Archive | January, 2011

Apple finally launches the iPad in India

28 Jan

Nine months after it was first launched in the US, Apple’s iPad has finally made its way into India. Apple’s India Store is now showing the iPad, which starts from Rs 27,900 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version and goes up to Rs 44,900 for the 64 GB 3G+Wi-Fi version. State-owned carrier, BSNL, has announced special iPad 3G plans for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers that offers unlimited data usage for Rs 999.

Apple iPad pricing

Wi-Fi only – 16 GB Rs 27,900; 32 GB Rs 32,900; 64 GB Rs 37,900

Wi-Fi+3G – 16 GB Rs 34,900; 32 Gb Rs 39,900; 64 GB Rs 44,900

iPad accessories

  • Keyboard dock: Rs 3,700
  • Case: Rs 2,500 (the home page suggests Rs 2,500 but the product page suggests Rs 2,600)
  • iPad dock: Rs 1,600
  • Camera connection kit: Rs 1,700
  • 10W USB power adapter: Rs 1,900
  • Dock connector to VGA adapter: Rs 1,700

SOURCE: Apple Store (India)

Qualcomm and Duracell to explore a collaboration for truly wireless charging

6 Jan

Qualcomm and Duracell today announced that the two companies are exploring to work together to bring wireless charging to consumer devices. Qualcomm’s WiPower technology uses radio frequencies to transfer energy over short distances between a charging pad with a transmitter and devices that have a built-in chipset. The two companies will try to achieve an industry-wide standard for wireless charging and help OEMs to incorporate it in their gadgets. Hit the break for the complete press release while we go look for our charging cable.

SOURCE: Press Release

Sony Ericsson announces XPERIA arc, hitting shelves in March

6 Jan

Sony Ericsson has launched the first of its many XPERIA smartphones scheduled for the year. If you find the XPERIA X10 stunning, the XPERIA arc will blow your minds off. Just 8.7 mm at its thinnest point, the arc sports an 8.1 MP camera, an HDMI connector and all the works that you’d expect in a modern day smartphone.

The arc’s 4.2-inch 854×480 pixel display might sound pedestrian in the age of ‘Retina Displays’ but Sony Ericsson claims that Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine in the phone will make it one of the best displays out there.

And yes, it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Sony Ericsson tells us that it should hit stores around March this year. The lovechild of Sony and Ericsson doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to meeting deadlines it sets for itself but we will certainly keeping our eyes peeled for this one.

Sony Ericsson arc specs:

Camera 8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 2.46x smart zoom

Aperture f/2.4

Auto focus

Face detection

Flash/LED

Geo tagging

Image stabilizer

Noise suppression

Send to web

Smile detection

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor

Touch capture

Video light

Video recording, HD 720p

Music Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™ service*

TrackID™ music recognition application

Web Google™ search

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)

Communication Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application*

Sony Ericsson Timescape™

Speakerphone

Vibrating alert

Messaging Conversations

Email

Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design Auto rotate

Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality display

Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

Touchscreen

Wallpaper animation

Entertainment 3D games

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™ *

* This service may not be available in every market

Organiser Android™ OS

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Document readers

Flight mode

Infinite button

Phone book

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack

aGPS

Bluetooth™ technology

Google Maps™

HDMI

Modem

DLNA

USB mass storage

USB support

Wi-Fi™

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *

* This service may not be available in every market

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client

Gmail™

Google Calendar™

Google Gallery 3D™

Google Latitude™

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google Music Player™

Google Phone-top Search

Google Search widget

Google Sync™

Google Talk™

Google Voice Search

Set-up Wizard

YouTube™

Screen Sony Mobile Bravia Engine

16,777,216 colour TFT

Capacitive multi-touch

4.2 inches

854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)

Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Accessories In-Box:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
  • Battery (1500mAh)
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
Facts Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 117 grams

Phone memory: Up to 512 MB

Memory card support: up to 32 GB

Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Colour Midnight Blue

Misty Silver

HTC launches 7 Mozart in India for Rs 26,490

3 Jan

HTC has today launched its second Windows Phone 7 smartphone in India – the 7 Mozart. We had earlier reported that HTC will launch the HD7 and the 7 Mozart in India in December. The HD7 was released last week for Rs 29,990.

The 7 Mozart has been launched with Tata DoCoMo for Rs 26,490. Tata DoCoMo subscribers will get some special data offer but the press release does not mention any details of this offer.

On the specs front, the Mozart 7 has a 3.7-inch WVGA display, an 8.0 MP camera with XENON flash that can shoot videos in 720p HD resolution, 8 GB of internal memory and a 1 GHz processor.

However, like the HD7, there is a catch. Microsoft has not launched Windows Phone 7 (the OS) in India yet so many features like XBOX Live support and Windows Marketplace are not available in India at the moment. Since HTC jumped the gun, in all likelihood, you’d end up using these Windows Phone 7 devices in India for calls, text messages, multimedia and browsing the Internet. Which is really a shame as the smartphone can do much more than that.

Having said that, many users might find the 7 Mozart as a great multimedia smartphone, especially considering the price point. Windows Phone 7 as an OS is much more usable than Symbian and the UI is more refined than Android. Yes, it does not multitask at the moment, but Microsoft is expected to launch an update soon (and we hear that all current Windows Phone 7 devices will be updated, unlike Android where the manufacturer decides which device gets an update and when). This update will bring both copy/paste and multitasking to the table.

However, if you still want Android (don’t get us wrong, we are die-hard Android users ourselves), HTC should be officially launching the Desire Z and the Desire HD in India any day now (we hear that these smartphones are already making their way to some retailers). So there is still some great gear coming up from the Taiwanese smartphone giant.