Nokia Asha 501 Hands-On and Initial Impressions

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on – Colours Fly

Last week, I was invited to attend the launch of the Asha 501 in Bangalore and from the very beginning it was quite evident that Colour was the theme of the event which gave a Lumia vibe to it. I wasn’t expecting much from this budget phone, but was really impressed with the form factor and nice little touches Nokia has added to the UI.

Specs

The phone comes with a 3” touch screen display, supports WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 but misses out on 3G connectivity. This came as a big surprise to me. The phone is expected to retail at about Rs. 5000 when it hits the stores.

Here a look at the specs

  • Display : 3.0 “ capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (133ppi), supports Multitouch upto 2 fingers.
  • Processor : 1GHz
  • Connectivity:  GSM 900 / 1800 MHz (Micro SIM), Dual SIM Support, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Storage: 128MB, Expandable via Micro SD upto 32GB
  • Camera : 3.15MP fixed focus camera.
  • OS : Nokia Asha software platform 1.0
  • Battery: 1,200mAh
  • Software : A big list of preinstalled apps and games.
  • Colours : Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black.

Nokia has started refreshing the Asha line-up for the year and the 501 is the first of the launches. This time Colour, swipe and long battery seems to be Nokia’s mantra at the ever-growing budget phones market. In a way the 501 can be viewed as the successor to the Asha 311, gone are the shiny and glossy plastics, hardware call keys and in come the vibrant, colorful, candy form factor.  The styling looks simple and in line with the Lumia series, the rubberized plastic feels good to hold. The revamped S40 UI has a touch of MeeGo and it works well.

At the event the most talked about feature of the revamped UI was the FastLane. FastLane is essentially a task switcher with added functionality. It keeps track of all your recent activity including any unclosed apps, recent call logs, calendar events, music player and so on.  Even though the 501 has received a UI upgrade, specs wise it is a step down from the 311. So will it perform well? Stay tuned for the full review. Here are two hands-on video until then.

Gaming Apps & Settings on the Nokia Asha 501

Nokia Asha 501 Keyboard, Music, Video & Fastlane

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XOLO launches Q600, a Quad-Core Android Phone at Rs. 8999

Xolo has announced that they’ve just released the fourth Q-series phone running on Android Jelly Bean. The Q600 is a Dual-SIM 3G device powered by a 1.2Ghz Quad-Core processor. The phone also sports 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 with a pixel density of 217 PPI. This is the cheapest Quad-c0re phone from Xolo, pegged at a retail price of Rs. 8999.

They’ve bundled  Swype along with the phone, so you don’t have to go buy the replacement keyboard app when you get the phone, so you can start Swyping as soon as you get it.

XOLO Q600 Key features on the Q600

  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 4.5″ TFT Display
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • Dual SIM (3G+2G)
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • External memory expandable up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 2000 mAh battery

For more details about the phone, just to the Press Release right after the image gallery.

The XOLO Q600 in Pictures

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XOLO launches Q600 – The powerful smartphone powered by Quad core.

XOLO Q600 is priced at Rs. 8,999
July 2, 2013: After the successful launch of XOLO Q1000, Q700 and Q800, XOLO – the Premium Smartphone brand, today announced the launch of Q600. XOLO Q600 is the fourth Quad-core smartphone announced by the brand under its Qcore series. With this new launch XOLO with its promise of delivering something better and extra with every product, aims to provide a faster smartphone experience to its customers at an attractive price.

Q600 packs in a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor which offers Fast User Interface (UI) responsiveness, fast applications launches and smooth performance.

The XOLO Q600 runs on latest Android Jelly Bean v4.2. It comes packed with an exclusive app XOLO Secure – an Anti-theft app to protect your beloved device.  XOLO Q600 also comes preloaded with Swype keyborad to enable users to type faster in lesser time with unmatched ease of use and convenience.

It is equipped with a 4.5″ TFT display which supports 5 finger touch gesture. It has a resolution of 854×480 with 217 PPI. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM for a smoother smartphone experience.

The XOLO Q600 sports a 5 MP rear camera to capture vivid and sharp images and a VGA front camera for 3G video calling. It comes with a powerful 2000 mAh battery which offers up to 333 hours of stand by time and up to 13.4 hours of talk time on 2G and up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G.

The XOLO Q600 comes with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU and has an Accelerometer for a great gaming experience. This smartphone is available in a beautiful white color.

The other phones in XOLO’s portfolio are X500, X900, X910, X1000, A500, A700, A800, A1000, B700, Q700, Q800 and Q1000.

Lenovo Launches 6 new Android phones in India

Last weekend we caught up with the Lenovo team, and got a preview of some of their new devices which are hitting the Indian shores. They announced 6 new Android devices running on Intel processors ranging from around Rs. 8700 for the starting range up to Rs. 33,000 for their premium phablet phone the K900.

One phone to look out for is the P780, which comes with a whopping 4000mAH battery, which you can also hook up to other devices via USB OTG and charge them as well!

Lenovo says,

We met up with the Lenovo folks including Nick Reynolds, who is the Executive Director for Worldwide Product Launch in Lenovo Product Group. He took up though the line up and answered quite a few question which we had as well.

When asked about the customizations that Lenovo puts on top of Stock Android, Nick had told us that Lenovo doesn’t layer Android too heavily, they just put in a light layer of UI skin, which is light enough so that they can get updates out much faster.

We also asked Nick about why they decided to go with Intel processors, and if these phones would have lower battery life due to that choice. Nick answered that the latest Intel processors are much better in battery efficiency than their predecessors  so these should give comparable battery life as their ARM based cousins.

The Lenovo folks also mentioned that according to current plans, they’d be refreshing their product line every 6 months, instead of the 1 year cycle which most other manufacturers follow.

Product Overview

Let’s get an overview of the 6 devices and their Maximum Retail Prices for India now:

 

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K900: The powerful and elegant smartphone

  • Processor: Lenovo K900 is the first smartphone in the world to leverage the latest Intel® Z2580 processor, a dual core chip, which runs up to 2.0 GHz and utilizes Intel® Hyper-Threading technology to boost performance efficiency
  • Display: The K900 is one of the first smartphones in the world to combine a 5.5” IPS display with 1080p high-definition resolution performance at 400+ pixels-per-inch, all under the latest, touch-capacitive Gorilla Glass 2
  • Camera: The phone is equipped with a 13 MP camera and an industry-leading Sony® Exmor BSI sensor. Moreover, the camera has an F1.8 focal length lens, making it the first smartphone to offer such a wide aperture on its camera. The front camera has also been widened to an 88⁰ viewing angle, the widest available on a smartphone front camera for convenient self-photos and video calls.

Retail price for the K900 is Rs. 32999.

Lenovo P780

P780: A smartphone for professionals with a high powered 4000mAh battery

  • Battery: The P780 has the best battery life of all smartphones in the market today and boasts 25 hours of active standby thanks to Lenovo Smart Energy and a 4000mAH battery, the largest in its class
  • Processor: The P780 is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor for a smooth experience
  • IPS screen: The P780 has a large, high-resolution IPS Screen offering clearer images, better refresh rates and show accurate colors from all viewing angles (178 Degrees)

Retail price for the P780 is Rs. 22529.

S920 Lenovo

S920: A super slim, large screen entertainment phone 

  • IPS screen: Fronted by a 5.3” (1280 x 720) IPS display, and framed in a smooth, rounded chassis, the Lenovo S920 smartphone is eye-grabbing, either when viewing the 16M-color screen or admiring it from afar.
  • Camera: The S920’s rear-mounted “super camera” shoots at 8MP for clearer images, and allows for up to 100 consecutive shots in burst mode, capturing still shots within video and advanced photo editing functions.
  • Processor: Backed by a 1.2GHz, quad-core processor, the S920 handles videos and demanding game graphics with ease
  • Size & Weight: The phone weighs only 159g and has a depth of merely 7.9mm, with a unique “hourglass” design that gives it an even slimmer feel

Retail price for the S920 is Rs. 26399

 

S820: A sleek, ergonomically designed multimedia phone

  • Processor: The phone is powered by a powerful 1.2 Ghz Quadcore processor for ultra-smooth Android experience.
  • Camera: A high-res 12MP camera captures ultra-fine images and a 2MP front camera. It is also equipped with SuperCamera software allowing you to take 100 photos in burst mode, take stills while video recording et al

Retail price for the S820 is Rs. 19599.

Lenovo A706

A706: A high performance phone

  • Processor: The phone is backed by a 1.0GHz, quad-core processor and 1GB RAM
  • Sound Quality: The Dolby Digital Plus technology lets you get the best audio experience from headphones or built-in speakers
  • Display: The phone has a 4.5” IPS display for a better experience when gaming, watching videos or surfing the net. A higher resolution means sharper images.

Retail price for the A706 is Rs. 15949.

Lenovo A390

A390: A value smartphone with substance

  • Processor: The phone has a 4” Capacitive Display with 480 x 800 resolution for a better experience when gaming, watching videos  or surfing the net. A higher resolution means sharper images
  • Storage: The A390 offers 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage expandable up to 32GB, and handles mobile gaming with ease
  • Camera: With a 5.0MP camera for capturing and sharing photos of friends, the A390 is the perfect solution for customers needing a solid performer that doesn’t break the budget

Retail price for the A390 is Rs. 8689.

Product Factsheets (links to PDF)

Lumia 720 vs Nexus 4 [Camera Samples]

Having the Lumia 720 for review for a while, I decided to take the camera features of the phone for a spin. Since I have the Nexus 4 also, I took comparison shots to see how the camera on the 720 holds out.

All the images are unedited and straight from the camera. These are just some ramdon shots taken over two days at various locations, all taken at the default camera settings in each phone. I’ve placed the images side by side with the Nexus 4 first in each set followed by the Lumia 720 on the right, so you can see how each one turns out to be. You can click on each image for a bigger version of the image. I didn’t upload the full resolution photos to this site, but you can take a look at those at this Flickr set.

I’ll be adding more photos to this post as I take them over the next few days.

Overall, in low light snaps, the Lumia 720 seem to do a better job at White Balancing, giving a more natural whiter snap compared to the Nexus 4’s yellowish ones. The opposite happened in the day time backlight photo of the bottles. Both performed equally in the evening snaps.

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Nokia Launches a Slim Aluminium Bodied Lumia 925

In a press event yesterday in London, Nokia announced the latest entrant into the Lumia family, the Lumia 925. Apart from being slimmer than the Lumia 920, this device also features sobered down colors unlike the others in the Lumia Family – white, grey or black. Also notable is that Wireless Charging on the phone has been removed but you can snap on a Wireless Charging Case to bring back that functionality.

Quick Specs of the Lumia 925

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  • Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon
  • Dimensions : 129 x 70.6 x 8.5  mm weighing 139g
  • Display: 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) with Gorilla Glass 2
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory – not expandable
  • Camera: Rear Camera – PureView 8.7-megapixel with OIS, Autofocus, dual LED flash. Front Camera: HD 1.2MP wide angle
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, BT 3.0, NFC, WiFi, Positioning via A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5mm audio connector
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • Wireless Charging: Only via a charging case.
  • Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, WCDMA, 2100, 1900, 850, 900, LTE 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800
  • Audio: -IHF speaker, 2 microphones, HD voice compliant, 3.5mm AV connector
  • Expected Price :  469  Euros before taxes and subsidies (approx Rs. 34,000 in India )

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What’s different from the Lumia 920?

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  • Build – The 925 features an Alumium body with a Polycarbonte  back, while the 920 is a fully polycarbonate.
  • Screen – The 925 comes with a AMOLED screen vs the IPS one on the 920. Also the 925 features Gorilla Glass 2 vs the original Gorilla glass for the predecessor.
  • Better battery – According to the specs the 925 has a maximum talk time of 12.8 hours on 3G compared to the 10.8 on the Lumia 920
  • Camera – The 925 has upgraded optics ( a 6 lens optic ) for better low light snaps, and Nokia Smart Camera. The 920 will receive the Smart Camera app in a future OS upgrade.
  • ISO ( Camera’s Light Sensitivity): The Lumia 925 has a max rating of ISO 1600 compared to the 920’s ISO 800
  • Wireless Charging – The Lumia 925 requires a Wireless Charging case if you want to charge wirelessly, where as the 920 comes with that built into the device itself.

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Camera – Nokia’s Claim to Fame

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As with most of Nokia’s flagship devices, the Lumia 925’s claim to fame is also the PureView camera which is bundled along with the phone. This device comes with 6 piece lens optics from Carl Zeiss, with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and  a light sensitivity rating of ISO 1600, which is double that of the Lumia 920. This combination makes for better night and low light snaps on this new flagship.

Nokia’s latest camera software lens dubbed the Nokia Smart Camera adds more features to the camara software on Windows Phone 8, allowing a more creativity in the images shot using the device. The main features –   Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus allow you to choose the best photo in a group shot and remove moving people or objects from a snap, create action shot with multiple images superimposed on each other to show the subject multiple times in the same snap, and adding motion blur while focusing on the subject accordingly. Here are a few sample snaps using the Lumia 925 and Nokia Smart Camera. (Images courtesy Nokia)

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Oggl with Instagram Sharing Announced

Nokia, during their launch, announced Hipstamatic’s new app, Oggl, which allows users to take pictures apply filters and share it with other users on the Oggl network or to Facebook, Twitter and wait for it …. Instagram. Even though an official Instagram app is still not forthcoming, users can now share to Instagram officially using Oggl, since this not via a hacked API unlike another app on the Windows Phone Store.

Windows Phone Amber coming in the next month or so

Nokia also announced that an update dubbed “Windows Phone Amber” will hit existing users of Windows Phone 8 devices which will bring the  Nokia Smart Camera along with a few more goodies to our existing phones as well. Here’s a list of features we’re aware of which should be coming in:

  • Nokia Smart Camera App.
  • The ability to choose which app to start-up when the camera button is pressed.
  • FM radio is one of the features which will get turned on once the upgrade happens. Unfortunately the Lumia 620 it won’t get this feature it seems.
  • Tap to wake, featured on the 925, will also be available for the users of the Lumia 920 & 820 phones.
  • International Podcast Support
  • CalDav and CardDav support for Windows Phone 8 which allows better sync with services like Google

 In Short

Nokia’s Launch of the Lumia 925 is an attempt to augment the Lumia family. The Metal body design and sobered down colors will attract some more folks ( probably the corporate types) who were wary of the bright polycarbonate bodies of the older devices.  The phone being slimmer and lighter also helps, since quite a few people I know were complaining about the size and weight of the Lumia 920. Unfortunately, to make it so, Nokia removed the native ability to charge the phone wirelessly, and requires a special charging case of you wish to do so.

I’m still not sure of how much better this device’s camera fares compared to the older 920, but the specs do show that it is more capable in low light situations.

For users of the Lumia 920, the minor upgrade in the specs really don’t shout out to me to go upgrade immediately, since the  Windows Phone Amber upgrade will bring the software goodies into our devices as well. But I think for first time buyers the 925 will be a better buy than the 920 is.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-900 Review

We got a hold of the Nokia Charging Plate a week back and have been using it pretty much most of the times at home with my phones. It’s transformed my daily charging ritual.

Ease of use

It’s just so easy to charge my phone these days – no more hunting for the cable and plugging the device – I just place the phone on the charger and it does its magic. It’s really convenient, since I don’t have to hurriedly disconnect a cable to answer a call or take the phone while going for a quick walk out. The light at the base of unit turns on to show you if the phone is actually being charged.

Having a case on the Lumia 920 also didn’t seem to affect the charging capability of the unit. While testing the charging accessory, the charge time for the phone was almost the same as if the phone was charging via a cable.

I’m now tempted to go out and pick up at least 2 more so I can have one handy at office and at my bed-stand as well. But there’s a catch, more about that in a bit.

Standards based charging

In the Lumia range, you can charge the 920, 720 and the 820 (with an additional charging shell) with the plate. Since this product follows the QI wireless charging standard, you can charge any phone which follows that standard. So I’ve used this accessory not just with my Lumia 920, but my Nexus 4 charges off this without any problem.

As with all wireless chargers these days, the phone has to be placed on the plate in order to change it, and the DT-900 charges only one device at a time. I’ve tried hard trying to place both my phone to get them to charge together, but I wasn’t successful with my experiments.

Colors

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The DT-900 comes in 5 different colors so you can match your charger’s color to your phone or match the color scheme of your table.

Price

Didn’t I tell you about the catch? Well the DT-900 is currently marked for sale at a premium cost of Rs. 3,999 here in India. That does put a dent in my plan to get a few more. Well since this is a premium feature, I guess the premium cost is kind of justified. Oh well, a few more months of saving to get one more is worth it considering both my phones are able to charge off the Nokia Wireless Charging Plate.

Final Words

The DT-900 does cost a bit, but I’d happily pay for one just for the convenience and ease it offers, even my pre-school kids know how to charge the phone. I just ask them to charge up my phone and they go directly and place the phone on the Wireless Charging plate. This compared to an earlier attempt by my elder daughter to charge an older phone and ended up jamming the USB cable into the phone the wrong way.

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Motörhead Audio Gear is here!!

Are you Ready to ROCK??

Well, lets assume you are.. Most of us who listen to rock music, need to listen to it LOUD! If you don’t, well then you’re just doing it wrong. Listening to loud music is great on a solid set of speakers, but invariably when you want to switch to the portable world of music, most of the bass is left want, treble gets tinny and well the bass is just reduced to ear jarring vibrations.
Motörhead brings you the latest in portable audio gear.Lets first check out the more portable versions they have on offer.
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Overkill

Overkill is aimed at the smartphone user, equipped a microphone and music controller as well. Which will handle ass the basic phone and music player controls. The earphones feature an all metal construction and have excellent audio quality throughout the entire range.
The Overkill is priced at Rs. 3,899.

Trigger

These little guys will deliver the entire audio range maintain clarity and quality throughout. To make them Motörhead proof, all parts are made of the most durable Swedish metal. It features a right-angled metal connector. Which takes less space, is more durable and a lot tougher to break.It comes in 3 finishes- brushed metal, metal black or brass.
The Trigger is priced at Rs. 2,999.
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Now on to the big boys. All the versions comes with smartphone compatibility as standard. More geared towards the smartphone user who sacrifices size for comfort.
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Bomber

Big guitars, fat drums and rumbling bass. That is what the Bomber is all about. With 30mm speakers these guys can definitely handle and dish out serious power.
The Bomber is priced at Rs. 6,399.

Ironfist

Meant for the person who wants a mighty punch without having to carry a boombox around! The 40mm speakers, pack the bass without losing clear mid-range and distinct high. The mid and the high frequencies are so clear you easily can separate the instruments from each other. Iron Fist is delivered with both a 1m cable for mobile music players and a 2.5m cable for listening at home or where you find it comfortable. The cable is woven and of course single sided as on all professional headphones.
Ironfist  is priced at Rs. 7,499.

Motorizer

Over-the-ear, Over-the-top. Equipped with 40mm neodymium high power speakers these heavy-duty headphones give you smooth warm bass, bombastic drums and clear mid-range plus distinct high-end.  The headphones are designed with DJs in mind, with turnable ear cups for single side listening. With Motörizer you get our own Controlizer, a smartphone ready microphone/controller which can adjust the volume, pause, play, play forward and what else you would expect from headphones
The Motorizer is priced at Rs. 8,299.
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One thing Motörhead stresses on is their excellent build quality, I guess they do know their target audience quite well! If you’re not sure of what kind of people back these products, this link should set you straight. For Rockers by Rockers has never been more true.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 – First Impressions

Last Friday, Nokia India had invited a few bloggers to preview the Lumia 520, which is just hitting the shelves here in India. Apart from a presentation about the device, we did get to use the device for a short while after, which gave us a good feel of the Lumia 520. Let’s check out the tech specs of this phone before we go ahead.

Lumia 520 Tech Specs

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  • Display: 4 inch IPS (800*480) display with Super Sensitive touch allowing you to control the phone using your nails as well.
  • Processor: 1 Ghz Snapdragon Processor, and a Adreno 305 GPU to lift the heavy graphics computations.
  • Memory: 512MB RAM for applications on the phone to use.
  • Storage: 8GB Internal Storage expandable via Micro-SD card for an additional 64 GB external storage.
  • Camera: 5MP Autofocus primary camera without flash. Lacks a front facing camera.
  • Connectivity: 3G Cellular data, WiFi, USB2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB connector and 3.5 mm audio connector.
  • Battery: 1430 mAH battery
  • Price in Indian Market:  Best Buy price of Rs. 10,500, but available for less via online retailers

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First Impressions

To be fair, it’s not possible to do an entire review of the phone given the amount of time I got to spend with the device. But a quick post on what my first impressions of the phone is the perfect way to write this up. Lumia 520 colors

The phone itself is a Monoblock touch phone, which comes in 5 colors. It seems out of the 5 available colors, only 3 are available during the initial launch of the device here in India – Yellow, Red and Cyan. One thing which intrigued me about the phone was the way the back cover has to be removed. The entire colored back cover of the phone has to be peeled off the back to revel the battery and SIM and micro-USB slots. It’s a little tricky for a first time user.

The phone also felt quite good while holding it. It didn’t exude any ‘cheapness’ at all. The Nokia build quality does come through well on this phone. The phone features the standard volume control, power button and camera buttons on the right side of the device, the 3.5 mm audio connector on top and the micro-USB at the bottom. Pretty standard placements like the other Lumia devices.

The 1Ghz processor on the phone gives the phone a snappy feel to it. Even though this is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 devices in the market, the phone didn’t show any lags during normal operations, and while opening the apps which were on the phone. Quite impressive.  The only disadvantage I see is that the phone has only 512 MB memory onboard, which puts a few apps and games out of reach for users of phone. Thanks to an alert Twitter follower, I also discovered that Nokia’s City Lens also is missing on the phone.

The camera on the Lumia 520, being 5 MP, didn’t perform as well as the 920, but for the price point, did considerably well. Of course, you can play around with the Smart shoot, Cinemagraph and other lenses available for the Lumia Phone range to augment the phone’s camera functionality.   I don’t have any of the pictures which I took, since the phones went back with the Nokia folks after the event.

In all, the Nokia Lumia 520 offers a good package for a Rs. 10K price range. This phone will certainly become a volume seller for Nokia given the cost and features offered.

Launch Offers

Data Offers

Nokia has a few offers for buyers of the  Lumia 520. They have a tie up with Reliance which offers users  1 GB data of 3G connectivity per month from Reliance for two months. These two months of usage includes unlimited usage of Facebook and WhatsApp.

Movie Offers from Bigflix

They also have a tie up with BigFlix, so new Lumia 520 users will get a voucher which entitles them to unlimited streaming of Bigflix titles for 3 months.

Nokia Music Unlimited

Of course, the device also comes with three months of Nokia Music subscription allowing you to download unlimited tracks during that period from Nokia Music, which is yours to keep even after the subscription expires.

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First time Mover from iPhone to Android? Here are some tips

Switching from iPhone to Android is complicated if you don’t know few basic facts. If you are ready to make the switch, start by buying a high-end Android phone which has at least more than 4.3 inch screen, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and high resolution screen display. Once you have purchased the device, here are few things to follow for making the switch.

1.Optimize Home Screen

Unlike the iPhone where you have to stick to some default icons set to the home screen, you can pay around a lot with Android. Here, you can download and install your favorite apps and set them as home screen icons and swipe them as well. Android features  ‘widgets’ as well as Application shortcuts on it’s home screen, so you can get updates from the apps without actually opening up the app. Getting to know Android will take some time and to make it easier for you, I suggest getting familiar with the Home and Menu buttons. Most of the activities on any Android device are centered on these buttons.

2. Syncing Apps

One of the major drawbacks you will come across during the switch is app incompatibility. Android and iPhone apps are completely incompatible. Therefore, you will lose access to all apps once you switch. You have to download and install them again. So note down the installed apps and re-install them. However, some app developers offer an iPhone and Android version of the same app and if the user data is stored on their servers or the cloud, you will not lose important data.

3. Gmail is Compulsory

Like the new Nokia Lumia series makes Microsoft Outlook email account essential to sync all data, you need to use a Gmail account to use Android. The primary Gmail account will be used to store data and hold your account details including payment methods for paying for apps you’ll buy on Google Play App store. Nevertheless, if you still wish to access emails from non-Gmail accounts, you can do that via IMAP, POP3 or Microsoft Exchange setting. Before switching, finalize the Gmail account you wish to use. Ensure no one else uses it. Lastly, you have to use the same Exchange system to transfer contacts and calendar notes from iPhone to Android.

4. Media Transfer

To transfer pictures, music files and videos, you need to transfer them to your PC via USB connection. Mac users can use the Image Capture tool to backup images. Once done, remove the iPhone device from PC, connect the Android device and transfer all the files. If the device runs on ICS or above, install the Android File Transfer Utility on the Mac to transfer media files. Further, you will also find that the device does not sync with iTunes; therefore, your alternatives would be to use Google Play or Amazon Cloud Player.

5. Transferring SMS and Voice Mail

You can use iSMS2Droid tool to transfer your Text messages from iPhone to your new Android phone. The steps are not too straight forward, but here’s a  link to instructions on how to go about this.

Transferring voice mails is a bit more time consuming. The easiest way is to transfer the voicemails to the forwarding them to your Google mail account and then accessing them on the Android device.

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6. Battery Life

Even though Android is really enjoying popularity, its drawback is its battery life. Some high-end devices do have better battery life but they are not affordable for everyone. Hence, if you want to save on battery, I recommend you to switch off 4G, Wi-Fi and GPS when not in use. If you are not using social media accounts, disable them. You can enable them again with just a tap.

7. Android App Store

After the switch, say bye-bye to Apple app store. The Android device will use Google Play as its default app market. You can still search, download and install from alternate marketplaces if you enable the option, but it is risky and you should install virus protection software before downloading from other app stores.
Making the switch from iPhone to Android will take some time but don’t you worry. Just follow the above pointers.

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Author Bio:

Sanjeev Kumar is very passionate to write about latest technology like iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. He is the part of Indianprice.com – a product discovery and price comparison website that provides a great way to find best prices of products across multiple shopping. Also, indianprice.com a great destination to read news and reviews about latest gadgets and technologies.

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HTC Announces the new HTC One

HTC One
HTC hasn’t been having a good time of late. They’ve made good products, designed quite well with good build quality, but they just haven’t taken off. They had committed to streamlining their product portfolio in 2012, which they haven’t really stuck to (One X, One X+, One S, One V, One SV, etc). Well, they’ve now announced the new flagship One for 2013, and it’s called just the HTC One.

Here’s what the spec sheet looks like:

Processor:  Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz
Display: 4.7″ 1080p LCD
Storage: 32GB/64GB, No Expansion Slots, 2 GB RAM
Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n/AC, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC,  Quadband GSM, Quadband HSPA, DLNA, WiFi Direct
Software: Android 4.1.2 with the New HTC Sense
Imaging: HTC’s “UltraPixel” Camera, F2.0, 28mm lens, 1080p video with all the additional Sense features such as capturing full resolution images while recording video and HTC Zoe mode. 2.1 MP Front Facing Camera
Battery: 2300 mAh, Non Removable

It’s an aluminium uni-body device and if it’s anything like the One Xs Polycarbonate build, it’s something to look forward to, look and feel-wise at least. They’ve revamped HTC Sense too. Gone are the 3D widgets and transitions, with HTC Blink replacing one of the home screens (you should be able to remove it if you don’t want it). HTC Blink is a curated list of news and social updates, based on sources that you pick or you could just let HTC create a curated list for you.

The other thing that HTC has been harping about is the new camera. They’re calling it the “UltraPixel” camera. It’s a BSI Sensor with a resolution of 4MP, which has larger photosites, which technically allows for more light to be captured. It also has Optical Image Stabilization. We’ll have to wait and find out if it does any image oversampling like the Nokia 808 Pureview and if the OIS is as capable as the system used in the Lumia 920 (or even close to it).

It should be available soon, check the HTC Press Release for a list of all the countries and operators that will be carrying it. There’s no official word on pricing for India as yet.

Will this be the One for HTC? Will it really help turn the company around? We’ll know soon enough, but as was the case with the One X (read our review here), there is the looming spectre of the new Galaxy S device (as was the case with the One X before this).

You can check out more images and videos of the HTC one over at the Product Page, here.

You can read the full Press Release, here.