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 Size8 inches Capacitive
Resolution1280 x 800px @ 16:10 Aspect Ratio
TechnologyIPS LCD with Zero Air Gap
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Internal Storage32 / 64 GB
External StorageMicroSD Expandable upto 32GB
ConnectivityWifi, Bluetooth 3.0,Micro HDMI Micro USB
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.

Wordament – Find words in two minutes & compete against the Internet

Wordament LogoOne of the first games I tried on my new Nokia Lumia 920 is a game from Microsoft called Wordament. I took it for a spin, just because it was a preloaded game on the phone. Little did I suspect that point that  I’d soon be hooked on this game. iOS users can also enjoy this game, since it’s available on iTunes as well.

Wordament is a simple enough game to start off with. You are presented with a 4 by 4 grid of alphabet tiles and you have to find words by sliding your fingers over letters which are adjacent to each other. Check the image below to see how the Game tiles look. Just moving your fingers over the letters PARING, selects and adds the word to the your list of words which you found.

Wordament Game Letter Tiles

Oh. Did I mention yet that you have just Two minutes to find as many words as you can? Wordament is also a real-time game which means players around the world are competing to find as many words as they can within that two minute time window. It’s quite easy to find around 10-15 words per game, but then that’s below par, since most of the times have upwards of 200 words which you can find with in the grid, some of the being real obscure words as well.

As soon as the time is up, you can then look at how many words you found, and how many you missed out on and tapping on the words in the list of words you didn’t find, shows you how you could have made those words on the grid. After that, you are taken to the word score screen, where the app shows you where you stand among all the other players online.

Being a Microsoft Xbox game, you can also sign in with your Xbox creds both on the Windows Phone and iOS versions of the app and have your achievements uploaded to your XBox account. It’s also free, so if you have a few minutes to spare, go get it. Fingers crossed that you don’t get addicted to the game like I did. Download links are available for Windows Phone and iOS right after a few tips to help you score better.
Wordament Game Screen

Wordament Tips for Scoring:

Just playing the game straight up may not help you get the best of scores, or the number of words you can find. Here are a few tips to help you score better and come higher up on the world ranking:

  • Check the top of the tiles to see if there are any “Themes” for the game. Finding words based on those themes get you extra points.
  • If you get to a point where you can seem to find any more words, touch the rotate icon at the botton right of the screen to rotate the tiles. Believe me this helps finding those extra words you missed out on.
  • Two minutes is not a lot of time. Once you are immersed in the game, you’ll find yourself easily running out of time, so lock in those finds as soon as possible.
  • Words with uncommon letters like (U,W,X, Z, Y) get you more points, so try finding as many words with these letters as you can.
  • Find plurals of the words. In the grid above – RAT, RATS, RATE, RATES are all scoring words so get them all!

If you have more tips on how to score better on Wordament, do let us know by leaving a comment.

Download Links:

Windows Phone Store:

iTunes App Store:

‎Microsoft Wordament
‎Microsoft Wordament


gMaps for Windows Phone 7 and higher

gMaps for Windows Phone 7 and higher‘Hell no, gMaps‘ is the answer to a question i put to almost every WP7 user I meet – ‘Do you use Bing maps as your primary navigation client?”. (Lets not talk about Nokia Maps and Drive, i’ll cover that in a future post) As I understand it, Bing Maps work great in the US and few other parts of the world but for the rest, gMaps is King!

gMaps is one of the best Windows Phone 7 clients for Google Maps. Published by author Alexey Strakh, this nifty Navigation tool comes in a free, ad supported and a pro/paid, ad free version. The free version is good for all WP7 or higher devices while the pro version is for all devices running WP7.5 or higher.

gMaps is a complete replacement for your Bing maps and comes with a whole bunch of other useful features.  This app delivers the full Google Maps experience, with its pinch-to-zoom, local business search and navigation.

Here’s what you’ll find when you open up gMaps:

  • track me on the bottom left – Tracks and zooms into your current location
  • layers on the top right (A lot of these layers aren’t available in India but work completely fine in other countries)
    • Compass
    • Traffic Layer
    • Transport layer
    • Bicycle layer
    • Weather layer
    • Latitude layer
  • + and – at the bottom right to zoom.
  • a menu bar at the bottom with the following options
    • Search
    • Discover
    • Street View
    • My Places

When you search for a location, you get to see the address of what you searched for as well as directly call them if a number is available. You can choose to get directions for driving, walking, cycling or public transport to your destination. You can add the location you searched for to your favourites for next time or pin it as a live tile for quick access.

Tap the Discover icon on the bottom menu bar to quickly discover local places like cafes, film theatres, supermarkets and more. You can even add a custom view to discover locations of your choice.

With gMaps, you can now share a route to a location with your friends. gMaps takes a screen shot of the route and lets you Email it!

One of the best features of gMaps is the driver mode. In this mode, the current position is centered on the map and rotated to the forward direction which points to the top. This mode prevents you from searching or using any gestures so the driver can stay focused on driving!

Hands down the best navigation app for me by far. The only thing missing is turn-by- turn navigation, which has received quite a number of votes as a must have feature and is a strong contender for a future roll out.

Download gMaps now!



Driver Mode with Directions
Driver Mode with Directions
Call a Location directly
Call a Location directly
Traffic Layer enabled
Traffic Layer enabled


Android & Windows Tablets vs. the iPad

Innovative and user-friendly features are the hallmark of Apple products. Apple’s iPad continues to attract a large number of customers all over the world in spite of powerful alternatives available in the market.

Apple seems to be undeterred by the so-called Android revolution and new tablets powered by Windows.

Windows 8 based tablets are on the anvil which are expected to hit the market at the end of 2012 or early 2013. However, these have been speculated to have some interoperability issues. Developers have an affinity with iOS based applications rather than Android applications. It is also to be noted that there are a larger number of paid iOS applications than the number of paid Android applications. Thus, the iOS ecosystem is growing strong and at a steady pace.

Apple’s contribution towards Mobile Computing (where only smartphones and tablets are taken into consideration) is significant. The mobile and computing giant has made remarkable progress in terms of global sales. Global revenue for the same has doubled from 2007 to 2011. It is amazing to find that Apple generates 47% of the total mobile revenue by selling just 11% of the total mobile computing devices. Android and windows based mobile computing devices share is to the extent of 53% of the total revenue.

There are a number of reasons for the success of iPad:

  • Apple is successful in exploring new markets
  • The design and features create a very innovative user-experience
  • Pricing, ability to share among iOS based devices and iOS applications are reasons worthy of mention
  • The large screen lets you watch full length movies comfortably.
  • The touch interface is easy to use.
  • There is a solid range of innovative applications to enhance the horizons of entertainment
  • It’s not only entertainment but also the learning zone extended through iPad makes it a favorite digital gadget

In recent times, iOS-based application development has been made far easier than Android-based development, as developers have to deal with a number of screen sizes to develop Android applications. The portability between iPhone and iPad is another plus factor. Almost all games that can be played on the iPhone can be enjoyed on iPad as well. This kind of flexibility is not available with Android based applications as it is required to deal with a number of screen sizes. The monetization channels are well established for developers to develop applications that run on iOS and the same is not yet established with Android applications.

Microsoft has announced Windows 8 – ARM powered tablets; with challenges (from existing players) to strengthen its mobile computing market. Windows 8 based tablets should feature easy to manage features. It’s price and the ability to provide best business tools and user-friendly features are deciding factors to dethrone iPad in near future. Microsoft can target businesses which have not yet implemented iOS based mobile computing infrastructure. On the other hand, it is difficult to convert clients even though they are using windows based personal computers but are accustomed to iOS based mobile computing infrastructure. The deficiencies present in the development of Android based applications and the difficulties present in windows based tablets will continue to lure customers to go for iPad. The uncertainty in the release date of Microsoft 8 based tablets will also boost iPad sales.

All said & done, it’s Apple winning the war comfortably.

Run Android Apps on your Windows desktop with Bluestacks

I’ve had a few people in the past ask me whether it was possible to run Android applications on their desktop. After all, Android runs on Linux and has Java based apps, how hard can that be? Until now, it wasn’t possible to do that unless you were running apps you’ve build on the Android SDK for developers.

Here’s a company which has come with  a new way to run Android apps on your Windows desktop. BlueStacks’s app player allows you to do just that. Get your favorite Android apps and games on your desktop. If you’re the impatient lot like us, here’s the download link to the Alpha version of the BlueStacks App Player.

Not only do the apps run properly, but also in Full Screen! It doesn’t stop there – you can sync apps between your phone and your PC using BlueStacks Cloud Connect. The Alpha version allows you to access to 10 pre-loaded apps and up to 26 more apps synced from your phone. The cool thing about their technology is that it’s not just limited to Windows, and could possibly ported to other platforms as well.

Here’s a video of BlueStacks app player in action:

For more information about BlueStacks, the app and their technology, check out their website.

Source: TechCrunch

How To Get It Done: GTD Apps to the Rescue!

Here, we are going to use some apps which will remind us what to do today and any other day. These apps are important if you are a businessman, you have lots of exams coming your way or if you just have lots of stuff to do and you forget some of them. If you don’t want any trouble at home, work or school, you might want to have one of these apps here. Let us ask a simple question;

What would one expect from a “To-Do List Application”? I would expect from it to;

  1. Make them available from everywhere, even when I forgot my device at home,
  2. Let me add and remove tasks and notes easily,
  3. Let me hide and lock some notes and tasks when needed,
  4. Be able to warn me a certain time before the event, for example 5 minutes or one day,
  5. Have a widget to prevent me from wasting time,                                                                        (Image Courtesy Flickr)
  6. Provide a nice environment and look&feel which let me find whatever I look for easily,
  7. Do its job instead of providing some other features which make the application more complex,
  8. Surprise me with some extra features which I would think useless by making them useful to me.

Although last 2 wishes seem to conflict each other, we all know that there are some features which are only useless and complex and some features which make life easier in various ways.

So, in the light of these wishes and hopefully some surprises, together we will try and find the best “to-do app” in this article. Because we will review lots of apps here, we will give points to each app from 1 to 5 for each “wish”. This will also make it easier to find the app which best suits you. Not all the best apps are the best app for me, sometimes the 3rd best app was the perfect app for me. I presume this is true with you guys too. So, giving them points for particular features seems like a good way to please you.

The points we are going to give to the apps aren’t reflecting their absolute qualities. We are giving these points just to choose the better one. Giving 4/5 to an app doesn’t mean that the app has an overall rate of 4. Likewise, giving 1/5 doesn’t mean that the app is useless, it is just not good enough to beat the others. So, let’s begin!

Astrid Tasks

Astrid Tasks shows some tips to get you started when you run it. It has a widget which is pretty simple and not offering something else than you will need in a widget.  You can synchronize your tasks on, Google Tasks and Producteev. For now, it is only available on Android and on your pc via of course. You can easily add tasks using the widget. It takes you to the app. And you can edit your new and existing tasks by just tapping on it and then pressing Edit on the popup menu. You can share the task with your coworkers and friends, you can hide the task from the list until it is due, or after it is overdue and for a specific time/date. It can warn you at a certain time. It has a mascot who “talks” to you and reminds you that you have stuff to do. It also motivates you time to time. A nice add to the very simple yet nice environment. The app is free, there are no ads to support it. This provides a clean environment on the screen. But if you want some extra features while supporting this application and its developers, you can buy “Astrid Power Pack” for $ 3.99. Instead of just donating, you buy some extra features including voice reminders. Astrid Tasks gives you just what you need and can give you more if you buy the add-on.  It is neat, it is totally free and has a clean screen, it has a nice mascot and its widget is as neat as a widget should be.

Check out Astrid over at the site, here.  Get it on your Android Device from the Android Market, here.

Total: 33
Wish 1: 3 – Wish 2: 5 – Wish 3: 4 – Wish 4: 4 – Wish 5: 4 – Wish 6: 5 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 3






Do It (Tomorrow)

Do It (Tomorrow) has a lazy name which tells me to do things tomorrow instead of now. Let’s see if it is as lazy as it sounds or it is my mind that is responsible for this impression. The app has a simple UI which also reflects the idea behind the app. It only lets me add task for today and tomorrow.  This looks like an app to type your shopping lists or things to do tomorrow instead of the things your boss told you to do 1 week later. This is not a bad thing. If you don’t want to worry about things you have to do the days after tomorrow, it makes this app a perfect app for you. It is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. This makes it a powerful tool to synchronize your tasks. You just log in with your e-mail and password and it is seen everywhere you are, even in your friend’s iPad. It doesn’t have a widget but you won’t need it. One of the nice things about the app is that you can move a task to tomorrow which you had to do today but you couldn’t get it done. This is not done by editing the whole note again. It is just done by a touch to the arrow. You can also move a task from tomorrow to today in one simple touch. To sum up, the app is not as lazy as it sounds, you can add tasks for only today and tomorrow. If you plan your days daily, this app is probably the best app for you. With its very simple interface, it prevents you from wasting time on adding your tasks to a list instead of completing them. The relatively low point it got from me does not reflect its value. Like I said before, we are looking for an app which is for everyone. We look for an app which Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Justin Bieber and you and I can use. Although some of us can use this and need nothing more, some of us just need more.

It’s Available on Android, here, iPhone, here (free) and here (paid) and the iPad too! (here)

Total: 25
Wish 1: 4 – Wish 2: 5 – Wish 3: 1 – Wish 4: 1 – Wish 5: 1  – Wish 6: 5 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 3







GTasks starts with asking your permission to use Google Tasks. This means it will start to synchronize your Google tasks to your phone immediately and without even asking your google account information. But if you directly go to Settings and tap to Account, you can see that it can work locally too. You can use more than one account on the same device. Adding a task is very easy, as it should be. Instead of task, “note” word is used in the app. You can set a “due date” to your note. When adding a note and adding a due date to the note, you can set the time for the reminder. But this will make me confused after a while and make me ask this question: “Is this the time the event I have to go starts, or is it the time I should start to prepare for it?” Although I could add a time to my note easily to avoid this question, the main reason I use this kind of app is that I forget things. It should have had an option to warn before the due time instead of expecting me to set the due time a little earlier than the actual time. It has a nice and neat widget. Like I said with the others, it is the way a to-do app widget should be. Nothing complex, no big ‘functions’, no unnecessary fanciness. It has a nice and simple UI. There is nothing that would make you feel like that you were a child in a carnival. It is definitely not one of the apps which are full of features and make you confused about why you installed them in the first place. It is not a free app actually. You will see small ads in your screen. To remove them, you should buy a key. To tell the story in two lines: this is a task list app, it lists your tasks, it is simple and it does what its name says and it promises: Reminds and synchronizes your tasks.

Get it from the Android Market, here.

Total: 28
Wish 1: 3 – Wish 2: 4 – Wish 3: 1 – Wish 4: 2 – Wish 5: 4 – Wish 6: – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 3






Mobisle Notes

Mobisle Notes is a simple and functional app. Yes, it is both. There are two versions of this app. One is free and called “Lite” and the other is paid and called “Pro”. The differences between Lite and Pro are demonstrated in a video which you can see by tapping “Go Pro” and then “See Video”. We will go with the Lite version and rate the Lite version as the most of the people would love to try the Lite version before paying for the full version. It has simple interface. You add a to-do name (let’s call it a list name) then you add things to do to the list and you can check them when you are done with it. You can also lock them and if you lock them, you can’t see the items unless you enter the password you have set, of course. Naturally, you can set reminders for the notes. While you are adding items, you can swipe them to left or right. This will be useful if you have a job which has to be done in three steps. You name the job, you type the first step and swipe it to right and type the other steps. You can disable this feature if you can (Settings>Activate Indentation). You can back up your notes too. Lite version doesn’t have a widget. If you have lite version, you cannot synchronize your notes to a server, but Pro version offers to synchronize with Google Docs.

The points will be given according to Lite version of course. Because we would love to try the free one before paying for the Pro version. Although Android Market allows you to try it for 15 minutes, this wouldn’t be enough for me. I could decide not to buy it because I missed some features, right? Google, I’m talking to you; Even 1 hour would be enough.

Get the Lite version here and the Pro version here.

Total: 29
Wish 1: 1 – Wish 2: 4 – Wish 3: 5 – Wish 4: 4 – Wish 5: 4 – Wish 6: 4 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 2






Task List

Task List is another simple to-do app. It has an ad-free version which you can buy for $1.99 from Market. The first thing you will notice is that it splits your notes into two categories: Business and Private. This didn’t need to be there, but it seemed necessary now! Like any other app we review in this article, you learn the basics with the notes included. The rest is can be learnt from app FAQ. It is sad that the app doesn’t offer an option to synchronize your notes. You can only Import/Export them, which is pretty much the same as backup. If you forget things too often and forget your phone too, here you are without your to-do list. Unfortunately, there is no way to hide the apps from the curious eyes who had your phone to “play a game”. Private tab just doesn’t help. This app has something else which the others don’t have: You can set priorities for your tasks. You will see yellow dots near the tasks, if you edit them, you can see that you can set color and icons! To make the app easier, you can set some swiping commands. This was another unexpected thing. It has three widgets with different sizes and you can set their themes from the app too. Like in any other app, you can find what you look for just by long tapping or pressing menu button. You can set due dates for your tasks.

This app has some extra features and they implemented them so well that they don’t disturb you and doesn’t prevent the app from doing its thing and make it look like it is some other app when you first look at it. This is good. Extra features to make you happy.

Get it from the Android Market, here..

Total: 31
Wish 1: 1 – Wish 2: 4 – Wish 3: 2 – Wish 4: 4 – Wish 5: 5 – Wish 6: 5 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 5







Taskos is simpler than you would think. When you start the app, it will show you the new features it has and you will be good to go to the app. You probably will be surprised by what you will see. You will see nothing more than a textbox and a microphone symbol. Once again, this is surprising. Your notes will be synched with Google Docs if you want. Entering notes was never that easy. You type what you want to the only area you can type and press the only button you can see (Plus button). Then it will be added and you will see the other options to edit. That’s it. You cannot hide your notes and tasks from the list once you created them. Like all but one app we are reviewing, this app lets you to edit a reminder for your notes too. Long tap on the note, tap edit, set due date and set alert. Good thing about the alert that you can set a recurring alert. If you are too busy to buy a gift to your fiancée today, it will alarm you the other day too. Just don’t forget the deadline. App has two widgets which are simple enough. They show you your notes and tasks and if you tap on it, it takes you to the app. I don’t know if you love this kind of interface, but I love more colorful interfaces. And I do want to try to tweak the app. It has some cool features. You can mark task as done by just swiping on them. You can clear all the done tasks by shaking your phone and it has voice recognition feature.

Get it from the Android Market here.

Total: 29
Wish 1: 3 – Wish 2: 5 – Wish 3: 1 – Wish 4: – Wish 5: 4 – Wish 6: 1 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 4







Thangs made me feel like when I saw Do It Tomorrow; lazy. Because it has a ‘box’ called “Someday”. The interface is nice, but it would be cool if we could change the color of the interface. The idea behind the box concept is good: You have 5 boxes, you will open the inbox box when you feel like it is shaking. And today box will be there to be opened by you. At the end of the day, you will throw today box, label tomorrow box as today and take some stuff from scheduled box to the new today box. Someday box is there for you to look inside and add to one of the other 4 boxes. The app doesn’t have a widget. You can’t synchronize your list. This app is actually like Do It Tomorrow, very very simple. It is so simple that some of us can find it inadequate. But like I said, some of us love simplicity and don’t need more. This is why this app is here.

There is nothing much to talk about when it comes to this app. You can schedule some tasks, only if you will send it to Scheduled box. You don’t have any setting in the app. If you just unlock your device and take a look around in the day when you are bored, you can find this app very useful. Just open it, tap one of the boxes and see if you have something to do.

Download it from the Android Market, here. It is a Beta right now though.

Total: 19
Wish 1: 1 – Wish 2: 3 – Wish 3: 1 – Wish 4: 2 – Wish 5: 1 – Wish 6: 4 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 2



Wunderlist takes some time to be ready to use. Let’s see if it is worth to wait for it. The list feature which the others have too has more focus here. In the main screen, you add a list, then you add your tasks into the list. It doesn’t seem possible to hide or lock the tasks. You can add due date and reminder for your tasks. The app has a widget on which you can see your tasks for the present day. Very simple, nothing fancy. It is good. Interface is nice and you can replace the background and make it look like just what you want. You can choose from 12 backgrounds. This app can be available from everywhere. It is available on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac and Linux. Pretty much everywhere you could want. It synchronizes your tasks to wunderlist web site. One of the good things about this app is that you can add tasks by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. This eliminates the need for the app on an unknown device.

Download the apps from PC (here), Mac OSX (here), iPhone (here), iPad (here), Android (here), Linux (here) or use the Web App (here)

Total Rating : 32
Wish 1: 5 – Wish 2: 4 – Wish 3: 1 – Wish 4: 4 – Wish 5: 5 – Wish 6: 5 – Wish 7: 5 – Wish 8: 3








In our ratings, Astrid turns out to be the top scorer in this list of GTD apps with the top score of 33.  Like I said in the beginning, these total points don’t reflect the actual values of the apps. There are more than one reviews about applications for a reason; you don’t always look for what the author looks. You can read about the apps and try at least 2 of them and see which one is “the best” for you. And this was the main reason that we have used points.

Some great apps got low points because we were looking for something else than what they are meant to be used for. Simplicity is what we look for, but not so simple as Do It Tomorrow or Thangs. That’s why they looked like failed. If you were looking for a lightweight app which only keeps your notes, then they would possibly be the best for you.

All of the apps have at least one strong point. You should determine what is the most important thing when using GTD apps and choose the one best suits you. If you have more than one device (say an Android and an iPhone), then you will find Wunderlist the most useful one.

When you take a look at the websites of the apps, you will see happy, satisfied costumers posting their gratitude. This shows us that every app was coded for a reason and usage, and they were not wrong about making the app in that way.

To be honest with you, every one of these apps deserve to be reviewed seperately. But if you look for a GTD app, then you are a busy person. And if you are busy, you might not want to read eight different reviews to decide your GTD app.

Don’t forget to add “Visit MyPortableWorld” task to your GTD apps!

Ashot : The Android Screenshots and Screen Capture project for Windows

If you are a tech blogger who writes about smartphones or reviews apps, then you already know how important screenshots can be. The ability to show your smartphone’s screen on a computer can help you explain an app’s function, showcase a UI maybe, show errors and faults and more.. There are quite a few programs and some really convoluted methods(involving the SDK) that lets us do this for Android  smart phones. Ashot is one of the best programs i have used.

Ashot (a.k.a.  Android Screenshots and Screen Capture project) is a free and open-source program compatible with Windows OS’s dedicated for screen captures of Android devices without rooting your device. With the application installed, all you need to do is connect your Android device to your desktop or laptop via a USB connection. With this, you will now be able to view your Android phone’s screen on the desktop and can be used for full screen presentations, automatic screen capture, and screenshot transformations such as scaling and rotating.

As soon as you get Ashot up and running on your desktop or laptop, it automatically connects with your Android device and starts showing exactly what you see on your mobile screen.

Here’s a video that shows you how it works ..


You can adjust the picture:

  • Zoom in and out
  • Scale to original size of the handset
  • Rotate

…and shown in a full screen mode which is brilliant for demos and presentations.

You can either save a single screenshot with a click of a button on the toolbar/ in the main menu ….

… OR you may start automatic Screen Capture in specified folder. All screen changes of Android display will get saved to that folder.

You can download Ashot HERE

HTC 7 Mozart: Now Available on Tata DOCOMO

The HTC 7 Mozart is now available in India with Tata DOCOMO. The Mozart isn’t HTC’s flagship device (that would be the HD7), but it is an awesome phone none the less.

Here are some of the specs for you:

  • Display: 3.7″ WVGA (800×480) Capacitive
  • OS: Windows Phone 7
  • Processor: 1GHz Snapdragon
  • Memory: 512MB ROM, 576MB RAM, 8GB storage
  • Camera: 8MP, Xenon Flash, 720p Video recording
  • Sensors: G-Sensor,Digital compass,Proximity sensor,Ambient light sensor
  • Battery: 1300 mAh Li-ion
  • Network: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G: 900/2100 MHz

Here’s what the Mozart is all about:

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From the Press Release:

HTC & Tata DOCOMO Launch HTC 7 Mozart

  • Powered by new Microsoft Windows Phone 7, HTC 7 Mozart is a Smartphone with stunning looks—crafted from a single piece of brushed aluminum
  • Equipped with advanced features like high-fidelity audio, 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, Xenon flash & 720p HD video recording
  • Tata DOCOMO customers on HTC 7 Mozart will get Special Data Offer

New Delhi, India, 03 January 2011: HTC Corporation, a global designer of Smartphones, and Tata DOCOMO, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, today announced the launch of the HTC 7 Mozart in India. The HTC 7 Mozart is powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 platform and seamlessly integrates the revolutionary new Windows Phone 7 experience with HTC’s proven design and innovation capabilities.

Windows Phone 7

A Windows Phone 7, the HTC 7 Mozart has been carefully crafted to help people get more done in fewer steps with a unique Hub and Tile interface. The Windows Phone 7 offers quick and easy access to a person’s latest and most valuable information and include People, Pictures, Games, Music & Video, and Office.  Windows Phone 7 also integrates with many popular Microsoft services such as Bing and Office.

HTC 7 Mozart

Crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum, the HTC 7 Mozart feels great in the hand and takes HTC’s unibody design aesthetic to the next level. The slim, solid and smart HTC 7 Mozart sounds as good as it looks and integrates high-fidelity, virtual surround sound. With Microsoft Zune integration, people can synchronize the HTC 7 Mozart with their PC, enabling them to take their music and video library with them wherever they go.

The phone is equipped with a vibrant 3.7-inch display with WVGA resolution and pinch-to-zoom feature. For shutterbugs, HTC 7 Mozart incorporates an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, Xenon flash and 720p HD recording. The camera also has built-in scenes that include candlelight, landscape, and portrait to match the environment of the subject.

“The HTC 7 Mozart is a great piece of craftsmanship with some of the most advanced features and perfectly underlines HTC’s focus on raising the bar in mobile phone innovation and design,” said  Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. “With its stunning looks, great features and the new Windows Phone 7 experience, we are positive that the HTC 7 Mozart will be a great success in India, and are extremely happy to partner Tata DOCOMO in bringing the phone here.”

The HTC 7 Mozart comes with an exclusive offer for Tata DOCOMO users in India, wherein Tata DOCOMO subscribers will get Special Data Offer on HTC 7 Mozart.

“When we launched brand Tata DOCOMO last year, we had promised our subscribers that we would bring to them the best products and services—products, that will be innovative and pioneering and which would offer convenience and simplicity” Mr Sunil Tandon, Head of Mobility Services & Device Management, Tata Teleservices Limited, said. “Living up to that promise, we are launching the HTC 7 Mozart with the new Windows Phone 7 loaded on. This device, powered by our world class 3G network will deliver a truly enriching experience for the consumer. We will continue working together with HTC to launch more innovative mobile offerings for Indian consumers,” he added.

Pricing & Availability

The new HTC 7 Mozart will be available at Market Operating Price of Rs. 26,490* at all authorized HTC resellers across the country.

via fonearena