Samsung Galaxy Mega: Is it a phone or a tablet or a f*cking skateboard without wheels!!

Samsung recently announced their new Galaxy Mega series, as the name suggests, ‘mega’ is really MEGA. There are two phones in this line-up, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. These phones are so big that even Note 2 feels smaller compared to them. They actually look  more like compact tablets than SmartPhones. Both run on Dual Core SnapDragon 400 processors and come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Here are a few pics in which the phone is actually compared to some of the other popular smartphones out there.

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How to get the Google Nexus 4 in India?

Still waiting for Google to release Nexus 4 in India? Well, there is a bad news, Google has no recent plans for bringing the device in Indian markets any-time soon. Yep, Nexus 7 was launched a few days back here in India, not to forget the fact that Nexus 7 was first unveiled at the Google I/O last year. As it can be seen, sadly India is a dumping ground for Google. They have dumped the Nexus 7 here as they are working on the newer version of Nexus & which is expected at Google I/O this year.

Google Nexus 4 is a 4.7′ Snap Dragon S4 Pro beast which is very much similar to LG Optimus G (Which is available at around 29K in the market now), however the Nexus device is a Nexus device which gives the purest of android experience and has top-of-the-line updates and a huge developer support. The Nexus 4 continues being a heavenly device for Flash’Oholics who like to play around with boot-loaders and custom ROMs.

Here are some of the major Nexus 4 reviews-

CNET

TechCrunch

TechRadar

TheVerge

EnGadget

GSMArena

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Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

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Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

Nexus 4

The other options available for Indians are the Galaxy S3, Optimus G, One X+ and Lumia 920, but let me tell you one thing, the Nexus 4 smokes all the other devices in all terms. It looks better, feels better, you’ll be standing apart in the crowd, you’ll hardly see anybody using a Nexus device around you. There are some points which an Indian must keep in mind, firstly there is no warranty for a Nexus device because it hasn’t been officially launched in India, if you brick your device, spill coffee over it or drop while reading a news-paper on your toilet seat in the morning, you’ll loose it permanently. There are only a few places in whole of India where the device can be repaired, the LG service centre won’t even touch your device. Well, for people from Mumbai there are a few places like Manish Market and Heera Panna where the device can be repaired. And many people on different forums around the world have reported faulty devices being shipped where they face problems pertaining ti Wi-Fi, Over Heating  Touch-Screen sensitivity etc. I recently got a Nexus 4 and I haven’t faced any such problem. And moreover all these above problems are software related and Google has solved them in JDQ39 4.2.2 update, or you can just head-over to XDA and get a custom ROM like ParanoidAndroid or CM 10.1 , but if your device was faulty then either you can blame your shipping company or your luck (But faulty device being shipped, one in million may-be).

So, here are some ways in which you can get a Nexus 4 if you are from India –
1]  This is the simplest, most reliable and easiest way to get a Nexus 4 sitting at home. I have personally tested this way, I got my Nexus 4 16GB a few days back, completely sealed and in working condition. Just head-over to ManiacStore.com, place an order, use Cash-On-Delivery option, test the device and then pay for it. I ordered my device on April 1, 2013 and I received it on April 4, 2013. The total price for 16GB was 28,540 Rs. (50 Rs. for the delivery man :P).
It was working, sealed and the package was good and safe. So, a thumbs-up for the ManiacStore.com

  • Quick delivery.
  • Excellent support for tracking the status of device.
  • Cash-On- Delivery option.
  • Worth spending a bit-more than getting into the complex procedure of ordering it from USA.
  • Sealed box and you pay only after you test the device.
  • Six Months Seller warranty (Yep. SIX MONTHS).

{Special Note- All the links below are for 16 GB Nexus 4, well because 8 GB Nexus 4 is of no use, you’ll hardly get 6 GB which in my view is too less for such a device, it is like you are buying a Ferrari with with a fuel capacity of 2 Ltr. just to save a few bucks, it is really advisable to buy 16 GB by paying 3K more}

Link to ManiacStore.com- Here

The other options are-

NaapTol.com- Here

EBay.in- Here [You can even check out other listings here, beware of second hand hand-sets, if in doubt you can contact me  :P]

GrabMore.in- Here

Rediff- Here

iBhejo.com- Here

2] The second way is to get it from the Grey Market. Head over to one of the grey markets around Mumbai and get it from there.

Alfa at Vile-Parle, Manish Market or Heera Panna, just get there and buy the device like any other device. Heera Panna is always stocked up with Nexus devices. FOr people uotside Mumbai, just google your city name with ‘Grey Market’. The prices vary from 32K to 40K. Learn the art of bargaining and you can get at least 3K off and also demand a free case or screen protector  😀

3] This way is for someone who wants to get Nexus 4 16 Gb at a really cheap price, you can get into this complex procedure of getting the device from USA, it will cost you around 23K for Nexus 4 16 GB. It will take time to be deliverred, 20-25 days in some cases. There are high chances of your order being cancelled, you oosing your money, or receiving device in a poor state because it is actually being shipped from The States  😀

How to Import


1) Register on any of the sites like Hopshopgo / comgateway / PPOBOX / borderlinx etc. that provide reliable shipping services.

(Some sites may have some registration fee, some may not.)

2) Note down your U.S address which they provide.

Example :

Quote:
Your Name
17146 NE Sandy Blvd
c/o INX-XXX
Portland, OREGON 97230
Tel: 503-914-6317


3) Go to the Play Store via your VPN and get your Phone shipped to your U.S Address.

Quote:
For this, Please use VPN services like us.newfreevpn.com or justfreevpn or any free and reliable free VPN sites.
Add your Indian credit card with the same U.S address you received. The both the shipping and billing address must be the same.


4) Once the shipment is received on the U.S address, the company will usually notify you within 1-2 Days along with the estimated cost for shipping to India based on the type of shipping you want.(standard or expedited).(This can be without duty for some sites)

5) You pay the amount to the company online.

6) They will usually provide an airway bill/tracking number.

7) Wait for your Nexus 4.

8) Pay any customs in cash if not paid before to the delivery boy.

9) Enjoy your Nexus 4.

Or optionally,I suggest you to head over to saptakmohanta.blogspot.in for a more detailed info about importing and the steps with a short and sweet review for dessert. 

Here is the round-up of everything-

1} PPOBox

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for NY (their warehouse is in NY): 32
Registration on ppobox – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by ppobox: Rs 1600-Rs 2000 (USD 30 – 35)
So the total comes out to be: USD 425 – 430 (inclusive of everything)

(The customs officials will open the box just for checking.)

2} HopShopGO

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for Portland (their warehouse is in Portland): 0
Registration on HopShopGo – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by HopShopGo: Rs 2000-Rs 2500 (USD 40 – 45)

So the total comes out to be: USD 403 – 415 (inclusive of everything)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with a 6.3″ HD display

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will pack a 6.3″ PLS display of HD resolution and is going to be powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU and feature 1.5GB of RAM. That could be the Exynost 5250 chipset powering the company’s 11.6″ Chromebook offering or, more likely, the Snapdragon 400 with dual Krait 300.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy Mega

At the back of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will reside an 8MP snapper with LED flash, while a 2MP one at the front will reportedly take care of video chatting. Connectivity is covered by Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 80211 a/b/g/n and A-GPS.

The device measures 167.6 x 88 x 7.9mm (same thickness as the Galaxy S4) and features a 3200mAh battery (100mAh more than the Galaxy Note II). At this point, it’s still unclear whether the Galaxy Mega 6.3 would run Android 4.1.2 or 4.2.2 .

Samsung plans to launch both LTE and non-LTE versions of Galaxy Mega 6.3 in 2 colors – black and white. The black variation of the phone will become available mid-May, while the white one will launch later.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini live photos

With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now official, it’s time for the rest of the new generation Galaxy devices to start making an appearance. It turns out the first one to break ground is the Galaxy S4 mini.

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SamMobile has got hold of some live photos of the smartphone, which reveals a design quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The photos below confirm that the S4 mini will even feature the back cover design of its bigger brother.

The Galaxy S4 mini (GT-I9190) will be available in a dual-SIM version as well (probably carrying the Galaxy S4 mini duos moniker and GT-I9192 model number).

Despite its name and resemblance to Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S4 mini allegedly won’t pack a monster of a CPU, but rather a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display of qHD resolution (960×540 pixels, 256ppi).

It’s slightly bigger than the ongoing Galaxy S III mini, which features a 4″ display of WVGA resolution. Unfortunately, the S4 mini’s CPU type isn’t known at this point, but what’s known from the photos above is that the smartphone will run what’s currently the latest version of Android -4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

According to the source the Galaxy S4 mini is expected to make its debut in June or July this year.

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Micromax A116 Canvas HD vs Samsung Galaxy Grand

Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand

Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand

Micromax A116 Canvas HD
There is no doubt that this smartphone will be one of the fastest selling phones in India. If initial reactions of fans is any indication, Micromax has a solid product in its court.

Pros
The A116’s MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is more than capable of delivering a smooth, lag-free experience. Plus, it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which has Project Butter at its core. The PowerVR Series5XT GPU is known to be highly efficient and will handle graphics acceleration duties. Another big point in favour of the Micromax handset is the 5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution, which means a pixel density of 294ppi. More importantly, the A116 is touted to be sold for under Rs 15,000, which is a fantastic price for the specs.

Micromax Canvas HD

Micromax Canvas HD

Cons
Looking at the flipside, the Micromax only comes with 4GB onboard storage. Even though it is possible to expand this thanks to the microSD slot, it supports cards only up to 32GB. The front-facing camera of the A116 can shoot only VGA (640 x 480) resolution, when most phones these days have front cams capable of shooting 720p at least. The 2000 mAh battery might not be enough to keep up with the quad-core processor, even though the MediaTek processor uses a 28nm manufacturing process.

Another worry is the lack of past updates by the company. Instead, its standard practice is to release a new handset with the latest OS. Possibly the biggest pain point for Micromax and its customers is the lack of good after-sales service. Despite being an established manufacturer in India, this is one of the biggest complaints by past customers.  And if you are someone who likes unlocking, ROMs and rooting, then this is not the phone for you. There is a very low support on development for MTK devices. There will be no CM or PACman ROMs for this device at all. On the positive side, Micromax Canvas  2 A110 has got its own XDA forum in Legacy and Low activity devies list.
Samsung Galaxy Grand
Samsung has a huge fan following and standing among Android phone makers; however, it is still trying to get right the formula for a smartphone with the right set of features at the right price. With the Galaxy Grand, Samsung is trying to do just that.

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Pros
Undoubtedly, Samsung’s brand name carries a lot of weight in the smartphone market. Moreover, the company has developed a trustworthy after-sales service network in the country. In this regard, the Korean company is ahead of Micromax. In the Galaxy Grand, it has included some of the TouchWiz features that were launched with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II. These include the likes of Smart Call, Pop-up Play, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S-Voice. Samsung has also included India-specific content offerings called My Services. This includes myMovies, myMusic, myMobileTV, myReader and myEducation.
The Galaxy grand offers 8GB of onboard storage, but unlike the A116, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 64GB. Its front-facing camera is of the 2 megapixel variety, so you can shoot videos with a 720p resolution.

 

Cons
The biggest complaint about the Samsung handset is the low-resolution display, which tops at 800 x 480, resulting in a low pixel density, 187ppi to be precise. While there is no official word on the processor ticking underneath, one source reports seeing a Galaxy Grand at the Broadcom booth during CES 2013. So one is led to believe that the SoC is the BCM28155, which comprises a pair of ARM Cortex-A9 cores and Broadcom’s own VideoCore-IV graphics engine. This is not the best option out there. Samsung has priced this handset at Rs 21,500, which means the price will be a big factor in making the buying decision. Ideally, the handset’s official price should have been in the Rs 16,000 to 17,000 bracket. It remains to be seen how soon market factors will dictate a fall in price.

LG Optimus G launched in India for Rs. 34500

LG-Optimus-G

LG-Optimus-G

LG has officially launched the Optimus G (E975) in India. The Optimus G went on sale in India last week. It comes with a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768 pixels) True HD IPS + Display with 15:9 aspect ratio, 550 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 2 protection, powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with LG  Optimus 3.0 UI on top. It has a 13MP camera with LED flash, Full HD video recording and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

It offers enhanced UX including upgraded QSlide that lets you open 2 apps in a single screen and now supports video, browser, memo, calendar and calculator. Other features include Dual Screen Dual Play that would enable mirroring between the smartphone and a TV and display different content on each screen (Smartphone and TV), Q Memo to jot notes, Live Zooming while watching a video, Smart Shutter and lots more.

LG Optimus G  Specifications

  •  4.7-inch (1280 x 768 pixels) True HD IPS + Display with 15:9 aspect ratio, 550 nits brightness
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU
  • Dimensions – 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm, Weight – 145g
  • 13MP camera with an LED flash, 1080p Full HD video recording at 30 fps
  •  1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM, 32 GB internal memory
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS / aGPS, NFC
  • 2,100 mAh battery

The LG Optimus G is price at Rs. 34,500 (MRP) and is available in various stores across India. Check out our Optimus G review if you are planning to get one.

Nokia Lumia 620 gets a pre order price of Rs. 15,199 on Flipkart

The Nokia Lumia 620 has been a long time coming. It was initially slated to be launched on the first week of February but it is already the first week of March, so it is about time it arrived on the market, and signs indicate that it is coming real soon indeed. Flipkart has just put up the phone for pre order at a price of Rs. 15,199, with availability promised within a week.

Nokia Lumia 620 Flipkart

Nokia Lumia 620 Flipkart

 

The Lumia 620 joins the 920 and the 820 in the Indian market. With the recent budget it was expected that the phone might not hit the sub 15k mark and the pre order price shows. But we can’t wholly trust Flipkart as prices for other pre orders have changed in the past. Anyways, the Lumia 620 is possibly Nokia’s best shot at a mid range winner device, with specs and features rivaling the competition. The specs are –

  • Display: 3.8” TFT WVGA 800×480, ClearBlack
  • Memory: 512MB RAM (8GB internal memory, Micro SD support up to 64GB)
  • Camera: 5Mpix autofocus, LED flash; Video capture: HD 720p@30fps; VGA front camera
  • Size & weight: 115.4 x 61.1 x 11.02 mm; 127g (including battery)
  • Connectivity: NFC, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, micro-USB, 3.5mm audio connector (AHJ + WP Controls)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon (TM) S4
  • Battery Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) Up to 14.6 h/ up to 9.9 h; Standby time: Up to 330 h

So, are you excited that the Lumia 620 is finally arriving to the Indian market? Are you buying one? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source Flipkart

Sony Xperia Z to arrive in India on March 6th

The Sony Mobile India facebook just published the above teaser a couple of hours back, and the shining button on the side of the seemingly unknown device photo indicates only one thing, the Sony Xperia Z is going to be launched in India on the 6th of March.

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z set for March 6 in India

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

The device has a really thin profile with the newest addition to the Sony series being the 5 inch 1080p panel. While we were quite underwhelmed with the display during our short hands on time, there are still other great specs that back this device up, and they are –

  • 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Reality display with mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to Android 4.2
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU
  • 13 MP camera with LED Flash, Exmor RS sensor for HDR images and video
  • 2.2 MP 720p front-facing camera
  • Water and Dust Resistant (IP55 and IP57)
  • 7.9mm thick and weighs 146g
  • One-touch mirroring
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD
  • 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 820.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • 2330 mAh battery

The Sony Xperia Z comes in Black, White and Purple colors and we are looking forward to the launch on the 6th of March.  So, are you looking forward to it with Samsung Galaxy S4 just around the corner? Do let us know your opinions in the comments section below.

 

The HTC Desire X- The ‘not-that-smart’phone

White Desire X

Hands down, theWhite HTC Desire X looks much better than Black One(No Racism)

The HTC Desire X forces its way between the low-end Desire C and the mid-level One V. Safe to say that the Desire X is One V repacked with a dual core. The main difference from the One V it seems is the design, with the HTC Desire X sporting a look and feel which owners of the flagship HTC One X will be familiar with, however the polycarbonate unibody is out, in favour of a rubberised plastic back which you can peel off very easily.

HTC Desire X

The phone does feel elegant, even though it is a finger-print magnet

On the front of the Desire X you find the 4-inch, Super LCD display with three touch buttons below it, back, home and multi-tasking, which tells you this handset is packing Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich – but you won’t find a front-facing camera here.  There’s also a distinctive looking brushed aluminium plate around the camera lens and LED flash, which doesn’t appear to serve any purpose other than making it look a bit difference.

The 4-inch LCD screen is nice and bright, and fairly sharp too with a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels. But the glass covering sits a little uncomfortably within the casing, and it nestles slightly below the surround, which feels a bit awkward. The screen isn’t as sensitive as it could be either, and uncharacteristically for HTC, we found ourselves having to make more repeat presses than we’d like.

It’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — still fairly rare for a fresh midrange handset. It also has the 4.1 version of HTC’s Sense user interface, which is as slick and fulsome as we’ve come to expect.

HTC Desire X

The comparion- ‘Baap aur Beta :D’

There’s a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon processor on board, backed by 768MB RAM, which isn’t bad for this price range. It benchmarked a performance score of 4,969 with AnTuTu, which puts it a nudge in front of Samsung’s Galaxy Beam but behind the Huawei Ascend P1. In practise, there were occasional signs of lag when opening new apps, especially when you have a few open already.

The Camera quality is good for a regular user.

The Camera quality is good for a regular user.

Music and movie playback gets a bit of help from Beats Audio processing technology, which boosts your volume and your bass — fine if you like that sort of thing, but if you don’t you can always disable it. This is a stripped-down version of the technology, with no graphic equaliser, and you won’t find any Beats Audio headphones in the box either.

The 5-megapixel camera is standard at this price point, but this one has a few extras borrowed from its more expensive brother. There’s a BSI (Backside Illuminated) sensor that helps with low-light snaps as well as an f2.0 aperture, which should let in a bit more light. It has autofocus, as well as a burst mode which can take up to 30 quick-fire snaps in a row if you hold the shutter button down for long enough. And the features keep coming, with face detection and auto smile capture, plus HDR to help with high-contrast shots and a panorama mode. You can also take snaps while you’re in the middle of filming video.

The Camera of HTC Desire X

The Camera of HTC Desire X

Speaking of video, recording drops to WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels), so it’s certainly not HD, though the fact that it records at 30fps means it looks pretty good. Picture quality overall is only so-so though, with a lack of detail in many snaps.

The battery held up fairly well, all told, delivering a little over a day of fairly heavy use.

HTC Desire X

HTC Desire X, the three touch sensitive buttons

Conclusion
The HTC Desire X is a perfectly decent midrange handset but is let down by its insensitive screen and it doesn’t really do a lot to distinguish itself from rivals in this space, like the Sony Xperia Sola, Galaxy Ace 2, Sony Xperia P or Orange San Diego. It is better to opt for Xperia P by stretching your pocket a bit.

For– Dual Core, 768 MB RAM, Snappier User Interface, Usabilty, Price.

Against– Camera, GPU is a let down, low developer community support, no Jelly Bean as yet of now, touch sensitivity.

Rating- 7.5/10

BlackBerry 10 OS screenshots revealed, show new homescreen, widgets and more

For the revamped operating system, it looks like RIM has taken pieces from Apple, Google, and Microsoft competitors and jammed them together. It’s the best looking thing RIM has ever done, but sadly, it still doesn’t look very good.

The overall UI is pretty conservative, which isn’t terrible considering the prototypical BlackBerry user needs something easy to use. The homescreen and pull down menus look like a direct descendant of Samsung’s Touch Wiz skin for Android. The icon design is pretty horrendous. What’s up with the shadowing behind the icons and why is the LinkedIn icon bigger than the others? Hopefully that dimension within the icon will be standardized for the final version. The skeuomorphic page flapping in the wind on the calendar icon doesn’t bode well either. Also, please tell us which enterprise Blackberry client is going to enjoy an app called story maker.

BB10 OS home-screen

BB10 OS home-screen

BB10 OS home-screen

BB10 OS home-screen

Here we see what appears to be some kind of voice search application. A Siri for Blackberry perhaps. The boxy design of those dialogues sure reminds us of Windows Phone, but that square microphone button at the button doesn’t quite do it for us. Maybe RIM is just trying to avoid getting sued by Apple over the design of the Siri mic button.

BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

BB10-hosts-Yet-Another-Siri-Clone

Blackberry Hub is the central messaging system for BB10. Hard to judge from what we see here. But then, it’s a little worrisome that we can’t tell what’s going on from a graphical UI standpoint by glancing at it either. It all looks very redundant.

BB10-BlackBerry Messenger-to be called BlackBerry Hub

BB10-BlackBerry Messenger-to be called BlackBerry Hub

Mercifully, Twitter and Facebook and other apps look more or less the way they do on other mobile operating systems.

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

BB10 OS Applications

We’ll see what RIM shows us when BB10 is officially launch on January 30 in NYC.