Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 tablet; specifications and pre order details

Samsung electronics unveiled its iPad killer tablet Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 in United States. Samsung launched its latest tablet in United States, Britain and South Korea while they started pre-booking it in India. They will be launching the new tablet few days before the launch of its new smartphone line-\up i.e. Samsung Note 2 which is expected to be launched on August 29th. But before that let’s have a look at Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 full specifications and review.

samsung galaxy note 10.1

Features and Specifications:

Dimensions:
262 x 180 x 8.9 mm with 580g weight.
Network: 
2G Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G Network: HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
Processor:
ARM cortex A9, 1.4 GHz clocking frequency with Quad Core processor.
Display:
Split Screen, 25.66 cm (10.1″) WXGA TFT Technology and 1280×800 Resolution.
Connectivity:
Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
USB: 2.0
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
HDMI, PC Sync and 3.5mm jack
Camera:
Primary: 5.0 MP, autofocus, flash, 4X zoom and geo-tagging
Secondary: 1.9MP
Video: 720p@30 fps
Memory:
Internal: 16GB
External: Up to 32GB
RAM: 2 GB
Battery:
7,000 mAh battery, standby time up to 2230 Hours
Software/Apps:
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Android Browser, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Document editor/viewer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration, Voice Recognition, ChatON, GTalk, Google Play Apps.

Review:

Well the features of the tablet seems good including the screen size, split screen technology, processor and memory but the camera pixels could have been better. At the moment I think it’s too early to judge this tablet so the big question is still pending that whether it will be an iPad killer or not. We will post a full review about the tablet after its launch; check this space for more updates.

Pre Order Details:

If you want to order this Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 tablet in India then all you have to do is to go to Samsung Electronics Official e-Store. Click here to access the tablet directly on their e-Store. You have to pay Rs. 2000 in advance to prebook it. You will get a free bookcover worth Rs. 3249 with every pre-booking. The only available color at the moment is White and there no Black option for this tablet yet.

This tablet is expected to be launched on August 24th 2012 so you just have to wait for a week and after that Samsung will start delivering it on first come first serve basis. The US the price of this tablet starts at $499. In case you are pre-booking this tablet then please read following official pre-booking details very carefully:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8000 Pre-booking T&C

  1. Pre-book Galaxy Note 8000 by paying an advance of Rs. 2000 only & be among the 1st few proud owners of the Galaxy Note 8000. You will also get a free Book cover worth Rs. 3249 along with your Galaxy Note 8000.
  2. An electronic coupon will be issued against the advance payment made by you for pre-book of Galaxy Note 8000. In order to adjust the advance payment in the final price, you need to use this coupon code at the time of buying your Galaxy Note 8000 from estore.
  3. Free Book cover will be send along with your Galaxy Note 8000. hence, In order to avail this offer, you need to make payment of balance amount within 3 days of launch. Customers, who don’t redeem their coupon within specified time, will not get free Book cover.
  4. COD payment option is not be available on Galaxy Note 8000 during prebooking
  5. At the time of launch, an email will be exclusively sent to customers who have pre-booked their Galaxy Note 8000 on the eStore, informing them of the availability of the Galaxy Note 8000.
  6. The product will be dispatched, on a first-come first-served basis to the customers who complete the purchase of the product
  7. The pre-booking coupon will be valid only on the user id from which the pre-booking is done.
  8. The Galaxy Note 8000 pre-booking coupon will be valid only for completing your purchase of the Galaxy Note 8000 and will not work with any other product.
  9. This coupon will be valid for 15 days from the date of the product launch. You should use this coupon before the expiry date. The amount will not be refunded to the customer upon coupon expiry.
  10. Samsungindiasetore reserves the right to revoke, amend or modify the offer & its terms, at its discretion at any point.
  11. This offer cannot be combined with any other ongoing or future promotion(s).
  12. A pre-booking order cannot be cancelled once placed.
(via www.samsungindiaestore.com)
Let’s see how this tablet is going to do in the Indian markets and what Apple is planning for its September event. What do you feel about this tablet? Please share your views with us.

LG’s ‘Smartphone Idea Camp’, win prizes worth Rs. 15 lakhs

LG India has launched a new campaign ‘Smartphone Idea Camp’ which is an online contest for its costumers and tech enthusiast people. In this two month long contest, consumers can suggest a unique application, feature, design or user interface ideas that they desire in their phones. The best ideas will get LG Optimus Smartphone and a prize value of Rs. 15,00,000. Also they will be shortlisted for the second round which’s a 3 day long workshop in New Delhi.

LG Smartphone iDEACAMP

The campaign started on 1st of August 2012 and will end on 15th of September 2012. To participate in this contest go to www.lg.com/in/smartphoneideacamp.jsp and click “GO ON! SHARE YOUR IDEA”. Please note that this contest is for Indian residents only. You can take part either individually or in a group (max. 4 people). LG will select top 40 best ideas based on imagination, creativity and utility.

If you are from India then I think you should definitely give it a try. If your idea gets selected then you can win cool prizes plus you’ll soon see a Smartphone with your own suggested feature in it. ;)

Nokia Lumia 610 Features, Specifications, Price and Review.

Few days back Nokia launched a new phone in its Lumia series that is “Nokia Lumia 610″ and announced another model “Nokia Lumia 800 The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition” that will be launched soon. But is Lumia 610 worth buying or not? Let’s have a look at the phone, its features and tech specifications.

Specifications:

Dimensions:

  • Height:119.2mm
  • Width:62.2mm
  • Thickness:11.9mm
  • Weight:132g

nokia lumia 610
Display: Lumia 610 is having a 3.7″ (diagonally) screen with 800pixels by 480pixels LCD Gorilla Glass Display.
Camera: 5MP with Auto focus, LED flash, 4X Zoom and a dedicated 2 stage capture key. Unfortunately this phone is not capable of capturing HD videos and you just have an option of shooting VGA videos with 30fps and 3X Zoom.
Processor and Memory: Lumia 610 features an 800 Mhz processor with 256MB of RAM. It has an inbuilt storage of 8GB.
Connectivity: 

    • 3G with HSDPA, WCDMA, EDGE and GPRS.
    • USB: Micro USB 2.0
    • Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
    • WiFi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Battery: 10.5 hours of talk time and 670 hours of standby time for 2G. For a 3G network its 9.5 hours of talk time and 720 hours of standby time.
GPS: Bing and Nokia Maps with A-GPS.
Browser: Internet Browser with CSS 3, HTML 5, XHTML and SVG.
Operating System: Windows Phone 7.5.
SIM Card: Single SIM, Micro SIM slot.

 Price and Verdict:

The price of Nokia Lumia 610 in India is around Rs.13,000. The phone is overall good but there are so many competitors in the market for this price range. Applications for Windows phone are limited but most of them are good. The screen resolution is good but the video capturing quality could have been better. Well it’s a nice phone and if you love Nokia or Windows phone then you should definitely buy this else you can check out other options available in the market.

Don’t forget to share your views about the phone. :)

Nexus 7: New Tablet by Google! [Rumour]

It is that time of the year again, when rumours of new tablets and gadgets are abound. Google I/O Developer Conference is only days away and everyone expects it to roll out a new Nexus Tablet. According to Gizmodo Australia, the name, specs and price range for Google’s tablet offering have been leaked.

The 7-inch tablet is expected to be called Nexus 7 and some of the rumoured specs are as follows.

  • The tablet built by Asus will ship with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU
  • It will have 1GB RAM
  • The data storage limits are expected to be in two options 8GB and 16GB.
  • The screen will support resolution of 1280 X 800 and have a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.
  • The battery should last about 9 hours.
  • The price of the tablet is expected to be $199/- for 8GB and $249 for 16GB.
  • The tablet will ship with Android Jellybeans as an OS.

Who is Google possibly targeting with Nexus 7?

Even though whenever someone comes up with a new tablet, the usual comparisons are with Apple iPad. Google is not exactly positioning Nexus-7 as a alternative to iPad but more so as an alternative to the cheaper, yet highly customized Kindle Fire by Amazon. Also looking at the price and specs, it seems Google is setting a standard for other tablet manufacturers making tablets.

With Microsoft announcing ‘Surface’ tablets, we can expect a lot of competition in this niche, which is always a good outcome for customers like you and me. Over the next few days, we will know if the Nexus 7 rumours are true or not.

Do drop in your comments.

8 Stars of Samsung’s Growing Galaxy in 2012!

Samsung has made great strides in the smartphone segment in the past few years all thanks to their much hyped and appreciated Galaxy Range of smartphones. Samsung has recorded massive sales in Q1, 2012, to the tune of 60M smartphones, most significant part of the sales being from the Samsung Galaxy Note, S2 and Y.

Today, Samsung Galaxy is synonymous to Android phones. With countless phones and models to suit just about any kind of consumers, Samsung have grown its market share significantly.

Appbrain statistics on Top 10 Smartphones will give you an idea of just how popular Samsung Galaxy smartphones are.

With 7/10 of the top 10 being occupied by Samsung Galaxy, it isn’t surprising that Samsung are the kings of the Android market.

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http://www.appbrain.com/stats/top-android-phones

In 2012, Samsung is set to repeat the same magic with mind blowing sequels to several of it’s hit phones. Here’s a look at Samsung’s growing Galaxy range

#1. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

Samsung-Galaxy-mini-2Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the pocket sized Samsung Galaxy Mini. Samsung Galaxy Mini is a small and nifty phone for the college going crowd.

The phone is an entry level offering with a 3.21” display with a decent resolution of 320*480 pixels. The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by an 800 MHz processor which is a great offering for an entry level smartphone.

With a 3MP camera on the back, the phone offers a decent camera for the entry level customer. The camera also comes with geo-tagging feature, letting you share the photos online with location instantaneously. It has 4GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB using a micro SD card. Coupled with a 1300mAh battery, this phone can keep you entertained with at least 40hrs of Music.

The phone is expected to arrive by April 2012.

#2. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102

samsung-galaxy-y-duosSamsung Galaxy Y has taken the entry level market by storm, thanks to tremendous amounts of promotional advertisements and a truly high value package at a decent price range.

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos will be an even more attractive package for the entry level customer with its Dual Sim offering. The phone runs on both 2G and 3G and offers Wi-Fi connectivity along with Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB connectivity options. Samsung has done the basics right with this one, offering Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 832Mhz processor and 384 MB internal Ram.

The OS will definitely be a thrill for all entry level smartphone users. The phone comes with a 3MP camera with geo-tagging featuring making it a shade better than the predecessor, which offered only a 2MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy Y is perfect for young professionals and collegeins with an affordable price of Rs 8990.

#3. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I589

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos Samsung Galaxy Ace has an almost cult following from Android fans due to its sheer value for money. The phone was conveniently purchased in the mid-range and offered almost premium features. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos aims to better the value with a Dual Sim upgrade.

The phone has its draw backs considering a down grade of camera from 5MP in Samsung Galaxy Ace to the 3MP camera. The LED flash is missing too for this camera. The phone however does offer a decent media interface and is a great offer for CDMA buyers.

The phone lets you use both CDMA and GSM networks simultaneously thanks to its unique Dual Sim Dual Active technology. The phone comes with Android 2.3Gingerbread and is powered by a 832Mhz processor, making it a decent experience for mid-range users.

The phone is available in India at a convenient price of Rs 13,490.

#4. Samsung Galaxy Pocket

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket is the most recent addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Range. The name seems quiet strange, but the phone is no less impressive than the other Samsung brethren in this post. Samsung Galaxy Pocket is pitched at the affordable low end smartphone customer with a 2.8” capacitive touch screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS to boot.

The phone is powered by an 832 MHz processor. The phone has a 2MP camera with geo-tagging feature with it. The phone boasts of no great features, yet in its small curved look and hardware capabilities, it seems a promising offering for the low price segment. The phone is expected to work for quad  band 2G and dual band 3G networks with internet connectivity through GPRS/EDGE and Wi-Fi. The phone does have the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, definitely a useful feature for a phone at this end of the spectrum.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket price makes it just too irresistible at Rs. 6990.

#5. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500

samsung-galaxy-ace-plusSamsung Galaxy Ace is an upgrade on the much regarded Samsung Galaxy Ace. The phone has taken Ace to a whole new level with an upgraded OS (Android Gingerbread 2.3.6) and a refurbished UI (Samsung Touch Wiz 4.0).

The screen has grown to 3.65” from the original 3.5” and the processor has gained significant speed, growing from the original 800 MHz processor to 1Ghz. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is packed with tons of apps and features such as a 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and additional features like geo-tagging, face and smile detection.

The phone runs on quad band 2G and dual band 3G and connects to the internet through EDGE/GPRS or Wi-Fi. The phone is a great value for money purchase for those moving from a feature phone to smartphone or even for those looking for an upgrade over their low end smartphones.

The phone is now available in India for Rs 14,499.

#6. Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance aims at creating a place in between the two Samsung Galaxy giants, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S2. The phone promises the best of the premium Android experience at convenient price.

The phone sports a massive 4.0” touch screen and runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3 with a proposed upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone has a 1 GHz Dual Core processor and 768 RAM making for a smooth smartphone experience. The phone has a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

There is a 1.3MP secondary camera providing for a truly premium smartphone experience. Samsung has pulled out all stops with this phone offering just about all the specifications as the Samsung galaxy S2 with some minor yet justifiable cut backs.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance is expected to hit the markets in April 2012.

#7. Samsung Galaxy Beam I8520

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If you are looking for the kind of phone that you can show off to every living soul on the planet, Samsung Galaxy Beam will surely leave you beaming with pride. A dual core smartphone with Android Gingerbread 2.3 running on this phone makes it almost irresistible.

With a 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash the phone has pretty much everything an amateur photographer desires. The camera has additional features like geo-tagging, touch focus and face and smile detection.

The phone comes with just about every feature you would want from a premium smartphone and one super special feature. Samsung Galaxy Beam comes with a HD projector in built. Now you can show off videos and pictures to your friends on giant screens or walls. Samsung Galaxy Beam is a phone for those seeking attention and there is no shortage of premium features.

Expect this phone to beam down from Samsung in the second quarter of 2012.

#8. Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300

samsung-galaxy-s-iii-rum1This phone is so heavily anticipated, that even whilst the company has not made an official announcement, vendors have lined up for pre-booking, customers have already marked their Christmas shopping list and tech posts such as this one, have already made their opinions clear.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is the next big thing from Android, just as its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S2 was in 2011. The phone has grown in size, become smarter and gained a whole new OS just to make things as irresistible as possible. Expect a razor thin profile and a giant 4.6” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.

The phone would roll out with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS powered by a 1.8GHz processor. Gadget buffs and critics expect several added features to this quad band 2G, quad band 3G and 4G LTE mammoth.

The phone will feature a 12MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera will have all the additional features such as geo-tagging, face and smile detection and even image stabilization for taking the best pictures. There are many more great features about this phone that are still half rumors and facts, but expect the best performance any Android can give for a long time.

Galaxy S3 is by far the most touted phone for 2012, with over 10 million pre orders said to have been made by channel partners . Recently it even saw a massive burst of demand when the German site of Amazon put the phone up for pre-order “mistakenly”.

Will Samsung become No.1?

Samsung has grown significantly in the last year doing what it does best: create a product for every kind of market segment and for every perceivable customer.

There’s a mobile phone waiting just around the corner for just about anyone, the deal hunter, the young businessmen, the attention seeker or for those looking for the best android experience.

Will the year ahead be Samsung’s accent to top as mobile phone market leader? Do drop in your comments.

iPad 2 vs the New iPad; which one is a better option for you

Finally the iPad 3 new iPad is in the market and once again we can see long queues outside apple stores in ten countries where Apple launched its new iPad. But as the changes are minor in this 3rd generation iPad, the crowd outside Apple Stores isn’t crazy like it was for iPad 2. Some people are happy with their iPad 2 and they are not planning to upgrade it while some already sold out their iPad 2 and got this one cuz the display of the new iPad is much better than older iPads. But which one is suitable for you, iPad 2 or the new iPad? Let’s have a look at both of them.

iPad 2:

Apple discontinued 32Gb and 64Gb versions of iPad 2 so only 16Gb model is available in the market now with a lower price than the new iPad. In United States you can get the iPad 2 Wifi only model for $399 (Rs.25000 in India) and Wifi+3G for $529 (Rs. 32500 in India) which is definitely a value for money deal. iPad 2 is itself a technically very advanced device with good processor, User Interface, Battery Life, Screen e.t.c and awesome for Applications.

iPad 2 for you?

If you work online and you need a tablet to access internet anytime and anywhere you want, with loads of additional features too then this is definitely a good option for you. iPad 2 still complete your basic needs of a tablet. iPad users don’t have the latest technology in hand but this tablet is still very powerful and with the slashed prices this is a good option for you.

The New iPad:

The new iPad is seriously a revolutionary device, the new Retina display is unbelievable and it’s the highest resolution screen on any mobile device till date. The processor is upgraded with A5X chip and there a Quadcore graphic processor as well. Camera quality is much better than iPad 2 with 5Mp iSight camera. Also this iPad is 4G compatible but this feature isn’t useful for Indian users as we are still testing our 3G connection :(. The new iPad is $100 expensive than the iPad 2.

New iPad Pictures:

New iPad for you?

This iPad is definitely for you if you are a Gamer and you like playing video games on PS and PSP, this will change everything for you with its graphic quality. Secondly this device is great for watching movies as the clarity is even better than HD TVs. This new screen will also support some new HD and high quality apps and hence you’ll have an iPad with much more features.

Verdict:

I must say that if you are planning to buy an iPad and you can spend $100 extra then you should definitely buy the new iPad. You get many new features and apps in new iPad and this device is way more advanced than any other tablet in the market. You are definitely going to enjoy your experience with this tablet.

Reason why you should and shouldn’t buy Samsung Galaxy Note

Galaxy Note is a new Phone (or a Tablet may be) by Samsung which is gaining lot of popularity in the gadget world and the main reason behind it is the design of this phone cum tablet. With 5.3″ display screen you can even do your tablet PC or netbook work on this huge phone. But the question is whether you should buy Samsung Galaxy Note or not? Well we have the answer for you.

If you want to read the detailed specification of this phone please click here.

Why you should buy Galaxy Note?

  • Buy it if you can’t afford a Smartphone and a Tablet separately.
  • If you like to buy a handy Tablet which you can carry in your pocket as well.
  • If you always have to stay connected to internet for your work or business (I’m not talking about Facebook and Twitter :P )
  • If you like bulky and flashy gadgets and if you like showing off your gadgets. No one is going to notice an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S-II in your hand and one can’t ignore such a huge phone like this one.
  • If you are a teenager.
  • If you love android and it’s applications.
  • If you don’t care about the market after buying a gadget. Samsung will definitely cut its prices and will launch a new phone in this segment soon just like Samsung Galaxy S series. They launched S and S-II and now S-III on its way.
  • If you like using a Stylus. This thing hardly matters as you can still use your fingers on Galaxy Note.

Why you shouldn’t buy Galaxy Note?

  • Don’t buy it if you want a stable device that you can use for next 2-3 years.
  • If you don’t like bulky phones, this device looks weird in a pocket of a trouser.
  • If you’re already using a tablet or you’re planning to buy one.
  • If you are buying a phone just to get cool application. In that case go for an Apple device.
  • If you are expecting a high resale value of your phone.
  • If you hate Andriod and just impressed by the looks of this phone.
  • If you are not good in handling delicate stuff. The only delicate part of this phone is the screen. Google is full of queries like “Galaxy Note cracked screen”.
  • Last but not the least, if you’re an Apple iPhone lover then don’t buy it. In that case either wait for iPhone 5 (expected in June 2012) or buy an iPhone 4S or even iPhone 4; that will give you more happiness. :)

Verdict:

Well I can just give you suggestion, the final decision is still yours. Galaxy Note is technically a very good phone. The good feature of this phone is its display and its a bad feature too.

According to me if you are planning to buy a smartphone then go for something else like Samsung S-II or Apple iPhone. And if you’re looking for a Tablet PC then go with Apple iPad. Don’t mix up a phone and a tablet as both are different things with different usage.

List of 7 Great Design Innovations in Smart-phones

Most discussions about smart-phones seem to be focused on hardware features like processor speed, camera capability etc and OS features. There is no denying that all the above are important.

But many of us seem to be ignoring some really awesome innovations achieved in the design of the phones themselves. (with the exception of discussions about Apple products).

I strongly believe that Design innovation isn’t dead and in fact it has taken a new direction in the post-iPhone era. In this post we shall take a look at some of the outstanding designs that are available in the market in the smart-phones category.

#1.Nokia Lumia 800 / N9 (Plastic Monolithic Beauty)

Nokia Lumia 800Nokia has done what has never been done before in the smart-phone segment. It used a unique injection molded polycarbonate plastic mono-body design which exudes simplicity and yet gives a sense of sophistication.

The plastic body gives an added advantage for being more suitable to the antennae. The body is made with such fine precision giving it a seamless blend in with its beautiful glass display. It gives the image of the phone being monolithic.

Nokia’s persistence with plastic body comes from not just its years of experience with the material but also the fact that plastic adds greater color to the body of the smart-phone. In the monochromatic world of smart-phones, Nokia intends to stand out with vivid and alluring colors.

Here is the designer’s story about it.

#2.Samsung Galaxy Note (Fabulous Phablet)

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. –Steve Jobs

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note finds a place in this post about designs because of the famous Steve Jobs quote above. Introducing the Phablet to the world, Samsung redefined not just category perceptions of the industry but created a few design innovations along the way.

It got the perfect balance between a screen small enough to avoid the ergonomic issues associated with large screens while maintaining a size that will allow it to be effectively used as a tablet. Samsung with one fell-swoop has provided an awesome option to people who were struggling with a smart-phone and a tablet wherever they went.

The issues with the phone being too big or the tablet being too small are minor when considering the functionality of the interface and the features of the hardware itself. Samsung Galaxy Note boasts of a giant 2500mAh battery which beats most smart-phones for its long-term use. The stylus has made a grand and meaningful comeback in the form of the S-pen in the Galaxy note.

The S-pen isn’t just for pointing and scribbling anymore. With its inbuilt button which performs important functions such as taking a snapshot of the screen which then opens in an image editor ready to be edited and sent and for opening up the menu screen or performing the function of the back button. Clearly, Samsung Galaxy Note is a leap forward in design functionality and innovation based on meeting unfulfilled needs.

#3. iPhone 4 (A class apart)
Apple iPhone 4

A legend in design, Apple is always expected to better its designs with every new iPhone. The iPhone 4 got rid of its old curved back and its slightly thick dimensions to bring in a slim 9.3mm thick body and a new stainless steel and alumina-silicate glass industrial design. The glass fits in both on the front and the back to give the iPhone a royal sheen.

The edges lined with a special forged steel that is said to be stronger than regular steel. The wow factor of the iPhone 4 is the high-resolution display, that Apple termed “Retina Display” with text so crisp and clear even when in the maximum zoomed in mode.

Retina Display is a take on Apple’s claim that the phone provides such higher resolution comparable to that of the human eye.

#4. Nokia E7( Tilt Slider Qwerty Keypad)
Nokia E7

Nokia E7 brought out its clear Backlight Display technology combined with its brilliant looking tilt slider qwerty keypad that made the phone a worthy successor of the now legendary Nokia communicator E90.When flipped open,the screen is placed at an angle that is easy to see the screen while typing, giving it great ergonomic appeal and making the phone ideal for sitting down and typing or holding it in your hands to text.

While thumb typing, the phone is brilliant to type at high speeds , even those with slow typing speeds are able to average 30-40 words per minute. The combination of qwerty and touchscreen is perhaps the best possible form factor solution in mobile phones bringing together the best of both worlds.

E7 is clearly marketed as an enterprise device but has several appealing factors for average consumers as well. Nokia E7 will remain one of the greatest examples of design engineering changing the way people perceive qwerty keypad phones and Nokia itself.

You may check the designer’s story in the video below.

#5. Dell Venue Pro (Windows Qwerty Phone)

Dell Venue ProDell Venue Pro came out sometime in the end of 2010 and remains one of the best designed Windows 7 phones to date. This may perhaps be one of the only Windows Smart phones with a portrait mode slide out qwerty keypad.

It has a beautiful and sleek design with liberal use of chrome sides mixed with angular cuts and rubberized plastic at top and bottom. The 4.1′ curved Gorilla Glass screen with AMOLED display is a delight to use and is extremely responsive.

The clarity of the images on the screen is unmatched. This phone gives great appeal if you are an avid text user and are looking for a luxurious phone.

#6.Motorola Defy (Water Proof and Dust Proof)

Motorola DefyMotorola might have heard the prayers and cries of anguish of a few folks with butter fingers when it came out with the super sleek and super rugged Motorola Defy specially designed and positioned for Rugged use .

The screen is made of Gorilla Glass preventing scuff marks and other unfortunate effects of being careless or just a little too adventurous.

To the untrained eye, the only hint of Motorola Defy being rugged are the Torx head screws that clamp the side sections to the rest of the body and the flap jacks covering the earphone and USB port. These flap jacks and coverings make the phone waterproof.

This is perhaps the greatest ingenuity in the design of a seemingly rugged smart-phone. Motorola Defy caters to a niche yet important segment of users who have so far not had the option of a smart-phone due its inherent fragility or have been turned off by the options that exist in the feature phones segment. Clean, Sleek and Rugged, Motorola Defy is a keeper for all butterfingers in the world.

#7. Sony Ericsson Play (Gamers’ Smart-phone)
Sony Ericsson Play

Sony Ericsson made the ultimate gamers’ smart-phone early 2011 with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The highlight of the phone is the Slide-out game-pad and shoulder buttons that looks similar to the Sony Dual shock controller from its popular Playstation Game Consoles.

This phone is ideal for those who have a need for a PSP and a Playstation Portable. The main design of the phone has stayed true to the other Xperia series of phones with just an addition of a search button which also adds great usability to the Xperia line of phones which earlier had just the 3 buttons for home, return and Menu.

The game play experience in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is undoubtedly more enriching than the typical touchscreen smart-phones and meets the need of both a PSP and a Smart-phone and this would indeed be the phone for any gamer to buy.

Summary

In the pre-iPhone era the innovation and creativity was more towards form-factor with countless interesting shapes and ideas floating around in the market. Today, in the age of the smart-phone it seems form-factor innovation has taken a more meaningful step.

That of not making creative designs or weird shapes but to add more meaning to the functionality of the phone. Phones of tomorrow will challenge the perceptions people have for screen sizes and materials. I hope for an exciting future in smart-phones with even greater innovation and creativity in the hardware as much as in the software.

Lenovo Launches a TV set that will run on Android 4.0

After Google released Android 4.0 on a phone with the Galaxy Nexus, it probably started getting a lot of phone makers interested in releasing a new phone or even a tablet that runs on Android 4.0.

It seems Lenovo has managed to go a step ahead and has created a TV set that runs on Android. Lenovo has named it K91.

LenovoTV

Lenovo K91 – First TV to run on Andorid 4.0 Features

  • The K91 TV is  called Smart TV and it will run on a dual core processor.
  • The TV will come with a 55-inch screen that supports 3D HD.
  • As it runs on Android it will also support Android apps that will make the TV set a lot more interactive. It will probably mean a Android phone could double up as a remote.
  • A really cool feature is a 5 megapixel camera which might be helpful for video conferencing or even locking the TV for children based on face recognition.

The blurring line between gadgets…

Lenovo K91 is not the only smart tv that will be coming out this yet. Chances are Apple will unveil one and Google TV will show off what it can do after last year’s launch.

It seems that the line between gadgets is blurring and basic use of computers is becoming merged. Email, browsing capabilities become common place for a TV set in the near future, then the end of desktop PC is probably a lot nearer than we thought before.

What are your views on TV sets running OS from mobile phones? Do drop in your comments.

(via Engadget)

Lenovo Launches Android Based Tablets in India

Lenovo has recently introduced a couple of tablets which are Android based. The IdeaPad K1 and A1 Tablets and Thinkpad Tablet are probably launched with one eye to the Diwali season in India.

Currently Lenovo does have a healthy share in laptops and so it moving into the tablet space seems natural. It is still anyone’s guess if it will manage to compete with entrenched brand names like Samsung and iPad in this niche.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1

This tablet is meant for personal use and entertainment. It does have a 10.1’ inch display screen along with upto 10 hours of battery life. It also supports 1280X800 HD Resolution.

Other features include support for Flash, USB ports, Front and back camera, Mini HDMI connector. It will run on Android 3.1

The tablet supports WiFi and has two versions when for storage which are 16GB and 32 GB.

Approximate Price: Rs. 29,500/-

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

The ThinkPad Tablet, is meant to be useful for corporate users and hence supports trackpoint navigation, digitizer pen input and extra security features. It also like the IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1’ inch display screen along with upto 8 hours of battery life.

Connectivity will be through WiFi, Sim

It includes support for Flash, USB Ports are available along with front and back camera. It will also run on Android 3.1.

The tablet supports WiFi and 3G connections. It has three versions when for storage which are 16GB, 32GB and finally a 64GB version.

Approximate Price: Rs. 30,000/-

Lenovo IdeaPad A1

This tablet might be very successful in India, considering its low price. It has a smaller screen which is only 7.1’ inches, and up to 7 hours of battery life. Display resolution is also 1024X600.

It has front and back camera along with SD card reader and supports Flash content. It will run on Android 2.3.

The tablet supports connectivity only via WiFi and has up to 16GB storage space.

Approximate Price: Rs. 14,990/-

I think Lenovo does have a decent number of customers in India but I am not sure all its tablets will be as well received. The lower end cheaper tablet might do well. One thing is for sure that as the holiday seasons comes closer we can expect a lot more tablets and mobile phones being made available in India.

Would you go for a Lenovo tablet instead of the more famous brands associated with Tablets? Do drop in your comments and views.

Link: Lenovo Tablets India