Archive | March, 2010

Videocon launches GSM services in Tamil Nadu

26 Mar

After becoming a handset vendor, Videocon has now become a mobile operator. The carrier has launched its GSM operations in Tamil Nadu and aims to extend its network across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai over the next fortnight.

With the per-second billing model already popular in the market, Videocon has designed its new strategy for breaking this model by introducing ‘sub-1 paisa’ tariff model. However, the action doesn’t ends here. The company is also planning to launch services across 100 Indian cities in the upcoming 100 days with a target of capturing a customer base of 100 million within cough, three years, cough. It took years for carriers such as Airtel to capture a 100 million subscriber base and we wonder how would these guys achieve it in three years? Maybe, we are yet to witness 1 paisa-per-minute! Just a wild guess!

Sony Ericsson launches XPERIA X10 and Vivaz in India

26 Mar

 

Our sources never prove to be wrong and like we reported last week, Sony Ericsson has finally launched its first Android device in India today, the XPERIA X10. The lovechild of Swedish and Japanese parents also launched the Vivaz, the world’s first camphone that does continuous auto-focus while shooting videos in HD quality.

 

The tall 4 inch display of XPERIA X10 features Sony Ericsson’s customised UX user interface that offers apps like Mediascape and Timescape. The former app lets you access content (music, photos and videos) from your device, YouTube and PlayNow in a very simple way whereas the latter one packs your conversation with a person in one place without making you open different apps. Other features include Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5 mm headset jack, 8.0 MP camera and face recognition.  

The XPERIA X10 is priced at Rs 35,795.

Sony Ericsson’s Vivaz is truly meant for HD video recording and sharing. You can shoot videos at 720p HD and can put your masterpieces on YouTube and Picasa. Carrying forward the legacy of Satio, it is based on Symbian S60 fifth edition.

The phone runs on a snappy 720 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8.1 MP camera with autofocus, image stabilization and face detection, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack and will come bundled with an 8GB microSD card. 
 
The Vivaz is priced at Rs 25,695.

 

OtterBox's Commuter Series for Nokia E72: unobtrusive protection at its best

24 Mar

E72 caseThey say that the best security is the type that is the least apparent. Well, that rarely is the case in the world of cellphone cases which generally tend to stick out like (and give user’s) sore thumbs. However, there are some exceptions. And one of these comes from OtterBox, one of the leading brands in the world when it comes to cellphone cases (like us, they have got technology covered – although we confess that they use “cover” a tad more literally than I do). We got a chance to try out their Commuter Series case for the Nokia E72 and well, we were pretty impressed. The entire package basically comprises three parts – a screen protector, an inner layer made of soft plastic and a harder silicone exterior casing. You first pull on the inner layer on to the E72, and then slip it into the harder casing. No prizes for guessing where the screen protector goes.

We did just that and must confess to being mighty impressed. The Nokia E72 is one of the best-looking QWERTY phones in town but the OtterBox casing did not detract one bit from its looks. It fit very snugly with soft silicon buttons overlaying all the phone’s buttons and the charging port. We could operate the phone effortlessly from within the case. Mind you, the all-black hard silicon back of the case did cover the E72’s snazzy brushed steel back panel but it still did not look too bad, truth be told. The phone, which is pretty tough in its own right, now felt downright solid, with barely a few millimetres added to its proportions – it still slipped snugly into our pockets.

Unobtrusive, sleek looking and pretty tough (yep, we thumped it a few times) – that’s what we thought of OtterBox’s Commuter Series case for the Nokia E72. Well worth the $34.95 price tag, we think. We honestly have not seen anything better for a QWERTY phone. You can buy it from here.

IPL content available on your mobile phone by dialling 08 123 123 123!

24 Mar

IPL has found a new sweetheart in mobile phones. With July System’s MIX platform, IPL content is readily available on mobile phones for free by just dialling toll free number 08 123 123 123. A link will be messaged after when you dial and you’ll be able to check out live score, ball-by-ball updates, action replays, video scorecards and cheerleader videos. The service has recorded 2,000 hours of video downloads since the opening of IPL season (in just 12 days).

 

Smartphone owners have the advantage of watching high quality videos but are the people who do not carry such fancy phones ignored? No, definitely not! They can watch content in slow motion and since we tried watching slow motion videos, we can say it wasn’t bad at all.

 

The guys at July Systems also claim that this service is just not hit among Indians, they’re also getting calls from carriers of El Salvador, Haiti requesting them to deliver IPL content on their networks.  

 

So what’s next on their agenda? Well, they showed a great deal of interest in ‘Shera’ (mascot for CWG 2010) and soccer (FIFA World Cup 2010). We’ll keep tuned in.

Airtel announces iPhone 3GS, available from March 26 for Rs 35,500/Rs 41,500

24 Mar

Finally, the iPhone 3GS has officially landed in India. After months of speculation, Airtel today announced that it will retail the latest avatar of the Godphone starting March 26. Last week, we had reported that the iPhone 3GS will be available from March 24 but apparently that turned out to be the announcement date than the actual launch.

Airtel has priced the 16 GB version for Rs 35,500 and the 32 GB variant for Rs 41,500. The data plans are not yet clear and it isn’t clear either whether the device will be locked to the carrier (in all probability, it would be).

We haven’t heard from any other carriers yet about their plans to introduce the iPhone 3GS. though we are keeping our eyes peeled as we expect at least one more carrier (the one associated with ZooZoos) to make an announcement soon.

Sprint announces the first 4G Android smartphone…HTC EVO 4G

23 Mar

Sprint finally showcased its much anticipated 4G handset at CTIA in Las Vegas today. 

The HTC EVO 4G is a very impressive smartphone packed with an amazing 4.3″ AMOLED screen, two cameras and a built in WiFi hotspot which can provide simultaneous connectivity to 8 additional devices. We were able to play with the device for a few minutes. Here are our first impressions:

  • The video quality is exceptional. The rear facing camera shoots at 8 MP. A front facing shoots at 1.3 MP
  • HTC’s touch sense interface worked elegantly
  • The back of the phone is slightly curved – similar to the iPhone 3G and 3GS
  • Speedy operation of Android 2.1

Here are some of the unique specifications of the HTC EVO 4G:

  • 2 cameras. One that operates at 8 MP.  Simultaneous shoot and upload video to the web
  • HDMI connectivity to television
  • 4.3 inches AMOLED display
  • 1GHz snapdragon processor
  • 2-3 Mbps Internet access speeds

The EVO 4G will soon become a contender for the best Android phone in the market. The closest competitors being the the Nexus One and the Motorola Droid. The HTC EVO 4G is expected to be available later this summer. 

SanDisk starts shipping 32 GB microSDHC cards that cost a fortune

23 Mar

SanDisk has started shipping its first 32GB microSDHC memory card for cellphones. The high capacity memory cards have been manufactured using the latest 32 nm manufacturing technology that enables it to cram 32 GB of memory into a card that’s the size of a finger nail.

Sounds good? Well, the card will set you back by $199 or about Rs 9,000 when it eventually makes it to Indian shores. Coming to think of it, one can buy a decent feature phone for that price!

So will you be one of the first to pick a memory card that’s more expensive than its weight in gold? Let us know, if you do.

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