Facebook to Launch its own Android Smartphone

As maintained for a long time now by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, it does not have to build its own phone. But surely, it needs to find a bigger role to play when it comes to satisfying the customers on their mobile interface.

Facebook needs to source channels to communicate, search for answers to questions and shop online and other ways to be entertained. Basically, it needs to become the workhorse for the vast majority of its users who live outside the States. Minor profits are earned from this portion of Facebook users which needs to be exponentially increased.

Taking a significant step in this direction this, Facebook will release a moderately priced Smartphone developed by HTC. Powered by Google’s android operating system, the phone will be entirely Facebook centric and will be tweaked to exhibit the site and its apps right on the home screen.

This release of a Smartphone by Facebook adheres to two crucial product releases in the past two months: one, a new search tool encouraging users to use their friend network to locate landmarks and running trails and two, a news feed redesigned for the mobile devices.

Significant features of the phone

Although the details of the new phone are not yet confirmed, the motivation is certain. According to the sources, this new Facebook Smartphone will have a modest 5 megapixel rear lens for the images, a 1.6 megapixel frontal camera for the video calling and a basic 16 gigabytes of storage.

Facebook is aiming for an affordable device which will be able to target millions of its users from Latin America to India. The new device will also have a look very similar to the black iPhone. However, the display would be slightly larger of 4.3 inches. Needless to say, the phone would come loaded with all Facebook services and apps- not to mention instant messenger and Instagram.

The marketing strategy

The marketing strategy that will be deployed will be that the new Smartphone will be affordable to the emerging markets in India and Brazil. These countries have the largest chunk of Facebook users after the United States and their numbers are fast growing with swift Smartphone penetration in the economy. For instance, many Indian cell phone companies are already providing Facebook pre-installed in their mobile sets. Facebook makes less money by advertising these users though. By developing new technology with HTC, the giant social network is signalling to make an international push. It believes in the idea that the more people you can associate with you, the more advertisements can be delivered.

Ads are the principal money makers for the social site. Moreover, Facebook is under immense pressure to prove Wall Street that it is capable of generating more money given that its stock value is still lower than its initial public offerings.

According to the New York Times, the new Facebook Smartphone will work on recent android version and will display the newsfeed as soon as it is turned on. With the new Smartphone, speculations are that the users can buy online and offline gifts over the site with their credit cards. It is focusing more on real names, so it can be something like an identity verification service as well. Thus, to sum up, it will be like a mobile wallet, containing identity of the user and freedom to seamlessly buy things.

Micromax Canvas 2 Worth its Price?

Call it early realisation or need of the hour, but within months of launching the A100, Micromax brought out the A110 or popularly known as Micromax Canvas 2. Significant upgrades distinguish Canvas 2 from the original Canvas phone which brings the natural question to the fore, is Micromax Canvas 2 worth the price? First, let us tell you what you can expect from the Canvas 2.

At first glance, you might easily take the Canvas 2 to be a Samsung product due to its striking similarity to the S3 or Note 2 and the conspicuous absence of Micromax branding on the front face of the phone. The screen resolution though, gives the Canvas 2 away. The power key and volume control key come with a chrome finish that could have been done with some more finesse. The matte finish on the back cover offers a good grip and makes up for any other faults you may find with the body of the Canvas 2.

 

Moving up from the A100, Canvas 2 comes with a dual core 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor allowing better multi-tasking and better processing for games that can exploit the potential of its PowerVR SGX531 GPU. The internal storage stays the same at 4GB between these phones with the option of using the external microSD that supports memory expansion of up to 32 GB. Like the A100, the A110 too is a dual SIM phone that helps you carry your work and personal life in the palm of your hands while still keeping them separate at all times.

The 8MP upgrade of a camera that comes with Canvas 2, sticks out like a sore bump from the back cover of the phone, a feature not many may appreciate. Nevertheless, 4X zoom and dual LED flash give good pictures even in areas with poor lighting. Even the VGA front camera does a decent job at taking pictures and video-conferencing. In addition to the increase in camera resolution, Micromax has also added features of Touch focus and Face Detection for the A110.

The capacitive touch screen also comes with three buttons viz., one for Menu, a Home button and a Back key, of which the Menu button seems quite redundant now after HTC has started using it as an ‘App switcher’. Canvas 2 came in with the ICS version of Android OS, but with Jelly Bean now available, Micromax is offering a free upgrade for customers, paving way for a smoother experience.

Canvas 2 offers you a range of connectivity options such as GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and is also 3G compatible. The dual SIM feature lets you make the most of 3G offers from one service provider while sticking to another that suits you the best for text and voice calls. The phone comes with a 2000mAh Li-ion battery that promises 180 hours of standby time and 5 hours of 2G talk time. With moderate gaming, data and voice usage we still expect the phone to easily pull through your working day.

Although the phone comes with an accelerometer and proximity sensor, the absence of the light sensor is one major drawback. While it works great indoors, you end up adjusting brightness manually once you are out in the sun. We are quite sure that you won’t like the earphones that come in the box either but with a standard 3.5mm audio jack, finding a good replacement should not be very difficult.If you have used Micromax phones before and like their ‘Apps’, you would be delighted to know that the phones come pre-loaded with M! Buddy, M!Zone, M! Store along with othercommon Apps such as Gmail, Facebook etc.

The Micromax Canvas 2 is genuinely a good upgrade from its precursor the A100. You get a little extra for the little extra that you are paying over the A100. Micromax Canvas 2 price is only Rs 11490 If you want much more, we would suggest the Canvas HD but that would mean spend much more. Which is why, the Canvas 2 is definitely worth its price. When would you like to get one for yourself?

Apps to find lost phone

Losing your property has always been a worry. Be it through misplacement or theft, the dread doesn’t stem from what you think is being done with the item – you’re more concerned about getting it back. Unfortunately, with no way of tracking most items, you’re only likely to find it if you get tipped off, or if security cameras caught the thief.

 

Smart phones, however, offer two significant changes to this status quo. The worry about what is being done with the phone is real – we implicitly trust our phones with a lot of personal data. Who knows what a thief could do if they gained access to everything. But thankfully, you can now protect and track your phone remotely. Apps just aren’t for games, productivity and social interactions – now they can aid in returning your phone to you!

 

But which is best? Here are a few we have trialed for iPhone.

 

Find My iPhone

 

Unique features - Free and Apple-centric.

 

The go-to option for most, it seems, is the default one provided by Apple. You can activate this once you sign up to the iCloud, and should you lose your phone, you simply log on to Apple’s website, or find another phone with the service enabled, and the search will begin.

 

Utilising a combination of GPS and phone signal triangulation, you’re phone will be found, and it’s co-ordinates will be shown on a map. Should you be unable to reach it for whatever reason, you can choose to lock the phone remotely, or if needs be, wipe the phone clean.

 

Life360

 

Unique features – Family tracking

 

While it may lack some of the remote access features these other apps do, Life360 allows you to track not only your own, but your families phones as well. The app also takes steps that ensure your location data isn’t always “on”, thus not draining your battery.

 

Device Locator

 

Unique features - Remote picture taking

 

Sound pointless? Well think about it – if you have a forward facing camera, Device Locator allows you to take a picture off of it. Who is likely to be looking at your phone? The person who stole it! The app offers other remote options such as messaging, app locking, and battery checking too.

 

 

 

Lookout

 

Unique features - Security and Locator app in one

 

Not content with just finding your phone, the Lookout app also provides you with little security tips. For instance, it will warn you if you are about to log on to an unprotected Wi-Fi network, or if your Operating System is out of date. It will also allow you to set up “emergency contacts”, that lists people the person who finds the phone can contact to let them know the phone has been found.

HTC One Smartphone Review – The Ravishing Beauty And A Handsome Beast

Starting off in good company of Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro and the infamous Samsung Galaxy S IV, the HTC One is going toe-to-toe with these android flagships. The device will be available from April 19th on AT&T and Sprint at $200 with a fresh two year contract.

Here is an insight into this long awaited model:

The design and the built

The new HTC One is quite aesthetic and appealing to the eye. Its unibody casing is made of aluminium which gives the device both quality feel and a very cool, suave, futuristic look. The metallic body also fights fingerprints and smudges quite effectively. The phone is slightly heavy but not enough to make the user feel uncomfortable. Weighing 143 grams and 9.3 mm thick, it can still be grandly regarded as sleek. The back side has a slight curve which allows it to cradle comfortably in the palm. It is a little too wide and long though, because of its 4.7 inch large display and one can find himself struggling to reach from the top to bottom.

The brilliant display

The full HD display of 1920×180 is mind-blowing. It boasts of an unprecedented pixel density of 496 ppi giving incredibly sharp-screen looks. The Gorilla Glass 2 coating gives a remarkable sheen which is another welcome feature. This gives an amazing wide angle for viewing. The colour saturation is great with sharp contrast and brilliant brightness.

Buttons and ports on the phone

The standby and power switch is located on the left side of the top edge. As part of a clever design, it also doubles as IR blaster for the Smartphone; the other feature being the 3.5 mm headphone-jack on the top. There is a stylish and lightly textured volume control on the right side with the micro USB charging port with MHL on the bottom edge. The SIM card slot is on the upper-left side of phone and can be opened by a pin.

The phone comes laden with HTC’s BoomSound feature and has dual front facing speakers located above and below the screen. The phone’s capacitive navigation buttons are located just above the bottom speakers. Directly to the right of the top speaker, the 2.1 megapixel frontal camera is located.

Performance

The Smartphone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor with a clock speed cycle of 1.7 GHz and is an absolute beast. All applications run exceptionally well including videos, games and apps. The processor manages to keep even the heavy modifications including hardware-intensive operations in operating system in check and there is no noticeable dip in the performance. The phone is available in 16 GB and 32 GB with the exception of AT&T offering the 64 GB handset.

Software front of The One

The one is HTC’s first Smartphone to run the new version of company’s UI Sense 5. Additionally, there are some minor changes to the android 4.1.2 OS. The phone comes with some preloaded apps mostly from Sprint. It also comprises of a universal TV/remote guide which works well on both cable boxes and television sets. Although taken majorly from FlipBoard, the BlinkFeed is still a welcome addition to the UI. It offers a lot of information and can be automatically set up over a WI-FI as well as data cables.

A big drawback to BlinkFeed is that it cannot be disabled. Also, its service connections are limited. Most of the apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn etc are limited as well. A major addition to sense 5 is HTC Zoe, imaging software. What makes it unique is that it generates highlighted reels, removes people from the photos and compiles multiple images together.

Camera

The most impressive part of The One is the actual hardware. The rear-view camera comes in handy in low-light situations. With HTC’s Ultrapixel technology, pictures in dim light are much clearer and with relatively low noise as compared to other Smartphone cameras. However, even with a 4 megapixel camera, the crispness of the pictures is a little low.

The battery life

With everything on the top-notch performance, you may think that the battery might be drained very easily but surprisingly, this is not so. It may not be the best battery on the market today but it is more than respectable. Keeping all notifications on for mails, Facebook, web browsing with video streaming, you will be able to squeeze just shy of two days out of just a single charge.

To sum up, you can vouch for the one to be the greatest effort by HTC to dominate the Smartphone market. It scores the least in terms of critical reception and is an early frontrunner for the year’s best android handset. With its suave build, the wonderful display and a solid camera, there is very little to dislike about the one.

Experts Say Windows 8 Is Responsible For the Most Precipitous Decline in Desktop Shipments of the Year

The international desktop market has suffered its biggest drop on the record with first quarter shipments dropping to as low as 14% in nearly the same time as the last year. The personal computer market had pinned its hopes on the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 to bolster its sales but Microsoft’s new operating system is a major factor in this precipitous historical decline, if you were to believe the experts. These are the current statistics from IDC which is responsible for tracking and keeping a record of the PC shipments since 1994.

In the first quarter of 2013, the shipments totalled 76.3 million, down 13.9% from the first quarter in 2012. Gartner, however, pegged the decline of the shipments at 11%. While considering the individual competitors, every OEM except Lenovo has experienced a slight decline in the respective shipments. HP’s desktop department has suffered a huge drop of 24% since last year.

As it turns out, the drop in the desktop shipments has also caused a big drop in the semiconductor market production and manufacturing. All PC oriented chipmakers including INTEL, AMD have taken major hits on their shipments. On the contrary, all the mobile chip suppliers including Samsung, Qualcomm and Broadcom have boosted off huge growths in their domains. Nvidia has managed to grow by 6% this year. A massive enterprise and a dominant HPC space acquirer, INTEL has declined by 2.7%. It hopes to reverse this decline though this year when it releases the new mobile atom chips for sale.

The market experts are of the opinion that Windows 8 also played a major role in this grave decrease. Given the poor sales of Microsoft’s products including the Windows 8 tablets such as Surface, it will be certainly fair to say that windows 8 is a large factor for the decline of personal computer market.

If one goes by IDC, many business setups and entrepreneurial businesses still prefer Windows 7 than Windows 8. Moreover, in the consumer space, an absence of a start button is disconcerting and the continual need to switch between desktop and metro modes is waving off potential buyers. Also, a lot of the features in Windows 8 are tacky and useless for the layman, so, it fails to appeal as a family’s choice.

But one cannot blame Microsoft and their operating systems only. There are other contributing factors as well. The economy on a worldwide level and especially in the developing countries is still weak. There is no denying the fact that the desktop computers are being squeezed out due to Smartphones and the Tablets which are faster, take up lesser space and less clumsy. People are opting for new Smartphones and tablets, not laptops. The Smartphones are the personal computers of the future. Microsoft may still have a shot to bolster pc sales by its Windows 8.1, Blue, which is claimed to make the desktops and laptops more appealing, but unless it is ready to accommodate the conventional start menus, it seems rather unlikely.

DARPA’s New Navigation Tool

We rely on navigation satellites and global positioning systems (GPS) for navigation. Hence, in the rare scenario, an occasional absence of these satellites would not only cause inconvenience to people looking for directions but would also pose a threat to the national security and destroy military missions.  DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has been working to find solutions to problems arising due to sudden inaccessibility of navigation satellites.

DARRPA researchers announced the creation of a chip containing TIMU (time and inertial measurement unit) on April 10, 2013 at the University of Michigan. This chip is smaller than a penny and is as thick as a couple of strands of human hair. This chip would act as a backup in case of GPS failures.

A tiny TIMU chip contains three gyroscopes, three accelerometers and an extremely accurate master clock for measuring orientation, acceleration and time simultaneously. Orientation, acceleration and time are the only pieces of information needed to navigate accurately and the integration of state -of- the- art devices makes this chip capable of finding all three .

At times, navigation satellites cannot be reached due to any of the following reasons:

  1.  In highly populated places
  2. Jamming
  3. Simple interference like, in a tunnel

In such cases, these chips help figure out directions and places. Clearly, this chip overcomes the weakness of global satellite positioning.

A 10 cubic millimeter package contains this silicone dioxide chip. A TIMU chip has six micro fabricated layers, each of which is 50 microns thick. Manufacturing of such chips has been made possible through micro technology. Micro technology in the field of navigation aims at developing technology for chip scale navigation and precise guidance along with considerable reduction of size, weight and power.

Further development of TIMU would be of great help to the military. It would help the infantrymen find most suitable routes in absence of a global positioning system (GPS). It would also result in the considerable reduction in size of those bombs and missiles that are capable of finding precise targets. Miniature navigation could be provided to the naval wing of the military.

Another question that may arise is how can a device containing a TIMU chip find out locations and provide such accurate results without any sort of reference from outside? Well, a TIMU chip needs a starting point or a reference point and builds up on it.  It simply uses its sensors to infer the distance as well as direction from that reference point. A TIMU chip is ideally supposed to work with GPS and when it fails, the last recorded GPS position is used as the reference point. A TIMU device needs an external point of reference and it can’t function in the absence of this point.

Even though this chip is extremely small in size, it is said to be strong and reliable enough to perform as a backup in the absence of GPS. However, it is important to understand that this penny-sized chip is not replacing GPS or navigation satellites as of now. According to Pentagon futurists, this chip only compensates for temporarily inaccessible navigation satellites.

Biometric Recognition Designed For Iphones and ipads

The right apps and accessories can turn any Smartphone into a very powerful device. AOptix, a California based company, has designed a tool capable of turning an ordinary iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S into a biometric scanner. The app comes with wrap-around device that can turn the phone into a portable face, iris, voice and fingerprint scanner.

Software and hardware:

AOptix Stratus is the first of its kind hardware and software system for iPhone. It consists of the iOS app (costing around $199) and a wrap-around device. The iPhone camera is used to click pictures of faces and an additional camera is used to scan the iris. Also, the fingerprints are scanned using a small sensor. The app can be customized by the customers with the help of the software development kit.

How it works:

The iPhone is inserted inside the device and is plugged in using a 30 pin connector. The app is then launched or started by the user. This is very simple to use and is user-friendly. The app allows the user to enter the biometrics of the person to be scanned with great ease. Using an iPhone also allows the app to obtain the geographic coordinates of the location and data is transferred using the mobile’s internet connection.

The iPhone camera as well as the iris scanner automatically captures the picture of the subject when it is within the range. The design of the app is such that it helps the user determine this range. The biographical information along with the scanned information like fingerprint, iris, face and voice is used to create the person’s profile which can be easily accessed at any time with just a tap of a finger.

iPhone provides a very strong and stable platform for this app. It gives an extremely supportive ecosystem for such an accessory. Also, the same device can be bought and used anywhere in the world, thus uniformity is ensured. Anyone with the experience of using an iPhone can use this app with ease.

Uses of the app

This app makes biometric recognition mobile and uncomplicated. A few of the probable uses of Stratus are:

a)     The border security agencies can use it at the customs checkpoints at airports.

b)    The law enforcement agencies and the police need to make quick and accurate identity checks at different locations. Hence, they cannot use huge and bulky hardware. This is where Stratus comes into play.

c)     Stratus could also prove to be of great help in countries that use national ID programs. In such ID programs, each citizen is given a unique number linked to his biometric data.

The makers of Stratus have laid stress on the fact that Stratus is not a consumer product. It is rather intended to be put to use by companies or Government bodies. This app could be used at border crossings or in absence of regular infrastructure for identity verification during disaster relief operations. It can also be used for mobile banking and mobile health services.

Karbonn S5 Titanium Review By Techyounme.com

With the success of Micromax Canvas 116 suddenly all the Indian company wants to get into 5-inch phablet market considering the demand for such phablet there are quite a few handsets in this segment and with the launch of karbonn S5 titanium the competition is heating up considerably.

Now let’s see whether or not karbonn S5 titanium lives up to the expectations.

Design and Build Quality

The karbonn S5 titanium is candy bar shaped dual sim phone in which one sim supports 3G while the other supports 2G it’s Looks like a slightly bigger, thinner version of Samsung Galaxy S3 without the metal band around the edges. Feels very premium in your hands also got 5 inch capacitive touch screen that supports qHD display with 540 x 960 pixel resolution that make the colors and clarity stand out of the crowd. The IPS display on the phone makes for better viewing angles and the pinch zoom feature makes day to day smart phone usage that much easier.

OS and Apps

This phone comes with jellybean OS, that’s it, you cannot upgrade the same after that, yes it’s not upgradable which is one of its drawback ,it’s got kingsoft office software preinstalled in it the other important apps are Google Play and Apps, Gmail, Google Search, Messenger Google Plus, Gtalk, WhatsApp, We-Chat, YouTube, nexGTV, TOI, News and Weather, Flipboard, PoPi, PayTM.

Multimedia

Coming to Multimedia it’s got a good 8 megapixel autofocus camera which take a sharp pictures in daylight the flash near the camera, which also doubles as a flashlight, ensures that low light does not affect the clarity of the photos that you take the video recording also is nothing to complain about its 2Mp front camera is good for video chat it can also take photo or shoot video quiet well.

Its can play full HD 1080 video and can also take HD pictures it’s also support qHD display with 540 x 960 pixel its play all important audio and video format.

Battery and Verdict

The Smart phone comes with a 2000mAH battery which gives a back up of 11 hours of 3G talk time it’s also gives a 200 hours standby while in 2g its give a talk time of 13 hours and standby of 200 hours. This is a good mobile for an amount of Rs.11990/- the dis-advantage of this mobile is internal memory of 1.4 GB not upgradeable to future Android version but still it worth buying for the above mentioned price.

Features : 3.5/5
Design And Build Quality : 3/5
Performance : 3/5
Value for Money : 3.5/5

Overall Rating : 3.5/5

Specifications:

  • Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • 8 MP Primary Camera
  • 2 MP Secondary Camera
  • 5-inch qHD IPS Capacitive Touch screen
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor
  • SIM 1 Support 3G and SIM 2 Support 2G

PROS: Android 4.1.1 and dual core Processor, 5-inch qHD IPS Capacitive Touch screen, fast processing, 2Mp secondary camera.

Cons: it’s not upgradable; the back cover gets heated up while playing game.

Top 5 Dual Sim Smartphones

In the Big Bazaar Of mobile world which is flooded with smart phone both with single as well as
Dual sim it is very difficult to chose the right smart phone ,as we have already discussed Single Sim phone so in today post we are going to discuss Dual Sim Smartphone because there are many of us who want to keep both our personnel and professional life different and for them dual sim phone becomes necessities as with the increasing size of Smart phone its becomes almost impossible for someone to carry two different smart phone budget is also a constrain in choosing a Smartphone because a person with tighter budget may also go for dual sim as its way cheaper than carrying two different smart phone .

There are different kind of Dual Sim phone which are dual active (though very few phone cater to these segment) smart dual active in which you can transfer a call from one sim to another and dual stand by phone in which both the sim is active in standby but only one sim can be used for e.g. If a person is on a call on one sim his other sim go out of reach.

Now here are the top five smart phones which are available in the market

5. Sony Xperia E Dual

It’s a basic dual sim phone with is available in market around 10 k its loaded with android 4.1 jelly bean out of the box it’s also got a 3.5 screen though it its display at 480*320 is not that great.

4. Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562

It’s also a basic smart phone from Samsung with a bigger screen dual camera but outdated Os
Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) it’s got a bigger screen with same processor compared to Sony.
It’s available in the market for 11990/-onwards it’s a dual sim dual standby with nice features and VFM.

3 Micromax Canvas HD A116

Its key features are.
1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
• Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
• Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
• Dual SIM (GSM GSM)
• HD Recording
• Wi-Fi Enabled
• 8 MP Primary Camera
• 2 MP Secondary Camera
• 5-inch LCD Capacitive Touch screen

These phone is a real gem Quad core processor and great display of 720p and a dual active phone the only let down is internal memory of 1.77gb which is quiet low and its headphone is not up to the mark.

2 LG Optimus L7 II P715

Price: Rs.14990
Key Features
• Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
• 0.3 MP Secondary Camera
• 8 MP Primary Camera
• Dual Standby SIM (GSM GSM)
• 4.3-inch Touch screen
• 1 GHz Dual Core Processor
• Wi-Fi Enabled
• Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

Its another key features is its big battery size of 2460mAh its also consist of 768 mb of ram its its real big feature is its big battery considering how much juice is required to run the Android.

1. Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082

Its really a leave its to its name of grand for one whom budget is not a constrain it is an ideal phone which consist of almost every things which is required in a smart phone

Key Features
• Full HD Recording
• 5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
• Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
• Dual Standby SIM (GSM GSM)
• 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
• 8 MP Primary Camera and 2 MP Secondary Camera
• Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
• Multi Window

Key features is Ram and multi Window while a damper is its display of 800*480 So these is a short description of few top dual sim phone we will discuss the full function  Of each phone separately hope this article help you to choose your Smartphone phone smartly.

New Nokia Lumia 720 Review – Windows Phone

It’s raining Smartphone this year and with the series of Smartphone that many Indian and MNC are launching every week here comes another Smartphone based on windows 8 OS by Finnish giant Nokia.

Nokia had already launched Smartphone based on window8 operating system earlier this year in high-end version Lumina 920and 820while it has also launched Smartphone in low-end version 620&520 respectively but now it had come in mid segment with its newly launched phone Lumina 720.

There are now five phones in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 Lumina range. Nokia claims the plan is to give the core Nokia Windows Phone 8 experience to everyone regardless of which phone they buy, but you’ll still get a gradually higher specification as you move up the range.

This is why even the base Lumina 520 has fancy extras such as free music from Nokia Music and high-quality offline mapping from HERE maps, but faster processors, better screens and cameras await you with more expensive models.

The Lumia 720 sits in the middle of the price band-filling bonanza. It’s around rs 4000 more expensive than lumia 620 and around rs 4000 less than the 820 . We find the Lumia 620 to be the current sweet spot in the Lumia range, so we were interested to see whether the Lumia 720 is worth the extra cash.

While Nokia 620 Touch screen was smooth 720 is supersmooth the 4.3-inch 720 retains the familiar unibody casing and it’s available in five different colours If you’ve used a Lumia before, the new model will seem unremarkable, but it is a lot lighter than the high-end Lumias at just 128g.

Now coming to performance there’s a 1Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor inside – but the screen doesn’t innovate – it’s 800 x 480 just like the 820′s 4.3-inch display. It 217ppi though, and it has a high enough resolution to make some third-party live tiles look a little substandard. However, all the standard OS and Nokia Here add-on apps look the part, and you won’t be disappointed with how things look.

Nokia Lumia 720 specifications

  • 4.3-inch IPS ClearBlack display
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • 6.7-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0,NFC,Wi-Fi, 3G
  • 2000mAH battery
  • Windows Phone 8
  • 127.9×67.5×9 mm
  • 128 grams

The camera is, again, a selling point for Nokia; Carl Zeiss optics are used as usual, although it’s only a 6.7MP snapper. Pictures did look vibrant though, but some images were a bit blurry under the MWC show lights.

Video is 720p at 30fps, while the front camera has a resolution of 1280 x 960.

VERDICT

A lovely mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset, but we don’t think it offers enough over the cheaper Lumia 620 In rs 4000 more its provides just three things

1) A bigger Screen 4.3 compared to 3.8

2) Bigger Battery 2000mAH Compared to 1500mAH

3) A slightly better camera 6.7 compared to 5 mp

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