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Nokia N8 video recording sample

8 Oct

I have been using the Nokia N8 for the better part of this week. The phone will be launched in India next week for an MRP of Rs 26,295. While I pen my thoughts about the device (I’m aiming for Monday to publish the review), I thought it would be a good idea to share a video I shot with the device while watching a Leander Paes and Sania Mirza play last night. Unfortunately, they lost but I could shoot some of the best gameplay of the match. ‘Nuff about tennis, now you tell me what you think about the N8’s video recording capabilities?

3G Reality Tour: Smarter than an Internet Tablet, hands on with the Sharp IS01

24 Sep

Those of you following us on Twitter would be aware that I had been on a trip to Seoul and Tokyo, courtesy of Qualcomm, to get a feel of 3G services and devices in two of the most advanced telecom markets in the world. Starting today, I will be posting some of my observations as well as videos from the trip.

I will start with the device that impressed me the most – the Sharp IS01 – an Android smartphone, which I would refer to as a mini-netbook, thanks to its form factor. It runs on Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, looks like a slightly magnified Nokia Communicator and has the most comfortable keypad on a device of its size.

Yes, it runs on Android 1.6 at the moment (we are told it will be updated to Android 2.1) but the form factor of the device was more than enough to make me ask the sales rep whether I could break the contract and get an English Android ROM ported to it. (For the record, he did not fall for it…)

The Sharp IS01 might not be as slick as some of the Internet Tablets doing the rounds and is quite a handful (check the video below when I fumble towards the end trying to open it with one hand). However, for a road warrior like me, the wide display and the spacious QWERTY keypad were more than sufficient to seal the deal.

Hands on with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 (video)

30 Aug

Last week we had the opportunity to check out the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8. To be launched with a price tag of Rs 12k-14k, the X8 with its 3.0-inch display fits perfectly between the X10 (4.0-inch) and the X10 Mini (2.55-inch). It has the same UI as the one found on the X10 Mini with a shortcut on every corner of the display. The 600 MHz processor is snappy and the device feels good to hold. Check out our brief hands on video below.

Hands on with the Nokia N8 (video)

28 Aug

Earlier this week, Nokia invited us to get acquainted with its upcoming flagship N-series smartphone – the N8. It runs on Nokia’s new Symbian^3 OS, which lends a much smoother user interface, though in the core it really is similar to the Symbian S60 fifth edition that we have seen in the N97 and the N97 Mini.

The Nokia N8 is a multimedia powerhouse and comes with a 12.0 MP camera that can shoot videos in 720p HD resolution. For us, the killer feature on the N8 is the ability to connect a USB pen drive to the phone and play music/video off the pen drive!

Check out our brief hardware tour of the Nokia N8 below and let us know what you think.

Google integrates Google Voice with Gmail, allows you to call other phones from Gmail

25 Aug

Google today introduced a new feature today that integrates Google voice with Gmail. This will allow Google Voice users to call other phones directly from their Gmail interface at the same rates as Google Voice. Basically, all calls to the US and Canada are free while international calls start from $0.02. Like Google Voice, this feature is available to users in the US only. Watch this video below that encapsulates the announcement.

Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser video

25 Aug

Yesterday we reported about Samsung’s teaser video for its upcoming Galaxy Tab – an Android-based Internet Tablet. If you were unable to check it yesterday, fret not. Here’s the teaser video again, just for you.

Hands on with Spice Mi700 Internet Tablet (video)

19 Aug

And finally the Spice Internet Tablet Mi700 (thank God it ain’t called the Spicepad or the Spicetab!). Without much ado, let’s just put it this way – it is the same device as the Olivepad! So hit the break below and check out the Spice Mi700 or the Olivepad…