Friday, March 25, 2011

Nokia C7 Astound Review and Specifications


T-Mobile brings Nokia C7 Astound to US, a Symbian smart phone offering by Finnish Cellular giant Nokia. Nokia C 7 Astound is an interesting move, and it is apparently one of the few last Symbian gadgets by Nokia Corporation. Nokia has established a good reputation with their Nokia N8 camera phone which Nokia claims is the best camera phone of the world right now, Nokia has definitely injected some of their N8 expertise into C7.
Nokia-C7-Astound-TMobile-In-Hand-FeelApparently Nokia fused  Nokia C6-00 and Nokia N8, added a dual LED flash on the back and boom!!! came out Nokia C7 Astound. C7 is fully capable of shooting 720p HD video, and it's also got On Demand Web TV plus GPS.Nokia has been in love with Qt development platform for quite a while now, we know the "relationship" became more fiery after Nokia's acquisition of Troll Tech, the software company that gave birth to QT.Nokia C7 Astound is powered by Symbian^3 Operating System, everybody's well aware Symbian's future is a huge question mark now. The fog seems to be dissolved(and unleash a not so favorable result for Symbian) after Nokia shaking hands with Microsoft and agreeing that Nokia will create hardware for Microsoft Windows Phone 7.
Wi-Fi quality is expected to be good, but I don't have real user stories related to it yet. I hope we'll get a good deal of reviews soon. Maybe this phone will be a choice for people annoyed poor battery life of high end smart phones.
C7 contains a 680 MHz processor, and dedicated hardware for graphics with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support. C-7 Astound also contains Accelerometer Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass (Magnetometer Sensor).Looking at standard 3.5 mm jack I sometimes think why, why in the world were mobile hardware vendors inventing their own audio out connectivity standards? This nice touch phone won't be complete without a stereo bluetooth, in an age of wireless everything :) therefore Nokia has wisely included stereo bluetooth to the package.
The capacitive touch is pretty good than previous Nokia offerings, but still AMOLED display is not comparable to many Samsung Super AMOLED based devices.

OVI store is definitely present in this device, and maps are there as well. But the raw processing power inside this small stainless steel box is insufficient in my opinion. You know dual core smart phones like LG Optimus 2x, and Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix are making the competition tough.



Specifications of Nokia C7 Astound

Screen Resolution360 x 640
Screen Color Depth24 bit
Screen Size3.5
Display TechnologyAMOLED
Device Size117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5[2] mm
Weight130 g
Display Touch TechnologyCapacitive Touch
Maximum User Storage350 MB
Mass Storage Memory8 GB
NAND Memory1 GB
SDRAM Memory256 MB
WLANWifi 802.11b/g/n
GBPower Management2.0mm Charger Connector
USB ChargingBattery modelBL-5K 3.7V 1200mAh
GSM Talk Timeup to 9.6 hours
WCDMA Talk Timeup to 5.3 hours
Handsfree, audio out3.5 mm

Price of Nokia C7 on T-Mobile USA is yet to be decided, its not listed on T-Mobile web site on time of this writing. But Amazon is selling unlocked Nokia C7 in $209.
What is the Price of Nokia C7 in Pakistan?
Price of Nokia C7 in Pakistan is 29000 rupees at the moment. This price of Nokia C 7 was quoted on a phone call, maybe if we go to market by ourselves we could get a deal around 27000/27500/28000. This was the price of brand new Nokia C-7 with one year warranty.

Concluding Suggestion:
Price of unlocked Nokia C7 Astound was $389 on time of this writing, which makes me think if you're spending $389 on a Symbian phone then why not get a better HTC Windows Phone 7 or Motorola Android phone by adding just $100 and spending a total sum of $499? Its nothing that would create thrill in market, its just another smart phone. So just wait for couple of months, and let the prices come down.
Apparently Nokia's somehow pulling itself together with models like Nokia E5, Nokia C3-00, Nokia X2-01, Nokia C6 which is pretty interesting though.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Personal Review of Samsung Vibrant T959 And Specifications

Samsung Vibrant is an Android based Smart Phone from Samsung, it is a Galaxy S series phone. Samsung Vibrant was bought up as an iPhone competition in 2010, although iPhone 4 is clearly a winner over Samsung Vibrant.
Note: T-Mobile is now offering Samsung Galaxy S 4G, an upgraded version of Samsung Galaxy S

Last month my cousin came back home for a vacation, he bought me a Samsung Vibrant also known as Samsung T 959. Before proceeding with the writing, I want you to know that I am so in love with this Android based smart phone. Samsung Vibrant is also known as Samsung Galaxy S, which is also written on the back flip of the set. Inside the package you'll get two back colors, my cousin got one black and one burgundy right now I have burgundy on.

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Samsung Vibrant is without a doubt comparable to Apple iPhone 4, although Apple iPhone4 wins the competition.
A Galaxy S Phone running on Android 2.2(what? you thought bio-gas?)
When it first came in my hand, it ran Android 2.1 but later on Samsung issued update to Android 2.2 Froyo which I installed. Android Froyo has got a few UI improvements, but the biggest change I noticed is battery. Previously my precious Galaxy Smartphone hardly survived 4 hours of active usage after a full recharge, but after installing Android Froyo it's battery life is more than doubled. The Android app store is definitely strong rival to Apple's much established iTues based App Store which sells mobile applications to iPhone and iPad users.

The Android 2.2 OS on my Samsung Vibrant runs very smoothly, the performance is not quirky the way it was with BlackBerry storm in early days.
Email and Calendar

Powered by the latest Android platform, this Samsung Vibrant is a smart phone fully integrated with Google Mobile Services. You're now at one with your Gmail account, Google Maps, YouTube videos and more. Emails are a breeze You create an event in your calendar, and as soon as the Vibrant gets connected to Wifi/3G data network it will save everything online, so that where ever you have Google stuff configured, you can access all your calendar.
Samsung Vibrant was released by TMobile on its networks in August 2010, and after almost 9 months it still is a highly regarded phone in the market.
Look and feel, touch, Display, Camera:
Samsung Vibrant has got a very slim design, and its a pure pleasure in your hands. Also the good thing is its capacitive touch, which gives it a clear edge over Nokia phones with resistive touch.
More over, the display is awesome and crisp. Although its not as good as compared Windows Pone 7 based HTC HD 7 which I recently got my hands on. HD 7 has an awesome high resolution display(4.3"), it's got a camera as well but the picture quality is no where closer to Samsung Vibrant. I think if samsung had put a flash Samsung Vibrant this Galaxy S phone would have been too awesome. Adding a front facing camera would definitely double the delight.
Samsung Galaxy S2:
Yes you read it right, there's a new version almost done and it will hit the markets within months of this publication. Samsung has already previewed the thing on many forums. It's gonna be a dual core beast, along with some new Samsung software called Samsung Hubs which is a trick on Korean Samsung's behalf to leave Taiwanese HTC behind. My experience with Samsung Vibrant has been very good, another friend of mine bought an HTC Desire phone but something went wrong with the gadget's hardware. End of the day my friend sold only the display in 15000 rupees which is roughly $190.

Next question will be Samsung Vibrant price in Pakistan and India?
Well, I took my Samsung Vibrant for sale last week to Hafeez Center, and I got an offer of 25000 rupees. A few people were selling new Samsung Vibrant on for price around 44000 rupees. My cousin bought new Samsung Vibrant for a price of $499 from TMobile last year, shortly after the release.
And I just checked out T-Mobile is still selling Samsung Vibrant T959 for $499. Amazing, truly amazing stuff this gadget has survived so many months on ever rapid mobile electronics means it has got the guts.
We still have a lot of ordinary mobile phones(Nokia 1210) around in Pakistan, I think that will not change any soon because people don't know how to make the most of these beasts therefore they keep comparing state of the art machines like Samsung Vibrant with cheap Chinese replicas.

Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S include the following:
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Cortex A8 Hummingbird, 1GHz processor
  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G (1700/2100 MHz) with HSPA+ 21Mbps support
  • 4 inch WVGA (480×800) capacitive Super AMOLED touch display
  • Integrated 185MB of memory and microSD card (16GB included)
  • 5 megapixel camera without flash
  • Front facing 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search areas
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1650 mAh battery
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Dimensions: 4.82 x 2.54 x 0.39 inches and 4.16 ounces

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Next Generation iPad, Apple iPad 2

A Third Thinner, Twice faster CPU, 9 times Faster Graphics, Say Hello To the iPad 2

I love Steve Jobs, for the being the tech rebel and the creative revolutionary he is. I pray for his health and life from the depths of my heart, and whenever I see a video or an image of Steve or read anything related to his work I say "Long Live Steve Jobs". And I am so happy to know that he himself addressed the opening ceremony of Apple iPad 2.

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Apple iPad 2 is a device a third thinner than the original iPad (let's call it papa iPad), it has got one front facing camera and one back camera. iPad was 13.4 mm thin, iPad 2 is 8.8 mm thick. Surprising thing is that Apple iPad 2 is even thinner than the Apple iPhone 4.
Apple iPad 2 is not only thinner, its lighter as well. It weights only 1.3 pounds, where papa iPad was 1.5 pounds.

Apple iPad is powered by Apple A5 processor, which is a dual core processor. Apple A5 is a new chip designed by Apple's chip wizards, that means it will run twice as faster than papa iPad.
The Apple iPad 2 also contains a much much, much much much much much much much powerful graphics chipset, BTW that's 9 times faster.

Apple iPad 2 also contains a Gyroscope, which is a piece of engineering already found in iPhone and iPod touch. With this thing, the iPad 2 will be able to perform auto rotating of the content.
And just FYI, here are the stats related to sales of papa iPad...

15 Million iPods were sold in just 9 months... Therefore the revenue of Apple from iPad was $9.5 from iPad alone. And all the Motorolas and all the Samsungs couldn't do anything about it.
And hell yes, the iPad 2 will be running iOS 4.0. Which will most likely be updated sooner(I think in March or April 2011), with this I can pretty much guess what next generation of iPhone (iPhone 4GS?)will look like.
There is a value addition bundled in as well, there's this things called the SmartCover,

I know by the time you reached this point in the post, a question will be buzzing in your head "Will this thing be available in India/Pakistan?" Well I don't know the status in India, but for Pakistan our legendary PTA will do its best to delay the device and destroy it in containers while waiting for a decision of its fate. Same as they did with iPad Touch, by saying "Its a wifi enabled device, we can't let it come inside that easily" whereas all the new laptops on block are by default wifi enabled devices God damn it!!!

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I think this beauty will be available in Pakistan soon, and it will be priced somewhere between 50000 rupees  beyond.
I hope Apple iPad 2 in Pakistan will be available soon, and I hope the price of Apple iPad 2 will be reasonable, well who knows what happens :) although we don't see many iPad in Paksitan in fact Samsung Galaxy Tab was offered by a network provider I guess Mobilink or maybe UFone, but it didn't work out well.
I wonder when Samsung will come out with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 3, or maybe 4 cause most probably that would be capable of competing with Apple iPad 2. Although I got some doubts about HP's upcoming WebOS based tablet, because WebOS is eco system is supposed to bloom further because WebOS will be shipped on all HP machines by default in near future.