Android Wear LG G Watch Goes on Sale in Indian Play Store

In a surprise move, just hours after Google announced the Android Wear devices at the Google IO keynote yesterday, the devices show up on the Indian Editon of Google Play. This is surprising since Google Play devices in the past took a few months after the international launches to hit the Indian market.

Let’s take a closer look at these Android Wearables.

LG G Watch

Android Wear LG G Watch
LG G Watch is currently up for preorder and is priced at Rs. 14,999. Orders start shipping on the 8th of July.

Here are the quick specs of this Android Wear device:

  • Screen: 1.65” 280 x 280 IPS LCD Display
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm weighing in at 63 grams
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB Internal Storage with 512 MB RAM
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
  • Connectors: USB (pogo pin) on G Watch, Micro USB on Charging Cradle
  • Battery: 400mAh – which should last a day.
  • LG G Watch is IP67 water and dust resistant.

The Android Wear smart watches require you to have another Android phone which is 4.3 or up to pair with. If you want to see if your phone is compatible, hit this URL in your mobile browser – g.co/WearCheck

The only downsides I see is that you’ll have to charge the watch everyday, and it uses a proprietary Charging Cradle. Lose it and you’ve got a dead watch till you get a replacement.

LG G Watch on Play Store

Samsung Gear Live

Android Wear - Samsung Gear Live
Samsung’s Gear Live Watch is not yet up for sale, but the listing shows the price at Rs. 15,999 and that it’s coming soon.

Here’s what the specs of the Samsung Gear Live looks like:

  • Screen: 1.63” 320 x 320 SuperAMOLED (278 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9mm weighing in at 59 grams
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB internal storage with 512 MB RAM
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope and Heart rate monitor
  • Connectors: USB (pogo pin) with Charging Dock
  • Battery: 300 mAh

Gear Live features a slightly smaller (though higher resolution) screen but has a smaller battery than the LG G Watch. There’s also a Heart Rate Monitor in this which should be useful for fitness tracking enthusiasts.

Samsung Gear Live on Play Store

Acer Launches the Iconia W4 Windows Powered 8 Inch Tablet

Last week, Acer released a Windows 8.1 powered tablet, the Iconia W4 powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom processor paired with a bunch of interesting accessories.

Acer ICONIA W4The Iconia W4’s announcement comes quickly after their W3’s launch, which saw some complaints about the screen quality. With the W4, Acer has fixed that problem with a better IPS screen which features Zero Air Gap technology with wider viewing angles and better display clarity both indoors and outdoors.

Acer is targeting the Iconia W4 towards active and professional users who are looking at using the device on the move for both work and play. In fact with Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office for Home and Student 2013 comes pre-installed in the tablet at no extra cost.

According to Acer the W4 should give you about 1o hours of internet browsing or 8 hours of continuous video playback time on the 4960 mAh battery which powers it.

“Modern consumers want an all-pervasive computing experience, one that is high on speed and performance as well, taking care of their mobile demands. Addressing the consumer desire for portable computing, Acer has launched a host of computing devices in flexible form factors including convertibles, all-in-ones, and tablet PCs. As a part of our focused efforts to offer industry-changing experience and newer form factors, we bring to you our latest tablet, the Iconia W4. The ultimate on-the-go entertainment hub, the Iconia W4 will appeal to a cross section of users from busy professionals to ultra-mobile youngsters”, asserted Harish Kohli, Managing Director, Acer India during the launch of the device.

Quick Specs

ProcessorIntel Atom 1.8Gh Z3740
Screen
Screen Size8 inches Capacitive
Resolution1280 x 800px @ 16:10 Aspect Ratio
TechnologyIPS LCD with Zero Air Gap
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Storage
Internal Storage32 / 64 GB
External StorageMicroSD Expandable upto 32GB
ConnectivityWifi, Bluetooth 3.0,Micro HDMI Micro USB
Camera
Rear5 Megapixel
Front2 Megapixel
Battery4960 mAh
Form Factor
Dimensions134.9 x 218.9 x 10.75 mm
Weight415 grams

 

Accessories for the Iconia W4

Crunch Keyboard from AcerAcer Crunch Keyboard 

For users who need a keyboard, Acer offers a state-of-the-art; ultra-slim Crunch Keyboard fitted in a soft synthetic leather cover that easily folds outs while also serving as a tablet stand.

The stylish 5.3 mm (0.21 inches) thin silver keyboard offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is rechargeable via Micro USB.

Acer  CrunchCover Red

Acer Crunch Cover—made with durable microfibers, the Crunch Cover folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit each user’s reading preferences. The slim-fit cover keeps clear of all ports and is available in several fashionable colors.

Other W4 accessories include the Acer Keyboard Cover, protection film, responsive passive stylus, power bank, adaptor kit with bag, and Micro USB cable.

Price and Availability

The 32GB device is priced at Rs.24999 and the 64GB at Rs.26999. You can get your hands on the Acer Iconia W4 at at Croma and Reliance Digital outlets across the country. If you prefer buying online, the you can get yours at Flipkart.

Notion Ink’s 10.1 Inch Adam II Tablet Reviewed

Last week, I received a review unit of the Adam II from Notion Ink just before the device went on sale. I’ve been playing around with the device since then and I’ve been impressed with some of the features that the Adam II has to offer.

Learning from the mistakes of the ill-fated original Adam tablet, Notion Ink has redesigned the Adam II from ground up to impress us.

While the original Adam came with a Pixel Qi display, which promised a lower power display tech, the Adam II doesn’t feature this technology. When asked about why they decided to forgo Pixel Qi, Notion Ink replied that the Pixel Qi displays had a limited viewing angle, they were looking for a 180 degrees viewing angle along with a display thickness of less than 2.5mm which Pixel Qi couldn’t provide.

Quick Specs

Where’s a review without a quick peek at the device specifications? Of course we all know that only the specs don’t tell the full story, but here goes:

  • The Adam II is powered by a 1.5Ghz Dual Core ARM (Cortex A9) processor.
  • Display: The 10.1 inch IPS LCD display has resolution of 1280×800 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The outer display is protected by a pane of Asahi scratch resistant glass.
  • Memory & Storage: 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Camera: The front and rear cameras are BSI OmniVision Camera 3.2 Megapixel shooters capable of video capture at 720p
  • Battery: 6000 mAh battery
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, HDMI 1.4b, 3.5mm headphone connectors, Micro USB 2.0 with USB-OTG
  • Weighs 584g (lighter than the 4th Generation iPad)
  • Powered by Android 4.2.2
  • The Adam II comes in white only.

Build and Design

The Adam II comes in white and features an industrial design which is mostly rectangular in all aspects, with slightly rounded corners. According to Notion Ink, their design is inspired by the art form of a book. In fact, where the book’s spine comes, the Adam II has an extra bezel area which houses the speakers and front-camera.

Speakers and Front Camera

I like this since my (relatively large) hands can easily grip the device from the left, without touching the screen. This prevents unwanted touch events from triggering while just holding the tablet.

The materials used on the Adam II are of great quality, aluminium matte finish back. A very premium finish if I may add.  The top of the device features a Power button recessed near the corner with the 3.5mm headphone socket next to it. The connectivity options are at the bottom where you have the volume control, SIM, MicroSD card, HDMI and USB connectivity options.

Controls and Connectors Adam II

The spine of the device features something Notion Ink calls the STM Secondary Display which is Black and White LCD display without a backlight like those you see on digital watches or calculators. This shows up notifications if any or the time of the day and a custom Message.

Notion Ink Adam II STN Secondary Display

Adam II Review

Notion Ink decided to forgo heavy UI customizations on the device and have gone with (an almost) stock Android experience, which is a good in my opinion. This should let them come out with future updates faster.

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The only additions I did notice were buried in the setting screen, where there were options to configure the HDMI display options and time outs, the Secondary Settings options and Screenshot settings.  The Screenshot settings allow you to add a screenshot icon to the status bar for you to quickly take a screenshot.

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The Adam II, even though runs on a dated processor, runs well pretty much most of the time lag free. Of course if you run apps which run a lot of background tasks, you may start to notice a lag here and there. For my reading and casual gaming experience on the Adam II, the device performed flawlessly.

The display on the Adam II is a 720p screen with a resolution of 1280×800 is a slight negative on this device, since the 10 inch display with that resolution does show slight pixellation on the screen if you look real close. This doesn’t affect the day-to-day usage on the device though . I’m sure all of us are getting spoilt by the Retina and beyond resolution of the iPad and it’s competitors. Remember that the Adam II is way below these in the price band.

Notion Ink claims that the Adam II’s display comes with ICC Color profiles, with one of the best color reproductions available in the market.  They also uses Diamond Glass from Asahi for the display which is quite scratch resistant.

Notion Ink Adam II

The stereo speakers on the device are good. Since they are front facing, the sound pretty loud and since the two speakers are spaced out on the side, we can clearly make out the stereo effect with these speakers. Being smaller speakers, the bass reproduction is not too great, but then you can always plug-in your favourite pair of headsets for more serious music listening.

One thing to note is that the in 3G version of the tablet, the SIM is used only for data, so you can’t make Voice calls or receive SMS on the Adam II. This is pretty much like the way the iPad works on 3G. I don’t mind that since I won’t really be making calls or messaging from a 10 inch tablet. A tablet this side is mostly for media consumption and entertainment.

The Secondary Display or the STN is still a novel feature in the device, and could do with more useful features going forward. It’s kind of useful right now if you want to see if you have any notifications without switching on the display. You can set the custom message from the Settings menu. When reached out, the folks at Notion Ink said that they are working on additional features like battery percentage and cycling though the notifications using the volume key in the near future.

I didn’t get a chance to try out the HDMI output from the device since I didn’t have the right cables handy.

Pricing and Availability

In terms of pricing, Notion Ink is selling the WiFi only version of the device for Rs. 16,499 and the 3G device is Rs. 18,999. They are currently shipping the Adam II only within India via their website. They do plan to have it available on other online retailers like Flipkart soon.

[alert style=”2″]For the holiday season, Notion Ink has a Christmas offer running –  the WiFi is available at Rs. 13,499 and the  3G version at 15,499.[/alert]

Warranty and Support

The Adam II comes with a 1 year replacement warranty. Which means if you do have any issues with the device, they’ll replace the device. If you do have any problem with the device, you can contact the folks at Notion Ink via [email protected] and they’ll arrange for a pickup of the device from your home.

Verdict

I love the premium finish of the device, coupled with the connectivity options the Adam II provides. I love the way they’ve designed the tablet so that it can be held like a book in the portrait mode, and the light weight also ensures that the tablet doesn’t weigh you down.

The pros pretty much outweigh the cons, so if you are in the market for a 10 inch Android tablet in the Rs. 10,000 – 20,000 range, your search stops with the Adam II tablet.

Links

Notion Ink Website

Nokia Launches the Lumia 1520 in India

In a press event yesterday, Nokia launched their first Phablet in their Lumia range here in India. The 1520 features a 6 inch screen with a 20 Megapixel Pureview Camera which also boast of a Rich Audio Recording. More on that a little later in this post.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Here are some quick specs of the Lumia 1520:

  • Windows Phone 8 with the latest Nokia Black update.
  • Display: 6” full HD 1080p LCD , ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz Quad Core )
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal user memory this is expandable via a micro SD card  up to 64GB
  • Camera: PureView 20 MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 2x lossless zoom, oversampling technology, dual LED flash.  Rear Camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle
  • Battery: 3400 mAh (non-removable) with built-in wireless charging.
  • Networks: GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
  • Audio: Rich Recording with four microphones; Wide-band Voice and multi-microphone noise reduction with four microphones; Dolby(R) Headphone,  FM radio

The 1520 is quite a slim phone for all the features it packs, especially a beefy 3400 mAh battery, which should  give you quite a lot of play time on the device between charges. The device also features Wireless charging capability, so you just need to drop the phone on a wireless charging plate and you’re on charge.

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The 1520 comes in four colors – yellow, white, black and glossy red. I played around with the glossy red version of the phone and was immediately in love with it, given that I had a read 920 earlier. The rest of the colors come with a matte finish.

On the camera, well the 1520 follows in the long line of the PureView greats with Ziess Optics, Optical Image Stabilization and the Pureview Oversampling technology to give you great photos during daylight and low light as well.

Apart from the great camera, the 1520 comes with Rich audio recording. An industry first with this device, it with four microphones, which enable the phone to pick up sound from your intended source while you’re recording and the rest of the of the microphones are used to cancel out the other ambient noise to give you great sound from your recorded video.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is available in stores now at a best buy price of Rs. 46,999. If you are heading to check out the phone, don’t miss checking out the Nokia Protective Cover CP-623 for the Lumia 1520 as well. This should be available in the next few days, which provides flip cover protection for the phone and doubles up as a stand as well. This should retail around Rs. 2999.

Nokia_1520_Protective

The Nexus 5 Goes on Sale in India on the Google Play Store

For you Nexus fans out there, the good news for the day is that the Nexus 5 is  finally available in India. The Google Play store has the Nexus 5 listed at Rs. 28,999 for the 16GB version and Rs. 32,999 for the 32GB version. According to the listing, they ship in 1 to 2 business days, so you can expect yours soon if you order now.

Nexus_5.webp__600×900_The LG made Nexus 5 sports a 4.95″ IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.26GHz. It’s got 2GB RAM and 16 or 32 GB storage, depending on which variant you pick up. You can choose between the Black and White versions as well.

The battery is  2,300 mAH, which is just a minor bump up from Nexus 4. Again this is a non-removable battery.  The company claims 17 hours of talk time, 8.5 hours continuous of internet usage via WiFI and 7 hours on LTE. With the bad condition of 3G networks here in India, it could be less than that.

The camera too didn’t get much love as well on the Nexus 5, which comes with a 8 megapixel shooter, the upside is this comes with OIS( Optical Image Stabilisation) which could give a better snap in low light condition. You also get a 1.3 megapixel front camera as well.

The Nexus 5 features the following connectivity and charging options:

The 130 grams  phone comes with Android Kitkat pre-installed on it. Here are some key features of KitKat on the Nexus 5:

  • Open up Google Now by saying “Ok Google” from the home screen.
  • Smarter Caller ID, which takes your friends or contact’s picture and details and show then when the call screen comes up. That’s if they’ve enabled that option on their account
  • HDR+ Photography – HDR+ mode on Nexus 5 automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot.
  • Low power audio playback for longer playback times during your commutes.

Planning on getting one? Head over to this Google Play link to place your order.

Thanks to Mandeep Walia for the tip.

Kobo Launches their E-Reader Devices here in India

Kobo, one of the leading brands in e-readers, has launched their range of e-reading devices here in India today.  They are starting to retail four of their devices in India through their partners here, which include booksellers Crosswords, WHSmith and electronic retailer Chroma. This comes close in direct competition to Amazon and Google Play who have recently set the ball rolling in getting interest in ebooks out to the India market.

“As e-commerce continues to expand and demand for digital content continues to grow, we are thrilled to be launching in India and look forward to introducing passionate Readers to our world-class digital reading platform,” said Wayne White, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Kobo. “India is in the early stages of what we believe is a 25-year transformation from print to digital reading. In partnership with some of the leading booksellers and retailers in the country, Kobo is poised to lead this transformation, by delivering a fully localized experience designed to meet the increased demand for digital content in India.”

Let’s first check out the e-readers which Kobo has to offer: Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo and Kobo Aura HD are e-ink devices and the Kobo Arc is an android powered tablet, with a customized Kobo interface. Here’s a quick overview of these devices and what they cost here in India (Prices are MRP):

Kobo Touch (Rs. 7, 999)
The Kobo Touch eReader is an e-ink device which has a 6” Pearl E Ink  touchscreen. You can take these out during a bright day, and you’d still be able to read from this device like a you would a book. This is because the e-ink screen pretty much mimics a printed book, and doesn’t have the problems that standard tablet display have in direct sunlight. The flip side is that night you’d have to have a light on to read on the Kobo Touch, since there’s no lighting on the device. This comes with 2GB internal storage which you can bump up to 32GB via a MicroSD card.

Kobo Glo (Rs. 10,999)
The front-lit Kobo Glo eReader offers the most even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable people to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customizable fonts and page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the most passionate book lovers. The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, and its no-glare XGA high-resolution 6” E Ink screen provides an experience that is just like reading print on paper.

Kobo Arc (Rs. 11, 999)
For Readers who want a full multimedia experience, the Kobo Arc is the perfect Google-certified, 7” Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) multimedia tablet offering great ways to discover content – books, movies, TV shows, music, web pages and more. Tapestries – Kobo’s exclusive interface on the Kobo Arc – uses a cross-media engine to recommend related content based on what users ‘pin’ to their Tapestries. The high-definition display delivers crisp, sharp text and its 16 million color capability brings photos and videos to life.

KOBO AURA HD(Rs. 13,999)
Kobo Aura HD offers the highest-resolution screen available in an eReader today. At 265 dpi, the spacious 6.8” Pearl E Ink touchscreen offers 30 percent more reading surface and the closest experience to print-on-paper – showcasing text and high-resolution images beautifully. The device’s 1GHz processor makes page turns fly and is the fastest eReader on the market – 25 percent faster.

You can pickup eBooks for these devices from Kobo’s website.

Blackberry Launches the Blackberry Q5 in India for Rs. 24990

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India unveiling the new BlackBerry Q5 in New Delhi
Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India unveiling the new BlackBerry Q5 in New Delhi

At a press event in New Delhi yesterday, Blackberry launched their next phone running on the BB10 platform, the Blackberry Q5.The Blackberry Q5, like the Q10 also features a QWERTY keyboard to complement the touch screen interactions on the phone. The Q5 should be available in India from the 20th of June at a price of around Rs. 24,990.

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry said, “The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone has a stunning youthful design that comes in exciting colors, and offers the full cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality as well as access to the growing catalog of BlackBerry 10 apps. With its physical QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, it gives customers the best of both worlds.”

Quick Specs

Blackberry Q5 India LaunchThe Q5 has a 3.1 inch touch-screen, with a resolution of 720 x 720 resolution, at 329 PPI. It’s powered by a Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor and comes with 8 GB internal storage capacity. The storage is expandable up to 32GB  via a microSD card. It’s powered by a 2180mAH non-removable battery, rated for up to 12.5 hours of talktime on 3G.

As we mentioned this device is running on the BlackBerry 10.1 operating system and comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard. The phone also features a 5 megapixel rear camera which is capable of capturing HD videos at 1080p, and a 2 megapixel front camera.  The Blackberry Q5 comes in Red, White and Black for the Indian market.

You can get the full specifications of the Q5 here. For more information on the Q5, head over to Blackberry’s Q5 page. Read on for the press release from Blackberry:

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Press Release

Bangalore – India, July 16, 2013– BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today launched the newest BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry® Q5 smartphone in India. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning, youthful design that is confident and makes it easy for customers to have fun, create, share and stay connected.

Available in Black, Pure White and Pure Red color models, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a powerful and unique mobile computing experience with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality. Features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing your every move to flow into the next. With its classic QWERTY keyboard re-engineered for optimized typing and its 3.1” touchscreen, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds.

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry said, “The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone has a stunning youthful design that comes in exciting colors, and offers the full cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality as well as access to the growing catalog of BlackBerry 10 apps. With its physical QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, it gives customers the best of both worlds.”

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone comes with the BlackBerry 10.1 software. As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, a peek into the BlackBerry® Hub lets you stay close to what’s important to you without stopping what you’re doing. Create the perfect shot every time with BlackBerry Time Shift, and tell your story using BlackBerry Story Maker and share with friends on Facebook. Use BBM video and Screen Share, and discover local apps from a catalogue of over 120,000 apps available on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.

The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is expected to be available from authorized retailers in India starting July 20th.

For more information on BlackBerry 10, please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10

About BlackBerry

A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BB). For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

Nokia rumored to release the Lumia 920 and the 820 in India this week

Nokia Lumia 920 - Color Range

The long wait for the Nokia Lumia 920 in India is almost over. It looks like Mobigyaan has published a screenshot of what is supposedly a chat with a Nokia Customer Care Executive who’s mentioned that the Nokia Lumia 920 and the 820 is to be launched in India on the 11th of January, just a few days away.

We’ve also got an invite for an event on the 10th of January, which doesn’t spell out what it’s supposed to be, but the title of the invite –  “Are you ready to Switch” does drop a strong hint. Putting two and two together, there’s a very strong possibility of the Indian launch happening this week. Let’s see if their new range of Lumia phones running on Windows Phone 8 can take help them gain their Indian marketshare.

We’ll keep you updated as things unfold, so keep and eye out on out Twitter feed (@myportableworld) on 11th Jan (this Thursday) for the latest updates from Nokia India’s event. If you haven’t yet read about the Nokia Lumia 920, head to our older post on the Nokia Lumia 920 for details.