Crown the smartphone of the year 2013

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Windows Phone Store hits 200,000+ apps

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2013 has been a great year for Windows Phone. Be it a series of new Lumia’s or the addition of apps like Instagram, Vine and Subway Surfer or the Nokia Lumia 520’s 26.5% market share globally. The year 2013 was all about Windows Phone and with it’s end we are being told that the windows phone app store has hit 200,000+ apps.

And Microsoft is being seen rejoicing the moment, the official blog post reads:

“The current holiday shopping season and all the great promotions are just underway, and we’re already seeing momentum build with the Store surpassing 12 million transactions per day and Windows Phone Store surpassing 200,000 apps. The best news is that we’re just getting started. In the new calendar year we’ll introduce creative new approaches to help you reach users in your app developing,”

We at thewittytechie.com hope to see a great 2014 for Windows Phone!

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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).

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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.

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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.