Everything you want to know about Apple iPhone 5

Apple finally announced the much awaited iPhone 5 on September 12th with much fanfare. Apple never fails to create buzz for its phones. iPhone 5 is no exception. No other products create buzz like Apple products do, especially the iPhones. Be it design concepts of the new iPhone or possible features, the rumours and guessing game begins months before the actual product announcement. And the buzz created by Apple’s winning in Apple vs. Samsung Case(read: reputation blow to Samsung) won’t hurt either as iPhone 5 will eat some of Samsung’s share.


Here’s the list of features

the Apple flagship has to offer:

– Apple A6 processor which is 2x faster than A5 according to Apple.
-bigger 4.0″ Retina display with 11366×640 resolution(326 ppi)
-thinner and lighter metal frame at 7.6mm and 112g
-100Mb LTE support, dual-band WiFi support
-front camera with 720p video recording
-3 Microphones
-smaller Connector than the previous one(80% smaller)
-8MP Secondary Camera


To make your buying decision easier, let’s dig deeper into the feature list and look what the iPhone 5 has to offer.

According to Apple, the new A6 chip on the iPhone 5 promises 2X performance over the previous A5 chip which means smoother UI, faster loading of web pages, faster response time and better gaming. There’s no information available about number of cores or clock speed yet.

Regarded as the crispest phone display in world, iPhone’s Retina Display got bigger and better. Measuring 4″ diagonally, it boasts of 326ppi pixel density with 1136×640 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. Bigger screen means more real estate for apps. Apple has added 5th row of icons on the home screen which is a welcome addition.

iPhone 5 just got bigger, thinner and lighter. At 115g and 7.6 mm it is 20% lighter and 18% thinner than the previous iPhone. For now, it’s thinnest handset in the market. The glass back is now replaced with a metal one, so you can now accidentally drop it a couple of times. The overall feel in hand is pretty good too.

The camera unit on the iPhone 5 is same as the iPhone 4s i.e. 8MegaPixels. It boasts of some fancy features like backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter and f2.4 aperture. There’s a panorama mode which stitch the images into a bigger 28MP one. The A6 chip on the backend improves the opening and shot taking time subtly. Apple claims it to give better low light performance and noise reduction capabilities. You can now capture photos while recording your 1080P video.Front camera too is improved. It now supports 720p video. So, iPhone 5 has got a pretty good camera units.

The new connector called lightning is 80% smaller than the previous one. Its good move but not the best one out there. Apple could have switched to the industry standard micro-USB. It is better than previous connector though. Although your older iPhone accessories like speaker docks will not be compatible with this one, but at least it will not accumulate dust like the previous one.

Apple claims that iPhone 5 will boast of  decent battery life. Still 4G LTE is a big battery hog. Here’s what Apple claims: 8h 3G browsing, 8h 3G talktime, 8h LTE browsing, 10h WiFi browsing, 10h video playback, 40h music playback and 225h. If these claims are true, then iPhone 5 got blessed with a decently powerful battery.

Pre-orders are going on and if you live in US, you will get your iPhone 5 on 21st September. 199$ for 16GB, 299$ for 32GB, 399$ for 64GB. It will be available in stores on 21st September in USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, Japan, Hong-Kong and Singapore. More countries will follow in the coming month.

So the new iPhone 5 has got thinner and lighter metal body which feels good in hand. The bigger 4″ display won’t hurt either. Better Processor, better camera, batter battery life just make the decision more easier.So taking into consideration all the improved features, it is worth your hard earned bucks , more so if Apple delivers its promises on battery life and all. As the saying goes, “Bigger is better”.


HTC One X vs. Samsung Galaxy S III. Which one is better?








There’s lot of heat going on in high-end mobile phone market these days. More and more people are jumping into the high-end Smartphone bandwagon due to the sheer number of features and performance they get in that range .

Last month, HTC made a solid comeback with its Quad Core flagship Monster i.e. HTC One X. Being the first and only Quad Core Mobile Phone, there wasn’t any competition,  atleast until few days back. That’s when Samsung brought their own Quad Core Flagship i.e. Samsung Galaxy S III  into the market to eat into the One X market share.
So both Samsung and HTC have jumped into the Quad Core bandwagon and have given the crowds a choice. And making right choice at this price point is all more important. So here goes a comparison between the two.

The phones are almost same in dimensions with One X being somewhat smaller at 134.4mm x 69.9mm  vs. 136.6mm x 70.6mm of Galaxy S III. Weight wise too, both are almost same with One X being 130g and Galaxy s III 133g. Galaxy S III is slimmer of both with 8.6mm vs. One X’s 8.9mm.

Size wise both the displays are almost same with Galaxy S III being minutely bigger than One X 4.8” Screen at 4.9”. Both the displays have the same resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels with Galaxy S III having almost same pixel density of One X at 306ppi vs. 312ppi. Talking of sub-pixel density, Galaxy S III is behind One X at 612 vs. 936 due to the pentile matrix used in S III’s SUPER AMOLED Panel. But, it won’t make much difference in regular usage. Brightness wise, One X Super IPC LCD2 has ace over Galaxy S III’s SUPER AMOLED as it is 66% brighter.

So overall, both screens are high quality but Super IPS LCD2 has an edge over S III’s SUPER AMOLED.

Processor is a crucial part of a smartphone. Both phones have powerful Quad Cores with One X having NVIDIA Tegra3 1.5GHz and Galaxy S III having Samsung’s own Exynos 4 1.4GHz.  On paper One X seems to have an edge but Galaxy SIII is reasonably ahead in almost all the benchmarks with One X performing slightly better in Pi. But you can’t tell the difference in normal usage scenarios.

Storage wise Galaxy SIII is a much better choice as it comes in 3 variants with 16/32/64GB built-in memory with support for upto 64GB microSD which equates to 128GB of maximum capacity. On the other hand One X only comes in one variant with 32GB built-in memory without support for any kind of external memory.

Both the phones have same resolution Cameras i.e. 8MP with ability to record 1080p and 720p videos and both phones can capture pictures simultaneously along with recording videos. The lens of SIII is slightly and talking of image quality, Galaxy SIII has a slight edge over One X.

Both Galaxy SIII and One X run on same OS i.e. Android 4.0 ICS with different UIs. Samsung has its latest Touchwiz 4.0 over Vanilla ICS while HTC has its SENSE UI 4.0.  Of both the UIs, HTC’s Sense UI is better in almost every respect like functionality, eye candy etc.

In this department, Galaxy SIII is a pure winner. One, it has a rating of 2100mAh vs One X’s 1800 mAH and two, SUPER AMOLED is quite an energy saver. In real life test of playing SD video with full battery Samsung lasted more than 1.5x time than HTC.

HTC One X is available in markets for approximately 36,000 INR and Samsung too is expected to launch Galaxy SIII in this price point i.e. 35,000-37,000 INR.

It all depends on you and your requirements. We have done the comparisons between almost every crucial department and hopefully have eased your task of choosing the better phone.

Sony to buy Ericsson.

Sony is having talks to buy Ericsson. Presently, Sony Ericsson is lagging far behind the likes of Apple and Samsung in mobile arena. Now Tablets, Notebooks come under sony and mobile phones under SE. Sony want to buy Ericsson and compete with others with full strength. Sony and Ericsson are being into a 50-50 joint venture for a decade now . The expected worth of Ericsson is about $1.3 bn .

Best Android Phone for 10-12k..

Yeah! Its festive season and people are buying new things. Gadget freaks are buying gadgets and mostly mobile phones according to a survey and that too mostly Androids. Android has taken Mobile Phone market by storm and now almost everyone knows something or other about the Android. And I have seen that many people(including me) are switching from Symbian or good old Java phone to Android Smartphone mostly in the budget range 10-15k. So I decided to make your choice easier by doing some sort of help.

Under 12k, there are many Android phones from almost every manufacturer. Samsung has its Galaxy Pop, Fit, and Pro while LG has its Optimus One and HTC with its Wildfire. Acer also has a pretty neat offering in the form of Liquid mini.

See, It all depends on requirements. If slim and sexy phone is ur  prefrence then Liquid mini or Fit is for u. :-P. If u want basic android then Galaxy pop will suffice . If QWERTY is ur preference then Pro is for you. There are many possible requirements.

But if performance is your only and only requirement no matter how thin or thick  the phone is or any other aspect then this post for you.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini (ST15i) is a beast 😮

Yeah! Its hardware matches that of a 18-19k phone. Here are some of its highlights or as I would like to call it its 18-19k features:

works on Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system

1 GHz Scorpion processor

3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels(192 ppi density) 

a 5 megapixel camera with Flash which can record 720P HD videos

512 MB RAM

Adreno 205 GPU

Full Flash Support

All these features are not that BIG in Android world but they are certainly very BIG(or perhaps unheard) in this budget which is under 12k. According to me this phone is best in this budget for gaming and all hardware hungry tasks. SO this phone is for performance junkies on a low budget. The screen is super crisp. No other screen in this budget can beat this. I bet.

The only thing I found about the phone not in its favor is perhaps its screen size which is slightly small but that cant change my decision of giving it the best Android phone in 12k  budget. Also if u want to game on ur Droid every now n then this is ur only choice atleast for some decent experience cos the other phone in this range have low speced hardware and the worst thing is their crappy resolution which is must for gaming. For internet, most of under 12k droids don’t have full flash support but it has. A +1 for net experience.  And lastly, according to me, Timescape Interface of Sony is better than Samsung TouchWiz.

Its available for12.5k on Flipkart and u can get it for as low as 10.5k as I have seen. So do some market research first. Happy Festive Season. Happy Diwali.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb ported to Google’s own Nexus One

We’re all awaiting to get hands on Android’s first official tablet release, 3.0 Honeycomb, but we’re sure not so giddy about having to spend yet more money on more hardware. If only there was a way we could play with all the new hotness right now. Thankfully some clever people over at xda-developers have gotten their hands on the Android 3.0 SDK and done what every sane person would do; ported it right onto the trust old Nexus One hardware.

Now before everyone rushes off to download the install files (available here by the way) it’s worth bearing in mind a couple of things.

  • First off, this is about as unofficial as it gets – there’s no support from Google for any of this.
  • Secondly, this isn’t what we’d call a stable operating system. Currently somewhat important components such as WiFi and the accelerometer aren’t quite working.

With that out of the way, there’s no doubting the skill involved in pulling off such a port – something that Android hackers seem to have in abundance. This latest port shows the power of the community and also the versatility of Android.

Kinect SDK for Windows Coming this Spring

When the Kinect first launched, Microsoft seemed unsure how to respond to the dedicated modding community that sprang up around the Xbox peripheral. Happily, they decided to accept the inevitable, if not fully embrace it. But now Microsoft itself will be dropping aKinect SDK for Windows  this spring.

The SDK will be a collaborative effort of the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) and Microsoft Research. With the official development kit, modders will have easy access to more parts of the Kinect system. We’re talking about full access to the audio and video sensor interfaces with a more optimized development environment. The Kinect hacks so far have been impressive, but the next wave could really blow us all away.

Kinect has proven to be a unique system for natural user interface, and having this input on a PC could be interesting indeed. The SDK will be free for any interested parties. Do you think Microsoft will sell more Kinects because of this?

Chrome 10 Beta Boasts “Dramatic” Speed Gains in JavaScript

Google recently released its Chrome 10 browser in beta form, and with it come a handful of upgrades over previous versions. First and foremost is performance. Google promises a “dramatic improvement in JavaScript” speed, making it “quick as a bunny.” Put in more measurable terms, Chrome 10 beta is supposed to be 66 percent faster than the latest stable build, or at least that’s the case in Google’s V8 benchmark suite.

Other additions include new password sync features, revamped browsers settings, and preliminary implementation of GPU-accelerated video.

“Users with capable graphics hardware should see a significant decrease in CPU usage,” Google said. “In full screen mode, CPU usage may decrease by as much as 80 percent! This means better battery life so you can keep going and going like that pink bunny in the commercials.”

According to data by Net Applications, Chrome now owns a 10.7 percent share of the browser market, compared to 5.61 percent in February 2010.