Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Motorola Droid VS iphone


Motorola Droid has a very difficult life ahead. It only has born and is already up against the iPhone 3g. With even the mobile phone market working on the principle of ‘survival of the fittest’, let us see how the Droid fares against the market giant iPhone 3g.

Let me put all the speculations regarding Droid to rest by stating it plainly and clearly that the Droid is better than the iPhone 3g. It has a bigger screen, a real keyboard, a faster processor and the latest Google OS. Technically, the Droid is far ahead of the Apple iPhone. Will this translate into better sales? That will remain to be seen, but for the meanwhile let us dissect the phones and see why exactly dos the Droid score over the iPhone.

Thing is, nowadays the mobile phones are used more for running applications than actually talking. There are thousands of applications available online that you can run on your phone. So, you might be listening to the music on your phone while watching pictures, with some application getting updated in the background, if you have a Droid. You can’t do this if you own an iPhone 3g. Droid can multi task, iPhone can’t!

The application development world is moving towards Open Source. Droid has an open source platform for application. This means, there can be many-many applications available for the Droid. The iPhone remains ancient by being a closed source platform. So you can customize, get widgets and all those goodies, on the Droid and not on iPhone.

One of the biggest problems with an iPhone 3g is that it doesn’t have a real physical keyboard. A touch screen keyboard is not nearly as comfortable to use or even durable as a physical keyboard. This is the reason people at Motorola equipped the Droid with a sliding fort touch physical keyboard. Typing SMS, emails on the Droid is very comfy.

What is the use of having a camera enabled phone if it can only take pictures at the time of the day? When the lighting conditions are not suitable, the iPhone 3g is only as good as having a phone without camera. Not so with the droid. It takes great pictures even at night.

There are many nice touches that have been added to droid that are missing in most other phones, especially in the iPhone 3g. For instance, Droid has interchangeable batteries, iPhone 3g doesn’t. It is the attention to details on the part of makers of the Droid, that it has made Droid a much better phone than its nearest competitor – the iPhone.

One area where the iPhone has a slight edge is the multimedia. Because of the Apple platform, the syncing, music or video downloading is very nice and easy on the iPhone. You get so many podcasts on iTunes store that it becomes tough for other phones to challenge it. The Droid does have nice multimedia set up though, if not as good as the iPhone. It comes with a desktop cradle that charges the phone and also turns into a multimedia station. This might not be as good as the iPhone – iTunes combo, but is quite good in its own right.

The Droid scores higher points in every technical department when compared to the iPhone 3g. It is faster, has a bigger screen and unlike the iPhone it can take pictures in the dark. This makes the Droid the real iPhone killer. It will be interesting to see how it will sell when people realize the Droid is better than the iPhone 3g.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nokia N97 Mini Cell Phone Review


Nokia N series has been popular since it has been introduced in the global market. One of its latest models is Nokia N97 mini which is an improved model of previous Nokia N 97. Although the demand for Nokia N97 has not shrunken, but still an improved version has been introduced with many attractions.

You can consider it a smaller version of N97 as it has almost similar features with a smaller size and trendy design. But it has slight improved features with a sliding opener. This Nokia Phone has an improved keyboard, excellent screen, camera and memory.

It is designed to meet the socially active and busy people who dream for such a mobile device which brings them all possible facilities required in modern era. With Nokia N97 fun and work is not a problem. All the short comings of Nokia N97 have been removed in this mini computer multi featured cell phone.

Nokia N97 mini Technical Detail Specifications

General Networks

  • 2rd Generation (2G) GSM 900-1800-1900
  • 3rd Generation (3G) HSDPA 900-2100

Screen Specifications

  • TFT, Touch screen, 16 Million colors
  • 3.2 inches

Physical Specifications

  • 360 x 640 pixels

Memory

  • 8 GB Internal
  • Extended up to 16 GB

Data Transfer and Communication

  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSCD
  • BLUE TOOTH
  • USB

Sound/Ringtones

  • MP3, Polyphonic
  • Vibration

Camera Specification

  • 5.0 MP

Battery Detail

  • Standard battery Li-Ion

Others

  • Standard/Multimedia Messaging Service (SMS)
  • HTML Browser
  • Voice memo
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF
  • MP3 Player
  • Digital compass
  • photo editor

Released Date

  • November 2009

China | iPhone Gets Cool Welcome


Apple's iPhone is making its long-awaited formal debut in the world's most populous mobile phone market, without a key feature and at higher prices than widely available black market models.

Apple's local service provider, China Unicom Ltd., hopes the iPhone will give it an edge against giant rival China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone company by subscribers.

Unicom was to start selling iPhones equipped for third-generation service Friday night at 2,000 stores in areas as farflung as Tibet. Chinese news reports say Unicom hopes to sell 5 million in three years, but the company declined to confirm that.

Unicom's first iPhones lack WiFi, a possible handicap with sophisticated, demanding Chinese buyers. The technology, a key part of the iPhone's appeal, allows the phones in other markets to use wireless networks in cafes and offices to download e-mail and the latest applications for free.

"There's going to be a perception that the phone they have is dumbed down from the one that somebody has in California," said Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China Ltd., a Beijing-based technology research firm. "We've seen before that Chinese consumers don't like to be treated like second-class citizens."

Apple Inc. and Unicom also could face competition from an unusual source: unlocked iPhones brought in from abroad that have WiFi.

There are already an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million such phones in China using China Mobile 3G service that allows Internet access and other features.

Unicom's prices range from 4,999 yuan ($730) to 6,999 yuan ($1,025) for the high-end, 32-gigabyte iPhone 3GS. That is 20 percent above the 5,700 yuan ($835) charged by merchants at Chinese street markets for a 3GS with WiFi.

The iPhone's awkward, delayed entry into China reflects the regulatory and technical hurdles of a fast-changing market where other global technology companies have struggled to establish themselves.

Unicom's iPhones lack WiFi because it was temporarily banned by Beijing, which was promoting a rival Chinese system, according to BDA. The ban was relaxed in May after manufacturing had begun.

A Unicom spokesman, Yi Difei, said the company hopes to have WiFi in the next batch of phones.

"We are talking with Apple and expect the problem to be solved by the end of this year," Yi said.

The iPhone debuted in the United States in June 2007 but its formal arrival in China was delayed as Apple carried on talks with service providers that Chinese media said snagged on disagreements about how to divide revenues.

China has more than 650 million mobile phone accounts, despite an average annual income of $3,000 per person. Consumers trade in phones as often as several times a year to get the latest models and features.

China Unicom has 143 million mobile accounts, which would be an impressive figure in any other market but lags far behind China's Mobile's 508 million accounts.

Global technology companies that dominate other markets have struggled to get a foothold in China. Search engine Google Inc. has less than 30 percent of the market, versus more than 60 percent for local rival Baidu Inc. Yahoo Inc. turned over its China operation to a local partner after failing to expand its market share.

China's state-owned phone companies were restructured by the communist government into three groups last year in hopes of reviving competition after the explosive popularity of mobile service turned China Mobile into a behemoth.

Unicom, China Mobile and the third company, China Telecom Ltd., all emerged with mobile and fixed-line services.

China Mobile has announced its own smart phone, dubbed the OPhone, and says seven models will be available by next year.

Chinese news reports in August said Unicom's deal with Apple called for buying 5 million handsets for 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). Chairman Chang Xiaobin denied that but refused to give financial details.

The lack of WiFi means Unicom iPhone customers will have to pay to connect to the phone network for every function. BDA's Clark said that could alienate users if it leads to high monthly bills.

"This could be a real fiasco," he said.

Windows 7 and the NXT?


I've recently gotten a scattering of reports of problems under Windows 7... but as a Mac user, I've got no way of testing it, and I'm not sure if these are problems due to working with a new OS, or just the smattering of problems that often crop up. So I'm curious and thought I'd ask the readership what they have heard or seen. Has anyone done a clean install of NXT-G (either 1.0 or 2.0), and what have been your experiences? Do they play together nicely, or have you found any incompatibilities between them?
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