Month: May 2011

Windows Mobile 7 will be a the mobile OS to beat

Microsoft recently announced the mango update for their Windows mobile 7 phone. They are adding some 500 new features to the OS. Unlike other OS, Windows mobile has all the basic features to make it a good mobile OS already built in. But with mango update they taking it one step further.

Here are the things Windows Mobile 7 will have with mango update that others don’t & will not for the foreseeable future.

Watch the blog post to understand the blog post better.

Widgets

Widgets that are easily to access and don’t need to be installed separately (unlike android). Once you install an app, when you pin the app to the start page. If it has widget it will show up automatically.

With the update they are giving more power to this widget system. Now each individual page can have a widget or item can have a widget. See the video below to understand it fully.

Contextual menus

They are implementing this into the api. What does this mean. Once you install twitter, facebook, yahoo mail, messengers etc. When ever you want to share something just look at the menu. And if the app has implemented this api you can use that app to share the link. This doesn’t stop with links only, it could be photos & videos etc. So you can share a link to twitter, facebook, you blog, messenger etc from any app.

For example you can take the picture from the default app and share it with twitter. You don’t have to go to that app specifically to do this. Shoot video and share it with any app you like vimeo or youtube etc.

Bing Search

You might say google has done a good implementation of search on android. But when you compare it with Bing on Mango update its not even close. They are adding Bing Vision which is similar to Google gooogles. But its built into the search app, its not a separate app like on android.

You point your camera at a book and you will be given the search results. When you want to buy you just click and you will be taken to amazon book store. Even google can’t do that level of integration. When you search for a movie. If you have IMDB app installed. You can directly jump to the app for the results. IMDB app will have the movie page opened with all the details. Its kind of Universal search that any application can take advantage of with api.

Another example is you could search for an mp3 and directly jump to Amazon mp3 store to purchase it. Right from bing, all other app have to do is implement this api and their stores could also be used by the customer.

These three features are not implemented yet by any of the other mobile OS makers like Apple, HP Or Google.

I didn’t write about IE9 because other carriers can update their browsers. But the above mentioned stuff is built into the OS. It will be hard for others to implement them without rewriting their OS.

Last unlimited plan falls, welcome to fair use

Few days back while checking the Aircel tariff plans i noticed that their 97 Rs -30 days plan has changed.

Now its 3 Gb fair use limit and you get charged 10 p/Kb or 100 Rs per Mb after that. This was a pure unlimited plan before, now like all the other carriers they too have changed their unlimited plan. Its not like they are offering 3G unlimited plans for customers to switch to.

I am getting myself accustomed to start paying for Bandwidth and stop thinking about ever getting a truly unlimited plan in India. I don’t think any carrier in India will ever offer unlimited from now on. All will be fair use unlimited plans which are bandwidth plans just marketed as unlimited plans.

I would have been fine if the fair use was a bit better implemented. If 10 Gb was offered as fair use that would give you around 350 Mb per day which would be more than enough even for heavy users. But with 3 Gb limit you get around 100 Mb per day which might seem like lot. but that is just three 5 minute videos on YouTube at normal quality or 2 game downloads etc.

Sad to see the last unlimited plan fall, hoping the carriers will come to their senses and offer higher bandwidth plans at cheaper rates.

When world over speeds are increasing and getting faster we still struggling to implement 3G and 2 Mbps broadband. Hoping that the greed of our carriers will not leave us too far behind.

Now i have no reason to stay with Aircel, soon i will be using MNP to switch carriers. Bsnl or Vodafone seem like the most likely one…

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie review

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides yesterday. It was a morning show @ 10:00 am and still the theater was full.

Before going to watch the movie i didn’t have big expectations for the movie because as with each sequel the story got more and more convoluted. If some story and good visual were there i would have been happy. And it didn’t disappoint even though the story is a bit convoluted, compared to the previous movies its good.

If you love Jack sparrow you will love this one, unlike the other movies where it felt like he was doing cameo among other characters. This time he is in 95% of the movie, i am finding it hard to think of a scene where is not present. So its Jack Sparrow all the way and Johnny Depp doesn’t disappoint, he is funny and at his manipulative best.

I will not spoil the movie by revealing all the story details. Its about finding the fountain of youth as revealed in the trailer. I had my doubt about Penélope Cruz and i didn’t like her in the movie. But Johnny Depp makes anyone look good. All in all a good fun summer entertainer, and in the end they leave a loop hole for the next movie.

This movie has made 400 million in just 4 days worldwide so expect a sequel for sure. Hoping Jack Sparrow forgot Captain Jack Sparrow continues to entertain us for long time to come.

A good summer movie and is a must watch.

Best lines of the movie for me was by Johnny Depp saying “Did everyone see that? Because I will *not* be doing it again.” & “You know that feeling you get when you’re standing in a high place… sudden urge to jump?… I don’t have it.”

These are the phone to buy now

If you are in the market for phone, pick one of these and you will not go wrong. I will break down each of them with their prices and features. All of them have at least 1 GHz processor, 5 mega pixel cameras with HD video recording and 4 inches screens (iPhone is the only one with a smaller screen). You also get three options of OS to choose from. By choosing any of these phone you will not only get the best that is out there. but you can also be future & feature proof for at least an year.

Samsung Galaxy S2

This is a dual core phone from Samsung which is really thin for all the features it offers. It comes with android 2.3. Also has a 8 Mp camera.

+ Its slimness and dual core processor and 4.3 inches screen. This phone also feature some special gestures that are specific to this phone.

– As far as i can tell none

Price : 35000 – 40000 Rs (It will be launched in India in few days time)

 

IPhone 4

This is the newest Apple phone. Runs latest IOS 4. Also has a 5 Mp camera.

+ Its huge app library, and some stunning hardware design

– Its already a year old new one is due in few months, so time not a good time to get a iPhone.

Price : 35000 – 40000 Rs (It will be launched in India in few days time)

 

LG Optimus 2X

This is a dual core phone from LG which cost 10000 Rs less than Samsung Galaxy S2. It comes with android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3). Also has a 8 Mp camera.

+ Its price, only difference between this and Samsung Galaxy S2 is the screen size. This phone has 4 inches screen and Samsung Galaxy S2 has 4.3 inches screen.

– Not any i can think of hardware wise, but will LG provide future updates when a new android version is released is to be seen.

Price : Rs 25,990 Buy it here Or Buy LG Optimus 2X P990 from Flipkart.com

 

Motorola Atrix

This is a dual core phone from Motorola which has a finger print scanner. It comes with android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3). Also has a 5 Mp camera.

+ Only dual core phone that has a finger print scanner. If you are security conscious this is the phone to buy. You can lock & unlock with your finger print.

– None

Price : 35000 – 45000 Rs (It will be launched in India in few days time)

 

HTC HD7

This is a 1 Ghz phone from HTC running the new Windows Mobile 7. It can be upgraded to Nodo. Also has a 5 Mp camera.

+ IPhones and Android phones are everywhere nowadays , so if you want something new get this. Its modern OS design will get you some curious looks.

– Battery seems to be a big problem with this phone, you might have to charge quite often.

This is my phone at the moment loving it very much

Price : 27000 Rs Buy HTC HD7 from Flipkart.com

iPhone launch imminent, why you shouldn't get one

Rumors of iPhone launch are all over the news. They are saying it will launch by this weekend.

But here is why you shouldn’t get this iPhone 4 now.

In a few days time Apple is having a dev conference, even though there are rumors that no iPhone will be announced at the event. It can’t be that far behind.

Some are saying that they will announce a new iPhone 5 in September. Its just few months away.

Looking at the things being launched by other mobile manufacture it will have a dual core chip.

This iPhone 4 that is being launched in India now is already a year old.

So don’t buy one as iPhone 5 is just around the corner.

Hopefully iPhone 5 will be launched in India as quickly as iPad 2 was launched.

If you don’t mind having a old phone in few month go ahead and buy one.

IPhone has the longest shelf life as new models are launched once a year.

But this is the wrong time to buy one.

iPhone launch imminent, why you shouldn’t get one

Rumors of iPhone launch are all over the news. They are saying it will launch by this weekend.

But here is why you shouldn’t get this iPhone 4 now.

In a few days time Apple is having a dev conference, even though there are rumors that no iPhone will be announced at the event. It can’t be that far behind.

Some are saying that they will announce a new iPhone 5 in September. Its just few months away.

Looking at the things being launched by other mobile manufacture it will have a dual core chip.

This iPhone 4 that is being launched in India now is already a year old.

So don’t buy one as iPhone 5 is just around the corner.

Hopefully iPhone 5 will be launched in India as quickly as iPad 2 was launched.

If you don’t mind having a old phone in few month go ahead and buy one.

IPhone has the longest shelf life as new models are launched once a year.

But this is the wrong time to buy one.

Manoramic Finally a legal mp3 music store in india

Update

This site is shutting down, sad to see such a service going down. It will close on may 15th, I wonder how anyone in India will ever find a legitimate music service.

The coupon will add 5 FREE download credits over and above the download credits that come with our three download packages. Eg. if the user provides the coupon code when purchasing the Rs.239 package for 40 download credits, their account will be credited with 45 download credits.

This is what i was asking for the past few years. A service cheap enough that i can afford to pay.

This new service is offering mp3 downloads at 6 Rs per song, no DRM etc 128 bit mp3′s.

This is the cheapest legal way to download music in India that i know of. Unlike itunes your can stream all the songs for free online. If you want to download its 6 Rs per song for their Premium Package. Most of the songs are available for download with some exceptions.

In Premium Package you get 40 downloads for 250 Rs, no time limit. The downloads are yours for life, will play on any device, mp3 players, mobiles etc No DRM pure mp3′s. They have other plans too see here for more.

Now the song catalog they have close to 330000 songs in 45 languages and 200 genres. I have found songs here which don’t appear on musicindiaonline.com or raaga.com

The best part is you can stream all the music for free. Only pay when you want to download. For 6 Rs your get 128 bit mp3 with album art and all the details.

The only downside i can find from the site is even if you pay they are showing advertisements. Which could have been avoided. I guess they have to pay for the streaming service.

Now you have no excuse not to buy music in India. Support such service now and if more people start using the service the rates could go down further.

I am a Premium Package user already.

Go to legally download mp3′s from Manoramic