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June 1st, 2012

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing New Android Phone

Most of the smartphones available in the market are Android phones.  Except for Nokia and BlackBerry, most of the known mobile phone manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony are mostly manufacturing phones that run on Android. Hence, it is not that easy to purchase an Android phone as there are so many options available. Before you go ahead and purchase yourself an Android phone, you should consider some points so that you get the best phone for yourself.  Here are five things that you need to consider when purchasing new Android phone:

1. Android
There are many versions of Android operating system. The oldest is Éclair and the newest is Ice Cream Sandwich. As far as performance is concerned, the ICS Android OS offers the best overall performance. Only a few mobile phones are running on Android ICS. Most of the Android ICS OS phones are expensive whereas the smartphones running on older versions like GingerBread and Froyo are cheaper.

2. CPU
An Android phone with slow CPU will make your phone perform sluggishly. Such a phone will take longer to start or finish any task and can frustrate you easily. The faster the CPU, the faster will be the performance of the phone. Dual core and quad core phones deliver snappy performance. However, such phones are expensive. If you want to purchase a decent phone, the ideal choice would be to purchase a phone with minimum 1GHz processor.

3. Battery life
You need to read the review of the phone to learn about its battery life. Before you purchase the phone, it should be very clear about the battery performance of the phone. It should offer at least 6 hours of talk time on 3G.

4. Display size
The larger the size of the display, the more resources such as battery and CPU it can consume. Since the Android OS is very versatile, apart from using your phone for normal usage, you can even install computer OS like Windows 7 on your phone. Hence, the ideal size of the display should be 4.0 inches.

5. Design
Things like size, shape and material of the external body are very important things to consider before buying an Android phone. As compared to metal body phone, a plastic body phone can be lightweight. Get a phone that fits in your hands easily. Avoid purchasing huge sized phones as it will be troublesome to get the phone out of your pocket.

May 22nd, 2012

Samsung Transform Ultra Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Samsung Transform Ultra is a midrange handset with remarkable features like 1GHz processor and large display. The phone measures 116 x 61 x 14mm and weighs 139g. The build quality of the phone is good.  The exterior of the phone is made up of good quality plastic.

The display of the Samsung Transform Ultra measures 3.5 inches. It has a display resolution 320 x 480 pixel and has a pixel density of 165ppi. Below the display, you can find four physical buttons. The display is quite bright and easily viewable under sunlight. When it comes to design, this midrange phone will impress with its side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. The keys on the keyboard as spaced out well. If you do not want to use physical keyboard, you can make use of the Android Gingerbread onscreen keyboard or Swype typing feature.

Samsung Transform Ultra is an Android device. It runs on Android Gingerbread OS. Even though it’s a midrange phone, it is graced with 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM and Adreno 205 GPU. The internal memory of the phone is 952MB. The phone comes preloaded with 2GB microSD card. The external memory can read up to 32GB of microSD.

The 3MP camera at the rear comes with LED flash. There is a front-facing camera as well. The rear camera is capable of snapping average quality photos which is exactly what you can expect from midrange phones. When there is enough lighting available, the photos appear quite acceptable. Nothing much can be told about shooting photos in low lighting conditions. Videos of VGA quality can be shot on Samsung Transform Ultra. The Android media player can play all kinds of video files except for DivX files.

The Samsung Transform Ultra’s Android web browser is able to load pages quickly. It is Flash enabled and you can enjoy features like pan, zoom, and double-tap while browsing on the web. It is a CDMA device which supports 3G on Rev.A network. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and aGPS. The Li-Ion 1500mAh battery gives a talk time of nearly 7 hours.

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April 24th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Here comes a new and unique smartphone that aspires to introduce new genre of phones into the market. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a phone that comes all the latest features that you can see in other smartphones. Then, what makes this phone unique? It comes with an inbuilt HD projector. This pocket-size movie theater weighs 145.3g and measures 124 x 64.2 x 12.5mm.

The Galaxy Beam has an attractive orange band running on the sides of the phone. The phone’s exterior is made up of non-slippery soft plastic. It has a got 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has got a pixel density of 233ppi. Above the display, there is 1.3MP front-facing camera. On the right side of the phone, you can find the power/display lock button. Also, you can find the on/off button for the projector. On the left, there is volume controller. The microUSB slot, SIM card slot and microSD slot can be accessed through the sides and are provided with protective flaps.

Let’s talk about the USP of the phone – the inbuilt HD projector. The 15 lumen pico projector comes with maximum resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. You can easily watch a two and half hour movie and still have some power left in the battery. You can get good viewing experience when you the video or presentation through the phone’s projector in a dark room or dimly lit room. It also come with an easy-to-use Projector app.

The Samsung Galaxy Beam runs on Android v2.3 (can be upgraded to Android v4.0). The phone is powered up with dual-core 1GHz processor along with 768MB RAM. The internal storage is 8GB and the external microSD can detect up 32GB of microSD. The 5MP camera that is provided with LED flash is able to snap decent photos. However, its capability of recording 720p HD videos is below our expectations. The phone could have easily supported 1080p HD recording since it houses 1GHz dual-core CPU. The loudspeaker of the phone emits impressive sound output. It also supports playing videos all the known video formats.

The default Android web browser on Samsung Galaxy Beam works well. It can loads heavy websites with Flash content without any delay. You can connect to the web on 3G at speeds of 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi (with DLNA), Bluetooth v3.0 and aGPS. As of now, Samsung has not mentioned anything on the talk time and standby time of 2000mAh Li-Ion battery.

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April 17th, 2012

Sony Xperia S Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Xperia S is an all new smartphone that contains a whole lot of features that were never seen before in a Sony smartphone. The phone measures 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm and weighs 144g. The rear of the phone is slightly curved for better grip. The makers have claimed that the phone is covered with dirt-repellent nanocoating. However, it still manages to attract easily.

Sony Xperia S has got the largest display compared to any Sony phone. The LED-backlit LCD display measures 4.3 inches. It has a display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and has a pixel density of 342ppi. The display is quite bright and gives great viewing angles. The colors appear rich thanks to the BRAVIA engine. Around the sides of the phone, you can find microUSB and microHDMI ports, volume controller, camera key, and display lock/power button. Above the display, you can find a 1.3MP front-facing camera.

Sony Xperia S has Android v2.3 on it. The makers have claimed that users can upgrade to v4.0. The phone is powered with 1.5 GHz processor. It has a 220 Adreno GPU. The UXP NXT interface which is nothing next user interface brings to you live wallpaper on its homescreens. The internal storage of the phone is 32GB and comes with 1GB RAM. There is no microSD expansion slot onboard.

The Sony Xperia S has a 12 megapixel camera and has got numerous camera functions on its UI. The photos taken through the camera are crisp and clear with good amount of detail. The LED flash manages to light up the subject well and this results in good quality photos with some noise. You can record HD videos of 1080p at 30fps. The music player’s interface is quite simple with Metro style – tiles on it to access various functions. The Sense button can help in finding tracks that you may love to listen. The Xperia S has got a powerful loudspeaker.

The Xperia S has a very intuitive web browser since it is powered by dual-core processor and its display offers brilliant pixel density. And with Flash Player 11 onboard, you can view complex webpages without experiencing sluggishness. You can achieve web connectivity at speeds of 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.8Mbps HSUPA. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, Bluetooth, etc. The 1750 mAh battery gives a standby time of over 400 hours on 3G and talk time of 8 hours on 3G.
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April 10th, 2012

LG Prada 3.0 Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Prada is a very well-known Italian brand known for producing topnotch quality leather goods. It collaborated with LG in 2007 to launch the original LG Prada. It was an instant hit as it was one of the first phones to have a capacitive touchscreen display. However, the second version of the phone LG Prada II failed to achieve the same accolades because it did not offer anything as compared to its new competitors. Here comes the all new LG Prada 3.0. The phone measures 127.5 x 69 x 8.5 mm and weighs 138g. The Saffiano pattern (leather texture finish) on the phone is nothing special. There is a visible Prada logo on the device.

The LG Prada 3.0 has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. It has display resolution 480 x 800 pixels with a pixel density of 217ppi. The display measures 4.3 inches. Thanks to the NOVA PLUS screen technology; the display appears very bright under sunlight. On the topside of the Prada 3.0, you can find the audio jack, microUSB slot and display lock/power button. Above the front-facing camera there is a button that launches the 1.3MP front-facing cam to take your snaps.

The LG Prada 3.0 runs on Android OS v2.3. The interface is kept very simple. The phone runs on dual-core 1 GHz cortex A-9 processor with a GPU of PowerVR SGX540. The internal storage capacity of the phone is 8GB. It comes with 1GB RAM and 512MB RAM. In the Korean version of the phone, you can find TDMB TV tuner.

Prada 3.0 comes with an 8 megapixel camera. The camera app is very intuitive. It takes a little while for the camera to focus.  It is capable of stunning photos in the outdoors with saturated colors and good details. Sadly, it fails to take good quality photos indoors even LED flash does well in illuminating the subject. It can record 1080p HD videos. The 1.3MP front-facing is good enough for snapping self-portrait photos. The video player supports all the well-known video formats including DivX and XviD.

When it comes to web browsing, the Android browser delivers good internet browsing experience thanks to its tech specs. It supports Flash. For better browsing experience, it would be better you install the Opera Mobile browser. Other features of the phone include TV-out (through MHL), aGPS, Bluetooth, WLAN, DLNA and so on. The LG Prada is powered up with 1540mAh battery that produces standby time of over 320 hours on 3G and talk time of nearly 5 hours on 3G.

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March 30th, 2012

What Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Has In Store For You

The most recent version of Android operating system is called Android Ice Cream Sandwich (aka Android v4.0). Compared to all the previous versions of Android OS, this one seems to be the best version released till date. The Android ICS platform is suitable for both Android tablets and smartphones. It brings to you plenty of new features.

Appearance
The interface of the Android ICS contains plenty of black color. One reason behind it is that black helps in saving battery life. You can pull down the notifications bar like before and checkout your alerts. If you want to remove any item, all you need to do is swipe it off to the right. The homescreen is quite spacious and it allows you to resize your widgets. From the apps menu, you can drag your app shortcuts. Also, it is now easier to change the wallpapers. To do this, you can long press on the homescreen.

There is Google Search option available on the homescreen and at the bottom of the screen you can find four default shortcuts such as Home, Messaging, People and Internet. Below these, there are new onscreen buttons namely, Back, Home and Latest Apps (contains all the recently used apps). Organizing icons and making folder is quite easy now. Just drag your icons on top of another icon and automatically new folder will be created. Folder icon also stacked icons of the apps that are present inside it to make it easier for you to recognize the folder. The onscreen keyboard has become even more easy to use then before.

Android Beam
The NFC feature lets you transfer contents present on one Android to the other. To share content, you need to hold the phones close to each other and then tap on share and the screen of your phone will be beamed to the other phone. Beaming makes it possible to do various things like using Google Wallet and playing multiplayer games.

People app
It is the address book app which is much clean and clear than before. The favorite tabs have large photos of your most contacted people. You can integrate social networking feed with the contacts. When you are unable to receive a call, you can quickly send a customized text message to the caller.

Web browsing
The Ice Cream Sandwich web browser is the best internet browser till now from Android. It is quick, smooth and you can keep open up to 16 tabs. You can swipe on any tab to the right to close it. For private browsing, it brings to incognito mode like the one in Google Chrome to browse without storing any trace of cache on your phone. Flash content is not supported yet but an update later in the year will also allow you to view Flash content inside the browser.

Camera app
It launches quickly and brings to you many camera functions. You can edit the photos right after you snap them. There is no shutter lag whatsoever and time between photos is also reduced considerably. Quite a few filters and effects are available to enhance your photos.  You can easily arrange your photos and videos inside the photo albums. You can also capture screenshots through it.

Data Usage
It is now easier to check how much data your apps are using up. With a graph data available to check usage, you can find out which apps are using up much of your data. This can greatly help in preventing data overuse charges.

Battery
There is also a graph data available to check your battery usage. You can find out which apps are using much of your battery life. You can turn off those apps and save on your battery.

March 27th, 2012

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Review

Rating: ★★★½☆

The original Motorola DROID RAZR was released in November 2010 and everything was good about it except for the non-removable battery. Now, the newer edition of the phone has hit the stands. The name is Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX and it comes with a removable heavy duty battery. The phone measures 130.7 x 68.9 x 8 mm and weighs 145g.

The phone looks quite similar to its predecessor. The build quality is excellent as it is made up of premium quality stainless steel. The inner nano-coating makes it liquid repellent. The Super AMOLED advanced capacitive touchscreen measures 4.3 inches and has a display resolutio

n of 540 x 960 pixels. Its pixel density is 256ppi. It is well protected with corning Gorilla glass. The contents of the display are very visible under the direct sun and gives good viewing angles.

Above the camera, there is a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and the Android capacitive buttons are found below the display. On the left side of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, there is a flap that covers microSIM 4G slot and microSDHC sl
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX runs on Android 2.3.6 and it can be upgraded to the latest Android ICS OS later in the year. It also comes with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR user interface. It is powered with 1.2GHz dual-core cortex A9 processor with TI OMAP 4430 chipset. It has PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The internal memory of the phone is 8GB and comes with 1GB RAM. The phone comes preloaded with 16GB memory card in it’s externally memory which can read up to 32G of microSD.ot. The display lock/power button is located at the right edge. Here you can also find the volume controller. The 8 megapixel auto-focus camera is located at the rear.

The 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash is capable of decent photos. However, the image details are not that great. LED flash does well in illuminating the environment in dim lighting conditions. However, autofocusing in dim lighting is poor. You can videos of HD quality (1920 x 1080p) at 30fps. The audio output is good through both earphones and loudspeaker. You will enjoy watching movies on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX.

The internet browsing speed is amazing thanks to 4G LTE support. You can get download speeds of up to 12Mbps and upload speeds of 8Mbps. The Android browser is capable of displaying heavy websites in desktop-like format. You will have no problems in viewing Flash content in the browser. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi (with DLNA support), Bluetooth, HDMI port and aGPS. The massive 3300mAh Li-Ion battery gives a talk time of over 21 hours and standby time of over 375 hours.

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