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peed thrills but kills’ are the words of wisdom that apply to almost everything around us. However when it comes to mobility, high speed connectivity can only offer you a thrilling experience and an exciting adventure through the virtual world. That is the power of 3G connectivity. But while on paper the operators' 3G networks in the country offer dizzying speeds, the question remains : Are those surfing speeds available in the real life situations too? To test the 3G claims of the mobile operators, we armed ourselves with dongles, laptops and mobile phones and went on a crusade across Delhi NCR. The discovery was a mixed bag and that is what our cover story for this issue reveals. We bring you the first hand real life 3G experience in the cosmopolitan city of Delhi which is one of the most important circles for any stake holder in the 3G battle. Networks are useless if you don’t have a good 3G phone and the competition in this segment is such that today, capable 3G devices are available at a very economical price. So if you wish to buy a 3G phone, we have the top five 3G mobile devices for less than Rs 10,000 that you can consider as options. Speaking of mobiles, a plain jane mobile device is passé. You need to jazz it up and for that mobile accessories are very important. Not only that good quality enhancements like batteries, chargers, etc are essential for the proper functioning of a mobile phone and the best part is that these are now available at very affordable prices. What brought this price dip? How has the accessory market changed? And if you wish to buy an accessory, what all options do you have? Our ‘In Focus’ feature answers all these questions and explores the world of mobile phone accessories for you. It’s a well known fact that smartphone is becoming a staple device for the masses and the one thing that makes these smart devices is their processors. In our 'Cell Clues' segment this month, we unravel the world of mobile processors to you with an all-you-need-to-know feature. Our reviews are now not just limited to mobile phones, tablets which are fast increasing in numbers and varieties are also being put through our litmus test. This month Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry Playbook fight it out for the coveted title of the HOTTEST TAB. Don’t let the suspense kill you any further, read on to find out who finally won!

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Cover Story 28 3G face off unraveling the speed truth of India's mobile broadband service

SPOTLIGHT The best five 3G phones within Rs 10,000, which are light on pocket but heavy on features

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The nitty-gritty of mobile phone’s warranty and insurance

48 Face To Face

cell-ebrity Here is Malaika revealing her technology secrets

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Milind Pathak, Vice President, Comviva, SAARC Region talks about the future of cloud computing Atul Satija, vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, InMobi, talks about the potential of mobile advertising in India Venkat Rangan, co-founder and CEO, Market Simplified Inc., explains the mantra of mobile trading

mobile life Have you noticed change in your partner’s mobile habits off late. Read to know what is he/she is up to

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Chief Speak

Victor Shah, President, India Device Business Department, Huawei discusses the company's strategy for India

Letters

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Consumer Forum

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Mobile Doctor

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News

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Cell Clues

Mobile processors hold the key to a phone's power packed performance


content my guide

in focus

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The add on accessories not just keep your gadgets safe, but also reflect your style quotient

just in

Nokia E6 and HTC Flyer hit the Indian market

sneak peek Nokia N9's MeeGo mania and Sony Ericsson Xperia Active's Android fun are somethings to look forward to

Event

CommunicAsia 2011 was a great experience for telecom enthusiasts

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BURN TESTS rAGE Jamo gENUS G233 BYOND BY 009+ ALCATEL ONETOUCH 710D MICROMAX BLING2 samsung GALAXY POP HTC WILDFIRE S SAMSUNG NEXUS S HTC SENSATION LG OPTIMUS BLACK BLACKBERRY PLAY BOOK MOTOROLA XOOM MZ601

Pune, the education hub of India is high on mobility as well

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Et cetera Jabra Stone 2, Fujifilm T200, Airtel HD recorder , Transcend Music Player 860, Plantronics Discovery 975 reviewed

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smart apps Boredom Busters From racing the streets to saving the universe, get an adrenaline rush with these mobile games

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letters I would really like to thank My Mobile magazine. It has given a lot of knowledge about the mobile technology along with other gadgets. Though you certainly have a plethora of phones in you’re My Guide section, I’d request you give more options for devices, which are Video Calling enabled. It will help me and other readers as well.  -Manoj Das, Kharagpur

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REVIEWED LG Optimus 2X, Samsung Galaxy Pro, HTC Desire S and many more

It is raining tablets from Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple I pad etc. Lesser known fact is that other companies too, like Infibeam Phi, Olive Pad, Biantone Homesurf, Wespro too are making them which are comparatively cheaper than Samsung and Apple but still running on Google's Android operating system!.It is indeed fascinating! I kindly request you to review them for the benefit of your readers in the forthcoming issues.  -G.M.Irshad Ul Haque, Bangalore P 56

I am not a regular reader of My Mobile but often buy this magazine from the book stall. I want to suggest one thing to My Mobile team that now tablet BURN TEST era has began. Almost all mobile manufacturing companies have been launching their tablets in the market. So, it’ll be good if you can start carrying the tablets as well in you’re my Guide section. I 84% think my guide section is always helpful for the consumers who want to buy a new handset. The cover story of June issue on the apps explosion was very interesting. I am very grateful to your team for bringing out such a nice magazine dedicated to mobiles. -Faheem Ansari, Shahjahanpur WWW.MYMOBILE.CO.IN

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Sleek and Stylish

The LG Optimus 2X carries LG’s legacy of good looking phones and boasts of a sleek form factor that makes it stand apart in the crowd. There is a 4.0-inch screen on the front panel and an 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash at the back. At the top right of the front panel lies the secondary camera while there are four touch buttons for menu, home, back and search below it. As seen in other Android devices, the home key also opens task switcher and the search key also enables voice search on long pressing. The 3.5 mm jack, HDMI port and power key are at the top while the volume rocker is on the right spine. The camera is elevated on the back panel making it more susceptible to scratches.

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els for dialer, contacts, messages and menu. The menu can be arranged in three styles namely vertical, horizontal and list. Apart from that, the phone also displays the downloaded apps separately. The notification bar remains at the top and comes with controls for silent mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and accelerometer lock. The music player controls are also there. The Optimus 2X comes with some advanced gesture controls. You can tap on any side of the phone to move the cursor in the text field. On the homescreen, you can tilt the phone while holding an icon to change its location. You can also tap on the left or right of the phone’s screen to scroll through the picture, whereas double tapping on the left and right side will change the tack playing on the music player. Flipping the phone over pauses and mutes a video while it is playing. You can select to activate or deactivate either or all of these features. The contacts tab lets you add contacts from Microsoft Exchange, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and obviously Google. You can also choose which contacts you want to see or not. The Optimus 2X supports all popular Email clients including Microsoft Exchange. It comes with pre-loaded settings for GMail, AOL, Yahoo! and Hotmail. You can also set up any other POP or IMAP account on the phone. Twitter, MySpace and Facebook apps for LG are pre-loaded. The browser comes with flash support and you can use multi-touch along with text reflow. The Polaris office lets you open office documents but you cannot create new ones. There is an F-secure mobile antivirus app that comes with a mobile tracker or anti-theft feature. GPS uses Google Maps for searching locations and getting directions. You can get driving directions, transit directions for public transport and for bicycling too. The GPS lock just took seconds even when we were indoors. The device is capable of providing HSDPA speeds of up to 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps

Super Snapper

The Optimus 2X comes with an 8.0-megapixel camera and an LED flash. The highest resolution that one can set is 3264 x 2448 pixels. Focus modes include macro, face tracking, auto and manual (touch). There are various scene modes like portrait, landscape, sports, sunset and night. Additionally you can also use smile shot, continuous shot, beauty shot, art shot along with panorama and stitch shot. It also boasts of image stabilisation, ISO settings, image quality and White balance. Obviously, you can geo-tag the pictures. The picture quality is as expected of such high end camera. The interface is minimalist and you can access advanced settings from the settings icon on the homescreen. You can also use the 1.3-megapixel secondary camera for self

mats along with DivX and XviD support. It played full HD videos with ease.

Groovy Music

The music player sorts songs on the basis of artists and albums. It comes with album art support and a long list of equaliser presets to enhance the sound quality. Long pressing on the album art can start search for song title, singer name and album title. The portrait mode is pretty simple but in the landscape mode, the player gets a cool 3D effect with all albums displayed in an alphabetical order. The FM Radio comes with RDS and also plays through the loudspeaker. The sound quality through the speakers in OK but it works really well through the headphones. The internal memory of 8GB allows you to load a lot of content on to the phone and you can expand it further using the microSD card. The phone’s battery easily lasted for a day with continuous WiFi, some video playback, couple of hours of music combined with browsing, Email and calling.

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LG OPTIMUS 2X Optimising performance with style

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of mobile and mobile industries. The articles published in your magazine are very informative. Keep up the good work.  -Vinay Dixit I have been reading your magazine for two years. And now I can say that you’re the best. My Mobile is the best thing that ever happened to mobile space in India. I like all section of your magazine like burn test, My Guide, Mobile doctor etc. I also love gaming section. You have lot of info on games and applications. I have an Android powered LEAD STORY handset, so I am constantly looking for new games that I can play. MOBILE N WARS II: Thanks for keeping the THE community of gaming buffs like me well informed. CONQUEST  -Rizwan Ahmad

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eha, a young professional wanted to buy a new phone and the first thing she decided was that she wanted an Android. Why? Because she wanted more applications to fiddle around her phone, connect to her friends and also entertain herself. The other factors like price, physical features, etc. were relatively secondary for her. This is not just her case. There are a significant number of people in the country who are now buying mobile phones to do much more than just calling and texting. And across the globe, usage of applications on the mobile phone is even more prolific. This growing hunger to be able to go beyond the obvious with one’s mobile phone has created a huge opportunity in the mobile application space. Moreover, with more than 100 application stores across the world, a new war of sorts has started. While many leaders have emerged, it’s still a long way before the ultimate winner is declared. The question is… Will this war ever end?

There was a time when brands competed on the basis of hardware features. The rules of the game have changed and the new Weapons of Mobile Communication (WMC) are mobile applications. Sonia Sharma 28 MYMOBILE JUN 15 to JUL 14 2011

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Mobile applications have been there for long. However, their shape, size, form and even the user experience has changed from time to time. In the initial stages of growth in the mobile sector, not much emphasis was put on mobile applications, especially the third party ones. The application availability in those times were limited and there were a few scattered websites that offered applications for mobile phones. Symbian, Windows Mobile and Palm were a few contenders in the smartphone segment and later BlackBerry made an entry but it was mostly limited to enterprise users. None of these platforms had a repository of apps and an application store pre-configured on mobile phones was unimaginable. However, with phone features becoming commodities, the only differentiation that one could bring about is through applications that enhance the capabilities of the phone. Kishan Bhat, engagement manager, Zinnov Management Consulting says, “A number of capabilities were added to the phones to bring them to what they are today. However, now the innovations in the hardware space have stopped, leading to more interest in mobile applications. On the other hand, the carriers too were stuck in a tariff war and the main focus was to offer cheap calls. But with tariffs hitting rock bottom, apps have become a lucrative area for them too.” This has further been fuelled with the growth in the smartphone segment across the

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The cover story in last month’s issue was really a good read. I don’t really own a smartphone but read about all the applications thoroughly. Now that I know that one could enjoy so many apps and games with a smartphone, I plan to buy one very soon. Though I would have loved go for I Pad 2 but I think I’ll settle with nice Android option. One thing I’d want to happen is that the games should be available across all the platforms. I would really appreciate if you get more such features on gaming and applications. They are always an interesting read.  -Arun Nayal, via E-mail

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portraits. The camera is also capable of capturing full HD videos (1920 x 1088) and you can adjust White balance, colour effects and video quality of the videos. The full HD video quality might not enthrall you but still it is a start. The only thing lacking was the hardware camera key that would have made it a lot easier to take pictures and photographs. The video camera supports all popular video for-

Screen | 16 million colours

GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes

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Phonebook Capacity | Shared

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VALUE FOR MONEY

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Battery | Li-ion, 1500mAh

Up to 400 hours

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EASE OF USE

Memory | 8 GB, microSD

Talktime/Standby | Up to 7.8 hours/

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Size | 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm Weight | 139 grams

Camera | 8.0 megapixel Frequency | GSM

850/900/1800/1900/2100

Others | Smart dialing, video calling

Price: Rs 26,000

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It has been an interesting year with smart-phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and others being introduced heavily in the market. My Mobile gives an opportunity to customer to make a wise choice and not going by advertisers and company representative’s claim. I would also like to bring to notice that many a times I come across few problems while trying to access your e-magazine on www.mymobile.co.in. It’ll be great if you could take care of this issue pertaining to your website.  -Randy Mabius I am a big fan of My Mobile magazine and I really appreciate it for all the information that it carries. I would like to request to your team that you to make the App reviews more extensive like the phone review which you published in your magazine. And also, I request you to provide information about good apps store. I appreciate your work. My Mobile is a good magazine, which covers all parts

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I really an avid reader of the My Mobile magazine and use it as my bible for the latest gadgets. I think your magazine provides very comprehensive coverage to all the gadgets that are available in the market and there are also has quite detailed reviews of the new handsets that have been launched. And I quite like this aspect of your magazine. However, I feel that a similar attention should be provided to operator stories as well. You are a complete mobility magazine and I hope that you will include the same in your forthcoming issues.  -Vishal Punhani, via E-mail Corrigendum: This is to inform the reader the Beetel GD530 has LED flash with the camera.

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consumer forum Complaint 1 I have Nokia N97 mini that I bought last year. Recently, its push button got out of the keypad. I gave it for repair in the Nokia care center. After about 3 days, they told me that the button was not under warranty and would cost me Rs800. Later on I had been informed that the handset was no more into production. I received my handset back after 15days with an old ill fitted key. On contacting the concerned person in the customer care centre, they assured me again. But to my surprise neither the vision care people nor the helpline executives called at their committed span. Now I think either my words are falling on to deaf ears or some kind of joke is been played on me because I haven’t received any feedback from Nokia’s end till yet. All the experience has made me feel cheated and harassed. I will wait for some more time and then take it up to another level.  -Ankit bajoria Nokia’s Reply We have sent a mail.

Handset has been replaced. Consumer Reply: New handset received.

Complaint 3 I have Vodafone SIM which I got recharged with the Rs 96 voucher that gives free internet usage for 2GB. Even after the recharge when I accessed the internet my credit went from

tive and he yelled at me on top of his voice saying that balance would not be refunded and they have no solution for this problem. Please help me as I need my money back.  -Vipul Kothari Vodaphone Reply: Awaited

Complaint 4 I purchased a new sealed pack Samsung Wave 2 on May 29th, 2011 from MCD market in karol bagh. To my surprise the handset

Complaint 5 I bought Spice QT61 on 4th January 2011. After some time, its track ball stop working properly. I took it to the service centre and was told to collect it four to five days later. After a few days they extended the time period to15to 30 days. Few days later I received the handset back but with no improvement as the problem was still there. I am highly disappointed as the service centre's response has not been convincing enough. Please look into the matter. Raja Spice Reply: Awaited. Consumer Reply: Problem has not been solved.

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Complaint 2 I have a Blackberry Bold 9700 for which a DOA certificate has been issued by Redington as it had some keyboard problems. I have submitted the handheld to the dealer from where the handheld was purchased along with all accessories, bill & DOA certificate. I wanted to know how much time will it take for the handheld to be replaced and moreover Bold 9700 is discontinued so what will be done in this matter. I have had sent this email to blackberrysupport@redington. co.in and have being regularly sending mails for follow up from the past few days. I feel disappointed as despite having mailed them so many times, I have not got any response so far. Please do the needful  -Amit Rana BlackBerry Reply

New phone received.

Rs 62 to a negative of 155. Also, 205 minutes of free Vodafone to Vodafone connectivity were deducted. I contacted the customer care executive I was told that the internet usage voucher would get activated in 4 hours. Then I recharged my number by Rs. 399, a full value top-up, on the same day but on accessing the internet the next day my balance was again deducted and it went from Rs 243 to a negative of 27. This time the customer care executive assured me that the balance would be refunded within the next 12 hours. To my disappointment, I did not get the balance refunded the next day as well. I again contacted the execu-

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right on the day of its purchase started malfunctioning. I then took it to Samsung service centre and they issued me a DOA certificate. Two days later I handed over the certificate along with phone and all accessories to my dealer. Days have passed, but the dealer has not provided me a new phone. I contacted the customer care of Samsung and they informed me that the phone could only be replaced within 15 days of purchase and not later. Please help me retrieve my phone back.  -Manish Rana Samsung Reply: Problem has been solved. Consumer Reply

I bought Samsung Chat C3222 about four months back. Post one month, phone started creating network based problems. At times, it would show a no SIM message and get switched off on its own. Later on its music player also started troubling. I took it to the service centre where I was told that its mother board would be replaced. When I collected it after a few days, its condition was even worst. Please help me.  -Asif Ali Samsung Reply Awaited. Consumer Reply: Problem has not been solved.

Are you being harassed by a celco that doesn’t hear your plea? Email your issues to consumer-forum@my mobile.co.in and we will take up your cause with the concerned company. Kindly mention your contact number at the end of the Email so that we can get in touch with you. Whenever possible, also provide us complete details of the correspondence with the celco.


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Please tell me some multimedia handset heath conservation tips. -Ramesh A. The biggest threat for multimedia handset comes from the content you load on the memory card. It should be virus free as it has major effect on the phone’s performance. You should also ensure that while browsing on the web, you only visit the trusted ones

when Nokia comes up with new OS? Can I upgrade Android 2.2 to 2.3 in Samsung Galaxy Ace? Also, suggest me if you could think of any other good phone within Rs. 17000. -Dr. Prashant Chaudhary I would suggest Samsung Galaxy SL for this budget as the phone has a super LCD screen along with 1GHz processor making it future proof for the some more time. It has already 2.3 update available for it. While Symbian phones will be avaialbe in the market for sometime, Nokia will eventually stop supporting it.

Please suggest me a handset with a comfortable keypad, long lasting battery back-up, phonebook with 1000 or more contact storage space and price within Rs.3000. -R. N. Trehan You can go for Nokia 2700 classic and Nokia X2-01. Both cost around Rs 3,400 and have a good phonebook capacity along with a comfortable keypad and battery life Please help me buy an excellent phone that has a secondary camera, latest OS, bigger screen, 3G and other latest features. My budget is about Rs. 25,000. -Rohit Pilankar Samsung Galaxy S2 is good phone with the latest Android OS, Super AMOLED screen and a dual core processor, its one of the best smart phones in the market today.

Moreover it is better to invest in more advanced options like Android to get the most out of your investment in a phone.

I want to choose the best phone amongst Nokia C 7, Nokia C 6-01, HTC Wildfire S and Samsung Galaxy Ace. I am using Nokia for last eight years. So shall I stick with Nokia or move on to Android. Do you think Symbian^3 in Nokia C 7 will be outdated

I want to purchase a good Android phone with superior features. I require my phone to have at least 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5G support, Wi-Fi, minimum 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, long lasting battery, high quality music player,

I currently use Nokia 3720. Please tell me if I can use 3G on this handset. - Munawwar Shekh Nokia 3720 does not support 3G so you cannot connect to 3G networks through this device.

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and other multimedia features along with an office viewer and free apps store. Also tell me if I can upgrade my Android to higher versions. I have shortlisted HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy Ace. Please suggest me some other phones costing around Rs. 15000. -Prateek Kumar Samsung Galaxy Ace is better option as it has 800 Mhz processor compared to HTC Wildfire it has 528 Mhz processor . Samsung Galaxy Ace can be updated to latest Android 2.3. Another option is HTC Wildfire S which has a 600 Mhz processor and runs on Android 2.3 OS which is the latest one. These are the two best handsets in your budget. I am planning to buy Samsung Omia B6520 with a Microsoft Windows 6.5 version. What is your take on this phone in terms of features? Please give me some apps for Windows and also suggest some safe websites to download apps free from virus and malware. -Smeet Agarwal I wont suggest handset running Windows 6.5 now as it almost outdated . If u need smart phone with QWERTY keypad I would suggest that you go for Samsung B7510 also called the Galaxy Pro. It runs on Android operating system and you have an extensive application support for this platform. This is a better investment. I purchased a new Samsung Galaxy 3 handset recently. My phone has a very bad battery backup. It takes only half an hour to get full-charged but starts discharging after 10-20 calls. Please advise me what to do. -Deepak Nishad. I think there is some problem in your phone as battery is not supposed to get fully charged with in 30 minutes. It is better

if you get your handset checked as there might be a problem with the battery. Please take it to Samsung’s authorised service centre for checking and repair. Don’t forget to check if your phone is under warranty or not as it will help you cut costs. I have been using Samsung Star 3G for the last two years. Its touch user interface is good and camera also gives fine quality pictures but voice quality of calls is poor. The headphone provided was not good enough so I bought a Panasonic headset suitable for this mobile. To my disappointment, even this is not working well with the mobile. Do you know the major drawbacks of this mobile and the reason behind the company’s stopping to produce this model very early? Does this handset create any major radiation problems? Which one from the Samsung Galaxy Pro and Nokia E6 is better for business purpose? -P J Sujanthkumaar This was a good model but as you now no companies have models running for long time as technology is changing very fast. Radiation levels of this phone are as per standards. Among Nokia E6 and Samsung Galaxy Pro, the latter is better as it is Android based and has a lot of app support. The voice quality of this phone is good too.

Is your mobile phone acting strange? Email your queries at team@mymobile.co.in and our mobile doctor Arshdeep Singh will suggest remedies for your ailing device. Disclaimer: The views expressed by Arshdeep Singh are his own and do not necessarily coincide with those of My Mobile.


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She is hot and geeky Bollywood’s hottest item girl, Malaika Arora Khan was recently in Delhi to attend a Taiwanese trade event. We catch up with her to know about her gadget preferences Surbhi Chawla It’s perceived that women are not too good with technology and gadgets. Do you agree with the statement? No, I am not one of them. I actually come from a very technology savvy family. My husband is in love with the latest that’s happening in gadget world, and I keep taking advice from him as to what should I buy. I have always heard him say that if you have a Taiwanese product, you will never be disappointed. I am also an avid adopter of new technology and I always look out for the coolest gadgets on the block. You said that you are very tech savvy person. So, if you had a technology box, what would it contain? If I had a magic technology box, it would contain a MP3 player to add a groove to my day. As I travel a lot, I really need a good camera and thus the BenQ Digital Camera will make it to my magic box too. For connectivity without a break, we all need a good WiFi connection and I rely on D-Link Wireless router for the same. Also, I have something that makes me look like a heroine from a James Bond movie, and it is the Silicon power USB drive that I have, which looks like a necklace. In fact, I also have a pair of earrings to go with that. With all the information on that necklace, I can be a ht shot spy (laughs). I also have something that no one can do without today, and it is a laptop. I find my MSI laptop very essential and very useful in life. Which brand of handset do you use? I use multiple handsets and keep on changing them quite frequently. Currently, I am using a BlackBerry handset. We saw you judging a dance show recently, so when can we see you on the small screen again? Well, I am not the kind of person who wants to do shows by the dozen. I am quite selective of what I commit to. Having said that, you will definitely see me on the telly by the end of this year. Malaika, you were actively involved in the production of Dabangg. What is keeping you busy these days? Dabangg again! I am now working on Dabang 2. We are in process of finalising the script and are looking forward to releasing it by the end of this year. The main protagonist will continue to be Chulbul Pandey, which will be played by Salman Khan. Will we see Munni again in Dabangg 2? All I can say is just wait and watch. n

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fa c e t o fa c e Milind Pathak, VPSAARC, Comviva says that entertainment and information services will converge to bring a new era of change in the Indian VAS market Supriya Bhattacharjee Harshita Rustagi

Going beyond entertainment How do you see the VAS segment changing owing to the launch of 3G services and Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in India? MNP has not been very successful in India as we have not seen many people porting their numbers. As far as 3G is concerned, 2011 will be the year of this technology. In next few quarters we will get to know how it shapes; whether it becomes a bigger pipe that will offer an improved consumer experience with voice or whether it will enable data offtake. Launch of 3G has been good for us and we have generated solutions more on the network side of the data platform. What all 3G related services are you providing to the operators? We are more into network centric products like data optimisation, bandwidth, cashing policy management, etc. We work on the infrastructure side, which helps telecom operators to offer a better data experience.

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What all new solutions and products have you launched this year? We have developed solutions keeping cloud computing in mind. On-line gaming solution is one of our new products. We have created a very thin client that can be downloaded on a handset to get the remote application environment for all the games hosted by us. The consumer could then play a game using this application provided by client server applications. This will benefit both the consumer and the operator. The consumer will be benefitted ,as instead of downloading ten different games he will download one application and play all the available games. Another service is in the area of self-care that will work on a similar platform. After downloading this service on their handset, the consumers will be able to keep a track of their balance, last recharge, last dialed numbers, the services they have or can subscribe to, and other such things. What is the future of cloud computing

in India? I know that we have developed products based on cloud technology but think that it is a bit early to talk about the future of cloud computing. Do you think that the future of VAS in India will be limited to entertainment only? I think the future of non-voice revenue in India will not be limited to entertainment only. You will have a combination of various mobile financial services, like mobile banking, mobile commerce, and mobile payment in one bucket. Mobile advertising and marketing is another area, which according to me, has the potential to do well. Mobile entertainment is already doing well and is expected to do even better. I think, entertainment services should become infotainment services. Enterprise will be next in this list. So adoption of all the M2Ms, Mobile Enterprise Resource Planning, Sales Force Automation tools, bulk messaging, etc. will increase. n supriya@mymobile.co.in


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India VAS Forum

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encouraging innovation India VAS Forum is the first attempt towards uniting the Value added Services industry in the country in order to ensure more favourable revenue models for the VAS players and encouraging m-governance

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elecom industry has grown tremendously in last few years and will continue to pace up. During the last decade, this industry has witnessed many new service operators and mobile manufacturers coming up in competition with the established ones. Moreover, the launch of 3G services has accentuated the advancement in features and other offerings in mobile phones. This has opened a huge arena of opportunities for all the VAS players in the country. With development in handset technology and availability of better services in the market, VAS providers need a standard platform to strengthen the ecosystem for mobile Value Added Services in India. This will help break the roadblocks created by the cellular operators and encourage new comers and small players in the VAS segment by providing them equal chance and opportunity. India VAS Forum 2011, organised by My Mobile Infomedia Private Limited, was the first chapter of this industry initiative and was held on July 7th, 2011 in New Delhi. All the leading players from the VAS, handset were present at the roundtable. There was a strong presence

from the government too. The main objectives behind the forum were to create a neutral and non profitable body and delivery platform that enhance the growth rate of VAS in India, to foster the growth of mobile governance applications, to ensure higher revenue generation through greater number of applications, and to enable payment for VAS through alternative payment mechanism. The key note speaker, Dr. Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Information Technology (DIT) said, “Through this forum, we can have a common platform to figure out ways to go beyond the typical methods of mobile servicing.” He also said, “we need to look for a possibility of launching a digital literacy program to ensure the maximum and proper usage of services.” Mr. Ajay Sawhney, joint secretary, National e-Governance Programme, DIT expressed his happiness on the forum by saying “It was a much needed initiative to maintain a balance in the industry”. “We should have a common link where all the application developers can put up their services and have an account of details, so as to be directly available to the

users”, added Sawhney. Others eminent speakers in the form opined that there should be a platform where all the VAS providers, irrespective of their size and value in market, will be kept at a common level to ensure an unbiased eco-system that gives each one of them an opportunity to grow. This would encourage application developers to move beyond just profit motive and also create apps for social benefit of the masses and to promote m-governance. It was also agreed upon that a window should be created wherein the new VAS providers, alongside the established ones, can upload their applications to reach the masses and create a business case for them selves. Apart from content and application, regional language was also hot in the topics of discussion. Mr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Adv (Broadband and PA), TRAI, said, “Language acts as a barrier between the services and users as it restricts the usage of these services to a limited number of consumers due to lack of understanding.” The India VAS Forum was supported by DIT, NeGP, ICA, IAMAI, ASSOCHAM and CCAOI. n team@mymobile.co.in


NEWS bits TABLETS & HANDSETS Nokia launches N9

Policy India mobile subscriber grew to 825 million

The much talked about Nokia N9 was unveiled at CommunicAsia 2011. Nokia N9 has a 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED display and it is the first-ever pure touch smartphone with no buttons. The company claims that this design will help it in making things simpler for the consumer. The handset also helms an 8.0-megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and dual LED flash. Nokia N9 also supports NFC.

Samsung giving discount to its Facebook fans Samsung Mobile India is giving some concession on a number of handsets exclusively for its fans and followers on its official page on the social networking site Facebook. This one-time offer can be cashed on the purchase of any of the Samsung Chat models including 222, 322 and 335. To add on to this, customers can also get a Philips headphone worth Rs 699 free with every purchase of Samsung Chat.

Motorola XOOM now available in India Motorola announced the availability of Motorola XOOM WiFi and 3G variant tablets in India. The device runs Android 3.0 OS, also known as Honeycomb. Motorola XOOM has a 1GB dual core processor, which speeds up the performance, and 1 GB RAM. The Honeycomb tablet includes an interactive, customisable homescreen with moveable widgets, notifications and tabbed browsing. It has a 10.1 inch 1280x800 widescreen HD display. Support for HDMI enables viewing of videos and movies on larger screens, such as HD televisions. Motorola XOOM WiFi version is available at Rs 32,990 and the Best Buy for the 3G version is Rs 39,990.

The mobile subscriber base in India has reached a figure of more than 826 million by the end of April. Out of this, the number of active SIMs is about 583 million. There has also been a rise in broadband subscription across the country, which has crossed the mark of 12 million, ending April. It also seems that more consumers are opting for mobile number portability as the requests saw a steep rise from 64.23 lakh from March to 85.41 by the end of the following month. All the data was recently revealed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

TRAI tightens noose on service providers

Huawei launches Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet Chinese telecom giant Huawei has launched a tablet named Huawei MediaPad, the world’s first 7 inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet. The MediaPad supports 1080P full HD video playback and features a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focus rear facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. It is a complete entertainment package driven by Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor, supported by Huawei Device’s Hi-Space cloud solution and Google Android Market. The MediaPad is good for advanced user-experience in a stylish, high-performing and ultraportable package. With HSPA+ 14.4Mbps and high speed WiFi 802.11n Internet connectivity, it keeps you connected without any hindrance.

HTC Flyer tablet debuts in India Taiwan-based HTC has announced the launch of its first tablet in India - the HTC Flyer. HTC Flyer blends HTC’s trademark design language with HTC Sense user experience that has been re-imagined for the tablets. Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet is ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket only. With a seveninch display, the tablet has a lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities. The HTC Flyer tablet also offers web browsing with Flash 10 and HTML 5. The tablet premieres HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service. The Watch service enables low cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of high-definition movies from major studios. It is available at a market operating price of Rs 39,890 at all authorised HTC resellers across the country.

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With revenue generation from call rates becoming negligible, most of the operators are indulging in activation of VAS without consumer consent. In this regard, the Telecom RegulatorAuthority of India has issued a directive to service providers to control this malpractice. It has mentioned that despite repeated notifications, the regulator is constantly receiving complaints from consumers regarding activation of various value added services, mainly caller ring back tones, without their consent. The TRAI guidelines state that the such services could only be activated after a confirmation message received by an operator from a consumer. It also notes that renewal of service should be intimated with charges for renewal and contact for getting the service de-activated, at least three days prior to the due date. This step is expected to curb this prevalant practice as almost all leading operators including Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance have been activating VAS packs and caller ring back tones without consumer consent.


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NEWS bits Value Added Service/ Applications/ Games Mercedes-Benz India launches mobile website

OPERATORS & TARIFFS Bharti Airtel crosses 5 million mark in Bangladesh Adding another milestone in its success story, Bharti Airtel announced that it now has a subscriber base of more than five million in Bangladesh. The company also informed that it has added 160 new towns to its network spread in Bangladesh, which now penetrates to a total of 2100 plus towns across the country. A company statement said that Airtel Bangladesh also plans on extending its coverage to reach 72 percent of the country’s population by December 2011. With a target of setting up 600 additional service centres in Bangladesh by March 2012 timeframe, Airtel plans to further strengthen the presence of its support services for customers.

Amarnath Yatra route gets BSNL mobile coverage

Mercedes-Benz India has launched a mobile optimised website that can be readily accessed through multiple mobile devices including smartphones and feature phones capable of internet browsing. Customised for mobile viewing, the website presents a summary of the brand’s corporate website, which is designed to give information on product highlights, technical data, picture galleries, pricing and details on local service centers. The mobile website is served in multiple layout modes specifically to ensure maximum quality output, irrespective of using HTML, xHTML or WML.

Real time 3G Video interception possible Hindrance in interception of video calling was the foremost concern that delayed the roll out of 3G services in India. Now, Bay Talkitec, a 3G VAS solution company, has announced the launch of Smart LI - a real time 3G video interception application that allows real time call interception and monitoring through 3G mobile handsets, IP video phones, and even through computers in case the monitoring agency is out of coverage area. The system integrates real time communication interception, logging and analysis of both voice and 3G video calls. Besides enabling recording of video and voice communication, which is monitored in real time, a powerful Call Detail Record (CDR) reporting tool for receiving data from the service provider of the intercepted calls is also built into this.

Micromax partners with Nazara to offer EA games Micromax has partnered with Nazara Technologies to offer versions of popular high end game titles from leading publishers such as Electronic Arts. Nazara has an exclusive tie up with EA in India and will offer 40 major games from EA’s repertoire to Micromax’s consumers.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced that it has provided mobile coverage on the entire route of Amarnathji Yatra. In a company statement, BSNL said that customers from any other state having BSNL or MTNL postpaid mobile connection with roaming facility on their phone, and all BSNL mobile customers from Jammu & Kashmir will have almost continuous mobile service right up to the Holy Cave. Mobile tower at Base Campus of Baltaal, Domail and Chandanwadi were made operative in the month of May to help Army, Para Military Forces, SASB and LANGAR organisers to make better arrangements for Yatris. Now, both the routes of Baltaal and Pehalgam including Sheshnag, Panchatarini and Holy Cave have complete coverage with BSNL mobile network.

Airtel 3G services now available in Gujarat Bharti Airtel has announced the availability of its 3G services in Gujarat. With this, Airtel’s customers across the state will now be able to enjoy a host of 3G capabilities including fast mobile internet access, video streaming, video calling, mobile TV, social networking on-the-go and high definition gaming. Airtel 3G services will be available across all major parts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot, Surat, Gandhinagar,Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Anand, Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Amreli, Chikli, Dahej, Daman, Gandhidham, Godhra, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbander, Silvassa,Valsad, Vapi, Rajula, Diu, Una and Verawal.

Vodafone Users Can Now Recharge at Self Service Kiosks Vodafone Essar announced the launch of self service recharge facility through its existing network of kiosks for its prepaid customers across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Prepaid customers can use the self service kiosks at various locations across the state to recharge their phone with required talktime. Recharge options for customers are available in various denominations starting from Rs 10.

Tata Docomo launches ‘Endless Music’ service Tata DOCOMO has launched a new entertainment service named Endless Music. The initiative will offer a whole range of music under various categories and sub categories. Under this service, customers can enjoy and listen to endless music for the entire day and can also download ringtones of their favourite songs by paying a subscription charge of Rs 2 per day with no extra/hidden cost attached to it. To avail Endless Music service, customers will have to dial IVR short code 59090 (toll free). The service is auto renewable on a daily basis.

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With operators claiming to have lightening fast networks, 3G experience for a mobile subscriber can be nothing less than pure pleasure. But do these networks really provide the experience they promise? Mukesh Kumar Singh and Supriya Bhattacharjee along with team My Mobile investigate

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ndian telecom industry is growing like never before. New mobile phone companies are mushrooming everyday offering consumers a greater choice in handsets, and with 16 operators vying for their attention, the tariffs have fallen to as low as one paisa per second. Moreover, the world of applications and Value Added Services is getting bigger with every passing day and consumers now have so much more to do with their phones than just making calls and sending message. There is another thing that has added spice to this already booming sector, and it is the coming of 3G. The service was just a dream for consumers and the industry till last year, but now it is a reality that has not only opened doors to a lot more opportunities for consumers but also paved way for operators and VAS providers to make some extra bucks. The auctions for this high speed wireless service were held in July 2010, and out of nine operators, only seven were able to secure the spectrum for 3G. The winners include Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Reliance Communications, Tata Docomo, Idea Cellular and S Tel. Of all these companies, Tata Docomo was the first to launch this service, followed by Reliance, Aircel, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. Apart from these private operators, the two state-owned telcos BSNL and MTNL have been offering 3G since 2008. However, their services failed to make a big impact as at that time the telecom ecosystem was not ready for 3G and people were not fully aware of its capabilities. 3G or third generation service enables internet users to avail high bandwidth services such as mobile TV, video calling, voice blogging, high speed internet, HD gaming etc. The service can be used either on mobile phones and tablets, or on laptops via USB data cards. As of now, operators have tried to keep tariffs as low as possible, but a further fall in prices cannot be ruled out. (For 3G tariff details refer our May issue). As far as circles are

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lead story concerned, Airtel, Aircel and Reliance have the licence to provide 3G services in 13 circles; Vodafone and Tata Docomo in nine circles; Idea in 11 circles; and S Tel in three circles. 3G service has given a whole new dimension to applications and VAS space, and has also encouraged international handset companies to launch their high end smartphones and tablets in India. Today, almost all leading mobile phone players are present in the Indian market. In fact even Apple, which is known for launching its devices late in India, has now changed its strategy and has started bringing the devices in at the same time as their global launch. The usage and demand of smartphones is increasing like never before. According to Pyramid Research, India will be one of the fastest growing markets for smartphones over the next five years, with a compounded annual growth rate of 39 percent. In India, the usage of 3G has not picked up big time till now but most operators expect over 10 percent of their user base to use 3G by the end of this year. However, are these services worth your money? We all know that 3G services work well in an ideal environment but not all times are ideal. We might need to connect for work or for socialising anytime, anywhere or on the go. For this, we need a network which we can depend on completely, and 3G promises to deliver that. Therefore, to check how efficient the networks are, we got ready to test 3G speeds for real in 11 selected areas across Delhi NCR. The review was conducted over a span of four days during office hours as our team went from one area to another carrying three laptops and

three smartphones to test the 3G networks on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Communications. We had two goals: The first was to check internet speeds on mobile phones, the second was to review the speeds on laptops using 3G data cards.

DAY 1

Destination 1: Ambience Mall, Gurgaon On our first trip, we were excited about how the day may turn out to be; we had a lot of hopes from the networks but at the same time we were wary whether the task will be fruitful or not. So, we headed out first to Ambience Mall in Gurgaon to test these services. We carried with us three laptops and three phones, each having a 3G SIM of its own from different operators. For instance, one laptop and one phone each had an Airtel SIM inserted, and so on. We went to the food court at the mall and switched on all the devices.

Mobile test We decided to use Nokia 3G phones for this test for a specific reason. Arshdeep Singh, a technology specialist, explains, “ There are three modes for choosing networks one is UMTS/WCDMA/3G, the second is only 2G and the third is dual mode. However, even in only 3G mode, most of the handsets pick the 2G network if it is significantly stronger. However, Nokia phones stick of 3G networks only, allowing you to experience the real 3G speeds.” As we switched on the phones, we were able to see full 3.5G signal on all phones. To test the service, we logged on to YouTube

and played the same video on the three phones. We were delighted to see that Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance, all played the video easily with a buffer time of two to three seconds. This was an exciting beginning for us.

Data dongle test The first site that we opened on our laptops was www.speedtest.net, which enabled us to know the broadband speeds we were getting at that moment. Vodafone was a winner here with a download speed (DS) of 2.39 Mbps and an upload speed (US) of 0.12 Mbps. It was closely followed by Airtel at a DS of 2.11 Mbps and US of 0.03 Mbps, and Reliance at DS of 1.53 Mbps and US of 0.68 Mbps. To experience these speeds, we logged on to YouTube.com and played a video. To our surprise, the speed at which videos played on three laptops was completely opposite to what speedtest.net had showed. On YouTube, Reliance was the best performer as it took less than four seconds to buffer. Airtel’s and Vodafone’s performance was disappointing as Vodafone took 4.38 minutes to play a video of 1.37 minute duration, while Airtel could not play the video even at the end of 10 minutes!

Destination 2: Dwarka sector 21 Metro Station Our next stop was Dwarka sector 21 and we tried testing the services just outside the metro station inside a car. This spot was chosen because Dwarka is the biggest planned residential area in Delhi and there are a lot of people who require internet on the move.

Mobile test Here again, the 3G signals of all three operators were at their peak. All of them performed pretty well on YouTube, taking a buffer time of about two seconds each.

Data dongle test Here, the Reliance network was outstanding as the speed test showed a DS of 3.73 Mbps and an US of 0.53 Mbps. Vodafone and Airtel were almost on the same plane with the former giving DS of 1.93 Mbps and US of 0.12 Mbps, and the latter at a DS of 1.92 Mbps and US of 0.10 Mbps. While playing a video on YouTube, we got a satisfactory performance by all three operators and the videos played within a buffer time of 5 seconds. This was a moment of satisfaction for us as the speed of data dongles completely matched with the speeds usually offered by wireline broadband.

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dential buildings. We went to the DLF Place mall and made a place for ourselves in a quiet corner to test the 3G services.

Mobile test At Saket, all the three phones showed full network and performed equally well on YouTube by taking a buffer time of just around two seconds. However, on Airtel, the video buffered thrice throughout its entire length for one second each time.

Data dongle test As we switched on our laptops and logged on to speedtest.net, we were delighted to see Reliance performing so well again. The Reliance 3G data card showed a DS of 3.61 Mbps and an US of 0.93 Mbps, which is surely worth some praise. Vodafone, too, was decent with a DS of 2.31 Mbps and US of 0.12 Mbps; while Airtel lagged behind the two of them by giving a DS of 1.96 Mbps and US of 0.12 Mbps. On YouTube, all three fared well by giving a buffer time of below four seconds. By this time, we had become very optimistic about Reliance and our hopes were now higher. We were looking forward to Day 2.

DAY 2

Destination 4: Delhi University We started our second day with a visit to the North Campus in Delhi University. To begin our testing, we headed directly to Khalsa College that is located near the University metro station. This was a good spot as there are a lot of other colleges in its vicinity.

Mobile test Vodafone failed the test this time as there was a lot of fluctuation in its 3G network and the video could not play on YouTube. Airtel’s and Reliance’s 3G networks were fine and showed full signal. When we played a video on YouTube, both took a buffer time of around four seconds.

Data dongle test Remarkably, Reliance once again topped the list with a DS of 2.72 Mbps and US of 2.71 Mbps, followed by Vodafone at DS of 1.94 Mbps and US of 0.11 Mbps, and Airtel at 1.19 DS and 0.11 Mbps US. As far as performance on YouTube was concerned, Airtel played the video fastest by taking a buffer time of just two seconds, Reliance took around four seconds, while Vodafone took about 2.18 minutes to play a video of 1.35 minute duration.

Destination 5: Preet Vihar After University, we started driving towards East Delhi. Preet Vihar was the spot we fina-

lised considering the malls, markets, small businesses and residential colonies located there. Moreover, it is quite near to Laxmi Nagar, which is again a big marketplace for all kinds of products and services. People here would definitely want a good Internet service that could be used on the go.

Mobile test Reliance and Airtel demonstrated full network here and played Youtube videos at a very fast speed by taking a buffer time of just one second each. Vodafone initially showed a lot of network variation, but when we restarted the phone, it started working fine. It took about four seconds to play the YouTube video.

Data dongle test Here, the speed test showed a DS of 0.27 Mbps and US of 0.09 Mbps for Reliance, and DS of 2.01 Mbps and US of 0.11 Mbps for Airtel. Vodafone speed test showed a DS of 1.11 Mbps and an US of 0.12 Mbps. At Preet Vihar, all the data cards worked pretty well while playing YouTube videos, taking a buffer time of less than five seconds.

Destination 6: Anand Vihar Anand Vihar was our next stop; it has an inter-state bus terminus, quite a good number of malls and shopping complexes, railway stations and several huge residential colonies such as Vaishali and Vasundhara, all in its vicinity. We went to Pacific Mall at Anand Vihar and found a table at one of the eating outlets.

Mobile test Just like Preet Vihar, the experience at Anand Vihar was mixed. Vodafone again showed network fluctuation, while Reliance and Airtel worked at a good speed. YouTube video played within two seconds on both the operators’ 3G networks. Vodafone took about five seconds to buffer the video.

Dongle data test The speed test here was no different. Reliance was again the champion with a DS of 3.69 Mbps and US of 0.71 Mbps. Just after Reliance came Airtel with a DS of 2.16 Mbps and US of 0.12 Mbps, and Vodafone with a DS of 1.95 Mbps and US of 0.12 Mbps. YouTube performances of all cards was good with a maximum buffer time of four-five seconds in the beginning of the video.

Destination 7: The Great India Place, Noida Noida was our next destination in NCR. The once quaint town is now buzzing with skyscrapers, huge malls, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and giant IT companies. People here are extremely tech savvy and since working professionals form a huge chunk of population here, wireless broadband is something really important.

Mobile test We started our test with Airtel’s 3G SIM, which showed full network and played the video in four seconds buffer time. Reliance and Vodafone too had good

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Data dongle test To test the performance of the three data cards we had, we went to The Great India Place located at Sector 18 of the city. No need to say that Reliance was again leading the race. It has a DS of 3.69 Mbps and US of 2.75 Mbps. Airtel came second with 1.72 Mbps DS and 0.12 Mbps US, followed by Vodafone at DS of 1.47 Mbps and US of 0.11 Mbps. YouTube performance of all data cards went pretty well with a maximum buffer time of three seconds. Reliance took only one second to play the video.

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Destination 8: South Extension South Extension was an obvious place to test 3G owing to the presence of several shops, showrooms, eating joints, palatial houses and high value mobile subscribers.

Mobile test At South Ex, our experience was a little different. All the three networks were down and there was a lot of variation in signals. Videos also took a buffer time of around 10 seconds to start.

Data dongle test On laptops, the speedtest.net showed a DS of 1.97 Mbps and US of 1.29 Mbps for Reliance, 1.96 Mbps and 0.11 Mbps for Vodafone, and 1.30 Mbps and 0.11 Mbps for Airtel. There was a lot of fluctuation and distortion in the networks of Reliance and Vodafone. On YouTube, Vodafone and Airtel took more than six seconds to play a video, while Reliance took about two seconds to start playing the video.

Destination 9: Rithala, Rohini It was time to move to the north-western part of Delhi and Rohini was the best bet due to its size, the large number of people who stay there and also due to the presence of malls and shops.

Mobile test Let’s begin with the positive! The 3G networks of Airtel and Reliance were remarkable and they played the video almost instantly; without taking any buffer time. Vodafone, however, failed the test as there was no 3G network of this operator at Rithala.

Dongle data test As we went on with the speed test on laptops, we saw that here 3G data cards failed in a big way. Airtel gave a DS of 1.46 Mbps and US of

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0.11 Mbps, closely followed by Reliance at DS of 1.40 Mbps and US of 0.32 Mbps. However, the worst experience was with Vodafone as the operator did not have 3G network in Rithala and the broadband started working on EDGE! As far as YouTube buffering was concerned, the video played on a buffer of four seconds on Reliance and about seven seconds on Airtel.

Destination 10: Connaught Place (CP) We don’t need to tell you why we chose CP for our speed test. The place is always buzzing with shoppers, tourists and is house to hundreds of shops and eating joints. Moreover, it is also a power centre due to its proximity with government department offices. We had the highest hopes from this crucial part of central Delhi.

Mobile test At CP, the 3G networks of Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance worked pretty well showing full signals. They took a buffer time ranging from one second to four seconds to play a video on YouTube. Airtel’s network fluctuated a bit while we played the video.

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testing the 3G services of the three operators on laptops. We planned to test the services inside an eating outlet in inner circle of CP. We were disappointed to see how weak the signals were. Disappointed by the indoor performance of the networks in such a crucial business centre, we moved to an open park. Vodafone gave DS of 1.96 Mbps and US of 0.12 Mbps. Reliance’s DS was a bit better at 2.12 Mbps and US of 1.53 Mbps. Airtel was the best in this area is DS as it gave DS of 2.31 Mbps and US of 0.11 Mbps.

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Data dongle test To experience the data card performance, we went to the university campus and here we got a shocker! Airtel had no 3G network, while the other two operators’ services worked well. Reliance again made us proud by giving DS of 2.09 Mbps and US of 1.16 Mbps, while Vodafone gave a DS of 1.15 Mbps and US of 0.10 Mbps. Both the data cards also played YouTube videos at a decent speed by taking a buffer time of about three to four second.

Verdict This was the end of our 3G tests. In a nutshell, we can say that 3G networks of all three operators are working well in Delhi NCR. Vodafone’s network showed a lot of fluctua-

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tion in North and East Delhi, but the company has itself said that they don’t have 3G in these regions. However, there is a lot more to be done by operators to improve the speeds and remove disruption. At the very least, there should be no room for buffering in heavy videos, blind spots and fluctuation in network. And since the tariffs for 3G are comparatively more expensive than 2G, it would not make any sense for consumers to avail them if the performance is not satisfactory. Airtel’s and Reliance’s 3G networks are worthy of praise and there were only a few places where the network was below standard. Since we tested both data and network, we will have to mention that Reliance was an out and out winner as its services were remarkable on both mobile phone and laptop. All in all its a good beginning that promises a better experience. We at My Mobile encourage you to go and enjoy the world of high speed Internet. n supriya@mymobile.co.in

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Power is where processor is! More capability, better performance and an enhanced experience. Mobile processors can change the way you use your mobile phone. But what exactly are they? Mukesh Kumar Singh Gaurav Kapoor

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he fact that we have started comparing mobile phones to computers shows that there is something that has brought a significant change in the functioning of these devices. No doubt, performance, functions, features, usability, infact everything, has increased by leaps and bounds but what is that one thing that has made this comparison possible? The answer is the mobile phone processor. Within the last decade, the processor of a mobile phone has transitioned from 70-80 MHz to super efficient 1 GHz dual core. Till date these dual core demons, were fathomable only in personal computers and laptops but now they have become a reality for mobile phones too. These cores enable things like 3D gaming, HD video playback and multitasking on your phone and have pitted mobile phones against the personal computers.

What is Processor? Processor or the CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the heart of any electronic device. It is a chip that is installed on the PCB board of the phone. The complete functioning of the phone and its features depends upon the processor. Be it text, pictures, application or any other functionality. The performance of any phone majorly depends upon its processor, especially for smartphones. The operating system and the hardware of the phone are decided considering the capabil-

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ity of the processor. For instance, the processor in a phone with VGA camera will not be compatible with a phone with high resolution cameras. Earlier, and even now, there are different processors used in phones for different purposes like graphics processor for pictures and video or audio processor for music. Either this way, or there could be a combo processor integrating multiple functions in one chip.

Evolution of processing The earlier usage of mobile phones did not require very hi-tech specifications as they were primarily considered as wireless devices to make calls or send messages. Even today, basic phones use light processors like ARM 56, ARM 78, ARM 86 and ARM 75. However, over the last decade, there has been a major change in the mobile handset industry, and now, needless to say, it has become our 24X7companion. Starting from messaging, Facebook updates, official mails, accessing applications, to paying bills, everything is taken care of by your mobile phone. Today, it has almost nullified the need for several other gadgets like calculator, camera, gaming consoles, music players etc. The increasing number of features and applications ensured that processors are made progressively stronger over the years. Even a normal smartphone today runs on a processor of 600-700 MHz, which is almost 10 times from where it began. However, this is just basic. Asus launched the first 1 GHz processor phone in the year 2007, and as they say, rest followed because of the stiff market competition. Companies like Samsung, HTC and others also came up with their 1 GHz processor phones within a short time. Application load kept increasing with constant additions and then came the powerful dual core processor in phones, finally making a phone stand at par with computer’s speed. Recently launched LG Optimus 2X with Android 2.2 OS has a dual core 1 GHz ARM Cotex-A9 processor. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 is also a dual core 1.2 GHz Cotex-A9 phone. “If you talk to people using Apple or BlackBerry, they are hardly concerned about processor. Consumers have started considering processors because of the growing craze for Android. Therefore, if you want best performance from applications, processing requirement automatically becomes greater,” noted Arshdeep Singh, a technical expert from Delhi.

ARM Technique Most of the people would not know but ARM is the most widely used processor architecture in mobile phones. Advanced RISC machine (ARM) has been developed by ARM Ltd., which is used extensively in mobile phones and other electronic appliances. A key feature

of these processors is power saving, hence, making them appropriate for mobile electronics market, where low power consumption is the foremost priority while designing a product. It also has embedded system for mass storage and networking applications, both of which are an integral part of the ecosystem.

Smart Consumer A consumer should always keep certain things

Few Famous Processors Snapdragon : Snapdragon is a processor for portable devices developed by Qualcomm and is also used in tablets and smartbooks. Giants like ASUS and HTC use this processor along many other players in the market. Broadcom: Broadcom is a renowned semiconductor manufacturer, which develops processors for computer, mobile device and consumer electronic products. Nokia usually uses the Broadcom processor. Humming Bird: This processor has been developed by Samsung and is now being used extensively in Samsung’s high end mobile devices. This mobile chip set is designed on the ARM Cotex 8 architecture. Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Wave, Samsung Galaxy S and with many others are running on the Humming Bird. Tegra: NVIDIA a well kown name in PC chipset market also designs processors for mobile phones. Tegra has also been made on ARM architecture and is specially used for smartphones. The processor is also very handy for portable and internet devices. Phones like LG Optimus 2X is using NVIDIA Tegra2 dual core processor.

in mind while buying a mobile phone. It has been realised that people prefer phones in which they can expand the memory using external devices, often ignoring the internal storage capacity. A point that should be noted here is that internal memory plays a significant role in the performance of the phone in long run. Higher the in-built storage, better the performance. Mobiles also have memory partitioning as seen in computers. The phone’s

processor works with the help of one part that is similar to the PC’s C: drive, whereas expandable memory works as latter for storage purposes ( like the additional D:, E: drives in a PC). Considering such a scenario, whenever you install or download an application in your phone, it originally lands on the C: drive, and is thereafter, transferred to your desired destination. “The phones which have higher internal memory and do not require expandable memory are always better on processing front. The reason is that a phone does not need to run D drive, as everything happens internally through the processor,” says Singh. Yes, processors played a key role in the way we enhanced our productivity using computers and laptops and now they are changing the way we communicate with our smartphones. The only difference being that the evolution in the smartphone segment is much faster than the PC one. There will be a time soon when a Quad Core Smartphone processor will rock the world and lightening speeds on mobile phones will be taken for granted. The processor evolution in the mobile handset market has just begun and the journey ahead is going to be nothing less than an exciting adventure. mukesh@mymobile.co.in gaurav@mymobile.co.in

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Move on Man! 8 ways to know

from your phone that you are being dumped

nathing .... nd im busy ............ cal u later .......... muah ....... byyyyyyy......

hehehe... i wil never cal him... he is so boring... i want to dump him.......

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breathes its last at the end of the first month s your girlfriend or boyfriend an infidel? or even earlier, it’s only when you start getting The question shakes you up and you feel the icicles type cold jabs instead of the hot as if you have swallowed a piece of burnpassion and warm love, the beginning of the ing coal. The so called ‘cool dudes’ and ‘hot end begins. babes’ of today lose their calm the moment Babu, Baby, Muah all gone: You might be they notice some change in the behaviour ashamed to admit it in public but in the heart of their girlfriends or beaus. The eventual of your hearts, you love the way your sweetpoint is that such situations lead to a lot of heart’s SMSes are showered with sweet nothdistractions in your life, and therefore, we at ings like baby, sweetu, etc. While real hugs My Mobile feel it is our responsibility to warn and kisses might not be a regular feature in you about an upcoming dumping by critiyour relationship, a regular muaaaaaah.. makes cally scrutinising the change in your partner’s you fly to the seventh heaven. However, when mobile habits. the names start vanishing from the text and No passion in conversing: Remember the muaah vanishes, its time to prepare yourthe days when you would talk with your self for the worse. sweetheart the whole night with butterflies Long Breaks: The time gap rising in your stomach several between two way messages times during the conversawat r u doing .... ??? goes up from a minute to an tion. Though that feeling wer r u ............ hour and keeps getting bigger love u baby .......... with time. There is also a drasmmmuuuuaahhh ... tic change in the length and replyyy plezzzz...... the language of the message too. ‘Love u’, which was written after almost every sentence, is pushed to the end of the message. Even worse, it could turn into just a dry ‘k..me too’ or may be a ‘:-)’. Keep waiting: It’s always frustrating when you have something important to talk with your true love and the call is in waiting. You might not be habitual of facing this with your partner but this too becomes obvious as he or she starts losing interest in you. I’ll call you later: Was there something more important to them than you in the initial days? Then how come suddenly even a lame lecture or a boring meeting or hanging out with friends becomes a priority. It certainly is important at times but when you start getting “I-am-busy-right-now” messages too often, prepare yourself for a mental earthquake My calls and messages are personal: Accept it with as much grace and poise as possible that you are getting dumped if your

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sweetheart starts believing in privacy and giving personal space. Now when a message pops up while you are together, a quick deletion of that message tells you that it’s time for you to Alt+Ctrl+Del too. Phonebook alterations: In a new relationship your name is the sweetest in the phonebook. As the time passes and the relationship goes sour, your name is reduced to an insignificant ‘A’ or maybe ‘Disprin’ signifying the headache that you cause. Switch Off: Well, if you still don’t give up your partner will go to any extent to avoid you. And if you don’t stop calling all you will get is a switched off alert. Yes, there are apps for that too. A phone coming switched off denotes that the person is no longer interested in you. And even if you use the pity card to make them hang around for a while, remember, it’s not going to last long. gaurav@mymobile.co.in


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and Affordable 3G means faster communication, work and entertainment but just having 3G networks doesn’t help, you need a capable 3G mobile phone too. And if you are looking for a 3G phone for less than Rs 10,000, your search ends here as Mukesh Kumar Singh and Supriya Bhattacharjee suggest a few good options

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ill the time 3G auctions had not taken place in India, the whole telecom industry was wary as to whether the technology will take off here or not. Speculations were abuzz as industry leaders discussed the potential that 3G offered for several stakeholders in the telecom industry, including consumers. However, the high speed technology did take off and how! It became a game changer as different verticals in the industry including telcos, handset manufacturers, VAS players and equipment providers looked forward to deployment of the technology, and in turn, to increasing revenue opportunities that were expected to come with 3G. Third generation technology, or 3G as we know, is a generation of standards for mobile phones and mobile services that facilitates wide area voice calls, high speed mobile internet access, video calls and mobile TV. The first standard in 3G communication is the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), which was first deployed as Release 99 (R99). This first version of 3G offered speeds of up to 384 Kbps. The second version of 3G is High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), also known as 3.5G, 3G+ or turbo 3G, which allows downlink speeds of 1.8 Mbps, 3.6 Mbps, 7.2 Mbps and 14.0 Mbps. Further speed increases are available with HSPA+, which provides speeds of up to 42 Mbps downlink and 84 Mbps uplink. With the advent of 3G, most handset companies too geared up to launch 3G enabled

handsets in the Indian market. Mobile phone giants such as Nokia and Samsung decided to ramp up the marketing and advertising of their 3G devices, some of which were already present in the Indian market. The companies were ready to unveil their high end smartphones, which could not be launched in the country till then due to the lack of 3G network. Smartphones became the order of the day and application developers pulled up their socks to meet the ever increasing demand of newer and better apps. However, the high prices of 3G services were being cited as an obstacle to the growth of this service in the country. In fact, costly smartphones were also projected to be an impediment to the rise of 3G era. In a nation, where majority of population dwells in underprivileged rural areas, the steep pricing of smartphones was said to curb 3G growth. Today, most 3G enabled smartphones and feature phones are priced above Rs 10,000, but

a good 3G handset is one that supports networks such as HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA and HSPA+. These are the handsets that will give you higher speeds, enabling you to do video calls, watch mobile TV, do high speed internet surfing etc

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with so much competition around, the companies have been forced to rework on their strategy and launch cheaper 3G phones. There are a lot of things that one needs to consider while buying a 3G phone. For example, a good 3G handset is one that supports networks such as HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA and HSPA+. These are the handsets that will give you higher speeds, enabling you to do video calls, watch mobile TV, do high speed internet surfing etc. Also, a 3G handset should have GPS support as GPS works best with high speed data access. There should also be a front camera to facilitate video calls. However, in a lot of cases, video calls are not supported on 3G phones even if they feature a front facing camera. It is because such devices are release 99, and not HSPA. One should also keep in mind the internal memory of the phone, its processor, as well as Email and messaging apps that work on the phone. Apart from this, it is important to buy a phone that offers easy to use keypad as 3G is all about data and one will constantly need to chat online, send Emails, update status message on social networking sites etc. Now you must be wondering how to decide which 3G phone is the best for you. To make things simpler for you, we are listing down five phones that will surely give you a good 3G experience. Samsung Monte – Monte is one device from Samsung that can be admired for its good looks, amazing features, as well as its 3G


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C2-01

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10,500

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W20 Zylo

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6,800

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8,000

Sony Ericsson

J20 Hazel

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Cedar

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4,700

Sony Ericsson

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10,000

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Xperia X8

HSDPA,HSUPA

10,200

capabilities. The phone features Samsung’s proprietary operating system with a 3-inch TFT screen that offers a resolution of

As far as 3G capability is concerned, the phone is a one of the very few devices that boast of supporting video calls at such low price. It comes equipped with Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS support. The phone comes with 200 MB of internal memory, which is decent for a phone in this price range. You also have the option to expand the memory using microSD cards. It also comes loaded with Google Suite, including maps. Price: 8,100

240x400. The phone has a 3.2-megapixel camera with advanced photo features including photo editing, smile shot and face detection.

Nokia C5-03 – This Symbian 60-based 3G device from Nokia comes with a 5.0-mega pixel auto focus camera. It has a with a 3.2 inch 16 million colour screen. This phone is not equipped with a secondary camera in the

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spot light front, enabling you to make video calls. The Nokia C5-03 offers free push mail messaging service with instant messenger that can support up to 10 Email accounts including GMail, Yahoo and MSN. The phone also supports Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. It comes equipped with Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and its memory can be expanded up to 16 GB via a microSD card. Nokia C5 is enabled with HSDPA speeds of up to 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA speeds of up to 2 Mbps. It also offers access to Facebook feeds directly on the home screen. Nokia C5-03 can be called as one of the best mid-end 3G phones available in the market. Price: Rs 9,450

The high prices of 3G services were being cited as an obstacle to the growth of this service in the country. In fact, costly smartphones were also projected to be an impediment to the rise of 3G era

Google IDEOS – The IDEOS was first launched in the country by Aircel. It is an Android 2.2 based touchscreen device featuring a 2.8-inch OVGA capacitive touchscreen. The complete paraphernalia of Google includ-

Series 40 operating system, the phone supports quad band phone calling with both HSPA and WiFi. It features Nokia Messaging 3.0, the latest version of Nokia’s Email, IM and Communities offering Facebook and Twitter access. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera with a 2.4-inch screen. You have the option to increase the storage space up to 32 GB by inserting a microSD card. All

ing Google Maps, Latitude, GTalk and Gmail comes preloaded, along with Facebook and Twitter. For input, there is a virtual QWERTY keypad that works better in landscape mode. The phone has a 3.15-megapixel camera and you can geo-tag the pictures too. For music enthusiasts, there is a music player and FM radio. The IDEOS comes with a 200MB internal memory that is expandable up to 32GB. Price: Rs 8,499 Nokia C3-01 – The C3-01 is a Touch and Type device that comes with a keyboard along with a touch screen to enable easy typing with smooth interface. Equipped with Symbian

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in all, it is a cool device for using 3G services. However, the phone lacks a front camera, and thus, cannot be used to make video calls. Price: Rs 8,500 LG T325 – LG T325 is a touchscreen WiFienabled phone, which is capable of delivering 3G HSDPA speeds of 3.6 Mbps. The phone has a 2.8-inch TFT screen and comes with pre-loaded Windows Live messenger. For social networking, you get pre-loaded apps for Facebook, Twitter and MySpace and links to Orkut, Picasa and Flickr. The T325 also has an application called the LG ZapBox that allows you to download content on the T325. The phone has a MP3 player, FM radio, and a 2.0-megapixel camera capable of taking 1600 x 1200 resolution pictures. The device has an internal memory of 30 MB and a 2 GB microSD card comes bundled with the pack. The phone supports expandable memory of up to 16 GB. Price: Rs 6,700 n mukesh@mymobile.co.in supriya@mymobile.co.in


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Victor Shan, president, India device business department, Huawei, speaks on company’s future plans in India Surbhi Chawla Was there a specific reason behind targeting the Indian youth for the IDEOS range of handsets? Today’s youth is completely glued on to technology. They love style and are willing to experiment. Generation Y knows exactly what all they want in their phones. They want that their device should be able to serve professional needs, and at the same time, be smart enough to let them connect with their friends, click and upload pictures, watch videos and more. They want access to the Internet on-the-go and through multiple mediums like WiFi, 3.5G, etc. We are witnessing an increase in the demand for smartphones in India and this is fuelled further by the functionality that Android brings to the smartphones. It is an opportune time for us to launch the exciting range of IDEOS smartphones, be it X5, X2 or the Chat. What kind of market share are you targeting from the sale of these handsets in the coming year? We are targeting a market share of five to seven percent by 2013 and 15 percent by 2015. Around 38 per cent of this market share will come from the market of phones above Rs 3,000. There has been an increased competition in the Indian handset market as far as Android offerings are concerned. How do you plan to be a notch above others? In the fast emerging Android market, our focus is to offer latest technology to our tech savvy customers at the most affordable prices. Huawei has launched smartphones in a wide price range to suit everyone’s pocket. The features that we are offering in our phones are not available elsewhere in this price range. For example, IDEOS X5 offers 3.5G speeds and is a HD-ready smartphone below Rs 15,000. Another one is the IDEOS X2 which runs on Android 2.2 OS and comes with pre-loaded social apps an ability to create a WiFi hotspot at a price point of Rs 8,999, IDEOS Chat on the other hand is the world’s most compact QWERTY and touch based Android smartphone with 3.5G and comes with a unique chocolate like design. All these devices come with people centric innovations that make them stand apart. Do you think it’s slightly late to enter the Indian handset market as there are already plenty of options available for the mass customer from both Indian and MNC brands? We do not think we are late for the launch. We did a soft launch of Huawei products

six months back and so far have got a great response. Yes, there is healthy competition around Android, and we are more than happy to bring finest of products in the market. Huawei’s strength lies in 3G because we are the technology leaders in this segment with nearly 50,000 patents in network, devices and enterprises. Globally, about one third of the calls go via Huawei networks. Moreover, with

In the Android market, our focus is to offer latest technology to our customers at most affordable prices. we have launched smartphones in a varied price range to suit everyone’s pocket. The features that we are offering in our phones are not available elsewhere in this price range more than 50 per cent market share in India and globally, we are also leaders in mobile broadband (USB data cards). In India, we have set up a product creation center that will focus on products, apps and user interface, optimised for Indian consumers. Will handsets such as IDEOS Chat, IDEOS X2 and IDEOS X5 be upgradable to Android 2.3? We do not have such plans as of now; they are available in Android Éclair 2.1 and Android Froyo 2.2. But we will definitely launch newer handsets soon that will have the latest 2.3 version of Android. At the same time, we want to highlight that by moving from Android 2.1 to 2.2, consumers get the following benefits – ability to run apps from SD card, faster browsing, ability to create WiFi hotspot and automatic software updating. However, Android 2.2 to 2.3 will support NFC (Near Field Communications), and the infrastructure required for that is still not ready in India. What are your marketing plans in India and how do you plan to promote your handsets? Globally at Huawei, we have decided to become one of the top five handset brands in India by 2013. We will engage consumers via digital media and provide better experience at retail via live demo devices and promoters that will help customers to set up their newly

bought smartphones. We will use a mix of ATL (Above the Line), BTL (Below the Line) activities to educate consumers about the benefits they can get from Huawei products. What is your current distribution and after sales strength and how do you plan to increase the same? To begin with, our smartphones will be available in 10 cities across 400 retail outlets, and by the end of the year, we will have presence in 25-30 cities (covering metros, tier 2, 3 cities and towns) across 2,500 retail counters. We will also have presence in large format retail stores. As e-commerce is growing in India, we will establish an online store through which consumers can buy and get the product delivered in India. Huawei has been in India for the last 10 years and we have sold nearly 25 million products. We have 350 service centers across multiple cities in India, where customers can visit in case of any problem. We have also set up toll-free number where consumers can call and get support. In addition to this, we plan to launch service via online channels. We also have two high level repair centers in Chennai and NCR. Huawei is pretty strong in the mobile broadband space. How do you plan to grow in this segment further? Huawei data cards have been selling in the market for the past several years with our operator partners. Last financial year, we sold more than three million dongles. Data cards are not only being bought by high end enterprise and business customers but also by other segments such as students, self employed entrepreneurs, households, etc. Secondly, we are seeing more number of prepaid users going for data cards as convenience, affordability and consumption has become a key factor for their adoption. Huawei will focus on evolving and developing data cards based on local market insights and drive innovation to develop friendly UI designs. We hope to strengthen our number one position in mobile broadband in India and also support 3G’s prosperous growth in the country. In terms of devices, what more can we expect from you? Huawei will continue to bring the latest, smartest and most technologically advanced mobile handsets for our customers at accessible prices for our customers in India. Very soon, there will be more offerings from Huawei, be it tablets or higher versions of Android phones. n surbhi@mymobile.co.in

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Accessorise! With dipping mobile accessory prices, time has come to give your phone a much deserved makeover Harshita Rustagi

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t has been a year since Divya bought her new mobile phone but it still looks new. There is not even a single scratch on her phone’s screen and its body is in perfect shape. Wondering how she managed it? Well, this is the power of mobile accessories. They can keep your mobile phone refreshingly charming and give a new lease of life to it. The very fact that a dead battery doesn’t mean that you will have to shell out another 10,000 bucks to buy a new phone shows the value that mobile accessories offer to you. Value apart, mobile accessories also add style to your mobile phone. Like clothes, accessories for your mobile define your personality and are fast becoming an integral part of our phone’s budget and maintenance. Utility or fashion, the question with respect to mobile accessories remains: Is it worth spending so much on accessories? If you think that instead of spending exorbitant amount on them, one should buy a new phone; it’s time to wake up and smell the grass because accessory prices have crashed and now they are well within our reach.

Tumbling Down There was a time when a phone’s battery used to cost as much as a basic mobile phone. There were no affordable alternatives and one either had to depend on the gray market or buy a new phone. And we all know that buying products from the gray market has its own downsides since there is no guarantee of product quality or the safety of the user. Secondly, one had to depend on the brand to get a new battery or a headphone as there was no universal compatibility making it difficult to get cheaper accessories for the phone. Additionally, mobile phone’s utilitarian image in the early stages of mobile penetration in the country acted as a deterrent for the growth of mobile fashion accessories. However, things have changed today and with the entry of some quality accessory brands, the competition has grown

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well. Since this is an electronic item, it’s preferable if you buy them from a legal market only. A battery is another significant aspect of a phone’s performance and longevity. A good battery would cost you around Rs 500 or more, depending on the handset and brand you use. A faulty or unbranded battery can cause a blast in your phone and you might get hurt seriously. Thus, it is always preferable to buy a good quality battery. Apart from mobile handset brands, there are brands like E-Bak, Maxx, etc., that offer you more affordable, and yet, quality options. If you want to buy a charger for your phone then you need to spend a minimum of Rs 75 on a local charger of some quality. On the other hand, a charger from a mobile brand would cost you around Rs 350. A phone is nothing without the content it holds and for that a good capacity microSD card is a must. Brands like SandDisk, Kingston, Tanscend, etc. offer a wide variety of storage options for your mobile phone. A branded 2GB memory card will cost you around Rs 350 and 8GB will come for Rs 750.

Mobile covers are the most coveted accessories today. You can choose from an array of interesting looking mobile covers available at different prices and there price varies from phone to phone. A cover for low end phones comes for an average of Rs 150, and a similar one for high end phones will require you to shell out more. Apart from simple ones, markets are full of dreary to cool mobile covers and shells. These can be bought in different patterns, stylish looks, vibrant colours and various materials. Covers available in a branded store will cost a minimum of Rs 250 for a basic or low end phone, while a similar product when taken from markets like Gaffar and Palika in Delhi will come for at least Rs 100. High end lifestyle brands have also started providing a range of such products. You can buy covers from places like Dilli Haat for a decent sum of Rs 150 for jute ones, Rs 75-100 for brocade cloth ones and Rs 300 for a sleek, colourful, camel leather pouch. Brands like MoLife and Belkin are offering a variety of options in this category. Headphones is another accessory that is in rage amongst masses. Branded 3.5 mm headphones are easily available for an average of Rs 600 and come with a guarantee as

While the accessories mentioned earlier have ruled the market since the beginning, there are a few that are quickly gaining traction. With the growth in popularity of touchscreen phones, screen guards are becoming pretty necessary. One obvious functionality is that they save the screen from scratches, but that is not all! They can also perform a few privacy functions. Today special types of screen guards called privacy guards are available in the market. The two-way privacy guard makes it difficult for a person other than the user to see the data on screen. On the other hand, on using four-way privacy guard, the data on the mobile screen will look hazy if seen from any other angle than front. A local one will cost you around Rs 300 and the branded will come for anything between Rs 2200 and Rs 2500. Other types of local screen guards like mirror guard, gloss guard, matte guard etc will cost you between Rs 100 and Rs 300. Then come the keyboards which also come in handy if you have a touchscreen device. A Canadian brand named the Hip Street has introduced Bluetooth based portable portfolio case with keyboard integrated in it.

drastically, forcing even the branded phone players to bring down the prices of their accessories. Adarsh Shastri, national secretary, Indian Cellular Association, says, “The accessory sector has a large and predominant share in the telecom market but unfortunately it is highly unorganised. Due to tough competition from this segment and a few good accessory companies entering the market, the mobile brands were forced to bring down accessory prices, thereby increasing the choices for consumers.” On the other hand, mobile phones have moved from being just a utility item to a lifestyle statement. This, in turn, has led to the increase in demand for fashion accessories and today the situation is such that the market is filled with creative and scintillating options. Apart from the retail shops, there are a number of online stores like www.fommy.co.in that offer a wide variety of mobile accessories making the competition even tougher.

Adding More Arsenal

A number of w ireless keyboards are available to be attached via Bluetooth to your touchscreen phone or tablet. These offer convenience and ease of use incase you don’t want to use the touch interface. Another Bluetooth accessory, which was a rarity earlier, is a Bluetooth headset. This along with Bluetooth car kits are becoming popular communication enhancements. Brands like Plantronics, Jabra, etc offer products in this segment. Another new addition to the wireless category is the charger and they act as backup for emergency situations. Mobile accessories are an affordable and stylish way of renewing your phone’s look and performance. So next time yo go shopping look out for that cool cover or a hot lanyard that will make your phone the apple of your eye and envy of others. n

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Jabra Cruiser2 Rs 5,999

Maxx Premium Li-ion Battery Rs 200-375

Sandisk microsdhc 32GB Rs 9,646

Molife Leather Pouch Rs 275

Plantronics Discovery975 Rs 5,499

Samsung Bluetooth hm3100 Rs 1,400

Jabra Bleutooth Rs. 3,899 Panasonic TCM120E Rs 699

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Better safe than sorry!

With phones becoming expensive, we are always afraid of breaking or losing them. We know that they come with a warranty but is it really worth it? Supriya Bhattacharjee

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uppose you are walking in a crowded market talking on your cell phone and suddenly a passerby hits you in the arm and the phone goes falling. When you pick the phone up, you see that the screen is cracked! Now what will you do? Where will you get it fixed? Will it cost you a lot? Just at that moment you realise that the phone is still under warranty and then you heave a sigh of relief. You enter the store and show the damaged device to the executive. While you wait for them to give you the job sheet for repair, a bomb is dropped and your imaginary happiness is shattered! You are told that the company’s warranty does not cover physical damage to the phone and you will have to buy a new front panel for Rs 1,000! Sounds familiar? Yes, most of us have gone through this situation one time or another. And this situation arise because we are always confused regarding the terms and conditions of our phone’s warranty. To make things clearer, we have delved deep into the tangles of warranty to unearth various options for making your phone secure.

Reading between the lines Most of the mobile phone companies offer a manufacturer’s warranty of one year on all handsets. The warranty starts at the time of purchase of a new mobile phone and continues for a year. The warranty only covers defects in materials and workmanship. The one year warranty that most handset companies offer covers only the mobile phone. For batteries, chargers, desk stands, headsets, cables and covers, the companies give six months warranty. Another 90 days warranty is given for the media on which any software is provided for e.g. CD-ROM and memory card. This warranty extends only to the original buyer of the product and is not assignable or transferable to any subsequent purchaser. Mostly, mobile phone warranty does not cover user manuals or any third party software, settings, content, data or links; normal wear

and tear including that of camera lenses, batteries or displays; transport costs and defects caused by rough handling including defects caused by sharp items, by bending, compressing or dropping, etc. The warranty also does not cover defects caused by viruses, defects caused by short-circuiting of battery, as well as it does not apply if the device has been opened, modified or repaired by anyone other than an authorised service centre. Moreover, the warranty does not apply if the phone has been exposed to moisture, to dampness or to extreme thermal or environmental conditions or to rapid changes in such conditions, to corrosion, to oxidation, to spillage of food or liquid or to influence from chemical products. So the fact of the matter remains, most of the time the warranty works only if your phone conks off while it is snugly lying in your purse or pocket, or it stops working just briefly after you buy it!

Warranty over, now what? It’s only very rarely in the case of good quality phones that you need any repairs done before a year i.e. after the warranty gets over. This is when you realise that you will have to shell out money from your own pocket to get it repaired or serviced. However, this situation can be avoided if you extend the warranty period of your device. Yes, Extended Warranty is a tool that will help you save some money as your phone undergoes wear and tear and software issues. We went to a few company retail outlets to check whether or not they are giving extended warranty. At a Nokia Priority Store, the store keeper told us that the extended warranty is applicable on all Nokia handsets and can be availed till two days before the expiry of one year warranty. Extended warranty on Nokia mobile phones priced below Rs 3,000 can be availed by paying a one time amount of Rs 140; for handsets priced between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000, you need to pay Rs 565; and for those priced above Rs 10,000, you need to pay Rs 1,400. At Croma store, which is a lead-

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ing retail chain for electronics, the extended warranty can be bought at Rs 150 for handsets below Rs 5,000; at Rs 420 for handsets between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000; and Rs 975 for phones priced above Rs 20,000. BlackBerry smartphones come with an 18 months manufacturer’s warranty that can be extended for additional 12 months.

Get insured! If you own a high end smartphone, it is quite likely that you are always worried about dropping it or losing it. Theft is also a major problem

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in India. But don’t worry! Mobile insurance is something that can help you in a big way. The insurance, currently offered by a very few companies and banks, covers almost all kinds of problems and defects that come with a mobile device. It gives your mobile phone protection against fire, theft, riots, strikes and terrorist activities. There are also some policies that cover malicious damage and accidents. Currently, National Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company, New India Assurance Company and United India Insurance Company offer mobile phone insur-

loan to a third party, mechanical and electronic breakdown or derangement, overloading and experimentation involving imposition of any abnormal conditions, damage by wear and tear, inherent defect, loss or damage due to war or nuclear perils and damage by water. Apart from banks, some of the mobile phone companies and large electronic retail stores are also offering insurance for mobile phones. HotSpot, a well known mobile retail brand is re-introducing mobile insurance for its customers. The company is planning to re-introduce this service because of popular demand and interest shown by customers. To avail mobile insurance at HotSpot, you need to pay five per cent of the total invoice value of the device at the time of purchase. BlackBerry is one of the very few mobile companies offering mobile insur-

age, etc. The handset has to be registered within 72 hours of its purchase to avail insurance. The cover starts from the date of registration and lasts for a period of one year from the date of purchase of the handset. The compensation will be provided at a percentage of the current market price of the handset.

Word of Caution! All in all, it is better to be cautious while using a mobile phone than to have to go through the hassle of getting the device repaired. Moreover, always keep your bill handy as it is required for getting the warranty honoured. Make sure that while buying the phone you read the terms and conditions properly. Most new brands today offer replacement warranty but there too a number of conditions are added. Last but not the least, as a customer it’s our duty to make sure that whenever they buy a phone, we know our rights when it comes to warranty. n supriya@mymobile.co.in

ance. They fix compensation equivalent to cost of replacement with new mobile phone of same specifications and capacity, including all taxes and duties. The rate of insurance is Rs 20 per Rs 1,000 of sum assured. For example, if a mobile is worth Rs 5,000, the premium will be Rs 100 for a year. However, there are certain exclusions under such policies, including mysterious disappearance, theft from unattended vehicles, damage or loss during the hire or

ance. The company takes a one-time premium of six percent on the invoice price at the time of the purchase of handset, and the insurance is valid for one year. However, after one year, if you wish to extend insurance, the amount will be calculated at 35 percent of the original value of the handset. There are some online options too. Websites like www.warrantyasia.net provide mobile insurance against theft and accidental damage such as water logging, screen dam-

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just in HTC Flyer Fly high in

tab universe

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TC makes a foray into the tablet segment with its 7-inch portable Tablet. The dimensions of this tablet are 195X122X13.2mm and weighs 415 grams. It runs on Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) along with the HTC Sense UI. This tablet is powered by a 1.5 GHZ processor and 1GB RAM. HTC Flyer has a TFT Capacitive Touch device that comes in with features like Gyro Sensor, Multi touch and Accelerometer/Proximity Sensor. The tablet also has two cameras – the rear camera 5.0-megapixel auto focus camera while the rear camera is 1.3megapixels. Another innovative addition in the HTC Flyer is that combines natural touch and pen interaction through what the company calls the “Magic pen”. Additionally, HTC has also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet. This tablet also comes loaded with 4000 mAH battery. n

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okia has added Nokia E6 to its touch and type series of handsets. Available in black, silver and white metallic finishes, this device comes in dimensions 115.5x59x10.5mm and weighs 133gm. This QWERTY handset has a 2.46 inch TFT LCD screen with VGA resolution (640x480 pixels) and also supports video calls. The Nokia E6 has an 8.0-megapixel camera at rear enables that can take picture in HD quality with 720p resolution. The other features of this capacitive touch screen handset are Geotagging, magnetometer, proximity sensor and ambient light detector. At the heart of the handset is the 600MHz ARM 11 processor and 2D as well as 3D graphic cards. It has an internal memory of 8GB and can be expanded up to 32GB. It has a 1500mAh Li-ion battery that claims to deliver 744h on standby and gives 7h30min talk time. Other than 3G, it comes packed with connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 3.0, micro USB connector and charging, 3.5mm audio video connector, FM radio. n team@mymobile.co.in

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sneak peak NOKIA N9

Xtreme communication

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okia N9 has been making news for the last two years and continues to do after being unveiled at CommunicAsia 2011. This is the first and also the last MeeGo device to be introduced by Nokia as the company makes way for the Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 device. The most striking feature about this handset is that this is the first full touchscreen device, which has absolutely no physical buttons on its main panel. Gesture controls and swipe functions are used to navigate through the handset. To reach the homescreen one needs to just swipe the edge of the screen. Similarly to unlock one can just double tap on the screen. The handset comes in with a 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED display with 8MP auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and super wide 28mm lens. Nokia N9 also supports HD video and true 16:9 resolution photos. To enhance your music and video experience the handset packs in Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus support. The Nokia N9 will also come in with the latest Nokia Maps and will be one of the NFC enabled handset from this Finnish handset giant. There are speculations that the Nokia N9 will be making it to select markets only and will come in three colours - black, cyan and magenta. Also it will come in two versions - 16GB and 64GB. n

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Experiance the new Experia

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ony Ericsson has been making some aggressive strides with the Android operating system through its Xperia range. One of the interesting devices that the company plans to launch under this series will be Xperia Active, which will be targeted at the consumers with an active lifestyle. The most noteworthy thing about this handset is that it is dust proof and has Scratch resistant multi touch screen. Another interesting feature in this handset is that wet finger tracking, which helps in ensure the phone works perfectly even when used with wet fingers. Apart from Motorola Defy, this will be the first handset to offer such sturdy functionalities. Sony Ericsson claims that the handset will continue to work perfectly even after being submerged in 1 meter of water for full thirty minutes. Sony Ericsson Xperia Active comes with 3”screen and packs Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. There is also a 5 megapixel camera with HD video functionality. The handset is also powered by 1Ghz processor and is running on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. As the handset is targeting people with an “active” lifestyle, it will also have some sports applications pre-loaded on the device. The company also plans to offer detachable ear hooks for the portable handsfree active headset and a wrist strap. n team@mymobile.co.in

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and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The pictures shot through the camera were ordinary. The camera does offer image settings, white balance, scene mode and effect settings among other options to help in enhancing the quality of pictures. Rage Jamo also comes with Wireless FM, which means that one

Jam it up for fun! A phone with dual SIM capability is no longer a unique offering. In fact with so many dual SIM devices in the market consumers are now demanding more dual functions in a mobile phone. Keeping this in mind, Rage has launched another new device. Rage Jamo comes in with dual SIM, Dual LED and Dual 3.5 mm jack. When we talk about the designing of this handset, it is no showstopper. It’s an average looking device, which is a bit stout for our taste. The main panel of the handset has a 2.0 inch screen and below the same are the music buttons and a D-Pad. The D-Pad is square in shape and is surrounded by six buttons. On the left side are the SIM 1, SIM 2 call button and the menu button while contacts, FM and call end button are on the right side. The top panel of the handset has dual LED lights and telescopic antenna while the lower panel has two 3.5 mm jacks and a USB slot. The back panel of the handset

110 mm

Dual Power

Music control keys are given below the screen for easy access

46 mm

tech specs Size | 110 x 46 x 13.9 mm Weight | 110 grams Memory | 506 KB, microSD Battery | Li-ion 1050mAh

Pros  Wireless

Cons FM

Audio quality

 Average

camera

 Good

 Dual

Standby

houses a camera and loudspeaker.

Screen | 262,144 colours

More in Store

Talktime/Standby | Up to 4 hours/

When one talks about the features of this handset, it comes with FM radio, music player

Up to 300 hours GPRS/ 3G | Yes/No Bluetooth/WiFi | Yes/No Phonebook Capacity | 1000 Camera | 1.3 megapixel Frequency | GSM 900/1800 Others | FM radio, Rage treasure box

Price: Rs 2,499

verdict Looks

7

Features

8

ease of use

8

performance

8

value for money

8

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will not have to plug in earplugs to listen to FM. The FM reception on this handset was quite good and one could also save 30 channels. Apart from the FM, this device also offers the feature of schedule FM recording through which you can record your favorite FM programs. The phone also has a music player that supports almost all popular audio formats. When one talks about the shortcomings, Rage Jamo does not come in with additional features like equalizer setting, 3D sound effects, etc. However, the sound quality of the handset was good when in the earplug mode but the same was not true for the loudspeaker as there was a bit of distortion when one increased the volume. Another good part about this handset is that one can simultaneously use two earphones. In terms of connectivity, there are two GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth in the handset. There are also separate keys on the handset to make calls from different SIMs. Also, one can hear music on the Bluetooth headset. Just like the other Rage handsets, this one too comes with the Rage Treasure Box, which has options such as mobile tracker, SMS blacklist, auto call recording and answering machine. The internal memory of this handset is 506 KB and one can expand it up to 8GB through a microSD card. Rage Jamo comes with a 1050 mAh battery and offers a great battery backup and was in line with the claims made by the company.

Alternatively Rage Jamo is priced at Rs. 2,499. Alternatively one can look at Colors G-88, which is priced at Rs. 2,399. n team@mymobile.co.in


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GENUS G233

Dual SIM phone in your budget If your are looking for an affordable dual SIM device, Genus G233 could be an option for you. It is a bar phone that can support two GSM and each SIM has been assigned a separate calling key. The G233 is an entry level device but has been packed with a number of features to make it a more value for money offering. When it comes to the looks of the phone, we can safely say the phone does not have that good looks to boast about but is not disappointing as well. The handset we reviewed had plastic body painted in black, with a green stripe defining its boundary. The phone slips easily into pocket as it measures 99.3 x 39 x 10.55 mm in dimensions and weighs 78 gram. It’s rubbery keypad sheet is easy and Pros comfortable to use.  Digital Camera Front panel of the phone  4GB expandable has a 2.0 memory inch display screen below which Cons is a rectangular  2.5 mm audio jack D-pad surrounded  No wireless FM with six soft radio keys. On the left side of the D-pad are individual calling keys for each of the SIMs, and a menu key. The right side has contact, music player and call ending keys. It’s side panels come plane and have no keys. It’s upper panel carries dual LED lights, USB port, charger slot, and 2.5 mm audio jack. The back panel houses a basic camera and a speaker.

Multimedia Hub The handset features some multimedia functions for your entertainment. Apart from using camera, you can record videos, tune in to FM or can enjoy music on its audio player. The audio player supports almost all popular music file formats but offers an average sound quality. The phone has 2.5 mm audio jack, while most of the manufacturers now head for 3.5mm audio jack. It’s FM reception is good enough to continue listening to

99.3 mm

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D-pad and

navigation keys

work as shortcuts to different operations

the handset has USB and GPRS but comes without Bluetooth. It has a standard 850mAh Li-Ion battery which runs for a decent talk time. Once charged fully, it’s battery lasted for two days on average usage.

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music without much of disturbance. The phone’s FM has a recording feature which allows you to record your favourite FM program or sound track. The VGA camera is good to take quality pictures. It’s camera offers additional features like white balance, scene mode, effect setting, etc. It offers an internal memory of 506 KB which can be expanded up to 4 GB through microSD card. It has two of the basic games to choose from. When it comes to connectivity,

verdict Looks

ease of use

8 7

perfoRmance

8

value for money

8

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76%

Size | 99.3 x 39 x 10.55mm Weight | 75 grams Memory | 506 KB, microSD Battery | Li-ion, 850mAh Screen | 65,536 colours Talktime/Standby | Up to 3 hours/ Up to 160 hours

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Features

tech specs

GPRS/3G | Yes/No Bluetooth/ WiFi | No/No Phonebook Capacity | 500 Camera | VGA Frequency | GSM 900/1800 Others | FM radio, Audio player, Dual SIM

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Cons

Pros

A dual core android advantage

 Android

2.3.3 with HTC Sense 3.0  Death grip for WiFi

 1.2

GHz dual core Scorpion processor

 8.0-megapixel

camera with 1080p recording capability

 Average

camera quality

 No

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pixel camera can capture HD videos

HTC Sense 3.0 UI makes the phone easy and

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Sleek and Simple HTC Sensation is a dual core beast with a 4.3-inch screen and a sleek sturdy body. It’s a candy bar phone with a typical HTC design theme and a few variations on the back panel. The front panel has a four capacitive touch keys for home, menu, search and back. At the top right is the secondary VGA camera for self portraits and video calling which is not pre configured. The phone is pretty comfortable to use. The back panel has a segmented design and the battery cover runs up to the loudspeaker grill on the front panel above the screen. However, we did see a drastic drop in both WiFi and RF reception when we took off the


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battery cover. The microSD card slot is under the battery cover.

Cuing the Camera HTC Sensation boasts of a 8.0-megapixel camera that comes with a dual LED flash. The highest resolution that you can get for stills is 3264 x 1840 pixel. The pictures can be geotagged and you can use scenes like landscape, action, sports, etc. There is face detection, auto focus along with instant capture that reduces the time between touching the shutter key and photo capture. The phone boasts of continuous focus that brings a lot of convenience to capturing pictures with a soft shutter key. The picture quality is OK. The device is also capable of capturing 1080p videos and you can shoot it using various scenes. The video quality is just about good.

Power Performance

126.1 mm

HTC Sensation is the first Dual Core device launched by the brand in the Indian market. It has a 1.2 GHz dualcore Snapdragon chipset at it’s core complimented by a Adreno 220 GPU for enhanced performance. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system complimented by HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. For starters the lock screen has been changed. Unlike before, where you had to drag down a bar, there is a loop at the bottom that you need to drag up to unlock it. There are four function icons on the screen and if you wish to access these features all you need to do is to drag the icon to the lock ring. The lock screens can be customised too. There are seven homescreen panels. You can just pinch on the screen to get all the seven panels on a single platform. The homescreens of the phone can be customised by adding widgets, folders, etc and you can also use your desirable skin or scene from the personalisation menu. The phonebook also has a strong social networking integration from where you can see all the activity of one particular contact from the phonebook itself. Speaking of SNS, the FriendStream widget allows you integrate all your social networking activity on to a single screen. The main menu can be viewed in the list or grid view. In the grid view, there are three tabs i.e all, frequent and downloaded that sort the apps accordingly for ease for access. The notification bar at the top also gives access to quick settings for Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, etc along with all settings. The task manager is also present. The phone’s browser comes with full flash support and you can use multitouch to navigate. Text reflow is also available for more convenience. The Sensation also has accelerometer and proximity sensor based controls. The virtual QWERTY keypad is comfortable to use in the landscape mode. There is a Gmail app and you can also configure your Microsoft Exchange Active sync account or other POP/ IMAP accounts on the phone. The settings for Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live Hotmail come preloaded. You can open MS Office files using Polaris Office. There is an Adobe PDF reader too. You can also create 97-2003 document or an excel workbook. The Sensation has GPS and Google Maps preloaded on it. The device is capable of offering HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA of up to 5.76 Mbps. It also comes with WiFi connectivity and you can also create a WiFi hotspot. However, sometimes we did find that covering the back panel with hand reduced the WiFi signal drastically.

Music Mantra

65.4 mm

tech specs Size | 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm Weight | 148 grams Memory | 1 GB, microSD Battery | Li-ion 1520mAh Screen | 16.7 million colours

There are music player and FM radio in the phone. The songs can be sorted on the basis of artists, albums and genres. There are features like SRS enhancements and equalizers but the equalizers can be used only when the headphones are plugged in. Music sharing to other devices over WiFi or bluetooth can be accessed directly from the music homescreen. The sound through the loudspeaker didn’t excite us much but was good through the headphones. SoundHound music recognition app comes in handy for discovery of music and information related to a particular song. The FM radio reception is good. If the screen gets locked while music is played a cool flip card appears on the home screen. On one side is the music player and on the other is the information. The device has a 1520mAh Li-Ion battery that gives a pretty decent battery backup. It comes with 1 GB internal memory.

Alternatively HTC Sensation costs Rs 30,500. You can also consider Samsung Galaxy S II priced at Rs 30,500. n team@mymobile.co.in

Talktime/Standby | Up to 4 hours/Up to 120 hours GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared Camera | 8.0 Megapixel Frequency | GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Others | Google Maps, FriendStream, Peep, Polaris Office

Price: Rs 30,500

verdict Looks

8

Features

8

ease of use

8

performance

8

value for money

8

overall

80%

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burn test Cons

Pros

Micromax Bling 2 A55 The affordable

 Android designed for

the fairer sex

Droid

Dual GSM

 WiFi connectivity

Twinkling Effect

107.2 mm

There are a couple of Indian brands that have tried their hands at getting an affordable Android device for the Indian junta and Micromax is one of them. The company had recently launched the Micromax Andro A60 and now it has tried to keep the momentum going with its Micromax Bling2 A55. As the name suggests, Micromax Bling 2 is successor to Micromax Bling, which was a jewel studded device targeted at the fairer sex. This new device too has the same set of target audience but it does not have the cubical swivel QWERTY keypad form factor and is a bar phone accenuated by soft and smooth curves. The exteriors continue to be white in colour and crystals have been added to the front and back panel. There is semi-circular arc made from these crystals on the front panel that separates the home key from the menu key and call end

58.7 mm The

studded design is

targetted

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Small screen

Average camera

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key. To the left of the home screen is the Menu button, while the call end key is on the right side. Also, it’s 2.8 inch capacitive display screen provides an average experience to its users. The top panel has the USB/charging port, 3.5 mm jack and the power on/off button. The right panel houses the volume keys. Lastly, the back panel houses a speaker and camera, which again has been outlined using crystals. Though the design is quite elegant but finishing of the crystal is not even good enough to match that of the first Bling device. Just like the previous Bling, the company is providing a smart and stylish white cover with this handset as well. It is not just a cover as it comes loaded with a vanity mirror and has extra space to store a few more things than just a mobile phone.

Interiors matter Micromax Bling 2 A55 is a Dual SIM (GSM+GSM device) that runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Also, it supports 3G on both the SIMs to help one get a better browsing speed and experience. Unfortunately, the handset does not support video calling, which can prove to be an add on for a device like this. There is a 600 MHz processor thrown in to help consumers get pretty smooth experience out of this handset at this price point. The phone’s Dual SIM is basically dual standby so one SIM appears to be off in case the other one has an active call running on it. There are five homescreen panels that can be customised at bottom of the screen are three touch keys for dialer, menu and browser. The menu can be viewed only in the grid view. Apart from the default one, Opera browser is also pre-loaded on the phone. For Emails, you can configure POP, IMAP and Exchange Email accounts on the phone. The phone does not have the usual Google app suite but it does come with a number of preloaded applications like munduTV, mobile guard, etc. It has Office Suite for opening office files but you does not allow to create any new ones. In terms of connectivity it comes with WiFi capability and 3G support.

In the Groove The Bling 2 has a 3.0 megapixel camera that takes average pictures. Another disadvantage is that it has a fixed focus camera. Lack of flash makes low light imagery even more difficult. Other on-screen settings include the option of zoom in/out, white balance and store location on/off. The camera can record videos too but it’s quality is not much impressive. The internal

memory of the handset is 150 MB and can be expanded up to 32 GB through a microSD card. Micromax Bling 2 supports all common audio formats such as MP3, WMP, AMR etc and it’s video player supports 3GP and MP4 format. The audio and FM quality of the handset is satisfactory, both on the handset and earphone but the video quality is not very satisfying owing to the screen’s display quality and size. The handset comes with a sound recorder installed in it. The phone has a 1000 mAh battery that can last for a day with some amount of mails and social networking application running in the background with the WiFi on. Another additional feature in this handset is that it supports Mi-Fi Pocket wireless Internet, which could be quite handy.

The 3.0-megapixel

camera takes average pictures

Alternatively Micromax Bling2 is priced at Rs 8,990. Other option could be Samsung Galaxy Pop (GSM) priced at Rs 8,700 and LG Optimus Me P350 costing Rs 8,400. n team@mymobile.co.in

tech specs Size | 107.2 x 58.7 x 13.5 mm Weight | 110 grams Memory | 150MB, microSD Battery | Li-ion, 1000mAh Screen | 262,144 colours Talktime/Standby | Up to 4 hours/ Up to 144 hours GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared Camera | 3.0 megapixel Frequency | GSM 900/1800 Others | Android 2.2 froyo, GPS, Video streaming

Price: Rs 8,990

verdict 8

Looks Features

7 8

ease of use perfoRmance

7

value for money

8

overall

76%

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burn test Samsung Galaxy Pop CDMA The Pop

culture!

Home key also gives access to the task manager

The

volume rocker is

placed on the left spine

The TouchWiz 3.0 UI offers a good expereince

Hip and Happening Cons

Pros   

WiFi Connectivity Good camera performance

No flash for camera

Low internal memory

Great touch experience

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When it comes to CDMA handsets, there was a time when CDMA subscribers in India had very few options. All they had were a few basic devices or exorbitantly priced feature phones or smartphones. However, today there are a number of CDMA phones available in the market and one brand that is leading the CDMA category is Samsung. The latest offering from the brand is the Galaxy Pop, which belongs to the rare breed of CDMA Androids. The Galaxy Pop is a sleek device, with a coloured band running across its spines which sometimes gives it a


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SNS activity and makes it easier to access.

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110.9 mm

slider phone look. The phone’s backside is ribbed giving it a better grip. The front panel of the phone adorns a 3.14-inch TFT with a 320 x 240 pixels resolution. The display is crisp and bright though it does have issues with sunlight legibility. Hardware keys for options, menu and back are given below the touchscreen and the speaker grill is placed above it. The right spine of the phone has a key for locking and switching off the phone, as well as the microSD card slot. The left spine features only the volume rocker, which also works as a key for zooming in and out in the camera mode. The charging slot and 3.5 mm jack are placed on the top panel of the phone.

Froyo Fun The Galaxy Pop CDMA runs on Android’s 2.2 (Froyo) version. With Android 2.3 already becoming a common feature, this is the second best. However, considering the price of the phone, we are not deducting any points for it. There are three home screens by default that can be increased to seven. All of these screen panels can be customised by adding widgets, shortcuts, folders, etc. Moreover, all seven screens can be brought to a single page by pinching. The notification bar is placed on top of the screen and features shortcuts for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Silence mode and auto-rotation. Touch keys for calling, contacts, messages and menu are placed at the bottom of the homescreen. The Galaxy Pop CDMA uses Samsung’s own TouchWiz 3.0 UI which makes the phone convenient and easy to use. The experience is further enhanced by the great touch response of the phone. Contacts tab comes with social networking integrations and you can sync your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and contacts with it. It also has the option of syncing contacts from Microsoft Exchange server and, of course, Google. Google Search, Maps, Social Hub, GTalk, YouTube, Places, etc. There is a full fledged Task Manager that shows your active applications, RAM usage and also gives a summary of internal and external memory. One can download applications from Android Marketplace as well as from Samsung Apps store. QuickOffice, that comes pre-loaded on the phone, allows you to edit and create office documents. Needless to say that the Galaxy Pop CDMA supports all popular Email clients (POP and IMAP) along with Microsoft Exchange. In terms of connectivity, EVDO Rev-A is capable of giving speeds up to 3.1 Mbps. It also has WiFi and GPS with A-GPS support. Browser of the Galaxy Pop CDMA comes with flash support. Social Hub combines all your

60.6 mm

tech specs Size | 110.9 x 60.6 x 12.1 mm Weight | 106.6 grams Memory | 164MB, microSD Battery | Li-ion, 1200mAh Screen | 262,144 colours Talktime/Standby | Up to 5 hours/ Up to 320 hours

The device features a 3.15-megapixel camera with digital zoom, but lacks flash. It has five shooting modes – single shot, smile shot, continuous, panorama and action shot. One can also choose from various scene modes such as landscape, night, sports, indoor, beach and backlight. There is also an option to set timer, adjust white balance and add effects such as sepia, negative, black & white etc. The picture quality of the phone is great as per the resolution. The device is capable of capturing 320 x 240 resolution videos at 15 fps. The video quality of the phone is good. Music experience offered by the phone is quite decent, songs can be sorted as per artists and albums, and you can also create a playlist. One can either choose the option to play all songs, do party shuffle or shuffle all. There is also an option to set any song as a ringtone. One can choose equaliser presets like normal, rock, jazz, classic, dance, pop, live, concert hall, etc. The Galaxy Pop CDMA also has FM Radio that has good reception. You can set four favourite stations on the radio homescreen. The battery backup of the phone is good with one full charge making it through out the day with average usage. It comes with 164MB in built memory, which can be expanded to up to 32GB. The phone supports voice and SMS across all CDMA operators, and only needs an OMH SIM card from any operator. The box of the phone comes with a battery, travel adaptor, 2GB microSD card, headset, data cable and studio CD.

Alternatively The Galaxy Pop CDMA is available in the market for Rs 9,850. Other CDMA option that you can consider is BlackBerry 8530 that costs Rs 14,000. n . team@mymobile.co.in

verdict 8

GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes

Looks

Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes

Features

Phonebook Capacity | Shared

ease of use

Camera | 3.15 megapixel

perfoRmance

9

Frequency | CDMA 800

value for money

9

Others | Gmail, Gtalk, Youtube, 5.1 channel supported

Price: Rs 9,850

9 8

overall

86%

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Pocket size powerhouse

Small Wonder HTC Desire S is just 101.3 mm tall and sure is capable of giving competition to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mini series. The front panel is adorned by a 3.2-inch screen that despite the small size is comfortable for touchscreen use. It is protected by a gorilla glass display but fingerprint smudges did bother us a lot. Unlike the Wildfire, the Wildfire S doesn’t have an optical trackpad. But frankly, the

touch response is good enough to make you not miss that omission. The body is made of plastic but doesn’t give a plasticky feel. The rubberized finish at the back combined with glossy front make this phone a smart looking device. There are four touch buttons at the bottom of the screen for home, menu, back and search. The microSD card slot is under the battery cover but one can hot swap it. Like all the earlier phones starting from the Desire Z, this phone also comes with fast booting feature and starts in a jiffy. However this doesn’t work if you take out the battery and then restart it.

Sensitive Sense The Wildfire S runs on the latest Android 2.3 operating system and is complimented by the Sense UI. The 600 Mhz processor sits at the core of the device unlike the earlier Wildfire which ran on a 528 MHz processor. However, if you have used other HTC Android phones, you might find this one pretty predictable to use. The lock screen remains the same. You have to drag down the curved horizontal bar

Pros  Runs

on Android 2.3 operating system

 5.0-megapixel  Super

camera

fast booting

Cons  Average

camera performance

 Fingerprint  No

magnet screen

video calling camera

The homescreen panel can be customised using widgets and shortcuts

Four touch buttons at the bottom give access

to home, menu, back and search

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USB connectivity. The GPS uses Google Maps which can give you directions. You can also create a WiFi Hotspot that can connect up to 8 devices.

Snap It Up! The Wildfire S comes with a 5.0-megapixel camera supported by LED flash. The highest resolution that one can set is 2592 x 1728 pixels. It has face detection that works fine along with geo-tagging, auto enhancement option, touch focus and self timer. Despite lack of a front facing camera you can take self portrait feature which detects you face in the frame and takes picture at an appropriate time. The performance of the camera didn’t excite us much and only gave acceptable results in welllit conditions. The device is capable of taking VGA videos at 24 fps. The video quality was average. You can also click videos for MMS and uploading it online. The video player of the phone comes with XviD support but it is limited in terms of resolution.

106.8 mm

in order to unlock it. There are seven homescreen panels and you cannot add or delete any. Leap view that brings all the panels on the same pane works on pinching the homescreen or tapping on the home key. One of the most effective tools of an Android is the notification bar and this has been ramped up in the Wildfire S as the quick settings tab has been added to it. There are a number of homescreen personalisation options like scenes and skins available. Apart form the default only one more skin option is available. You can add widgets, folders, shortcuts to the homescreen. The touch response of the capacitive screen is great. The dialer comes with smart dialing so you just need to punch in a part of the name or number and it auto-completes it. The menu can be viewed as a list or as a grid. The apps tray is divided into three tabs all, frequent and downloaded. This cuts short the search time a lot. The phonebook has deep social networking integration. You can view status updates, picture gallery and all the other activity from the phonebook itself and also chat or Email the contact from there. Like the other recent HTC devices, the Wildfire S also comes with gesture control where you can silence the phone on turning it down, or activate loudspeaker during a call by placing it down or quiet down the ringing phone by picking it up. There is a pocket mode too, that increases the volume of the ringtone when in pocket. The phone comes with support for all POP and IMAP Email clients along with Microsoft Exchange Active Sync. Obviously there is Facebook and Peep (for Twitter) pre-loaded on the phone. The FriendStream app combines your Facebook, Flickr, Plurk and Twitter accounts for easier access. For input the phone comes with a virtual QWERTY keypad which is better to use in the landscape mode. Text selection and editing have been made easy by the Android 2.3 interface. The browser of the phone comes with flash support but we couldn’t play YouTube videos on it. It also has multitouch for navigation. Text reflow offers better readability. In terms of connectivity the Wildfire S is capable of 7.2Mbps downlink and 384kbps uplink speeds. The device offers WiFi, Bluetooth and

Musical Mania On the music front the phone has a music player and FM radio with RDS support. The music player sorts the music on the basis of artists and albums. The sound quality of the phone is acceptable. You can find videos of the playing track on YouTube and set a song as ringtone. However, there are no equalizer settings. The FM radio reception of the device is good. It has RDS too. You need to plug in headsets to activate the radio. You can also play it through the loudspeaker. The phone’s battery lasted for a day with normal usage. The Internal memory of the device is 512 MB but can be expanded upto 32 GB.

60.4 mm

tech specs

Size | 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4 mm Weight | 105 grams Memory | 512 MB, microSD

Alternatively HTC Wildfire S costs Rs 13,800. Other option could be Samsung Galaxy Ace for Rs 15,500. Non Android option could be Nokia C6-01 running on Symbian ^3 and costing Rs 13,700.n

Battery | Li-ion 1230 mAh Screen | 262,144 colours

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Talktime/Standby | Up to 4 hours/ Up to 120 hours

verdict

GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared Camera | 5.0 Megapixel Frequency | GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Others | SNS integration, Micorosft Exchange support

Price: Rs 13,800

Looks

8

Features

8

ease of use

8

performance

8

value for money

9

overall

82%

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burn test Samsung Nexus S The 5.0-megapixel

camera

is complimented by a

successor arrives

LED flash

Pros  16

GB internal memory

 Runs

on Android 2.3

 Secondary

camera

tech specs Size | 123.9 x 63 x 10.9 mm Weight | 129 grams Memory | 16 GB, microSD Battery | Li-ion, 1500mAh Screen | 16 million colours Talktime/Standby | Up to 14 hours/ Up to 713 hours GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared Camera | 5.0 megapixel Frequency | GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Others | Near Field

Last year Google’s own Android phone was a HTC make and this year the company has chosen Samsung to make its next device. Called Samsung Nexus S, the phone nowhere lies in the league of slim phones. It has a well endowed waistline and still is pretty convenient to handle. The device comes with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display and the glass covering it is slightly curved in order to improve its functionality. The sunlight legibility of the device is good and the touch response is great too. The back panel of the phone is made of glossy plastic which makes it quite messy due to fingerprints. Same is the case in the front where the screen is a fingerprint magnet too. A VGA front facing camera has been provided but there is no native application for video calling on the device. The 5.0-megapixel camera is at the back accompanied with a flash. Over all the smooth and shiny black finish works for the phone and despite its thicker built it looks pretty smart.

123.9 mm

The Next Gen

Smooth Operator As mentioned earlier the touch of the Nexus S is really smooth. Additionally the phone runs on the latest Android 2.3 OS making it pretty up to date. As far as the interface is concerned it is plain vanilla Android and Somsung’s own TouchWiz UI is missing. There are four haptic touch keys below the screen for back, menu, search and home. There are five home screen panels which you can customise by adding shortcuts, widgets and folders or changing the wall papers. There is no way of adding more panels or deleting any. There are three default touch button at the bottom of the homescreen for the dialer, menu and browser. Long pressing on the menu key brings all the five panels on to the homescreen and your can easily jump from one screen to another. The notification bar stays at the top and gives alerts about new mail, calls or messages but additional functionalities such as quick settings, power

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63 mm

toggles, etc have not been added. The task switcher of the phone can be accessed by long pressing the home key an now instead of six it shows eight recently accessed apps. The menu of the phone has a grid view and it cannot be converted into list. The phonebook of the device doesn’t have any integrated social networking. There are options to have personalized ringtones for each contact or send the call from a contact straight to voice mail. You can sync your Facebook account on the phone and if one contact is in the facebook list and also in the phonebook, you can link them.


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Cons

TouchWiz UI makes

 No

expandable memory

 No

FM radio

the interface interesting

 Plastic

body is a finger print magnet

On the Email front the phone has a native Gmail app and you can also configure you POP or IMAP accounts in it. It comes with support for Microsoft Exchange. Text input is made possible with a virtual QWERTY keypad that works both in portrait as well as landscape mode. Text selection and management are made easy with the new Gingerbread OS. Web browser of the phone is efficient and we were able to play YouTube videos through the browser. It comes with flash support and interface is pretty minimalist and convenient. You can open multiple windows and it has text reflow. However it just supports double tab zoom function As far as the connectivity goes, the phone is capable of HSPA download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76 Mbps. It has WiFi support along with a bit dated Bluetooth 2.1. Google Maps 5.5 are preloaded on the device and sure come handy in getting directions from one point to another. The pinch and zoom function is supported in the maps.

Managing Multimedia Samsung Nexus S comes with a 5.0-megapixel snapper that takes good pictures. It also has a LED flash for shooting in low light conditions. You can add colour effects, choose picture quality and resolution and choose among various scene modes that are available. The pictures can be gotagged too. You can select the front camera for pictures too. The video camera has just the colour effects option and you can choose the video quality for shooting. Flash can be used for videos. The video quality is just about OK. The video player can play only MP4 and 3GP formats and is capable of playing 720p videos. Music player of the phone is plain vanilla but the sound quality is good. Songs can be sorted on the basis of artists and albums and it supports album art. On the downside there is no FM radio. The backup of the 1500 mAh battery is decent one full charge with extensive usage lasts a day easily.

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Virtual QWERTY

keypad is convenient to use

verdict Looks

8

Features

8

ease of use

8

performance

8

value for money

8

overall

80%

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Cons

Pros

A dual core android advantage

 Android

2.3.3 with HTC Sense 3.0  Death grip for WiFi

 1.2

GHz dual core Scorpion processor

 8.0-megapixel

camera with 1080p recording capability

 Average

camera quality

 No

native video calling app

8.0-mega-

pixel camera can capture HD videos

HTC Sense 3.0 UI makes the phone easy and

convenient to use

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Sleek and Simple HTC Sensation is a dual core beast with a 4.3-inch screen and a sleek sturdy body. It’s a candy bar phone with a typical HTC design theme and a few variations on the back panel. The front panel has a four capacitive touch keys for home, menu, search and back. At the top right is the secondary VGA camera for self portraits and video calling which is not pre configured. The phone is pretty comfortable to use. The back panel has a segmented design and the battery cover runs up to the loudspeaker grill on the front panel above the screen. However, we did see a drastic drop in both WiFi and RF reception when we took off the


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battery cover. The microSD card slot is under the battery cover.

Cuing the Camera HTC Sensation boasts of a 8.0-megapixel camera that comes with a dual LED flash. The highest resolution that you can get for stills is 3264 x 1840 pixel. The pictures can be geotagged and you can use scenes like landscape, action, sports, etc. There is face detection, auto focus along with instant capture that reduces the time between touching the shutter key and photo capture. The phone boasts of continuous focus that brings a lot of convenience to capturing pictures with a soft shutter key. The picture quality is OK. The device is also capable of capturing 1080p videos and you can shoot it using various scenes. The video quality is just about good.

Power Performance

126.1 mm

HTC Sensation is the first Dual Core device launched by the brand in the Indian market. It has a 1.2 GHz dualcore Snapdragon chipset at it’s core complimented by a Adreno 220 GPU for enhanced performance. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system complimented by HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. For starters the lock screen has been changed. Unlike before, where you had to drag down a bar, there is a loop at the bottom that you need to drag up to unlock it. There are four function icons on the screen and if you wish to access these features all you need to do is to drag the icon to the lock ring. The lock screens can be customised too. There are seven homescreen panels. You can just pinch on the screen to get all the seven panels on a single platform. The homescreens of the phone can be customised by adding widgets, folders, etc and you can also use your desirable skin or scene from the personalisation menu. The phonebook also has a strong social networking integration from where you can see all the activity of one particular contact from the phonebook itself. Speaking of SNS, the FriendStream widget allows you integrate all your social networking activity on to a single screen. The main menu can be viewed in the list or grid view. In the grid view, there are three tabs i.e all, frequent and downloaded that sort the apps accordingly for ease for access. The notification bar at the top also gives access to quick settings for Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, etc along with all settings. The task manager is also present. The phone’s browser comes with full flash support and you can use multitouch to navigate. Text reflow is also available for more convenience. The Sensation also has accelerometer and proximity sensor based controls. The virtual QWERTY keypad is comfortable to use in the landscape mode. There is a Gmail app and you can also configure your Microsoft Exchange Active sync account or other POP/ IMAP accounts on the phone. The settings for Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live Hotmail come preloaded. You can open MS Office files using Polaris Office. There is an Adobe PDF reader too. You can also create 97-2003 document or an excel workbook. The Sensation has GPS and Google Maps preloaded on it. The device is capable of offering HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA of up to 5.76 Mbps. It also comes with WiFi connectivity and you can also create a WiFi hotspot. However, sometimes we did find that covering the back panel with hand reduced the WiFi signal drastically.

Music Mantra

65.4 mm

tech specs Size | 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm Weight | 148 grams Memory | 1 GB, microSD Battery | Li-ion 1520mAh Screen | 16.7 million colours

There are music player and FM radio in the phone. The songs can be sorted on the basis of artists, albums and genres. There are features like SRS enhancements and equalizers but the equalizers can be used only when the headphones are plugged in. Music sharing to other devices over WiFi or bluetooth can be accessed directly from the music homescreen. The sound through the loudspeaker didn’t excite us much but was good through the headphones. SoundHound music recognition app comes in handy for discovery of music and information related to a particular song. The FM radio reception is good. If the screen gets locked while music is played a cool flip card appears on the home screen. On one side is the music player and on the other is the information. The device has a 1520mAh Li-Ion battery that gives a pretty decent battery backup. It comes with 1 GB internal memory.

Alternatively HTC Sensation costs Rs 30,500. You can also consider Samsung Galaxy S II priced at Rs 30,500. n team@mymobile.co.in

Talktime/Standby | Up to 4 hours/Up to 120 hours GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared Camera | 8.0 Megapixel Frequency | GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Others | Google Maps, FriendStream, Peep, Polaris Office

Price: Rs 30,500

verdict Looks

8

Features

8

ease of use

8

performance

8

value for money

8

overall

80%

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burn test LG Optimus Black A black beauty from LG’s stables

Mr. Black

122 mm

A Slim form factor, combination of glossy and metallic finish and black colour, all of these have been used brilliantly to create the Optimus Black. The front panel of the screen has a 4.0-inch NOVA display. Now that is something new after Apple’s Retina Display and the Super AMOLEDs in the market. The NOVA display is said to be the brightest and yes, we did see a considerable improvement in that segment. However, on the down side it is a fingerprint magnet. The touch response of the device is good too. Speaking of which there are four touch keys at the bottom of the screen for menu, home, back and search. At the top right of the display lies the 2.0-megapixel secondary camera that comes in handy for video calling which is integrated in to the device. A 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash has been placed on the back panel. At 9.2 mm thickness the phone is among the slimmest devices in the market today. This combined with its smooth but angular looks make it a smart looking mobile phone.

Pros 64 mm

 4.0-inch NOVA display  2.0-megapixel front facing

camera

 Gesture control

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Cons  No Android gingerbread

out of the box

 Music quality could have

been better


www.mymobile.co.in The 2.0 megapixel secondary camera comes in handy for

Smart features LG Optimus Black runs on Android 2.2 operating system which is a bit dated as most of the devices today are launched with Android 2.3 OS. As far as the interface goes, it comes with a LG Home custom launcher and a host of gesture features as also seen in the recently launched LG Optimus 2X. Infact the complete set of gesture control is explained in the gesture tab under settings. The UI is snappy and interesting. On the homescreen you can add and remove up to seven screen panels. One pinch brings all the panels on a single platform and you can choose which will be the default panel and add or remove panels from there. Obviously you can customise the homescreens with shortcuts, widgets etc. The four touch buttons that remain at the bottom of the homescreen are phone, contacts, messaging and apps. The menu of the device has grid view which is also spread across various panes, a list view and a category view which shows the preloaded apps and downloaded apps in separate section of the same page. It has a 1 GHz single core CPU beating in its heart and the performance is acceptable. In the phonebook you can link a contact’s information in various accounts and see it in one place. The Optimus Black is an efficient Emailing tool. You can configure your POP and IMAP accounts too along with MS Exchange. The settings for AOL, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail come preloaded on the device. There is a combined inbox feature so you can see all these mails including Gmail from the same window. You can use a QWERTY keypad for input options and its pretty comfortable to us in the landscape mode. Polaris Office lets you open document files. The browser of the phone comes with full flash support along with multi touch and text reflow. On the connectivity front the phone is capable of HSDPA speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upto 5.76 Mbps of HSUPA speeds. It has GPS with Google Maps.

Shoot it out The 5.0-megapixel camera of the phone also has an LED flash which is pretty strong and works efficiently in low light conditions. The highest picture resolution that one can set is 2592 x 1944 pixels. There are a wide number of settings ranging from macro and face detection focus modes to panorama, beauty and smile shot. The stills taken from the phone can be geotagged too. Another interesting addition is out-focussing shot mode that blurres everything around the point chosen for focus by touch. 720p videos can be shot from the camera and you can set the video quality and duration from the settings. Colour effects can also be added but you cannot geo-tag the videos. The video quality

video calling

tech specs Size | 122 x 64 x 9.2mm Weight | 109 grams Memory | 2 GB, microSD Battery | Li-ion, 1500mAh Screen | 16 million colours Talktime/Standby | Up to 6 hours/ Up to 375 hours GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared Camera | 5.0 megapixel Frequency | GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Others | Document viewer, SNS

Price: Rs 20,500 of the phone’s camera is acceptable. On the music front the phone has both music player and FM radio. The songs can be sorted on the basis of albums and artists and there are equaliser presets like Dolby mobile for audio enhancements. In the landscape mode the music player interface turns into an alphabetical music 3D wall and gives a very cool effect as you can touch any square to see the slogs listed under it. Long pressing on the album art of the phone lets you search for the information related to the song through browser, music album or YouTube. You can search using singer name, song title or album title. The sound quality of the phone is average. The FM radio comes with RDS support and radio reception is good. The pre-loaded video player comes with DivX and XviD support and plays 720p videos with ease. The battery backup of the phone is as per company’s claims. There are a host of SNS apps on the phone. The Smart Share app allows you to share content over WiFi.

Alternatively The LG Optimus Balck costs Rs 20,500. Other option could be HTC Desire S for Rs 23,500. n team@mymobile.co.in

Gesture

controls of the phone make the interface pretty

interesting

verdict Looks

8

Features

8 9

ease of use perfoRmance

8

value for money

8

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burn test Pros  Compact and light weight  3.0-megapixel secondary

camera

BlackBerry Playbook

Playing it up the tab way

 WiFi connectivity

Cons  No option of using a SIM

card

 No expandable memory  Need a BlackBerry bridge

for complete functionality like using Email, BBM, etc.

After the likes of Samsung, Apple, HTC and Motorola (and a few others) Research In Motion (RIM), a leading player in the smartphone segment has also launched its tablet called the BlackBerry Playbook. The very name suggests that the brand known for its enterprise functionality is trying to break away from this brand image and wants to show that BlackBerrys are not all work and no fun! The Playbook is a 7.6 inch tablet, devoid of any buttons except the power key, volume/skip key and the play/ pause key. The 7.0-inch capacitive LCD screen is a breeze to use. It has HDMI support through mini HDMI and it’s port along with mini USB port is given at the bottom along with a docking port. The design of the Playbook is sleek and stylish.

130 mm

Berry Smart

Work It Up! The BlackBerry Playbook is an effective enhancement for those who already have a BlackBerry Smartphone as it offers a better interface. It comes with a BlackBerry Bridge feature that enables the user to view the content from their smartphone on the tablet. All you need to do is download the bridge app from the App World, and after that with just a barcode scan, the tab gets added to the smartphone and then you can access mails, documents, pictures, videos, BBM, etc. Once you break the bridge, your content becomes inaccessible to anyone else. The Bridge interface is simple. However, in terms of connectivity the phone doesn’t use GSM networks. It just has WiFi and

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The Playbook has most fluid interface amongst tablets


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Bluetooth connectivity. Now comes the interface, which according to us is one of the most fluid interface that we have seen on a tab. The bezel around the screen is touch sensitive and you just need to swipe up and down to navigate through the homescreen and menu. The Bluetooth, WiFi and settings menu is given on the top right of the landscape screen. It comes with true multitasking capability. In the minimized mode, the running apps are displayed as small tabs that can be accessed with one touch and will start from where you left it. The 1 GHz dual core processor of the tablet makes it’s performance pretty fast and snappy and we didn’t see any lags despite running multiple apps together. The Playbook OS is powered by the QNX and while the first attempt seems to be quite promising. However, it still has a long way before it can become

fully functional. For instance there is no built in application for configuring Email. It comes with links to Yahoo! Mail, Gmail and HotMail but they all open in the browser. A Facebook application comes pre loaded on the phone for social networking. The Playbook comes with the App World that has a number of games and apps that one can download and use. It has gyroscope and accelerometer that can also be used to play games. The Playbook also comes with Documents to Go that lets you create Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. It has HDMI support for sharing content. You can do Internet tethering of the Playbook with any GPRS enables device using Bluetooth and there is also an option of WiFi file sharing. The Adobe Reader lets you open PDF files. The browser of the phone comes with built in Adobe Flash 10.1 support along with HTML5 capability. There is multitouch support for easier navigation. For input the device has both portrait and landscape QWERTY keyboard. The front facing 3.0megapixel camera comes in handy for video chats with people having BlackBerry Ids. You cannot call on any phone numbers through it though. For PC connectivity, you just need to download the desktop manager and once you connect the Playbook to the PC, it automatically syncs and backs up content and then you can easily transfer music, videos,

tech specs Size | 194 x 130 x 10mm Weight | 425 grams Memory | 16 GB, No Battery | Li-Po 5300 mAh Screen | 16 million colours Talktime/Standby | NA GPRS/3G | NA Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared

pictures, etc.

Play On! The Playbook comes with a 5.0-megapixel camera but no flash. You can use stablisation autofocus mode and sports scene mode for taking pictures. The camera quality is average especially in low light conditions as the tab doesn’t have any flash. The camera is capable of taking 1080p videos and the quality is acceptable. You can use the secondary camera for taking stills and 1080p videos too. There is no dedicated video player in the Playbook but it easily played all the videos we threw at it. It also comes with DivX and XviD support. The music player of the tab sorts music on the basis of artists, albums and genres. The interface of the music player is pretty cool. Push up from the bottom bezel reveals the music player controls and pulling it further up reveals a horizontally scrollable playlist. Pulling down from the top reveals the sorting features for the playlist. There are no equalizer presets but the sound quality of the Playbook is great. The playbook is available in three versions 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB and 64 GB and you cannot expand it further. The HDMI cable is bundled with the sales pack. One full charge lasted for a day with extensive usage for music, BlackBerry Bridge, videos and browsing.

Alternatively The BlackBerry Playbook 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB costs Rs 26,500, Rs 32,500 and Rs 37,500 respectively. Other options include Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0-inch priced at Rs 25,200. The WiFi-only iPad2 comes at a price of Rs 29,500, Rs 34,500, Rs 69,500 for 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB respectively. The 3G+WiFi model costs Rs 36,900 for 16GB, Rs 41,900 for 32GB, and Rs 46,900 for 64 GB. Motorola Xoom is available in two versions. 32 GB Xoom WiFi costs Rs 32,990 and 3G + WiFi costs Rs 39,990. n team@mymobile.co.in

verdict Looks

8

Features

8 9

ease of use Camera | 5.0 megapixel Frequency | NA Others | Facebook, Internet tethering

Price: Rs 26,500

perfoRmance

8

value for money

8

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burn test Motorola Xoom MZ601 Zooming into the tablet world Motorola Magic Motorola Xoom MZ601 the first Android tablet from the company. This 10.1 inch tablet is a tad bit bigger and heavier than the iPad2 but doesn’t fall anywhere behind it terms of looks. It as a sleek body with a flat front a slightly curved back. The power cum lock key is placed on the back panel right next to the camera. With 800 x 1280 pixels, the Xoom scores over the iPad2 for a better display. On the downside the screen is very reflective making it a bit difficult in bright light. It also gets smudged very easily. The front panel has a 2.0-megapixel camera for video calling but you will need a third party app for it. The Xoom uses a normal SIM card and the slot for the same is given on the top (in landscape). This cavity also hosts the microSD card slot. At the bottom is the microUSB port, micro HDMI port, a docking connector and a 2.0 mm charging port. All in all it is a smart looking tablet that you would like to flaunt.

Honey it’s me! The Xoom runs on the new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system which has been designed especially for the tablet ecosystem. While Apple has just customised their existing OS for the iPad2, Google has created an all together new OS which is a refreshing change. Let’s start with the lock screen which has been given a new look. The homescreen has five screen panes. There is a ‘+’ button on the top right which brings all the panes to the same platform

and then you can add widgets, app shortcuts and change wallpapers. The mechanism is simple drag and drop bringing the familiar Android functionality to the device. There are no hardware buttons on the Xoom. The bottom left of the screen has three touch buttons for back, home and task switcher. On the top left is the Google search, the notification bar has been placed on the bottom right of the screen with time and battery / network indicator. It also gives access to the quick settings option (which in turn has a shortcut for the complete settings menu). The apps tray can be accessed through the touch button on the top right. It has been divided into two tabs, one is called All and the second is called My Apps. The latter are the ones that have been downloaded. The Xoom comes with an internal memory of 32 GB which can be expanded further using a microSD card but Android 3.0 still doesn’t give support for external memory. However, with this slot, Motorola has future proofed its tablet. It has both 3G and WiFi connectivity options but you can also choose the one which has only WiFi. The dual core chipset in its heart makes is quick and snappy. The only issue that we felt was that the screen was very reflective and the visibility was hindered in bright surroundings. The web browser comes with full flash support and

The new honeycomb oprating system

optimises the tablet expirence

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the interface is almost desktop like. You can use pinch to zoom in and out of the screen. More options can be accessed through the button on the top right. You can open multiple tabs that are displayed much like the desktop interface. The browser the phone easily played up to 480p videos. It comes with support for POP and IMAP Email clients along with Microsoft Exchange Support. The setup is easy and in the landscape mode you get two pane view. You can open attachments and documents but cannot create new ones or edit them. Google Maps offer basic directions


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and search functionality.

More Entertainment The Xoom has a 5.0-megapixel primary camera at the back and a 2.0-megapixel secondary camera in the front. While operating such a big tablet for snapping regular photographs can be tiresome but it sure can come in handy for a few occasional snaps. The picture quality of the camera is acceptable and the interface is simple. On the right of the viewfinder screen lie the camera controls. It comes with infinity and macro focus modes. You can opt for scene modes like action, portrait, landscape and a long list of it. Colour effects can be added and one can also set the picture quality to normal, fine and superfine. The still pictures can be

geo-tagged too. There is a dual LED flash to help you in low light conditions. There are two zoom buttons at the top and a camera video toggle, front and back toggle at the bottom. According to Motorola the tablet can capture HD videos but we didn’t find the quality to be much enticing. You can choose video quality as high, low or high for YouTube. You can add colour effects to them. There is no dedicated video player in the device and you will have to set the gallery into videos only mode in order to find them easily. We would suggest downloading a third party software which converts the videos into compatible formats and then the visual experience is a delight. There is a dedicated music player and it sorts music on the basis of artists, albums, and genres. The

sound quality through the loudspeaker is great and you would thoroughly enjoy it. The interface of the player is cool with album art support and in case you have a lot of music you can search it too. The tablet is capable of giving a talktime of up to 10 hours and a standby of 14 days.

Alternatively Motorola Xoom WiFi costs Rs 32,990 and 3G +WiFi costs Rs 39,990. The WiFi-only iPad2 comes at a price of Rs 29,500, Rs 34,500, Rs 69,500 for 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB respectively. The 3G+WiFi model costs Rs 36,900 for 16GB, Rs 41,900 for 32GB, and Rs 46,900 for 64 GB. n team@mymobile.co.in

249.1 mm

Pros

tech specs Size | 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm

 Android

3.0 Honeycomb OS

 Front

facing 2.0megapixel camera, 5.0-megapixel camera at the back

Weight | 730 grams Memory | 32 MB, NA Battery | Li-Ion (25 Wh) Screen | 16 million colours Talktime/Standby | Up to 10 hours/

GPRS/3G | Yes/Yes Bluetooth/ WiFi | Yes/Yes Phonebook Capacity | Shared

Cons  No

support for microSD

 Screen

is very reflective and a fingerprint magnet

Camera | 5 megapixel Frequency | GSM 850/900/1800/1900/2100 Others | Android 3.1 (Honeycomb),5 fully customizable home screens

Price: Rs 39,990

verdict Looks

8

Features

8

167.8 mm

Up to 336 hours

ease of use

9

perfoRmance

9

value for money

8

overall

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boredom buster

Final Strike 3D Annihilate

them all!

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inal Strike 3D is an air adventure game, where you attack the territory of the enemy through helicopter operations. The game is exclusively available on Samsung App Store. In this game, you have to destroy the illegal dwellings of the opponent. However, the game is not a cake walk as you will have to face serious retaliation from the enemy. You have the option to choose from three copters, which are classified on the basis of

speed and power to attack. The game also gives you the option to control the copter; you can either do it through motion sensors or with the on-screen navigation panel. The player only has an option to strike from air, whereas the opponent can hit you from all the squares. You hover around the area and destroy the cars that appear in the range. There is also a compass at the bottom of the screen to rotate your helicopter in a particular direction. The moment you track a car, you should start attacking aggressively and try to take guard because just a few strikes from the opponent will destroy you Rating within seconds. Once you are done

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with the car stage, you have to launch operations on specific targets, information of which will be displayed on the screen. There are seven types of ammunitions available, two of which can be used in the beginning, whereas for remaining high intensity rockets and bullets, you will have to accomplish certain tasks. The game has six different stages, each coming progressively after conquering the last one. To complete the game, you should destroy them all. The full version of the game is available on Samsung App Store for Rs 50. (approx). n gaurav@mymobile.co.in

We tested it on the Samsung Wave II


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An Adventurous beginning Mario in a new avatar

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here was a time when every kid on this planet dreamt of getting their hands on Mario, the lovable character who jumped and bumped across various levels to entertain us. And while many new games have come since then, it still holds a charm that can engage us for hours. And now, this old platformer has adorned a new style for the Apple pleted in a limited period of time and if enthusiasts. The game is called Super you exhaust all your lives, you have to World Adventures where the hero is a Rating start all over again. Some of the levels woodcutter whose tool box has been in the game are pretty long making it a stolen by a wicked pig (pigs seem to bit challenging. The controls to go have become everyone’s favourite vilforward, back, throwing acorns and lain after angry birds). The wood cutter jumping are given at the bottom of the then has to six levels to reach the pig’s screen and are easy to use. You can check the castle and retrieve his tools. leaderboards for the game on Apple’s game The rest of the game play is similar to centre. The game is simple yet addictive and Mario. There are a number of blocks, cracking so are its graphics and interface. All in all, if them give you gold coins, there is a lotus that you loved Mario, you will simply love gives you 1000 points and number of powerups super World adventures n like extra life, acorn weapon, etc. In terms of obstacles you have caterpillars and foxes and sonia@mymobile.co.in you can either jump on them to kill them or We tested it on the throw and acorn. Each level has to be comApple iPhone 4

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Roaring extravaganza Right mix of speed and skills

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ho would have thought that one could make an animation feature on cars and that it would be so popular. But the Cars franchise has achieved an iconic status and now a sequel to this film has been released too. That is not all, if you are a Cars fan, there is a game for the iPhone users that can be downloaded from the app

the last crossed checkpoint. store for free. You get to hang to hooks, springThe game is a platformer where Rating boards and magnets to gather parts you can don the avatar of any of and at the end of the level your perthe Cars characters Lightening formance is rated in stars. You have McQueen, Mater, Holly or Finn. to touch the screen to make the car Then you get to carry out your misjump and double tap to make it go higher. sions at three locations, Oil Rig, Tokyo The graphics and effects in the game are in and London with the Oil rig being the easiest tandem with the over all Cars motion picture and London being the toughest. Each location feel and it is a great time pass then has a number of levels. You have to drive especially if you don’t want a through them avoiding obstacles and gaps as complicated gameplay.n collecting as many parts as possible. Banging on an obstacle makes you loose health but you sonia@mymobile.co.in also keep getting power ups during the level. There are no lives but one level has a number We tested it on the Apple iPhone4 of checkpoints. So if you loose you start from

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Smart apps

Google+ Adding on

the mobile browser using the link m.google. com/plus. The interface is a bit similar to Facebook but very fluid. The stream feature shows all the updates from your connections and the Circle features is basically various rkut was the first champion of social categories in which you can group your connetworking in India. It was the first nections. for most of us and still brings back The group to which a connection is added a lot of fond memories. Times changed and remains known only to the user. There are Facebook took over Orkut and Google’s domifour default circles Acquaintances, Family, nance in this segment ended. Then Following and Friends and you can came Twitter and these two have ruled to Social Networking since Rating also create your own. The circles of each contact are displayed along with then. But now Google is fightits details. Another feature is Huddle ing back! And its new arsenal is that enables you to communicate with Google+. It is available on web, multiple contacts at the same time. Instant as a free Android App on Android upload feature uploads the pictures/ videos Market and can also be accessed through

networking

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you take from your Android phone instantly on to the site. There is another feature called the Hangout in which yo can get connected through video chats. Then sparks is one more addition that collates content based on your interests. However, the last two features are still not available on mobile. You can share your location also see people near to you. For now, the app is available only for Android phones and the rest of the devices will have to use the web link. However, Google is expected to launch and Apple app soon. n sonia@mymobile.co.in

We tested it on the Samsung Nexus S

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Smart apps Zomato Food for

thought

S

tay hungry stay foolish may have created a lot of waves and looks like the same genesis has been adopted by the Zomato application. It's a fairly simple application that lets you search food joints around you. This is a free application that is available in the BlackBerry app world. Once you have downloaded this application, it automatically detects the city you are in and lets you find the best place to have food or get a take away from. One can also change the city in case of looking for best

like one could do on its website zomgourmet delight for the forthcoming trip. Moving on, the application Rating ato.com. The interface of the application was quite clean and it offers lets you to discover, explore, and handy help with just a press of the search. The discover option helps button. However, for any search based one is locating the nearest random application is how robust its database is restaurant around where one is located. and in that count too the application did not Explore helps in searching restaurants locality let us down. wise. Finally, the search option helps one is From a roadside joint to a restaurant in a searching for a food joint by name, location five star hotel could be found in this applicaor cuisine. ton. So all in all, it’s a great appliSo for example one can enter Chinese cation to explore new options to as the cuisine of choice, the application will dine in or delivery to ensure that dig out all the restaurants in the vicinity you don’t stay hungry. n that offer Chinese food. Also, once you have zeroed down on the restaurant, one can then surbhi@mymobile.co.in also look at the reviews that people have We tested it on the posted for that restaurants, its pictures, it BlackBerry Curve 8520 complete menu with the pricing options just

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The hassle ender

Travel planning on your tips

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etting information for train arrival departure or the status of your PNR is a behemoth task if you need to call the customer enquiry numbers. And if you need this information on the move it becomes even more cumbersome. Considering this there are many applications for mobile that can give you that functionality. Indian Rail is one such application that makes the train information system pretty simple. It is available for the iPhone and can be downloaded for free from the app store. You cannot book tickets through this application and it’s purely informational. USP of this application is its interface. It’s very simple and your really don’t take time is understanding it. The train information system requires you to fill in the name of the station. Once you do, it automatically searches for the station codes and you can choose the one required. A scrollable system to adjust the date is also given below the station fields. Once you punch in the details, it gives you all the options available on the given date. The information of train status is available for the coming two months. The PNR status is also available through a simple interface. Once you fill in the PNR status you easily get the relevant information like train name, date of journey, starting station, ending station, class, booking status and the current status of the booking. The application uses internet connectivity to access the information so you can use GPRS or WiFi to get net connectivity. The search is efficient and effective and the very fact that it is very simple to use makes it a useful application. n sonia@mymobile.co.in

We tested it on the Apple iPhone 4

Rating

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fa c e t o fa c e

‘Ad’ding Value the rise. We have seen some big brands getting into mobile advertising recently and they are leading the way for smaller brands. The delay in technology improvements such as 3G and the slow adoption of smartphones were a few reasons for the delay in this adoption, but this is fast changing. Don’t you think mobile advertising intrudes into privacy of consumers? There is some data about each user which can be deemed as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as the phone number, device ID, etc. This data gives a lot of information about the user and hence can be considered as a breach of privacy. At InMobi, we are very strict about not capturing or using this data in any way. In fact, the laws regarding PII vary from country to country, but at InMobi, we take the laws of the strictest country and apply it to all countries that we operate in. So in short, no. Display advertising does not intrude the privacy of a user in any way.

Atul Satija, vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, InMobi, talks about the potential of mobile advertising in India and the innovations that will lead it to its zenith Surbhi Chawla

What is the current trend in mobile advertising globally as well as in India? The mobile medium is at a tipping point much like the Internet was a decade ago as there is a definite appetite for mobility now. With consumer centric engagement plans leading the way, we have reached a stage where technology is mature enough to finally deliver on all the promise of mobile living. Globally, mobile advertising is expected to reach $60 billion in the next three years. Advertisers see the opportunity to reach billions of consumers globally with highly targeted, impactful, and measurable creatives that will greatly improve the return on investment. The mobile marketing industry in India is still in its infancy but we are seeing a lot of innovation in this segment. The increasing adoption of smart and advanced phones is paving way for the introduction and growth of more sophisticated campaigns. Have you tied up with any players in India? Yes we are collaborating with a few players in the country. InMobi helps advertisers reach specific consumers over mobile Internet sites. We measure the results of these ad campaigns through mobile applications that run on several handsets. InMobi has around 5,000 advertisers and over 10,000 publishers on the network globally. We have done projects for brands like Reebok, Yamaha, Airtel, NDTV, MySpace, ngMoco and Zynga. Why hasn’t mobile advertising really picked up in India? Mobile advertising in India is at a nascent stage, but it is definitely doing quite well and is on

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What kind of new innovations can we expect in this segment? This is an extremely exciting time for mobile technology. Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones, new developments are already taking off in the mobile advertising space. InMobi recently partnered with Cooliris to produce 3D advertisements that allow consumers to have an engaging experience with products. This is very relevant for verticals such as automobiles, consumer electronics, etc. 3D advertisements are already running live on the InMobi network. InMobi has also seen success with rich media ads where users can engage with the ads by watching movie trailers, fill up registration forms etc. within the ad instead of having to open another browser window. These are a few examples of innovations that help improve the user experience of ad and make it more engaging. What is the current size of mobile advertising industry in India? There are over 800 million people using mobile phones in India with about 10-15 million new mobile users being added every month. Of the 800 million users, about 60 million are mobile Internet users. It is no wonder then that the Indian mobile ad market will continue to grow at a rapid pace. The latest InMobi network data showed that the Indian mobile ad market grew by 1.5 billion ad impressions (27 percent) between October 2010 and January 2011. As per industry estimates, the mobile advertisement industry in India is expected to reach up to Rs 200 crore over the next two to three years. n surbhi@mymobile.co.in


et cetera

Jabra Stone 2 The hard rock of communication

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luetooth headsets have been an integral part of our communication setup but mostly have remained as a utility item. However, recent past has seen a considerable change in the look and design of these headsets making them more comfortable to use and stylish to look. Jabra’s stone series devices are such example and the new entrant in this range is the Jabra Stone 2. As the name suggests, it is a sequel to the earlier stone and adds a lot of ease to the whole Bluetooth headset usage experience. It comes with voice control to accept and reject calls and noise blackout extreme capability enables clear voice conversations. The design of the headset is such that the dock doubles up as a portable charger keeping your headset powered up or longer use. Needless to say that it comes with A2DP to enable music streaming over Bluetooth. The curved design of the device is very comfortable even for the long haul. The Stone 2 is available in two variants glossy and leather it is available in an MRP of Rs 7,999 n

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et cetera Fujifilm fINEPIX T200 Fine tune your photography!

F

ujifim has launched its new digital camera variant Finepix T200. The 14-megapixel camera has a metallic body with 10X zoom lens. It features a 2.7-inch LCD screen on the rear, and has a 28 mm wide lens that allows you to capture the maximum possible view in the landscape mode. Though the camera looks stylish with its metallic body, it also has a drawback as the surface is a little slippery, which could be a problem while clicking on the move. The camera allows you to click pictures in seven different modes depending on the conditions. The auto mode adjusts settings automatically according to the light conditions. Then

there is a natural mode, which does not alter settings as per light conditions. T200 also has a Motion Panorama mode to improve panoramic view of the click as well as a smile detection mode that automatically focuses on the smiling face. On program option, you can manually adjust the settings of the device. The screen of the camera is a little dull, and hence, may not give you the best view of the pictures when you go through the clicks. The quality is certainly better after transferring them on to the computer but it is still a little disappointing considering the high specifications of the camera. The camera also supports High Definition

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(HD) video recording with sound, which we found quite interesting. The video captured in 1280 X 720 pixels was of good quality when we watched it on the computer screen. In fact, the voice recorded was also very clear unlike in some of the digicams, which offer the feature but it is of a very inferior quality. Apart from these main features, you can always adjust the ISO settings, image size and quality, white balance and few others options to get the best results. The camera is best suited for those who have had a little experience in handling the delicate devices. The Fujifilm Finepix T200 is available at a MRP of Rs 8,000. n


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Airtel HD Recorder Redifining entertainment in HD

T

hough you have not had any problem with your set top box off late, don’t you think that with every visual media going HD, it’s time to upgrade? Airtel has launched a HD recorder, which is a part of its DTH family and will allow High Definition recording of content. The best part is that you can also record your favourite shows or a crucial match with your mobile, putting it a step ahead of competitors. The box comes along with a remote control and an antenna like the normal STB. The

black recorder box with front panel showcasing all the controls gets a thumbs up on looks front. The first time users may take some time to adapt to the new interface but experienced ones will not come across any issues. Recording of a program can be done while you are away and there is also an option of recording one channel while you wish to watch something else on the other. Picture quality is good as the Airtel Digital TV HD Recorder can record videos in resolution of 1080i and you can view the screen in 16:9

dimension. On audio front, it comes with Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound giving an awesome sound output. Apart from normal pause, rewind and save features, there is an application that can be downloaded on the phone to record content on the move. Overall, it scores over its predecessors due to its ability to record content in High Definition. You can record up to 550 hours of programmes. It is available for Rs 4,890 for a new user but if you’re an existing Airtel Digital TV customer, it will cost you Rs 3,990. n

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et cetera

Discovery 975

Discovering the pleasure of wireless connectivity

I

f you thought that Bluetooth headset is just a big boring chunk of plastic that gets stuck to your ear, then Plantronics Discovery 975 will break all your misconceptions. It is a sleek headset with such a sharp design that it will cut through the clutter and grab a lot of eyeballs when put it in your ear. The mix of glossy and leather finish make it a very stylish headset. And it’s not just about looks! The Discovery 975 boasts of some powerful features such as the Audio Q2 technology, which cancels the noise and retains the natural tone of the voice. Additionally, WindSmart feature along with grooved vents deflect the wind from dual mics, giving better quality even on-the-go. The Discovery 975 also comes with Quick Pair and multipoint technologies so it can be connected to two devices at a time. The bluetooth is light and very comfortable to use for a long time. It comes with an

option of various ear-gel sizes for your comfort. The headset is capable of giving a talk time of up to five hours and comes with a stylish case which adds to the overall look of the package. Apart from proper storage it also charges the bluetooth headset on the go as it holds a portable charger in it. The Discovery 975 capable of giving you voice alerts for things like low battery etc. Pairing up the headset is quick and simple, and its sleek design adds to the style quotient. Plantronics Discover 975 is available at an MRP of Rs 3,000 in the Indian market. n

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Transcend MP860 For those who love good quality music

G

ood music is something that soothes our senses. But what is the use of such soothing music if you cannot listen to it in a good quality audio player. There are a lot of music players available in the market these days but most of the non branded options lack the ability to do justice to a beautiful song. But this new digital player from Transcend can take care of your multiple entertainment related needs and store anything from video, music, pictures, etc. The MP860 is a bar shaped device that looks like a small touch screen phone but it’s neither. The player has a trackpad at the bottom of the 2.4-inch screen and all the controls for play, stop, rewind, forward and back are through the trackpad only. Apart from playing good quality music, the device also offers several other features. You can record audio files through the built-in Mic, view photos and watch videos. The FM recorder allows you to save up to 20 channels. You can also save up to 1,000 songs in the music player and the quality of the music you get is also appreciable. The pictures we viewed on the screen were able to evoke nostalgia as they were absolutely clear. Transcend’s MP 860 doesn’t have any internal memory but you can save content on a microSD card of up to 4 GB. This was a minus point as we expected the device to have a good internal memory. The MP 860 comes with an e-book reader too. You can transfer e-books to the card and then access them. However, the experience was not too great as the screen size is pretty small. The device is a good buy if you are looking for an out and out music device. At an MRP of Rs 5,500, this player is a little costly as there are many phones available in the same price range with similar music capabilities. n team@mymobile.co.in

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Event

CommunicAsia 2011 A gadgety affair Asia’s largest technology event saw a lot of new participants this year, along with a range of exciting devices that were unveiled at this annual extravaganza

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ver the years, CommunicAsia has earned the reputation of being Asia’s largest exhibition and conference on communications and information technology. The 22nd chapter of this mega event – CommunicAsia 2011 - was held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 21-24 June. This annual affair marks the launch of various technology products across genres, and acts as a platform for the entire ICT

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Sleek and stylish Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

which runs on MeeGo operating system and is known for not having any physical buttons in the front. The media professionals present at the event got a sneak peek into the upcoming Windows Mobile device that has been code named ‘Sea Ray’ and is expected to be showcased in October this year. Sony Ericsson too managed to impress its patrons by showcasing its upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Active and Xperia Ray. Both these devices have 1GHz processor and run on the latest Android Gingerbread platform. However,

Rugged and sturdy Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

The 1st and last MeeGo Device from Nokia called the N9

industry to celebrate innovation and look at the future beyond. This year too was not an exception.

Hot n’ Happening The mood at CommunicAsia was electrifying to say the least as visitors kept flocking the venue to check out the latest innovations that leading brands were going to showcase at the exhibition. While Nokia made its presence felt this year Samsung and LG gave it a miss. There were more than 56,000 industry visitors, conference speakers and delegates, exhibiting staff and media, who became a part of this four day extravaganza. Apart from some regulars, there were also a few new participants and the two major names from India were Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications,

Who ruled the roost? Every year, leading handset companies look forward to announcing their new products at CommunicAsia, and this year too, the scene was not different. Nokia was one of the companies that managed to attract maximum attention by launching its much awaited N9 smartphone,

it was Sony Ericsson Active that managed to draw maximum attention towards itself as it is the first dust free and waterproof Android phone from Sony Ericsson. Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei also made their presence felt by showcasing their tablets. Huawei launched MediaPad, which is the world’s first 7-inch IPS touch tablet, and runs on Android 3.2 OS, while ZTE launched its low cost Android 3.2 tablet. RIM, which is the maker of BlackBerry devices, did not have any new devices to showcase but its BlackBerry Bold 9900 managed to entertain visitors at the conference. All in all, the event buzzed with devices from various handset brands.n surbhi@mymobile.co.in

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myguide MODELS

SUB-ENTRY LEVEL

AKAI

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm)

Ninja

Ninja Plus

Samurai

Samurai Plus

2211

2212

3311

100 x 43 x 13.5

103x 43 x 14.7

107 x 46 x 14

106.5 x 46 x 16

106 x 46 x 14.7

108 x 44 x 12

110 x 46 x 15

70

70

80

100

80

80

80

3.5/360

4/432

4/432

8/720

4/528

4/432

5/480

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/1.5

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,36/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/2GB

NA/2GB

60KB/2GB

45KB/2GB

250KB/4GB

NA/4GB

100KB/4GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

VGA/No/Yes

1.3MP/Yes/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

100

500

500

500

500

500

1000

Weight (grams) Talktime/Standby (hours)

Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

1,250

1,450

1,600

1,800

1,900

2,200

2,250

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

AKAI

PARAMETERS

BYOND

3313

Connect pad

Trio

BY 809

BY 120+

BY 255

BY009

Dimension (mm)

112.0 x 47 x 14

106 x 57 x 13

109 x 44.5 x 14.3

107 x 46.3 x 14.7

110 x 46 x 14

110.7 x 47.5 x 12.5

111 x 41.7 x 14.5

Weight (grams)

100

100

80

90

120

120

120

Model

8/720

4/400

5/432

4/240

10/480

4/192

10/240

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.0

65,536/2.0

NA/1.5

NA/1.5

NA/2.0

NA/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/8GB

NA/8GB

174KB/8GB

NA/2GB

NA/2GB

NA/4GB

1016KB/.4GB

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

NA/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

1.3MP/Yes/Yes

1.3MP/Yes/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

NA

VGA/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

500

500

500

100

1000

500

1000

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Propriety

Propriety

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

NA/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

2,250

2,350

2,450

1,249

1,799

2,099

2,399

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CELKON

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

COLORS

C 770

C777

C007

G-10

G-55

G-88

G-66

108 x 46 x 14

114.4 x 51.4 x15.1

110 x 48.6 x 15.5

108.5 x 45 x 14.7

111 x 48 x 15.5

111 x 47.8 x 14.6

111 x 47 x 14.7

NA

NA

NA

80

83

88

97

Talktime/Standby (hours)

7/ 550

8/600

8/750

5/300

4/200

4/260

10/720

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

NA/2.4

NA/2.4

NA/2.2

NA/1.8

262,144/1.8

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/16GB

NA/8GB

NA/8GB

NA/2GB

NA/4GB

NA/4GB

NA/4GB

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1000

1000

500

500

500

1000

1000

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

1,999

2,299

2,399

1,749

2,099

2,399

2,499

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Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Quad Band/GSM+GSM Quad Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

GENUS

PARAMETERS Model

HITECH

LG

G123

G313

G444

HT1600

A180

GS 108

Dimension (mm)

102.5 x 43 x 14.2

105 x 46.8 x 13.5

113 x 50 x 12.8

NA

106.5 x 45 x 14

106.5 x 45 x 13.75

103.9 x 43.5 x 12.9

Weight (grams)

70

80

100

99

NA

65.4

65

Talktime/Standby (hours)

A100

NEW

3.5/120

3/160

10/128

6/500

9/900

17/882

9/800

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/1.8

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.4

NA/1.8

65,536/1.5

65,536/1.5

65,536/1.5

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/4GB

244.5KB/8GB

123KB/8GB+2GB

128KB/8GB

NA/No

NA/No

NA/No

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

Camera/Flash/Video

No/No/No

Yes/No/Yes

Digital/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Phonebook Capacity

200

1000

1000

500

NA

300

1000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA/No

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

1,225

2,070

2,200

2,199

1,000

1,250

1,300

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MODELS

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LG

PARAMETERS Model

A190

Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

A 120

GS 155

GS 190

GS 205

MX 128i

MX 365

108 x 45 x 12.9

103.9 x 44.5 x 13.9

108 x 48 x 14

110 x 48.6 x 14

111 x 42 x 15

105.7 x 45 x 16

NEW

106.5 x 45 x 13.75

MAXX

72

72.5

67

86

81

50.1

58.4

5/150

13/1300

15/720

9/650

12/560

3.5/250

3.5/300

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/1.52

65,536/1.8

262,144/1.5

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.0

NA/1.8

NA/1.8

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

No/No

729KB/No

1MB/2GB

11.9MB/8GB

12MB/8GB

500KB/2GB

250.5KB/2GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

No/No

No/No

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No

Yes/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

VGA/No/No

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Yes/No/No

CIF/No/No

1,000

1000

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

500

1000

500

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

Generic

NA

NA

NA

No/Yes

No/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

1,500

1,650

1,900

2,200

2,300

1,499

1,849

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

MAX

PARAMETERS Model

NOKIA

MX 188

MQ 606

1280

1616

1800

5030 XpressRadio

C-1-02

Dimension (mm)

111.7 x 49.9 x 15.5

114 x 60.4 x 11.3

107.2 x 45.1 x 15.3

107.1 x 45 x 15

107 x 45 x 15.3

107.7 x 44.6 x 14.55

108 x 45 x 13.8

Weight (grams)

65.8

74.5

81.92

78.55

78.5

82

77.5

Talktime/Standby (hours)

6.5/600

4.5/500

8.30/528

8.52/540

8.30/528

10/524

10.4/504

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

NA/1.8

NA/2.2

Monochrome/1.36

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

500KB/4GB

250KB/8GB

NA/No

NA/No

NA/No

64KB/No

64MB/32GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

No/No

Yes/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Phonebook Capacity

1000

500

500

500

500

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

Quad Band/No

Dual Band/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

Symbian S30

Symbian S30

Symbian S30

Symbian S30

Symbian S40

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

No/Yes

Yes/No

No/Yes

No/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

2,199

2,349

1,000

1,200

1,450

1,618

1,800

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MODELS

NOKIA

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

RAGE

SAMSUNG

X1-01

C1-01

Rocket

Jem

Star

Bingo

1081

112.2 x 47.3 x 16

108 x 45 x 14

107 x 46 x 15.5

113 x 46 x 14.3

42.5 x 103 x 14

.104 x 45 x 16.3

107.4 x 45.5 x 13.6

91.5

78.8

76

80

70

90

64.5

13/1032

10.4/540

4/300

4/300

3/250

5.5/400

9/560

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.8

NA/1.8

NA/1.8

65,536/1.8

65,536/1.43

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/16GB

64MB/32GB

21K/2GB

NA/8GB

45K/2GB

NA/4GB

1MB/No

No/No

Yes/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No/No

VGA/No/Yes

No/No/No

Yes/No/Yes

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/Yes

No/No/No

100

500

250

1,000

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

500

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Dual Band/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

S30

Symbian S40

NA

NA

NA

NA

Properitory

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

1,900

2,200

1,199

1,549

1,599

1,849

1,050

MODELS

Price in Rs.

500

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

SAMSUNG

PARAMETERS Model

SKY

E 1085

E1175

E1172 Guru 24

E1225 Guru25

E1252 Guru 26

STAR i

LIBRA

Dimension (mm)

107.4 x 45.5 x 13.6

108.7 x 46.1 x 14.1

108.7 x 46.1 x 14.1

45.5 x 109.1 x 13.7

111.6 x 45.7 x 13.5

NA

NA

Weight (grams)

64.5

72

72

72.4

80

NA

80

Talktime/Standby (hours)

9/560

12/650

12/650

9/420

11/NA

5/200

7/300

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/1.43

65,536/1.52

65,536/1.52

65,536/1.8

262,144/2.0

NA/1.8

262144/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

1MB/No

1MB/No

1MB/No

NA/No

NA/2GB

150KB/4GB

294KB/4GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

VGA/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

500

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

400

400

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/No

Dual Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Operating System

Properitory

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

NA

Spread Trum

MTK

Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

No/No

No/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

1,100

1,350

1,500

1,550

1,800

1,400

1,660

YMOBILE 93 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

SKY

T-SERIES

V3

VIDEOCON

PLANET

PLAY100

PLAY300

Star

Bizz

V1290

NA

107.5 x 46 x16.3

111 x 48 x 14.5

107.6 x 45.6 x 12.6

98.5 x 54 x 13.3

100.4 x 44.8 x 14.4

XAGE M171

NEW

112.5 x 46 x 14.8

NA

95

105

95

80

NA

55

8/300

8/400

8/500

3/120

3/200

4/140

NA

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262144/2.0

65,536/1.8

65,536/2.0

65,536/1.8

268,144/2.0

NA/1.44

262,144/1.8

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

100KB/4GB

NA/2GB

394KB/4GB

64MB/2GB

28MB/4GB

NA/2GB

NA/8GB

Yes/No

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No

Yes/No

1.3MP/No/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

No/No/No

Yes/No/Yes

1,000

200

500

1,000

500

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

500

500

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/NA

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

MTK

Nucleus

Nucleus

NA

NA

NA

SP

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

78

NR

NR

NR

NR

2,400

1,590

2,525

1,523

2,199

1,600

1,599

MODELS

ENTRY LEVEL

XAGE

PARAMETERS Model

M702

X381s

X400i

M16

Slimz

112 x 48 x 13.8

109 X 47 X 9.5

106 X 43 X 14

108 X 44 X 15

109 X 45 X 13

112.0 x 47.7 x 11.3

Weight (grams)

51

67

59

NA

95

99.9

80

NEW

M117

AKAI

105 x 45 x 14

Talktime/Standby (hours)

M180

ZEN

Dimension (mm)

NEW

NEW

NA

NA

NA

2.5/180

10/720

4/220

5/432

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/1.8

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.2

65,536/1.5

65,536/1.5

65,536/2.0

262,/2.2

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/2GB

NA/8GB

NA/8GB

No/2GB

No/2GB

NA/4GB

NA/8GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No

No/No

No /No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

No/No/No

Yes/No/Yes

Yes/Yes/Yes

No/No/No

No/No/No

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

100

1000

500

500

500

500

500

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Tri Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

MTK

MTK

MTK

NA

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

2,099

2,199

2,499

1,699

1,999

2,499

2,800

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 94 MY


MODELS

AKAI

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

BYOND

4411

Connect leaf

F-1

6611

Connect book

BY 260

BY011

116.2 x 50.4 x 12.5

113 x 58 x 9

116 x 47 x 11.5

104 x 53 x 11.5

107 x 60 x 13.3

110 x 49 x 11

116.7 x 50 x 14.8

120

100

80

100

120

120

125

5/528

4/360

4/432

4/360

4/432

4/240

13/600

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/2.4

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.4

262,144/3.0

262,144/2.4

NA/2.2

NA/2.2

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

NA/8GB

366KB/8GB

384KB/8GB

89.8/16GB

25.3MB/8GB

NA/16GB

1016.5KB/4GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

3MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/Yes/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

500

500

1,000

2,000

1,500

1,000

1,000

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Propriety

Propriety

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

78

NR

NR

2,850

2,900

3,500

3,900

4,200

2,899

2,899

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

BYOND

PARAMETERS Model

CELKON

COLORS

GENUS

BY007

Gamestar

C9

G-99

X-9

GQ523

GQ533

Dimension (mm)

111 x 47 x 14.5

114.3 x 45.5 x 13.6

112 x 60 X 12.6

117.5 x 51.5 x 14.8

112 x 54 x 14 mm

101 x 53 x 13.5

108 x 59 x 12.3

Weight (grams)

120

100

NA

110

127

70

98

Talktime/Standby (hours)

10/480

4/400

6/450

4/400

4/200

3.5/120

3.5/180

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

NA/2.2

NA/2.4

NA/2.4

262,144/2.4

NA/3.2

262,144/2.0

65,536/2.2

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

1016KB/4GB

319.5KB/8GB+8GB

NA/16GB

319.5KB/4GB

90MB/8GB

250.5KB/8GB

145KB/16GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

3.2MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

1,000

2,000

1,000

1,000

600

1000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Propriety

Propriety

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

NR

78

NR

NR

80

NR

NR

2,999

3,299

2,999

2,999

4,599

2,600

3,200

YMOBILE 95 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm)

GENUS

HITECH

INQ

LG

GQ545

3500

HT21

HT5510

Mini

Chat

GB 230

107.5 x 60.5 x 12.5

110 x 46 x 14.6

117.6 x 58.6x 12.3

117.8 x 50.8 x 13

102.9 x 45.8 x 12.8

114.5 x 61 x 12.8

101.2 x 49.2 x 15.9

118

76

106

94

90

122

90.5

5/360

6/500

4/300

6/400

3.3/260

3.5/285

9/500

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.2

65,536/2.0

65,536/2.4

65,536/2.4

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

314.5KB/8GB

32MB/8GB

64MB/4GB

64MB/8GB

50MB/4GB

100MB/4GB

5.3MB/2GB

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Yes/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/No

3.2MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

1000

1000

1000

1,000

Weight (grams) Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

1,000

1,000

1,000

Quad Band/No

Tri Band/No

Tri Band/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Slider/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

84

NR

3,300

2,890

2,999

2,999

3,500

5,100

2,500

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Quad Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Quad Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

LG

PARAMETERS Model

A155

A 165

GU220

C105

T 300

GX 200

GM 200

Dimension (mm)

110 x 47.5 x 14.1

110 x 47.5 x 14.1

104 x 48 x 15.2

114.5 x 59 x 13

95.8 x 50.5 x 11.9

104 x 48 x 13

106 x 48 x14.5

Weight (grams)

81

81

89

94

77

93

85

Talktime/Standby (hours)

14.5/665

14.5/665

10/500

16/650

8/500

NA/680

10/600

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

3.9MB/2GB

3.9MB/2GB

4.5MB/2GB

4.7MB/4GB

20MB/4GB

80MB/8GB

14MB/2GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

No/No/No

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/No

Quad band/No

Quad Band/No

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

Generic

Generic

Generic

Quad Band/GSM+GSM Quad Band/GSM+GSM

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Slider/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

80

2,600

2,650

2,900

3,200

3,700

3,750

3,750

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 96 MY


MODELS

LG

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

S310

X330

114 x 48.4 x 10.5

109 x 61 x 13.8

T500

NEW

105 X 57.3 X 12.9

MAXX GX 300

T310i

MX 375

MX 486

116 x 51 x 12.8

95.8 x 51.0 x 11.9

108.6 x 46.5 x 14.5

115.8 x 51.2 x 12.8

86

77.5

93

NA

86.5

55.5

62.7

13.5/800

13.5/975

8/720

NA/NA

14/569

5.5/400

5/520

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.2

65,536/2.3

262,144/2.8

65,536/2.2

262,144/2.8

NA/2.0

NA/2.4

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

14.5MB/8GB

80MB/8GB

NA/8GB

30MB/4GB

18MB/4GB

506KB/2GB

75KB/4GB

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

3.2MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/NO/YES

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1,000

1,000

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

1,000

1,000

NA

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Operating System

Generic

Generic

Generic

Generic

NA

NA

NA

Music Player/FM Radio

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

4,200

4,500

5,300

5,300

2,649

2,799

MODELS

Price in Rs.

NR 3,850

MOTOROLA

PARAMETERS Model

NOKIA

EX 115

EX 128

2700 classic

X2-01

C2-01

5130

2730 classic

Dimension (mm)

109 x 61 x 12.35

107 x 57 x 12.8

109.2 x 46 x 14

119.4 x 59.8 x 14.3

109.6 x 46.9 x 14.6

107.5 x 46.7 x 14.8

109.6 x 46.9 x 14.4

Weight (grams)

102.2

80

85

107.5

89

88

87.7

Talktime/Standby (hours)

3/240

3.2/250

6/288

4.3/480

8.4/430

6/288

3.50/340

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/2.3

65,536/3.2

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.0

262,144/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

50MB/32GB

128MB/32GB

64MB/2GB

128MB/8GB

75MB/16GB

30MB/2GB

30MB/2GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

3.0MP/No/Yes

3.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

1,000

1,000

Shared

2,000

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

QUAD Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/R99

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/R99

NA

NA

Symbian S40

Symbian S40

S40

Symbian S40

Symbian S40

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

82

80

84

82

NR

84

NR

4,999

5,999

3,500

3,500

4,000

4,000

4,200

YMOBILE 97 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

NOKIA

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

RAGE

X2

5233

7230

C3

111 x 47 x 13.3

111 x 51.7 x 14.5

98 x 48 x 14.75

115.5 x 58.1 x 13.6

Jamo

NEW

110 x 46 x 13.9

SAMSUNG RM 282

E2152 Guru 36

109 x 47 x 11.5

111.6 x 46.3 x 13.5

82

115

100

114

110

60

80.4

13.3/540

7/438

5.4/324

7/800

4/300

120/530

11/660

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.2

16.7million/3.2

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.4

65,536/2.0

NA/2.2

262,144/2.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

48MB/16GB

70MB/16GB

70MB/16GB

55MB/8GB

124KB/8GB

124K/4 GB

NA/2GB

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/ Yes

Yes/No/ Yes

VGA/No/Yes

1,000

1,000

1,000

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

1,000

Shared

2,000

Shared

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad-Band/No

Quad Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/R99

Yes/Yes/No

Operating System

Symbian S40

Symbian S60

Symbian S40

Symbian S40

Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

NA

NA

Generic

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

84

80

NR

NR

76

NA

NR

4,400

5,800

5,900

5,950

2,499

3,299

2,750

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

SAMSUNG

PARAMETERS Model

Duos 3212

E2550 Monte Slide

Hero 3210

C3200 Monte Bar

Metro S 3310

Dimension (mm)

111.6 x 47 x 14.2

98.5 x 48 .5 x 14.3

112.8 x 46.4 x 12.9

109.5 x 61.3 x 11.85

112.8 x 46.4 x 13.2

111.8 x 46.9 x 13.3

109.9 x 45.9 x 10.9

Weight (grams)

90.6

87.7

79.3

90

80.6

77.3

77

Talktime/Standby (hours)

2222

NEW

3213

NEW

10/322

6.5/400

8.3/550

11.4/550

8.2/550

8.2/500

10.5/600

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/2.0

65,536/2.0

256K/2.0

262,144/2.2

65,536/2.0

262,144/2.0

16Million/2.1

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

15MB/8GB

15MB/8GB

36MB/8GB

45MB/16GB

36MB/8GB

40MB/8GB

30MB/8GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

VGA/No/No

1.3MP/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/No

Quad Band /No

Quadl Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Operating System

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Generic

Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Slider/NoNo

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

3,200

3,400

3,400

3,400

3,400

3,850

3,900

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 98 MY


MODELS

SAMSUNG

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

3303 Champ

Ch@t C3222

C5212

C3530

Champ Duos

Ch@t 335

Corby Colour

96.3 x 53.9 x 12.9

109.7 x 58.1 x 12.3

112.7 x 48.6 x 14.3

112.2 x 46.7 x 11.9

99.90 x 54.90 x 12.95

111.2 x 61.2 x 11.9

103 x 56.5 x 12

90

95

98.7

90

88

100

93

12.3/666

11/500

13/281

13/550

14.3/476

12/520

3.40/500

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.6

256,000/2.2

262,144/2.8

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

30MB/8GB

54MB/8GB

60MB/8GB

50MB/16GB

50MB/16GB

60MB/8GB

50MB/8GB

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

VGA/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

1,000

1,000

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

1,000

1,000

500

2,000

Quad Band/No

Tri Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Operating System

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

NR

NR

76

NR

NR

84

80

4,000

4,000

4,200

4,300

4,400

5,350

5,400

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes Bar/Yes/No

SONY ERICSSON

PARAMETERS Model

SKY

T-SERIES

Spiro

Cedar

W150i Yendo

PLANET i

Play 330

Bhakti Sagar

Play 500

Dimension (mm)

92 x 48 x 18

111 x 49 x 15.5

94.0 × 52.0 × 16.0

103.8 x 57.6 x 11.5

98.5 x53.4 x 19.5

114 x 49 x 16

112 x 45.6 x 14

Weight (grams)

90

84

81

90

88

67

94

Talktime/Standby (hours)

4.3/476

12.5/420

4/400

7/300

8/300

8/300

10/192

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.6

65,536/3.2

262,144/2.0

65,536/2.2

65,536/2.4

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

5MB/16GB

280MB/NA

5MB/16GB

71.8MB/8GB

250.5KB/8GB

95KB/8GB

684KB/8GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/Yes/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

2,000

2,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

500

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSU

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

NA

NA

NA

MTK

Nucleus

Nucleus

Nucleus

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Slider/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

80

NA

NR

78

NR

80

80

4,500

4,700

5,200

4,800

2,949

3,000

3,249

YMOBILE 99 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

PARAMETERS Model

V3

VIDEOCON

Astro

V 1410

V1424

V 1430

V1475

V1425

V 1606

Dimension (mm)

107 x 54 x 12.6

112.2 x 62.4 x 13.2

106.8 x 47 x 15.05

109 X 45.9 X 15.9

114.3 x 46.8 x 14.3

108 x 47.5 x 17.5

112 x 48 x 13.3

Weight (grams)

118

71

NA

NA

85

94

NA

Talktime/Standby (hours)

3/200

6/360

5/180

13/600

6/NA

8/250

NA/NA

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

265,144/2.6

65,536/1.8

65,536/2.0

65,536/1.8

65,536/NA

65,536/2.0

65,536/2.4

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

128MB/8GB

NA/4GB

NA/2GB

NA/4GB

250KB/4GB

250KB/4GB

NA/4GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

1.3MP/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

VGA/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

250

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Nucleus

Propreitary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Proprietary

Nucleus

Proprietary

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

76

NR

NR

78

80

NR

2,700

2,500

2,650

2,650

2,945

3,000

4,999

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

VIDEOCON

PARAMETERS Model

XAGE

V1665

VC 1605

V1755

M20

Z 77

M40

Dimension (mm)

108.5 x 53 x 14.4

112 x 48 x 13.3

110.48 x 57.28 x 14.65

112 x 60 x 16

111 x 47 x 14

108 x 45.6 x 14.7

114.5 x 48 x 14

Weight (grams)

107

NA

NR

109

94

100

106

Talktime/Standby (hours)

MT711

ZEN

NEW

6/340

NA/NA

6/260

NA

4.5/250

5/200

5/200

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/3.0

65,536/2.4

262,144/3.2

262,144/3.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.4

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

58MB/16GB

NA/4GB

24MB/8GB

NA/16GB

No/microSD

10MB/4GB

No/4GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

3.0MP/No/Yes

Yes/Yes/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

1,000

2,000

2,000

500

1,000

500

Frequency/Dual SIM

Dual Band/Yes

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Dual Band/Yes

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Operating System

Nucleus

Proprietary

Nucleus

MSTAR

NA

NA

NA

Music Player/FM Radio

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

80

82

5,250

5,500

5,700

4,699

2,599

3,299

3,599

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 100 MY

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM


MODELS

MID LEVEL

ZEN

PARAMETERS Model

AKAI

LG

Z82

S10

Z90

Wow

T325

P520

GX 500

Dimension (mm)

111 x 58 x 12

107 x 47 x 16

68 X 68 X 16

116 x 61 x 12.5

102.4 x 56.4 x 11.9

109.1 x 56.2 x 12.95

108.9 x 53.4 x 12.95

Weight (grams)

106

124

96

100

92.5

120

118

Talktime/Standby (hours)

5/220

2/100

2.5/240

4/432

7.9/381

23.8/454

15/572

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.4

65.536/2.2

262,144/2.4

262,144/3.5

262,144/2.8

256,000/2.8

262,144/3.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

9MB/4GB

NA/4GB

25.9MB/4GB

62MB/8GB

30MB/16GB

13MB/4GB

40MB/NA

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.0MP/No/Yes

3.0MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

3.0MP/No/No

Phonebook Capacity

500

500

2,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/GSM+GSM Quad Band/GSM+GSM

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Slider/No/No

Swivel/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

84

80

82

NR

NR

NR

NR

4,799

4,999

5,399

6,000

6,700

6,800

9,750

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM Dual Band/GSM+GSM

NOKIA

PARAMETERS Model

C5

X3-02

C3-01

C5-03

X5-01

C6112

Star II

Dimension (mm)

112 x 46 x 12.3

106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6

111 x 47.5 x 11

105.8 x 51 x 13.8

74.3 x 66.44 x 16.85

105.8 x 50 x 16.5

107.5 x 54.0 x 12.4

Weight (grams)

89.3

78

100

93

129

112

94

Talktime/Standby (hours)

12/630

5/430

5.30/405

11.5/600

4/400

9.3/385

8.2/900

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16.7million/2.2

262,144/2.4

262,144/2.4

61million/3.2

262,144/2.36

262,144/2.4

256K/3.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

50MB/16GB

50MB/16GB

30MB/32GB

40MB/16GB

200MB/32GB

30MB/8GB

30MB/16GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

3.2MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA+HSUPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Symbian S60

Symbian S60

Symbian S40

Symbian S60

Symbian S60

Proprietary

Proprietary

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/No/Yes

Slider/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

NR

84

NR

NR

84

NR

NR

7,500

7,800

8,300

8,400

9,300

6,200

6,100

YMOBILE 101 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

SAMSUNG

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

Wave 525

Monte S5620

Duos B5722

Wave 533

Wave 3G 575

Star Duos

Wave 723

109.5 x 55 x 11.7

108.8 x 53.7 x 12.4

104 x 55.9 x 14.4

109.5 x 55 x 15.2

109.5 x 55 x 11.9

113.5 x 55.5 x 14.3

109.5 x 53.9 x 11.8

100

92

105.6

100

100

112

99.5

15/900

9.5/769

14/480

14/1090

14.6/1000

12.5/420

15/923

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/3.2

262,144/3.0

262,144/2.8

262,144/3.2

256,000/3.2

262,144/3.2

262,144/3.2

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

100MB/16GB

200MB/16GB

30MB/8GB

100MB/32GB

100MB/16GB

250MB/16GB

100MB/16GB

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/Yes/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

Shared

1,000

1,000

Shared

Shared

2,000

Shared

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Bada

Proprietary

Proprietary

Bada

Bada OS

NA

Bada

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

80

86

NR

80

NR

NR

NR

7,000

7,700

7,900

8,500

8,700

10,500

11,200

MODELS

HIGH END

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

SONY ERICSSON

VIDEOCON

NOKIA

W20 Zylo

Elim

J20 Hazel

V1688

V6200

C6

C6-1

103 x 52 x 16

110 x 45 x 14

102.0 x 49.5 x 16.0

105 x 58 x 16

118 x 53 x 15.3

113.4 x 53 x 16.8

103.8 x 52.5 x 13.9

115

90

120

120

120

150

131

4/339

10/430

4/430

6/340

4/400

11/400

12/420

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/2.6

252,144/2.2

16million/2.6

262,144/3.2

262,144/2.4

16.7million/3.2

16.7milloin/3.2

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

260MB/16GB

280MB/8GB

280MB/16GB

80MB/4GB

32MB/8GB

200MB/16GB

340MB/32GB

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

3.2MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Shared

Shared

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Dual Band/GSM+GSM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Nucleus

Nucleus

Symbian S 60

Symbian 3^

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

NA

Generic

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Slider/No/No

Bar/No/No

Slider/No/No

Swivel/Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

80

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

6,800

8,000

9,000

7,650

9,500

12,000

13,700

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 102 MY


MODELS PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

NOKIA

PORSCHE

X7

P9522

119.7 x 62.8 x 11.9

112 x 49 x 12

SAMSUNG

P9521 (silver/club/white) 91 x 48 x 18.4

VERTU

Wave II S8530

Constellation

Ascent

Signature

123.9 x 59.8 x 11.8

109 x 44 x 15.7

108 x 44 x 22

122 x 42 x 15.5

146

115

139

135

163

173

196

6/450

4/300

3.5/600

14.1/625

4.25/400

4/270

5/300

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16.7million/4.0

262,144/2.8

262,144/2.2

16million/3.7

262,144/NA

262,144/NA

262,144/NA

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

8GB/32GB

NA/2GB

32MB/4GB

2GB/32GB

NA/NA

NA/NA

NA/NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.2MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

Shared

5,000

1,000

Shared

1,000

1,000

1,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Tri Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Tri Band/No

Dual Band/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/NA/No

Yes/NA/NA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/No

No/No/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Symbian Anna

NA

NA

Bada OS

NA

NA

NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/NA

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Clamshell/No/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

85

NR

84

NR

NR

NR

21,000

51,000

70,000/85,000

16,000

2,62,000+

3,07,000+

5,99,000+

iPhone 4

Curve 8520

Curve 3G 9300

Bold 9780

Torch 9800

Wildfire

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3

109 x 60 x 13.9

109 x 60 x 13.9

109 x 60 x 13.9

111 x 62 x 14.6

106.8 x 60.4 x 12

MODELS

ENTERPRISE LEVEL

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

APPLE

BLACKBERRY

HTC Play Book

NEW

194 x 130 x 10

137

106

104

104

425

161.1

118

14/300

4.5/408

4.5/461

4.5/456

NA/NA

5.5/432

4/120

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16million/3.5

65,536/2.46

65,536/2.46

65,536/2.44

16million/7.0

16million/3.2

16million/3.2

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

16GB,32GB/No

256MB/microSD

256MB/32GB

256MB/32GB

16,32,64GB/No

512MB/32GB

512MB/32GB

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

NA

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

NA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

iOS4

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS

Android OS V2.1

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

85

82

NR

NR

82

86

86

34,500/40,900

9,500

13,500

21,500

26,500, 32,500, 37,500

27,500

12,400

YMOBILE 103 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

HTC

PARAMETERS Model

Wildfire S

Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

Salsa

101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4

NEW

109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3

Desire

S-510 Desire S

T8698 Mozart

A7272 DesireZ

A9191 Desire HD

119 x 60 x 11.9

115 x 59.8 x 11.6

119 x 60.2 x 11.9

119 x 60.4 x 14.16

123 x 68 x 11.8

105

120

135

130

130

180

164

4/120

4/120

4/120

4/120

4/120

6/120

6/120

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16million/3.2

16million/3.4

16 milion/3.7

16million/3.7

16million/3.7

16million/3.7

16million/4.3

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

512MB/microSD

512MB/32GB

512MB/32GB

1.1GB/32GB

512MB/8GB

1.5GB/16GB

1.5GB/32GB

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

1,000

Shared

Shared

1,000

Shared

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quadl Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Android OS v2.3

Android OS v2.3

Android OS V2.2

Android OS, v2.3

Windows Phone 7

Android OS, v2.2

Android OS, v2.2

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

82

NR

86

82

80

NR

NR

13,800

20,800

23,200

23,500

24,800

25,200

26,800

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA+HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

HTC

PARAMETERS Model

S710-e Incredible S

HUAWEI Sensation

NEW

IDEOS U8500 X2

NEW IDEOS

LG U8800 X5

NEW

Optimus Me P350

Optimus One P500 Optimus Black P970 NEW 122 x 64 x 9.2

Dimension (mm)

120 x 64 x 11.7

126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3

12 x 58 x 12.8

120 x 62 x 11.6

108 x 57.5 x 12.2

113.5 x 59 x 13.3

Weight (grams)

135.5

148

115

130

110

129

109

4/120

4/120

5/300

8.2/380

11/626

8/550

2 GB/32GB

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16million/4.0

1GB/32GB

NA/32GB

16million/3.8

262,144/2.8

262,144/3.2

6/375

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

1.1GB/32Gb

16.7million/4.3

262,144/3.2

2GB/32GB

155MB/32GB

170MB/32GB

16 million/4.0

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Android OS, v2.2

Android OS, v2.3

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Android OS v2.2

Android OS v2.2

Android OS v2.2

Android OS v2.2

Android OS v2.2

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

NR

80

NR

NR

NR

84

82

27,000

30,500

8,999

14,999

8,400

10,800

20,500

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 104 MY


MODELS PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

LG

MOTOROLA

Optimus 2X

Quench XT3

Quench XT 5

Charm

Flipout

Backflip

Defy

123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9

114.9 x 56.8 x 12.6

114.9 x 56.8 x 12.5

98.4 x 67.2 x 11.4

67 x 67 x 17

108 x 53 x 15.3

107 x 59 x 13.4 mm

139

114

142.5

110

120

133

118

14.5/421

5.8/134

8.20/560

6.4/267

3.5/377

6/315

6.8/237.6

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16million/4.0

262,144/3.1

262,144/3.2

262,144/2.8

262,144/2.8

262,144/3.1

16million/3.7

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

6.4GB/32GB

100MB/32GB

100MB/32GB

512MB/32GB

512MB/32GB

256MB/2GB

2GB/32GB

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

3.2MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Mand/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA+HSUPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Android OS v2.2

Android OS v2.1

Android OS, v2.1

Android OS v2.1

Android OS v2.1

Android OS, v1.5

Android OS v2.1

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/Yes

Swivel/Yes/Yes

Clamshell/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

84

80

80

NR

80

NR

84

26,500

13,000

13,990

14,000

16,000

19,000

18,990

Milestone

Milestone XT720

Milestone XT800

Xoom 3G/WiFi

Dimension (mm)

115.80 x 60.00 x 13.70

116 x 60.9 x 10.9

120 x 61.8 x 11.4

Weight (grams)

165

139

MODELS

Price in Rs.

MOTOROLA

PARAMETERS Model

Talktime/Standby (hours)

NOKIA E63

E5

E52

249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9

113 x 59 x 13

115 x 58.9 x 12.8

116 x 49 x 9.9

137

730

126

126

98

NEW

6.5/350

8/200

5.4/100

32GB/MicroSD

11/432

7.3/400

8/522

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16.9 million/3.7

16millions/3.7

16million/3.7

10/336

16Million/2.36

262,144/2.36

16Million/2.4

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

512MB/32GB

150MB/32GB

1GB/32GB

16million/10,1

120MB/8GB

256MB/32GB

256MB/16GB

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.2MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

Shared

shared

1000

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Quad Band/No

Quadl Band/Yes

Quad Band/GSM+CDMA

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band

Yes/Yes/Rev. A

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/R99

Android OS v2.1

Android OS 3.1

Symbian S60

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Android OS v2.1

Android OS v2.1

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Symbian S60

Symbian S60

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

86

86

80

84

NR

NR

NR

24,500

27,490

31,999

39,990

7,900

9,200

10,200

YMOBILE 105 JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 MY


MODELS

myguide

NOKIA

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

E72

C7

114 x 58.3 x 10.1

117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5

E6

NEW

115.5 x 59 x 10.5

SAMSUNG N8

E7

113.5 x 59 x 12.9

123.7 x 62.4 x 13.6

Galaxy Pop S5570

B7510 Galaxy Pro

110.4 x 60.8 x 12.1 108.60 x 66.70 x 10.65

128

130

133

135

176

106.6

106

12.3/492

9.6/555

14.4/681

12/390

9/430

9.5/570

11/610

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16Million/2.36

16,7million/3.5

16.7million/2.46

16.7million/3.5

16million/4.0

256,000/3.14

262,144/2.8

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

250MB/16GB

8GB/32GB

8GB/32GB

16GB/32GB

16GB/No

164MB/32GB

512MB/32GB

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

12.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Android OS, v2.2

Android OS, v2.2

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Symbian S60

Symbian^3

Symbian Anna

Symbian^3 OS

Symbian^3 OS

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/Yes

86

86

NR

86

76

NR

82

15,250

16,800

17,500

22,000

25,850

8,700

10,500

P1000 Galaxy Tab

I9023 Nexus

MODELS

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

SAMSUNG

PARAMETERS Model

Galaxy Fit

Galaxy 551

5830 Galaxy Ace

I9003 Galaxy SL

Galaxy S i9000

Dimension (mm)

110.2 x 61.2 x 12.6

111 x 55 x 15.3

112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5

123.70 x 64.20 x 10.59

122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9

Weight (grams)

108

156

113

131

118

Talktime/Standby (hours)

190.1 x 120.4 x 11.98 123.80 x 63.00 x 10.88 380

129

10.4/642

6.1/520

12/520

12.8/750

13.3/750

38/NA

13.3/650

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16Million/3.3

262,144/3.2

16million/3.5

16 million/4.0

16million/4.0

16million/7.0

16million/4.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

160MB/32GB

160MB/32GB

158MB/32GB

4GB/32GB

16GB/32GB

16GB/32GB

16GB/No

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

5MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Yes/Yes/HSDPA

Operating System

Android OS,v2.2

Android OS, v2.2

Android OS, v2.2

Android OS, v2.2

Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Android OS 2.1

Android OS, v2.2

Android OS, v2.3

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

82

84

82

NR

84

82

80

10,700

11,200

15,500

20,300

23,200

25,200

27,300

YMOBILE JUL 15 to AUG 14 2011 106 MY


MODELS PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

SAMSUNG

SONY ERICSSON

Galaxy SII i9100

Xperia X10 mini

Xperia X8

Xperia X10 mini Pro

Xperia X10

LT15iXperia Arc

R800i Xperia Play

125.30 x 66.10 x 8.49

83 x 50 x 16

99 x 54 x 15

90 x 52 x 17

119.0 x 63.0 x 13.0

125.0 × 63.0 × 8.7

119.0 × 62.0 × 16.0

116

88

104

120

135

117

175

19.3/710

4/285

4.7/446

4/300

10/415

6.55/430

8.25/625

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

16million/4.27

16Million/2.5

262,144/3.0

16million/2.55

65,536/4.0

16.7million/4.2

16 million/4.0

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

16GB/32GB

128MB/16GB

128/16GB

128MB/16GB

1GB/16GB

1GB/32GB

512MB/32GB

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.0MP/Yes/Yes

8.1MP/Yes/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Shared

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

Quad Band/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA Yes/Yes/HSDPA,HSUPA

Android OS, v2.3

Android OS 1.6

Android OS 1.6

Android 1.6

Android OS 1.6

Android OS, v2.3

Android OS, v2.3

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Slider/Yes/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

NR

80

NR

82

84

86

84

30,500

10,000

10,200

12,000

22,900

28,500

30,700

MODELS

CDMA

PARAMETERS Model

VIDEOCON

CDMA

Zeus V7500

V3 Gem

V3 Gem+

Samsung Hero B189

V3 Xing

Samsung Superstar

Samsung Hero B319

Dimension (mm)

114.9 x 56.8 X 12.6

106 x 44 x 13.5

106 X 44 X 13.5

105 x 44 x 13

100 x 43 x 13.1

NA

108 x 45.4 x 14.7

Weight (grams)

114

63

63

71

70

NA

NA

Talktime/Standby (hours)

7/408

2/NA

2.5/NA

3.3/250

2.5/NA

3.3/212

3/257

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/3.2

NA/1.5

NA/1.5

65,536/1.5

NA/1.8

65,536/1.5

65,536/1.52

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

156MB/32GB

NA/No

N0/N0

NA/No

NA/8GB

NA/No

1MB/No

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/Yes

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No

Camera/Flash/Video

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Phonebook Capacity

Shared

200

200

500

500

500

500

Frequency/Dual SIM

Quad Band/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Yes/Yes/Yes

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Operating System

Android 1.6

REX

REX

BREW

REX

BREW

BREW

Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

Yes/Yes

No/Yes

No/FM

No/No

Yes/Yes

No/No

No/Yes

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

84

NR

NA

NR

NA

NR

NR

12,500

999

999

1,399

1,499

1,399

1,499

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MODELS

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CDMA

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

Samsung Hero B559

Samsung Vstyle

Samsung Super Hero

V3 V26

V3 Sleek

V3 Boss

LG 6160

108 x 45.4 x 14.7

103 .8 x 43 x 14.7

103.5 X 438 X 15.1

105.2 x 46.5 x 15.2

110 x 48 x 14.2

110 x 58.5 x 13.5

NA

NA

67

75

82

82

98

78

3/257

3.8/245

3.25/135

3/NA

2.5/NA

3.5/NA

3.30/NA

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

65,536/1.52

65,536/NA

65,536/NA

NA/1.8

NA/2.2

NA/2.0

65,536/1.5

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

1MB/No

NA/No

NA/No

NA/2GB

NA/2GB

NA/4GB

NA/4GB

No/No

No/No

NA/No

No/No

No/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

1.3MP/No/No

VGA/No/No

1.3MP/No/No

No/No/No

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

500

1,000

500

500

1000

500

NA

Frequency/Dual SIM

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

No/No/No

No/No/No

NA/NA/NA

No/No/No

No/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

Operating System

BREW

BREW

BREW

REX

REX

REX

BREW

Music Player/FM Radio

No/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/NA

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

NR

NR

NA

NA

NA

NR

1,550

1,700

1,999

2,249

2,599

2,550

MODELS

Price in Rs.

NR 1,499

CDMA

PARAMETERS Model

LG 6210

Samsung B519

V3 Quick

Samsung Guru Muzik 219

V3 Pearl

LG 6400

CG555

Dimension (mm)

106 x 47 x 14.5

108 x 45.7 x 15.5

107 x 59 x 12.9

112 x 46.3 x 15.3

119 x 50 x 15

109 x 47 x 13.7

108 x 45.6 x 14.7

Weight (grams)

72

86

110

NA

85.5

NA

90

Talktime/Standby (hours)

6/300

4/285

3.5/NA

4/230

3/NA

3.30/410

5/200

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/NA

65536/NA

NA/2.4

65,536/1.7

NA/2.4

262,144/2.0

NA/4GB

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

13MB/4GB

NA/2GB

NA/32GB

14MB/2GB

NA/8GB

15MB/4GB

65,536/1.8

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Camera/Flash/Video

VGA/No/Yes

No/No/No

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/No

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

500

500

1,000

500

1,000

500

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

Dual Band/CDMA+GSM

Yes/No/NoJ2

Yes/No/No

No/No/No

Yes/No/No

No/No/3G

Yes/No/No

Yes/No/No

BREW

BREW

REX

BREW

REX

BREW

BREW

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

No/No/Qwerty

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

NR

80

NA

NR

NA

NR

NR

2,950

3,400

3,499

3,799

3,999

4,500

4,600

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MODELS

CDMA

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

LG 6300

Samsung M309

Samsung M 699

106 x 48 x 14.7

113.1 x 46 x 10.9

98 x 48.5 x 16

Samsung Mpower

Samsung TXT M369

Samsung Duos 259

Samsung M569

112x60.95x11.96

115.5 x 48 x 15.9

101.9 x 49.9 x 15.3

87

100

102

NA

102.3

NA

100

10/NA

3.8/227

3.6/280

3.8/30

4.5/420

4.8/230

2.5/165

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/2.0

65,536/1.9

262,144/2.2

62,144/1.9

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.2

262,144/2.1

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

21MB/4GB

NA/microSD

NA/2GB

15MB/2GB

104MB/16GB

40MB/8GB

NA/4GB

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

1.3MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Camera/Flash/Video Phonebook Capacity

1,000

500

500

500

2,000

1,000

2,000

Frequency/Dual SIM

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/CDMA+GSM

CDMA/No

GPRS/EDGE/3G

Yes/No/No

Yes/NA/NA

Yes/NA/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/Yes

Yes/No/No

Yes/NA/NA

Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

BREW

BREW

BREW

BREW

Proprietary

BREW

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/No

Slider/No/No

Bar/No/No

Bar/No/Yes

Bar/No/No

Slider/No/No

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

80

4,750

5,600

5,950

6,499

6,500

7,100

7,500

MODELS

Price in Rs.

BREW Yes/Yes

CDMA

PARAMETERS Model Dimension (mm) Weight (grams)

LG Zip CDMA

Corby CDMA

Galaxy Pop CDMA

Samsung Galaxy CDMA

Blackberry 8530

Blackberry 9670 Style

Blackberry 9650

107 x 55.4 x 11.9

103 x 56.5 x 12.2

110.9 x 60.6 x 12.1

119.5 x 59 x 12.4

109 x 60 x 13.9

96 x 60 x 18.5

112 x 62 x 14

90

NA

106.6

131

105

131

136

5/150

5/200

5/320

7/370

4.5/252

4.5/252

5/312

Screen (colours)/Size (inch)

262,144/

262,144/2.8

262,144/3.14

NA/3.7

65,536/NA

65,536/NA

65,536/2.44

Inbuilt/Expandable memory

72MB, 4GB

80MB/8GB

164MB/microSD

NA/32GB

256MB/32GB

512MB/32GB

512/32GB

Talktime/Standby (hours)

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Camera/Flash/Video

2.0MP/No/Yes

2.0MP/No/Yes

3.15MP/No/Yes

5.0MP/NA/Yes

2.0MP/NA/Yes

5.0MP/Yes/Yes

3.15MP/Yes/Yes

Phonebook Capacity

1,000

2,000

Shared

Shared

1,000

Shared

Shared

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

Frequency/Dual SIM GPRS/EDGE/3G Operating System Music Player/FM Radio Form Factor/T.Screen/QWERTY Burn test Rating

Price in Rs.

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

CDMA/No

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/No/No

Yes/Yes/EVDO RevA

Yes/Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes/No

Yes/Yes/Rev. A

Yes/Yes/Rev. A

BREW

BREW

Android OS 2.2

Android

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/Yes/No

Bar/No/No

Clamshell/No/Yes

Bar/No/Yes

80

NR

NR

86

NR

NR

NR

8,000

8,500

9,850

17,000

14,000

22,500

24,000

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r e ta i l r e v i e w

Branded for life Pune, being a hub of IT companies and educational institutions, dons a very youthful and vibrant culture. The diverse demand of mobile phones in this city is met by New Digital World with a smile Mukesh Kumar Singh

‘Q

ueen of the Deccan, Oxford of the east’, the city of Pune is historically known for its Peshwa politics. It is the second largest city of Maharashtra and has now become an IT and education hub with many multinationals setting up their bases here. It goes without saying that wherever you have students and techies, the style quotient has to be awesome. And when we talk about style, mobiles are given special attention. We found that people here prefer global brands. Like other cities, even Pune has mobile shops scattered around every nook and cranny of the city but the New Digital World (Nokia Priority Partner) had something special to offer. Considering the upcoming telecom revolution in the country, Anil Somaiya inaugurated the store in the year 2005. Situated on busy Laxmi Road market, the showroom is known for availability of high end phones. New Digital World has recently been awarded by Nokia for being the best Nokia priority store in the West Zone of India. The store has not reached top position just because it offers wide variety of phones and is situated in one of the busiest markets of the city. It has been a result of sheer hard work complimented with exceptional service and best price. Talking about customer service, there are several promoters on the store to assist you for buying a suitable handset. The promoters are well trained about the technicalities of different handsets and ensure that they offer you best possible option within the budget. Before zeroing in on any handset, you can try your hands on all

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the features and functions on the phone as live demo handsets are available for almost all phones. The specialty of New Digital World is that it does a few extra things, which are small but leave an impact on the consumer. For instance, the representatives offer advice on phone and the store offers free home delivery as well. The moment you step out of the store, you get an automated message on your device saying Thank You. The after sale service of the store is also appreciable as they maintain deadlines and ensure customer satisfaction. New Digital World also offers very competitive prices. The only drawback that we felt was availability of low range phones is scarce and more concentration is on mid segment to high-end devices. n mukesh@mymobile.co.in


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Customer is always right Anil Somaiya, owner of the New Digital World (Nokia Priority Partner) in Pune, shares his success story in partnership with Nokia Mukesh Kumar Singh Since when have you been associated with the mobile phone business? I started this business in the year 2001. Initially, I opened a multi brand store but since 2005, I have been associated only with Nokia. How many stores do you have currently? We have two Nokia Priority partners by the name of New Digital World in Pune. One is located at Laxmi Road and the other at Pimpri. Apart from this, there is another store at the FC Road called Digital World, which also deals in only Nokia phones. How have you created such a strong presence with just one brand? I have been working on the policy of ‘better quality, better service and courteous behaviour’, and this is what led me to success. I also believe that

consumer is always right. If you understand all of consumers’ demands and problems, then you will definitely taste success. Nowadays we have seen people converting Nokia Priority into multi brand stores but what made you choose Nokia? Nokia is still the preferred brand of Indian consumers and no other brand can offer the kind of quality and performance Nokia does. Moreover, I owe all my success to Nokia and therefore, I can never leave this brand. People say that the demand for Nokia phones is going down but I do not believe it. In fact, the sale has gone up in my stores! What is the USP of your stores? On our stores, you will only find expensive phones, which are above Rs 10,000. We also believe

in good customer care, both before and after sales. We offer live demo of the phones at our stores and there are promoters who help customers choose a handset. We also send a thank you SMS to the customers after they leave the store. Also, we keep on sending updates to customers regarding offers available at our stores. According to you, what kind of handsets are consumers demanding the most? Right now, the maximum demand is for touchscreen phones. The demand for 3G phones is also increasing but it is still comparatively low. What are your future plans? We plan to increase the number of stores to 11 from the current three by 2015. n mukesh@mymobile.co.in

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fa c e t o fa c e

Making trade simpler Venkat Rangan, co-founder and CEO, Market Simplified Inc., explains the mobile trading phenomemon that is catching up in India Gaurav Kapoor

Could you brief us about the services you provide and the stock markets you cover? Market Simplified Inc., a leader in providing state of the art mobility solutions to financial institutions, has been instrumental in capturing and defining the ingredients of a rich, robust, and customer centric mobile financial application. Being domain focused, Market Simplified’s expertise lies in developing rich customised applications for brokerages, banks, wealth management, insurance, advisory and financial services companies. Its a middleware platform and engagement model has proven to be an immense value addition to institutions’ revenue enhancement and customer experience initiatives. Apart from India, we have a strong presence in US, Middle East and Singapore. How can a consumer use your service? Are you offering a free to download application? We engage with financial institutions such as brokerage firms to develop their client facing applications. At this point in time, all these institutions are offering this application for free. How long have you been in India and what

is your subscriber base at present? Market Simplified was incorporated in the year 2007. In India, we already have more than 175,000 plus people using the applications developed by us. In total, we have over 350,000 traders on our platform globally. How big is mobile trading industry worldwide and what are the prospects in India? Globally, our clients and other brokerages have reported at least five to seven percent of their trade coming via mobiles. This has been a compelling story for us and the figure is bound to go upwards. The utility, convenience and empowerment that mobility provides are greatly appreciated by individuals and institutions in the financial sector. In India, with a mobile subscriber base of more than 800 million, customer acquisition, financial inclusion and increasing the investor base in total, will be done through mobile phones. This is because of the limited reach of traditional trading and Internet. The value add that the already superior and well entrenched mobile infrastructure provides will hardly go unnoticed by financial institutions. Hence, you see tremendous focus of brokerage firms on mobile since SEBI’s regulations on mobile

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trading were released. NSE’s adoption of mobile trading platform is a strong sign of change in this sector. What are your views on that? NSE’s entire mobile suite - the application on its NOW platform - has been developed by us. This has greatly fuelled the mobile trading need in the country. Giving access to millions of people across the country is a great initiative by NSE. On which platform do you see the maximum number of downloads? In India, a significant number of downloads happen on Java based phones, followed by Android and then BlackBerry. How do you see the growth of your company in the coming days? We are witnessing great acceptance and usage of mobile for financial transactions. With the adoption of new technology, we see a tremendous growth in application development space. We will focus on the financial sector and develop applications targeting this space. Our focus is only banks and financial services institutions (BFSI) at this point in time. n gaurav@mymobile.co.in


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