HTC Touchflo mobiles on Airtel.

Posted on June 30, 2007. Filed under: gadgets, mobile |

Its rainy season here, and iPhone season in US. But if you are anywhere in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Ahemdabad, Hyderabad then you will be able to lay your hands on a touch phone with commendable technology from HTC on Airtel. HTC is a Tiwanese corp, making smart phone. This phone priced at ~Rs20,ooo/- is boasting of a revolutionary Touch FLO technology which will be able to identify between stylus and finger. I dont think it would be multi touch, but would be running on Windows Mobile 6. This handset/PDA would be having one touch clicks for SMS, Email, Call, Callendar, E-Mail.
Specs are as follows

  • Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
  • Weight: 112g with battery
  • 1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • 2.8″ LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
  • Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
  • Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
  • Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
  • Windows Mobile 6® Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
  • Wireless Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Choice of two colors at launch – elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green

If you are taking it specs by specs and compare it with iPhone then you would be pretty happy to have this.
But as rumor mill(via: Engadget) is saying that Apple would be declaring a launch date of a 3G iPhone for European market, and that too on various carriers, I would suggest you to wait for an Asian release and then invest into high end mobile, though tentatively people are hoping for an early 2008 release, but I think Christmas or Diwali release can be on cards.

Source: Airtel official release. here.

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iPhone, still untouched by hype.

Posted on June 9, 2007. Filed under: mobile |

The date is June 29. Wherever you move, you are reading and listening about iPhone…
Wait a sec, which place am I talking about? I am talking about the blogs from land beyond the seven seas, US. iPhone will be in stores on June 29, yes in US only, but still it is said to be the most coveted device of this year. Apple did not wanted to miss launch in July, or else they would have gone much closer to the Microsoft standards of being late in launches.
There is no doubt what so ever that iPhone is a marvelous device and can be touted as a must have gadget by many. But when I open my mouth to speak about iPhone it only meets the dumb faces of my friends, and its not their fault. They know nothing of iPhone, besides that it is a touch screen phone with iTunes and music capabilities, and probably a good internet device. Thats it at the most, I haven’t heard of any thing more than this about iPhone from my peers. This is grossly the state of whole India, a country which is showing highest growth in terms of increase in mobile devices. Mobile making companies from world over are launching their products simultaneously in India, and there are few good reasons for that.
I always feel that apple does not consider India as a big market, for reasons unknown. Their products are all under advertised. India is a country with a developing and an increasing market base, and capturing market at such an stage can always prove fruit full. They did same with iPod, leading to late craze. Their iTunes is still not ready for Bollywood hyms, when the market for bollywood music can be considered as big as that of American music. Mac is not a popular brand in here, and not many know about it, and far less people have actually worked upon it. Mr Steve Jobs may consider his products far better than that of Microsoft’s, but is unknown in this part of world.
Let us focus back on iPhone, the latest device probably in same price range, in Nokia N95 which is getting some rave reviews, though it is not a touch screen phone, but it have nearly same functionality as that of iPhone and with a much powerful camera, i.e. a 5MP camera comparing to a 2MP camera on iPhone, and that too probably without flash. There is one more thing, which will make iPhone much costlier, the great Indian desire of freedom, Indians dont like their mobiles locked, and the concept of locked mobile which came with the launch of CDMA phones took some time to go down through many throats. iPhone will be launched in at&t network only, in US. This will certainly bring down its price but still it would be locked. So whenever they will be launching it in India, this will be a big point to consider.
It would be interesting to see that how Indian media takes the launch of iPhone and how much is it covered in here. And if you have some one in US then dont rush to get iPhone for some time to come, because iPhone might not bring a warranty cover in India, and as it happened with Nano, there might be some screen troubles with iPhone.

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I am looking for a mobile on web.

Posted on February 16, 2007. Filed under: mobile, web services |

Recently I covered Future Bazaar here. I got comments by so called CEO of Future Group, but some how as there is no back link I am not believing him. If they are correct, then they should mention it here.
But lets come to my point, I am looking for a mobile phone, and am thinking to try out some online shop. I some how zeroed on Nokia 5300. Then I used my fingers on my keyboard and went to few online shops for India.
Future Bazaar

To tell, first two are retail e-outlets, and other two are part of portals.
@ Univercell >>> Rs. 10,999/-
@ Future Bazaar >>> Rs. 10,846/-
@ Indiatimes >>> Rs. 11,340/-
@ Rediff >>> Rs. 11,336/-

Its for everyone to see, from where I my buy, but still I may buy from shop in my town, because I feel that I may get a better bet over there, Hey, I cant go down with some 10k without bargaining!

Bye the way when it comes to details provided online, it was Rediff which was a notch ahead than others. And when it came to easy navigation then it was Univercell who I felt was better than rest. If you know of any other online mobile shoppe then please bring it to my knowledge.

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Now Then – Instant mobile messaging and blogging.

Posted on December 30, 2006. Filed under: mobile, social networking, web services |

I came across this new service as one of my friend pointed it to me. Nowthen is one nice simple service, doing nothing more than what it is stating, with a very clean, calming interface, with a smooth scrolling image viewer. Its not blogging in pure sense but it is very much same. For messaging a MMS it is open only for US and UK(as usual). But people from other countries can send their text as well as multimedia messages as an email, which is a nice option. This USP of this service is the instantaneous of send the messages, its not like flickr or any other similar service, but is targetted for some casual mobile photography, so that you can share your pics with your friends on go, and ‘on go’ is the main part of USP.

They will be providing mobile alerts and from wha ever I read it seemed that they are not charging any thing for that. Then as usual they are providing links to feed the MySpace and networks.

I think they are just running it for fun as there is no obvious revenue generating system,and I think it will remain so. Soon they might start a video blogging on similar lines. And it will be good option.

The only thing I wish is that they shoud keep it simple and thats it, they should not try to match Flickr or others and should concentrate on mobile market.

I dont know if there are any other player like them, but I think there would be some similar players, doing round about similar thing. So this topic squares on a single point, the service which would be faster to penetrate in youngsters life, and simpler the service faster it would grow.


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