Crown the smartphone of the year 2013

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All you need to know about the new iPhone

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iPhone-5S

After the iPhone 5 fiasco Apple Inc. are gearing up for the their new iPhone release like every year. We would be sharing a few leaked and the rumors at Apple have always been consistent so this one is as good as a pre release review.

THE HARDWARE

The shift from iPhone 5 to iPhone 5S would not bring major design changes though we can expect a little but not noteworthy changes in the way the iPhone 5S looks.

The internals have definitely got a boost. The new ARM chip , the A7 is being rumored and it even fits the Apple’s processor legacy with the current iPhone 5 rocking the A6 processor.

The A7 chip would supposedly be a dual core chip but with a slightly improved design which makes it 31%  faster than the A6 chip.

The A7 may also have a 64 bit support and an upgraded quad-core SGX544MP4 GPU which would drastically improve the gaming experience which was already so quaint on the iPhone 5.

We could even expect a boost of 2GB of RAM , our sources also do not deny the probability of a 128 GB variant of the iPhone 5S.

The battery would get a little boost to support this hardware no specific numbers have been revealed yet.

The CAMERA

The camera would definitely get a boost , not just in Megapixels but also in its aperture to allow more light for less hazy images in low lighting environment. The resolution would even get a minor bump with 12 MP. This would be the same as the f-stop used by HTC in its 4MP ultrapixel camera.

The LOOKS

Every apple product has two major   BLACK and WHITE cliche variants. But all of us have head about the new Gold or Champagne elite version.

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What you might not know is that there is another variant that might not sound as cool as the “Champagne” iPhone but is cool enough to give it a shot.

The Graphite iPhone 5S  , the top and bottom section would be black and the rest of the body would get a gunmetal finish.

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Thats not just it the HOME button of the iPhone which has been an iconic part of every iPhone or as a matter of fact every Apple product’s design might just be replaced by a FINGERPRINT Reader or probably placing it right next to it.

Launch

We can expect Apple to release the new iPhone 5S on September 10 at Moscone Center (expected). This could even be the official release date of the iOS 7 too.

Apple always pops up a new software addition every year to its iPhone series  just like  “Siri” in the iPhone 4S took us by surprise , we could  expect something of that sort in the iPhone 5S but we are not sure what it might be. This keeping Apple’s motto in consideration.

With the Apple’s new Trade-in program existing Apple customers who own an iPhone 4,4S,5 can trade in their iPhone for the new iPhone 5S  ,  read more about the  Trade-In Program

Think Different

This is one device we all have our eyes on

NOKIA LUMIA 925: More Than Your Eyes Can See

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The new Nokia Lumia 925 powered with windows 8 is the apex of Lumia design. It’s a perfected Lumia formula which has eradicated the loopholes of previous Lumia phones. It is light weight, thin, and yes of course is easier to operate using one of your hands unlike Lumia 920 which was a bit difficult to manage. It flaunts a unique body and metal edges which garnishes the looks of phone with its side buttons which are scratch and dust resistant too. Nokia has also improved the lighting of its capacitive windows phone buttons, which are lot more white when illuminated. The front looks like any other windows phone but the back cover finish is sort of catchy which comes in three colors (black, white and gray).

Lumia 925

 

Talking about its features, it is imbibed with same QUALCOMM snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core processor as that of previous Lumias and same memory that is 1GB of RAM. The sad part is that Lumia 925 is equipped with 16GB on board memory with no other expansion option.

However it uses AMOLED display technology with 4.5 pure motion display with effective pixel density which as a result gives better battery life with excellent power management, in addition it comes with wireless charging but not built in. The camera is at the centerpiece with a hump that raises it above the back rest which is sported with 8.7MP dual LED camera with award winning pure view technology Carl Zeiss optics. The thing that lets you down is the saturation and contrast level when compared to 920. If this bothers you then you should look for its edge sharpness which is way better than before.

Despite these up gradations is this finally the real piece that can go head to head with HTC or Galaxy? This enigma can’t be solved but that can be assured that it has all the potentials for competing in the market with the rests.

Micromax Canvas Doodle 2: Really an eye catcher?

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Micromax has unveiled Canvas Doodle 2 A240, the handset will cost Rs. 19,990 ($310 approx.). Can this be the handset you would love to flaunt? Following in Samsung’s footsteps, Micromax after the success of Canvas devices have just started releasing a new Canvas with limited innovation. I personally feel, with all appreciation, the Doodle is no rocket science, just few more upgraded features is all it has. The Doodle is almost same as the Samsung’s Mega 5.8 and even Canvas 4 with a handful of difference in the features. After going through the features, what i felt was Doodle is a true copy of BLU Life View.

doodle

The handset no doubt has great specs, the 5.7’’ LCD screen and has the Jelly Bean version 4.2. It has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 16 GB of internal storage. This Doodle has a camera of 12 Mega-pixel and a front cam of 5 Mega-pixel which is no doubt a high quality one. Blow and wake your phone up or just give it a shake, is the new features introduced in the Canvas Doodle 2. Micromax also introduced video hub, to make videos more interactive.  We hope to see something more innovative and engaging in the next Canvas.

Nokia Lumia 520: the entry level Lumia

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No doubt Lumia 520 is the most affordable smartphone under the Lumia category, a smartphone which a common man can afford easily. It has almost the same features as those of its elder siblings. This was a try from Nokia to pull the trigger towards introducing a budget smartphone in the market. Lumia 520 comes with Windows Phone 8 version of the OS. The affordable Lumia 520 pursues the same doctrine as the other members of its Lumia family.

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 It has 1 GHz Dual core processor backed with 512 MB of RAM and yeah you can play Subway Surfer with no wane at all 😉 It has 8 GB of internal storage and can be extended to 64 GB as external storage. The Lumia has a 5 Megapixel of camera with geo-tagging and auto focus feature, with no flash though and that can be considered as one of its cons. It has a scratch resistant 4 inch display. Though the screen lacks delicacy of texture as compared to the other members of its family and what else can one expect with such an affordable phone. The phone can easily fit in ones hand and is easily accessible. And yeah not forgetting the feature for which Nokia is famous – the handset is though looks delicate but is extremely tenacious.  It supports a variety of apps as it has the windows 8 essence. The handset has some cons like the no flash camera, weak battery backup and yeah the rough screen.

But on an average I would give it 8 out of 10. The handset is available in black, red, cyan and yellow color. With in this price range this is the best phone available in the market.

HTC One Mini: The newest addition to the HTC family!

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As the name says, HTC One Mini is a mini version of its elder sibling HTC One which is amongst the most popular smartphone of the year. Who on earth would not love to own a smartphone with royal look, appealing features and not forgetting the affordable cost. The handset is fairly aimed for the ones who can’t afford the high priced handsets like the HTC One. HTC One Mini is similar to HTC One with the almost equivalent features and the same aluminum body with plastic edging.

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Talking of the size and build HTC One Mini with an elongated shape measures 132 x63.2 x 9.25mm is obviously smaller than HTC One. The Mini One has a mini screen of 4.3 inches with Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The 4 megapixel camera with ultra-pixels and LED flash has the same sensors as HTC One. The Mini One has the Zoe software which takes plentiful images along with the video.

The handset is mechanized with a dual core 1.4 GHz processor. Talking of the storage, the Mini One has 16GB of storage and 1,800mAh battery, which can offer a constant talk time of 20 hours. The operating system being Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is the latest version of Google’s Android along with HTC Sense 5.

Though the ultra-pixel camera making it difficult for handling the bright light, the front cam of just 1.6MP which was 2.1MP in HTC One and the plastic edging is not that appealing and acceptable but apart from that the HTC Mini One offers excellent display and the feel of the original HTC One version with hardly any difference in the performance. It is never easy to build a less expensive version of a handset without making any compromises. The Mini One will be launched in U.K. in August either in black or silver body.

BlackBerry Q5: Can it stop BlackBerry’s shrinking user base?

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Q5 yeah its not the AUDI Q5 we are talking about but its the new BlackBerry Q5.

Even after not so successful Z10 and Q10, the once a smartphone giant, launched Q5 to prevent any further shrinkage. Will it?

The answer is NO! Though its an alternative for BlackBerry lovers who can’t afford Z10 and Q10.

Priced at Rs. 24,990, having competitors like Nokia Lumia 820, Samsung  Galaxy Grand and Apple iPhone 4  it surely won’t attract users.

Some of the features that might attract you ( I doubt 😛 ):

* Lighter in weight (120 g) as compared to most of the smartphones of this range.

* The battery has a whooping capacity of 2180 mAh.

* A Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor.

* 2048 MB RAM which you can be proud of, as it is almost double of what most of the devices in this range offer.

* Offers a 2MP front camera 720p HD resolutions, so video calls looks pretty good.

Why not to buy this device?

* 3.1 inch square screen size is too small

* In the age of AMOLED, it has the sucky IPS LCD..

* It doesn’t have the new BlackBerry Q10 keyboard but boasts the traditional terrible BlackBerry keyboard.

* Rear Camera is the biggest disappointment. Even after shelling this much you get a 5MP 1080p HD video recording.

The BlackBerry Q5 isn’t a bad handset. But i’d have been more appreciative, if it was cheaper than what it is now.

I won’t recommend the Blackberry Q5 as your next smartphone!