event; iPhone 5 Launch Imminent?

We knew this was coming in the first week of October anyway. But then, it’s always happy to hear an official confirmation. After months of speculations and rumors, Apple has finally made it official that they would be “talking” about the next generation iPhone models(s) at an event scheduled to be held on October 4. Some reports had earlier pegged the date to be October 5, and it seems Apple has preponed that by a day. Over the past week, we have warned about excessive iPhone 5 rumors and placed our bets selectively on reputed sources, like the one which predicted the October 4th Apple event.
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Meego Powered Nokia N9 Starts Shipping

Nokia has announced that their much awaited, critically acclaimed handset, the N9  has started shipping starting today. The phone, first showcased back in June 2011 was well received by Nokia users and critics alike. It runs the Linux based MeeGo OS developed in partnership with Intel. It is also likely to be the only phone that would run MeeGO – unless of course Nokia decides to continue with the platform for its smartphones line up.  (more…)

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Facebook Application For iPad Delayed, Team Leader Quits For Google

Months ago, New York Times reported that Facebook application for iPad would arrive in weeks. Later on, folks at TechCrunch told us about a hack on how to install the fully functional application on iPad. However, the method was soon blocked after sometime. Now, the team leader at Facebook who was responsible for developing an iPad version has quit for Google. He shared his remarkable experience on his blog and told us some insightful story behind the delay.  (more…)

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NFC: The Ecosystem Challenge

Cellphones over the years have grown beyond wireless telephone devices. Back in the early days, it was conceived as a communications device, but did we truly expect to pack in so much power? Today a mobile phone has rendered your wrist watch as just another accessory, for most people it has eliminated the use of a point to shoot cameras and made us more productive when traveling than ever before. Each passing year the capabilities of this little gadget keeps increasing and has rightly fetched itself tags like ‘smartphone’ and ‘mobile computer’.

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Is That The Motorola Xoom 2?

Well Motorola didn’t exactly set the market ablaze with its first Android tablet, the Motorola Xoom. Motorola had an exclusive launch with the Honeycomb update for Android, and the lucrative tablet market has so far seen many me-too products ever since the Apple iPad succeeded in reviving the tablet concept. Motorola launched the exorbitantly priced Xoom in India a while back, and within months it has already cut down the price by as much as 20%.

Apparently Droid Life has leaked images of the Motorola’s upcoming new Xoom 2 tablet which is being called the MZ617. (more…)

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Quick Review: Nokia 101 (Dual SIM)

Nokia has set its sight on recovering the market share it has lost in the low cost budget phone segment to the local players. Hence Nokia has upped the ante and rapidly released a number of low cost dual SIM handsets in an attempt to claw back some of it.

And Nokia 101 is another low cost dual SIM handset (must add retro looking) at the bottom of the pyramid. Let’s take a look at how the device pans out and if it’s capable of beating the local players (read manufacturers or Chinese mobiles) at their game.

Nokia 101 Dual SIM

In the Box:

  • Nokia 101 handset
  • 1020 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • HS-125 earphones
  • Standard pin charger

Build and Design:

Nokia 101 Dual SIM

The phone has a full plastic body and is very light at 69.6 grams. It has a fairly basic design with minimalistic ergonomics. On the front, it has a 1.8” TFT color screen and a rubber keypad (Nokia calls it the Island keypad) with 4 way D-pad. On the right hand side there is a slot for microSD card. It only has a speaker on the backside. It houses a 3.5 mm audio jack, torch and a pin charger slot on the top.

Nokia 101 Dual SIM

Overall the phone is very light and has a retro look to it. See the unboxing of the Nokia 101 unboxing and its hardware discussed in the video below:

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Performance:

The device does not seem to have any reception issues. Call clarity one on the phone is good enough. Though at higher volumes the phone is prone to “voice leakage”, meaning others around you can easily hear your conversation.

The dual SIM worked perfectly in standby mode, and the other SIM gets deactivated once you are on a call so it’s not ‘dual SIM active’. We are yet to see a dual SIM active phone from Nokia which is essential if Nokia is to really compete and “WIN” in this segment.

Nokia 101 Dual SIM

The keypad on the Nokia 101 is of rubber and hence decent to type. Though when you start typing quickly it is where you will find problems as the keys don’t seem to respond that well and you might end up missing some letters. Interestingly the phone lags a bit while you are typing texts.

Coming to the microSD slot on the device, we were actually surprised to find one on the phone. The only reason it’s there on the phone is that it allows you to listen to music stored on the card. Though the phone is compatible with a card up to 16GB of memory, it’s difficult to imagine someone using that on the Nokia 101.

Nokia 101 Dual SIM

We went ahead and tested the device with a 2GB and an 8GB microSD card. The 2GB card worked smoothly and was read in no time. With a full 8GB card, the 101 was a little slow in reading it and you can imagine what it will be like with a 16GB card inside that phone. But t6he good thing is that it’s hot swappable, meaning you don’t have to switch off the device or remove the battery in order for the phone to read the memory card.

I somehow feel that a lot of customers will end up missing a USB port on the device as I do not expect many customers to carry card readers.

And if you are thinking that if the phone can save messages and contacts on the microSD card? The answer is No.

The music player has a simple interface, though I was baffled to find that it lacks basic features like forward and rewind! The speakers on the device are loud enough, though they distort and blare at higher volumes. The earphones lack bass but do the job more or less considering the price tag.

The battery on the device is very good and the phone easily lasted us a day with ample juice left even with roughly 30 minutes of calls and 2 hours of music on the speakers.

Wrap-Up:

The phone is tempting considering that it’s a dual SIM phone with a music player for a price tag of just Rs. 1699. The microSD compatibility just adds to the appeal of the device. Though, the fact that phone lags a bit and lacks some of the basic functionalities in its music player is a letdown.

Still with such features at a low price point and Nokia’s brand you can surely go for this one, if you do not mind the little flaws it carries.

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Review: Motorola (XT530) Fire XT

Motorola XT 530

The race for affordable Android devices is on and most players including Samsung, LG and Motorola are in a bitter fight for conquering this segment. Be it an Android phone with physical QWERTY or simply an affordable full touch-screen, there are multiple options from each of these manufacturers. Motorola has the Fire and the Fire XT out in the Indian market recently, and we played with the Fire XT (XT530) for a day. Here, is a quick review of the latest Android offering from Motorola. (more…)

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Now, You Can Convert Your 2D Videos Into 3D @ Youtube

YouTube 3D VideosAlthough, 3D televisions have flooded the market their sales more or less have been extremely poor which has got more to do with the lack of 3D content than with the technology or their prices. This is exactly what YouTube is looking to address with their latest 2D to 3D conversion beta tool.

Though 3D videos on Youtube have existed for quite some time now, earlier it was a sophisticated and lengthy process wherein you needed to set up two different cameras and combine it using specific video software. A task suited only for professionals and not the laymen. But now anyone and everyone can make 3D videos at the click of a button. (more…)

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