Aug 022015
 

windows-10

(Photo : Meilleur Mobile/Google Creative Commons)

They say that the first impression is the last impression.

I’ve been waiting for windows 10 ever since it was announced. Actually ever since it was announced that it would be free upgrade to windows 7 and windows 8 license holders. I had earlier joined the windows insider programme and had installed windows 10 on my old laptop. The start button was back and the interface was refreshing. I was bit impressed. The launch of the finished product was slated for July 2015 and positive reviews were pouring in from the insiders programme.

It was natural that the windows release for upgrade would be in phases mainly for two reasons. a) The feedback from early adopters would be used for further quick bug fixes and b) the download servers had to be protected from overload. It was launched on 29th July with a fanfare and critic reviews started pouring in. And they were good overall.

My laptop was in the waiting line without any timeline which would indicate when I would get the update. So I searched the internet and found a work around. It actually worked. And before I knew, windows 10 was up and running on my laptop. Congratulations and all!!

That was two days back. Today I write this post after reverting back to windows 8.1.

Windows 10 is bug filled at this moment. It lags a lot. Whenever I want to click anywhere, it just doesn’t click. It takes about 5 – 10 seconds to respond again. In intermittent periods, it runs like magic. Very smooth. But I guess, windows 10 would run smooth on blank laptop as of now. I had upgraded from a very stable and smooth windows 8.1 and completely new “user experience” was harrowing. Thanks Microsoft that they kept the option to revert back to older version in case you don’t like windows 10.

My suggestion for regular users, don’t upgrade for now. At this level of stability, it seems more a developers preview than a user release. Stay on the older versions till all the lag and bugs get fixed. We still have one year to upgrade fro free!!

If you still want to upgrade but do not get any option in update, do the following, the workaround that I mentioned. This might or might not work for you:

  • Go to c:\windows\softwareDistribution\download and delete all the files and folders present in the download folder.
  • Open Command prompt as administrator
  • Run the following command wuauclt.exe /updatenow
  • Now go to windows update and search for update. If all is well, you should be able to download windows 10 update

If you already have installed windows 10 and want to revert back to windows 7/8(whichever was your previous version), search for windows update and recovery. In the recovery section, you should have the option to go back to previous version. Use it to recover your previous installation.

The windows 10 first impression for me, is not the last impression yet and I will be waiting for a better build before upgrading.

Jul 172015
 

Samsung has just launched their J series phones in India via e-commerce site, Flipkart.

Samsung is promoting these phones as gaming phones with midrange capabilities. The same is confirmed by the hardware specifications as compared in detail below(source gsmarena.com)

                                                  Samsung J7                                                   Samsung J5

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – SM-J7008

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) SM-J5008

Dimensions

152.2 x 79.1 x 7.9 mm (5.99 x 3.11 x 0.31 in)

142 x 73 x 8.5 mm (5.59 x 2.87 x 0.33 in)

Weight

169 g (5.96 oz)

149 g (5.26 oz)

SIM

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Type

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches (~69.3% screen-to-body ratio)

5.0 inches (~66.5% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)

OS

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615

Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410

CPU

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU

Adreno 405

Adreno 306

Card slot

microSD, up to 128 GB

microSD, up to 128 GB

Internal

16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM

16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM

Primary

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Features

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection

Video

1080p@30fps

1080p@30fps

Secondary

5 MP, LED flash

5 MP, LED flash

Alert types

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

Yes

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.1, A2DP

v4.1, A2DP

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

NFC

Yes

Yes

Radio

FM radio with RDS; recording

FM radio with RDS; recording

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity

Accelerometer, proximity

Battery

Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery

Colors

White, Black, Gold

White, Black, Gold

Price

14999

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The J7 and the J5 run on the out dated Qualcomm 615 and 410 snapdragon chipset with octacore A53 and quadcore A53 processors respectively. Both pack 1.5 GB RAM. Though nothing much to boast about, the phones are placed at a very strategic price point. You wont be able to get a quality phone at his price point which has as 5.5 inch(J7) or 5 inch(J5) superamoled screen(gsmarena.com lists it as TFT capacitive touch screen whereas flipkart lists a super amoled one. But samsung website lists super amoled so we go by that. The phone would be lucrative, had it not been samsung’s nature to blot their phones with the heavy touchwiz. 1.5 GB RAM may not be very much after all. Still its more than motorola Moto G which sells for 9999 at this moment.

Both phones have a 720p display which is adequate for this price. The presence of NFC makes not much difference in Indian context. LTE(4g) is standard with dual sim standby(LTE + GSM).

The USP for this phones will be the 13 MP rear shooter and the 5 MP front shooter. If marketed properly, it could be the next galaxy grand duos for India.

The battery of 3000 mAh and 2600 mAh in J7 and J5 respectively should be able to see you through the day with medium usage.

Head over to flipkart for pre-ordering the phone if you are interested either the J7 or the J5.

May 172015
 

I am just a child in this world of master photographers. Though it had been my desire to take up photography as a hobby since I was a boy, I had to make do with point an click cameras back then due to bad finances. But around this time last year I bought the Canon EOS 1200D and have been clicking away ever since.

Further research on this matter of photography informed me that prime lenses are much better at taking pictures compared to the kit lenses. To keep matters economical, I zeroed in on canon 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens and was thinking about buying it just when canon went out an announced the 50mm f/1.8 STM prime lens, the successor and an upgrade.

This new lens is priced just around the old lens so basically canon is aiming to discontinue the old noisy, plastic mount lens. The old lens may be available for lesser price in coming days under clearance sales.

Meanwhile, people in India who wish to get their hands on the new stepper motor driven, metal mount lens can buy it at Amazon.

Salient features an upgraded of the new lens as below:

  • Stepper motor in lieu of micro motor used in old lens, less noisy during autofocus(Non-consequential during still photography unless you do not want the subject of the photo to realise. Still a welcome change
  • Full time Manual focusing capabilities (FTM) without flicking the autofocus switch.
  • Metal mount gives the lens more sturdiness.
  • Focus distance reduced from 0.45 m to 0.35 m. That’s 10 cm closer to the subject. Imagine what this will do to your macros.
  • Diaphragm blades increased from 5 to 7
  • 160g as compared to 130g in the old lens. But then it has the metal mount.

The lens elements have been kept the same but the lens coatings have been optimised to reduce light flare. A promising entry level prime lens for canon cameras. Sadly, image stabilisation may be missed when clicking without tripod.

Buy this at Amazon

Buy the older lens at Amazon

Other Lenses at Amazon

Mar 092015
 

An extended warranty on any products, is one of the most desired add on while buying a product. But many a times, poor marketing keeps us all in dark regarding any such offers running off season. Most of us tend to defer our purchases for special occasions like dussera, diwali, christmas and such other festivals considered to be auspicious time for purchase and gifts. So we don’t even bother to check out for such offers during other times.

We are actually displeasing goddess Lakshmi which is giving us an opportunity to save dhan. 

Anyway, to inform you, if you are planning to buy laptops this season, Lenovo is running an extended warranty program which they call as peace of mind program, which gives you two years additional warranty extension for either free on some models or for heavy discounts on other models. The offer if open for laptops bought till 31st march 2015 and registered before 15th April 2015. Following are the details

Lenovo Peace of Mind offer for B series Laptops

This offer gives you the peace of mind for a total of 3 years from the date of purchase by extending your warranty by additional 2 years for FREE.

The offer is valid on following laptops:

  • B4030
  • B4070
  • B5070
  • B490
  • B590

Note that the purchase has to be made from selected retailers listed below:

Offer valid for Laptops listed above purchased from 27th December 2014 to 31st March 2015.

All you need to do is that once you purchase the laptop, go on to lenovowarranty.in, fill up the form, upload *.jpg, *.jpeg or *,gif format scanned copy of the invoice and the serial number label on the outside of the box and wait for their confirmation email. This process will usually take 21 days.

Lenovo Peace of Mind offer for Other Laptops

Surprisingly listed on other webpages, this was communicated to me by Lenovo staff by mistake. The offer stands such:

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As indicated, The offers are classified in Premium Range(which gets free additional warranty), Mainstream Range(Which gets heavily discounted additional warranty) and Budget Range(With lesser discount on additional, albeit significant).

Following products are eligible for the above offers:

  • Y Series

a. Y5070

b. Y510 P

  • G series

a. G5070

b. G400 S Touch

c. G4030

d. G405

e. G500 / G500 S

f. G5030

g. G5045

h. G505 / G505 S

  • Yoga series

a. Yoga 2 13

  • Flex series

a. Flex 14

b. Flex 2 14

c. Flex 2 14D

d. Flex 10

  • S series

a. S 510 P

b. S 210 Touch

c. S20

Laptops purchased from following sources are eligible for the offer:

  • Purchases made from online website www.thedostore.com are eligible to avail the Lenovo Peace of Mind offer.
  • Purchase from E-Bay (Only for NDSL)
  • Amazon Purchase – If a customer purchases a machine from Rocky Marketing, DBM Marketing (Deal Kya Hai), Cloud Tail and Staples – Office Shop “only” then he will be eligible for Lenovo Peace of Mind Offer.
  • Purchases made from the Online Retail Website “Croma” are eligible to avail the Peace of Mind offer.
  • This purchases from websites Snapdeal as eligible – DBM Marketing – Deal Kya Hai & Staples – Office Shop will be eligible Lenovo Peace of Mind offer.

All you need to do is that once you purchase the laptop, go on to lenovopromo.net, fill up the form, upload *.jpg, *.jpeg or *,gif format scanned copy of the invoice and the serial number label on the outside of the box and wait for their confirmation email. To avail the offer the customer with valid registrations will have to make a payment of INR 1999/- OR INR 1499/-. Payment should make through a DD draw in favor of “Kestone Integrated Marketing Services Pvt Ltd”.

This offer is valid for laptops purchased from 1st Jan 2015 to 31st March 2015 with registration done before 15th April 2015.

So if you have planned to purchase a laptop, no time is as auspicious as now. Go ahead, buy it from Flipkart or Amazon. Prices at Amazon and flipkart tend to be the lowest.

Lenovo Laptops on Amazon 

Search for Lenovo Laptops on Flipkart

(Disclaimer : The author does not guarantee the availability of offer for all customer. The information above is merely fetched from the above mentioned websites and should act as guide. Buyers ere advised to read the terms and conditions carefully before making final purchase.

The author does not guarantee that the prices are lowest at Flipkart or Amazon but highlights the general trend. Buyers are advised to compare prices at other places before purchase.

Read offer terms and conditions for clarity)

Nov 132014
 

Floods of phones released every month, with India being attacked from all sides in this regards, it sometimes get difficult for Indians who are by now, spoilt for choice. Hundreds of screen sizes and as many hardware configurations has driven the online retail competition in recent times and more is set to come. Though Samsung, Nokia(now Windows), HTC and Sony were the safest bets in past, bravery is being demonstrated by Indians in accepting local brands like Micromax, XOLO, Spice etc.(most of them selling rebranded Chinese Phones) or even accepting chinese entrants like OPPO, Huawei, Xiaomi etc(very Popular in China). The smartphone killer, Oneplus One, is said to have generated so much interest in India that Oneplus has planned a full scale Indian base and the necessary staff for this is being manned. One important aspect which may be lagging is the after sales service in India.

Another company which is quietly making inroads into Indian market is Lenovo which has acquired Motorola just recently. It had launched quite a few impressively configured models in past but it has started gaining traction only in recent times. One such model very recently launched is the Lenovo Vibe X2 with the “Multilayered design for Multilayered life” as proclaimed by its punchline.

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The design and color combinations shout different layers without the need of handling the phone. The layers are actually fancy strips on the edge, but Lenovo also has some thing call Xtensions to transform the mobile boombox or a power reservoir. These Xtensions clip on the back plate of the phone, and though they increase the thickness by as much as 5.1mm, they are designed to serve their purpose. AS of now, the two extension layers announced are the Vibe X2 Speaker(JBL powered) which doubles up as a stand and Vibe X2 Battery which gives your phone the much need refueling stop on the go. A first of its kind by any manufacturer since all previous such addons were aftermarket 3rd party manufactured. Its not yet clear whether both the Xtensions can be attached together, which would make more sense since speakers will consume more power. Also no news on any other Xtensions under developement. Is this due to lack of ideas? Here are a few:

  • Electronic ink Screen Xtension( similar to one on Yota Phone)
  • 3D camera module Xtension
  • NFC Xtension
  • QWERTY Keyboard Module with Single line screen Xtension
  • Simple phone keypad Xtension if you need to call more often and don’t want to wakeup the screen
  • External Memory Card Xtension
  • Various Combinations of above Xtensions to reduce thickness

What the heck. Am being creative.

Anyway, the phone packs some punch, albeit via MediaTek Chipset. Here are a few important hardware aspects.

Configuration:

Screen : 5″ IPS LCD, 1920×1080 full HD 5 point touch. No mention of a gorilla glass so be ready with a quality screen guard

SIM: Dual SIM(Micro/Nano)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, No external memory card adapter.

Chipset: MediatTek MT6595m True8Core

CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz

GPU: PowerVR G600

Camera: Primary 13 MP, Secondary 5 MP(Are they significant or just numbers? real world tests will tell)

Connectivity: The usual Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS, USB along with 2G, 3G and 4G

Pros:

Price: Rs. 19,999 in India which makes it quite competitive

Size: Just the right size that sells in India at this moment

Display: Full HD display

Connectivity: 4G connectivity will enable people to access 4G network which is to be launched soon

Horsepower: Latest MediaTek chipset which boasts of battery saving features.

Cons:

Display: No Gorilla Glass

Memory: No provision for external SD

Xtension: Only two Xtensions without any information when they will be out for sale

Layer: The screen layer is bit smaller then the border and person using the phone one handed will feel it on his thumb base.

Battery: Built in

OS: Android Kitkat 4.4

All in all the phone seems to be good for the price point. That’s being demonstrated by the high demand on flipkart. But then flipkart seem to have struck the sweet spot in advertising and creating a hype, so much so that Xiaomi, which was not well known before flipkart flash sell, is now a wishlist for many who are unable to lay their hands on it, sale after sale. A lot needs to be seen about its performance and of course the timely upgrades.

Nov 122014
 

Technology had advanced at a mind boggling pace, more so since the introduction of mobiles, and it’s inclusion into our lifestyle has invariably opened up our homes to the world. Top tech firms are known to “mine” user data in as simple form as a cookie. This data is later used for financial gains to ultimately please their shareholders. This, though anticipated, is not excusable. There is an ongoing war against privacy invasion via digital media.

Mindless to all the protests, tech firms keep on introducing such privacy invading features in their applications/websites. One such latest update is the double blue tick in whatsapp chat.

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Some might argue what’s the big fuss about. So lets see how it functions.

When you send a message to your contact on whatsapp, once it is delivered to the whatsapp server a small tick appear on the bottom right corner of the chat message. Once your contact receives it on his/her phone, another tick is added and now you have a double tick, signifying that the message has been delivered to your contact. In past, you had no way of telling whether your friend has read the message. This was ok since the transmission of message was more important.

But introduce a double tick which signifies that your friend had read the message and the scenario changes. You expect a reply. Your friend has chosen not to reply at that moment. You start the seemingly never ending wait for the reply, while your friend is busy with something important and chooses to finish this conversation later. Meanwhile, you come up with all the possible reasons, including neglect on the part of your friend, while the time starts weighing on your mind. Meanwhile your friend is busy in an important business meeting and doesn’t realise all this. But does he need to realise?

Repeat this scenario and one day you start feeling that your friend is not longer your friend.

Whats the need of this feature. Why should anyone know whether I have read his message or not. I can take my own sweet time to reply. But, Whatsapp, through this tiny feature, is forcing me to either reply to all the messages that I read, or quit whatsapp alltogether. I checked the settings but couldn’t find any that could disable this feature.

Now don’t say that I should get lost from whatsapp. The company itself wouldn’t say that publically fearing drastic reduction in its valuation.

Wakeup whatsapp. Give us our privacy.

Oct 262014
 

No, there is not mistake. Yes, the title says Dual Screen phone. Not the dual SIM phone which you are very much used to reading.

Flipkart , a couple of days back, has exclusively launched the Yota Dual Screen Phone in India.But then there were few other phones in past which had two screens(big or small). So whats different about this one?

The world has moved on from wired lines(I still use one, but primarily for ADSL connection) to wireless big bricks which could just exchange calls and SMS to java then symbian and now to Android/iOS/Windows at this moment. The phones have first reduced in their form and after reaching the miniature possible, have started increasing in form, more so due to the nature of interaction. Technology has advanced.

What had been lagging all along the evolution is the ability of the battery to satisfy the hunger for power of these mobile phones. The iphone has been able to have an upper hand in this regards, but ultimately it too dies off.

The biggest culprit of this power consumption is the mobile screen. The need to keep the screen illuminated in case of TFT screens results in short battery life. The compromise is to reduce battery brightness, thus affecting the visual experience or, less use of phone, thus conflicting with its purpose.

Yota Devices has come up with an innovative idea to help solve some part of the problem. They have introduced a dual screen phone, called the YotaPhone. You would say that the problem has doubled!

Well, that’s not so. The Yotaphone is an android based smartphone in a bar form factor with screens on both sides. The primary screen is a normal 4.3″, 1280 X 720 pixel, IPS LCD display capable of displaying 16 million colors. Nothing out of the world there.

The second screen is the USP of this phone, along with the things it can do. The second screen is a 4.3″, electronic paper display with 640 x 360 resolution and 16-grayscale color reproduction ability.  It is the always on type of display which cannot be blacked out like your normal screen. The important feature of this e-paper display is that once anything is displayed on the screen, it does not require any power to sustain it on the screen. The power consumption takes place only when the screen is changed with new contents. This technology is being currently used successfully by e-book readers(Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook) which boast a battery life of somewhere around 3-4 weeks.

Now, who would want a grayscale screen on a high end mobile? Well, Answer few questions.

  • Do you need to read your SMSes on color screen?
  • Do you need to get alarm notifications on color screens?
  • Do you need to check your stock prices on color screen?
  • What about weather. Do you want to view weather updates/news on color screen(unless the news contain graphics which need to be seen in color)?
  • Do you read your ebooks color screens?

I guessed not. You spend lots of time on your mobile screen doing all the above activities. But do these activities really justify the use of power hogging color screen? If not, the YotaPhone is for you.

Make no mistake of undermining the abilities of this phone with its main screen on. The phone packs punch in the following manner:

Processor :Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.7GHz dual core

RAM : 2 GB

Memory : 32 GB

Connectivity : 2G, 3G, 4G, USB, BT, Wifi(all latest standards)

Camera 13 MP with Autofocus and flash capable of 1080p video at 30 fps and a secondary 1 MP camera

GPS : A-GPS, GLONASS

Primary Screen : Full touch screen

Second Screen : Touch zone under the display for control gestures

OS : Android 4.2.2(Jelly Bean)

Battery : 1800 mAH (The manufacturers are confident that you will love the electronic paper display)

As you can see the phone is at par with many mid-range phones. The cost, at Rs. 23500, may seem prohibitive but the battery boast, if used in the fashion that this phone is meant to be used, may help you overlook the cost.It may feel odd at first but compare it with nokia N-gage and you will feel at home with YotaPhone.

So if you are in a process of buying your next phone, take a look at this one. It may be the one you want.

Pros:

Promise of good battery life

Good specifications

Makes a tech statement

Flipkart support

Cons:

No real world feedback as yet

No word on updated to the OS

Cost bit high for these specifications(But then, money is not everything)

Buy YotaPhone at Flipkart

Oct 112014
 

I handle my phone in a ruthless fashion. Right from the day I bought my Galaxy SII till today, the “settings” icon of my android phone has been the most accessed icon. I try to extract every ounce of computing power available in the phone and in doing so, I’ve become a fan of flashing and installing customised ROM. My phone is about 2 years old and provided I get proper updates, I feel it will be good for one/one and a half year more. The next phone I buy may not be the flagship at that time but will surely be a top end one, probably something like the Oneplus One.

Not so with my wife. She uses it for all the basic needs like calls, messaging and light entertainment and such stuff. So pouring a good amount of money into mobile purchase is not an idea she likes. But whatever you do, your mobile is a hardware which after some time, and constant mishandling(read throwing on the ground in an attempt to break it in to pieces) by our two year old kids, stops working the way it should. That’s what happened with my wife’s phone about a week back. Luckily the big billion day was around the corner and this auspicious day(an auspicious day for e-buyers) I bought a Motorola Moto E for my wife. On a regular selling price of 6999 rs I got a discount of 1500 rs so the final price on that way came out to be 5499 rs. Received the delivery of the phone two days back even with the huge amount of orders that flipkart had with them, so this was a commendable job. Keep it up.

Anyway the point is, I have the Moto E in my hand and here’s the review.

Unboxing

The Moto E comes in minimalistic packing.

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Upon opening up the box, the Moto E glares at you right away.

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The box contains a Moto E handset with battery built in(no user replaceable battery), a charging kit, a hands free kit and the necessary startup leaflets. Gone are the days of the software cd and bulky booklets. An unsurprising omission is that of a data cable since at this price point, it would be hard to squeeze in.

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The backside

For inserting the Micro SIM cards and Micro SD card, you need to pull off the back plate by prying in your fingernail at the charging port. Motorola warns against using tools as it might damage internal components. Motorola also instructs to use more force without hesitation. The trick is to use index finger nail for opening up the cover while using the thumb to press the Motorola logo on the cover.

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Upon removing the cover, you will find the two SIM slots and a micro sd slot one below the other on the right side. Also notice that the battery is enclosed inside the casing.

Around the Phone

On the top the phone has a standard 3.5 mm hands free pin port and a pin hole for secondary mic. On the right it has the power/lock button and the volume rocker. At the bottom it has a micro usb port for charging and data transfer. The front face has two metallic strips, one on top and another on bottom which are for the speaker and the mic.  No other physical buttons all around. The camera is housed on the back, centered, without a flash.

Specifications

The important specifications are as below:

CPU : Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 on Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 with Adreno 302(decent enough)

RAM : 1 GB

Internal Memory : 4 GB(2 GB available for user, supports 32 GB expandable memory)

SIM : Dual SIM dual standby

Camera : 5MP primary(no secondary)

OS : Android 4.4.2 upgradable to 4.4.4(upgrade already seeding)

Screen : Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 4.3”, 540 X 960 pixels

Detailed specifications at gsmarena

Usability

This phone is targeted towards beginners to the android world. Hence the price has to be kept below a certain value. The result will never be a feather light phone. But the weight gives a feel of sturdiness to the phone. My current phone is almost similar to Moto E in terms of processing hardware so I am happy that such is available for 1/5th of the price of my phone.

The phone once started, guides you through a setup wizard to get you ready. The user interface is minimalistic, hinting at a pure android experience apart from the standard motorola addons like the Moto migrate which is a boon if you want to transfer your old phone to any moto phone.

The device interface feels smoother. All the necessary google apps are inbuilt.Login with your google ID and you are good to go.

Competitors

Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, Spice UNO. These phones are google initiative to promote android to the Indian masses while helping local brands create a brand image. Though these manufacturers are well known in India, Micromax is the only company to have made a breakthrough in gaining confidence of the Indian massed.

Final Say

At this price point the phone is a good starting point for android beginners.

Buy Moto E here

Sep 212014
 

EDIT : NOW AVAILABLE!!

 

So how many of you Tech Buffs have been waiting for this. The motorola Moto 360, since its announcement couple of months back and the subsequent launch few days back, has made quite some waves, rather tsunami of waves in tech world. It has become an object of desire due to its superiorly crafted design and of course, the huge marketing.

But we all in India, as usual may not have been that excited, since Tech Giants are known to skip us for quite a huge period even after launch. So expecting Moto G to be available in India this early is unexpected.

Well, times have changed. Flipkart, once again, seems close to launching Moto 360 on its website. Currently showing “Not Availabe”, knowing Flipkart, you might even wake up tomorrow to check that its “Available”.

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So if you want to be the first to gets your hands on to, or rather, get on your hands this smart piece of accessory, keep a sharp lookout on Flipkart. On my part, I will try to inform as soon as I get some hint.

Best of Luck!!

Sep 052014
 

At the beginning of this year, flipkart had been instrumental in launching the Moto G smartphone by Motorola. Those abreast with updates in the tech world, know how they sold those hot cakes. It was one of the best smartphones for that price point and it seemed to have throttled the necks of the budding newbies of the smartphone industry in India. I say seemed to have throttled because they are back to clean off the remains.

Moto G(Original), though customised for the Indian market with its dual SIM, still had few shortfalls. The screen at 4.5” was not competitive enough(as if), the camera lacked the luster and the lack of expandable memory support left the users wanting at times. But it was, and still is, a good phone with its latest hardware and updates.

But Motorola had other plans. It quietly went in to development of an upgrade, with people anticipating it to be a bit overpriced. Little did they know that Motorola would exceed their expectations.

Tonight, on Flipkart, Motorola launches, exclusively in India, the Moto G 2nd Generation.

 

Yes!! You see it correct. Motorola has priced it at Rs. 13000. That’s for a 16 GB, 5”, 8 MP Camera, 1 GB RAM with expandable memory model. And you are sure to get the OS updates from time to time. What else do you want. Moto G 2nd Gen is a real surprise. And right in time for the festive season.

Here are few key specifications(source flipkart)

    • Android v4.4.4 (KitKat) OS (Upgradable to Android L)
    • 1 GB RAM
    • Expandable upto 32GB (upgrade. previous N/A)
    • 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Quad Core Processor
    • 8 MP Primary Camera and 2 MP Secondary Camera (upgrade. previous 5 MP)
    • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
    • 5-inch HD Screen (upgrade, previous 4.5”)

Knowing Flipkart, checkout the launch tonight, cause they are sure to sweeten the offer like they do with their other exclusive launches. Grab it while stock lasts tonight (flipkart website states launch tonight)

Click banner above or this link to view/buy.

For full comparison of the “old” Moto G and the latest one click here.

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