Windows phone will be a serious contender by 2015

Windows phone is in the smartphone market for quite some time now but has not been able to get a significant market share until now.

The low end windows phone have shown silver linings but the high end phones are just not selling.

But that is not the end of the story. Windows and especially Nokia have been taking the phone quite seriously. Nokia has been constantly looking to improve the hardware and Microsoft is working on the software and apps.

Recently, some great apps including Vine, Instagram, FIFA 14 have arrived on the windows phone platform. Windows phone store now has more than 200,000 apps.

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an iOS style notification centre and a virtual voice assistant code named Cortana.

Nokia’a take over by Microsoft will help integrating hardware and software in a way like never before. This blend will only boost the Windows phone ecosystem.

All Microsoft has to do now is improve the OS continuously and make developers improve their apps.
Windows phone has all the popular apps but these apps are of poor quality when compared with their android or iOS counterparts.

For now Windows phone is NO for me but I believe it could be the phone I want to own in 2016.

Samsung launches Galaxy Beam – the smartphone with a built-in projector

Korean gadget maker Samsung has added yet another feather to its glorious cap of smartphones with the launch of a new Android smartphone which has a projector built inside it, called the Galaxy Beam. Following the big failure of the Galaxy Note, Samsung has done remarkably well with the Beam, packing some decent features within the not-so-Apple-ish Android phone. Wanna meet the Beam? Join us after the break. Continue reading “Samsung launches Galaxy Beam – the smartphone with a built-in projector”

CES 2012: Lenovo launches K800 with Intel Medfield, is awesome inside, ugly outside (video)

It had long been coming but Intel has finally given the world its first Medfield smartphone in the form of Lenovo’s K800 and boy are we impressed. Sporting a huge 4.5 inch display and cracking up 720p videos, apart from a strong spec list (detailed below), the phone would have been a super-hit if only the designers had taken time to groom the new-born a little bit more. Continue reading “CES 2012: Lenovo launches K800 with Intel Medfield, is awesome inside, ugly outside (video)”

Head-to-head: iOS 5 vs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich vs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

So there we are, looking at three newly reformed OSes, two of which have already had some playing time while one of them is yet to enter the field. Its a battle between Apple, Google and Microsoft. Who’s is the best?

iOS 5

Apple launched the final version of iOS 5 earlier this month on October 12, packing a host of new features in it which further epitomizes the iPhone’s classiness. With over 200 new features, iOS 5 enables you to do more with your iGadget than you previously could have. And as Apple once said: iOS is the most advanced operating system available in the market and it, combined with the iPhone, was 5 years ahead of anything else available out there.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Yet to enter the field as of yet, Android 4.0 ICS, officially unveiled just last week, is quite an improvement over its predecessors. Previously criticized for not being user-friendly to match its exceptional features, the ICS overcomes this criticism in some style with a vastly improved UI (Google claims that design and UX was a primary focus during development). This takes it on par with Apple’s OS (Apple, of course, is known for the overwhelming user friendliness of its software).

Oh, and, just like iOS, ICS too is now compatible with both smartphones and tablets, unlike previously where smartphones used Android 2.3 Gingerbread and tablets ran on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This gives the Android fanbois definitely something to cheer about.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Launched only weeks ago, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has already been touted the best mobile OS to come out from Redmond after Microsoft’s previous attempt (WP 7) was regarded as a big failure according to many. Mango, as sweet as it can get, has brought many new features that Windows Phone lovers were craving for, and add to it hardware as good as Nokia’s, one of the best in the industry, Windows Phone 7.5 is sure give a good fight to Apple and Google as far as mobile OS is concerned.

So now the question arises – Which of the three operating systems is the best?

Each OS has its own advantages and disadvantages and each individual has his/her own preferences with regards to OS used on his/her device. So picking a winner out of the three wouldn’t be fair in my opinion. But if you ask me, personally, i’d prefer iOS 5 to the other two simply because of the smooth and very friendly user interface Apple has made us accustomed to which i couldn’t find in Windows Phone or Android devices (though i must add that i’m yet to use ICS and Mango).

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Staying Ahead of the E-Curve

Today’s Phone, Tomorrow’s History

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Did you buy the iPhone 4 a month ago only to find out Apple had plans to release the iPhone 4S a week later? With the constant changing and upgrading of electronics in today’s market, it’s not just difficult to keep up with the most up-to-date products; it’s also hard to know which one is the best for you.

Findthebest is your market insider for staying ahead of the technology curve. The search engine has specs and comparisons with specific information for smartphones, tablets, notebook laptops, or other electronic devices.

Founded by Kevin O’Conner (founder of double click), this Santa Barbara based Start-Up has over 2 million unique visitors a month and was funded by prominent Venture Capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Experiencing large consecutive growth, this is a company to keep an eye on for the future of comparison search engines.

If you’re looking for…

Smartphones:

Key items to consider when comparing smartphones include the camera quality, features, screen size, smart rating and talk time (battery-life).  To avoid getting scammed, be sure to buy the phone from a trusted manufacturer instead of online third-party sites. Also, be prepared to pay for pricier phone bills due to the extra messaging and data plans. Findthebest lets you select all of the criterion you are interested in, and compare the phones that possess these features. Check out this example…

Tablets:

Things to look for in a tablet computer include average battery life, features, internal storage, smart rating, weight, and operating system and screen size. Compare up to 10 listings side-by-side to find the best tablet computer. If you’re constantly travelling, than use the weight filter to find a lighter table tablet, so it doesn’t become a burden to tote around. Because tablet computer often come with Wi-Fi capabilities, a 3G capable device is unnecessary.

Notebook laptops:

Laptops vary in battery-life, display size, and storage amount, which could all be important characteristics for you, but also think of the environment in which you’ll use the laptop. Different laptops have different functions and types such as: desktop-replacement, gaming rugged, budget, thin, lightweight and all-purpose laptops, so take these categories into consideration when purchasing your next laptop.

Using FindTheBest’s comparisons for electronics to help compare smartphones, find the best tablets and laptops to complement your lifestyle is quick and easy, saving you time (and maybe money) while making informed purchase decisions.

Motorola DROID HD (RAZR / Spyder) specs leak, claim to be ‘faster than the iPhone 4S’

Ahead of Verizon Wireless and Motorola’s upcoming event next week, which is dangerously scheduled just 7 hours before Samsung and Google’s Unpacked (where they’ll launch the Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) BGR has got the dope on the upcoming Motorola DROID HD (RAZR/Spyder) specs – a device which is expected to launch in the aforementioned event on October 18. The device, according to BGR’s source, will be “faster than the iPhone 4S.”

  • Thinner and “faster than the iPhone 4S”
  • 1GB of RAM — double the iPhone 4 and 4S
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4G LTE (thinnest LTE phone to date)
  • 4.3-inch display
  • Case molded from Kevlar
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • Splash-resistant coating

And as if this is not enough, there’s a teaser video too which takes a direct shot at the iPhone, claiming their new device to be faster, thinner, smarter, stronger than Apple’s smartphone. Well, what do you say…

Via BGR

Microsoft launches HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro Windows Phone ‘Mango’ devices in India, wants some love

Microsoft has, now, officially released its first Windows Phone devices in India and the first three to arrive will all run on the company’s new Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango‘ OS. The three devices in question are HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, and the company believes the trio is good enough to eat into Android’s growing market share in the sub-continent, especially in India, and make Windows Phone devices the number one choice for consumers in this part of the world.

Among the three, the HTC Radar will be the first one to be available from as early as next week for a rumored price of around Rs. 23,000 (Approx. $490), while the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro are all set to arrive sometime in November.

Some rumors also suggest that the Acer Allegro will be the cheapest of the lot and will retail for something around Rs. 18,000 (Approx. $400).

Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone Marketplace and voice recognition support in India officially in order to win over some hearts.

Via Engadget

Why the iPhone will never have a screen larger than 3.5 inches

With the influx of many bigger smartphones in the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Nexus S, HTC HD7, etc, several analysts and consumers alike have called for Apple to make an iPhone bigger than the current 3.5 inch dimension it sports in order to keep up with the competition. But Apple have refrained from doing so, with the newly launched 4S a good example in the context.

But why is Apple not responding to the numerous Android and Windows Phone smartphones found in the market sporting a larger screen dimension? Simple: your thumb”s small mate!

The revelation comes from Dustin Curtis, a designer who has been spending quite some time with his Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone (which sports a huge 4.21-inch screen). According to him (and rightly so), the reason Apple’s iPhones are smaller is all down to how you use the device Restore Memories: Regardless of how a photo was deleted, Phoenix best-data-recovery.com Recovery is able to successfully recover every lost picture or video. with one hand, and more to the point, where your thumb reaches.

When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience. I thought it was a technical decision, and it could be, but since switching to an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy S II, the “best Android phone you can buy, anywhere” — 15 days ago, I have realized another huge downside of larger screens: when holding the phone with one hand, I can’t reach the other side of the screen with my thumb.

By contrast, Curtis notes that when using an iPhone, he has no trouble reaching across its screen, and can happily tap away on the far side to where his palm lays. This makes perfect sense. But I digress. Did Apple choose to go with a 3.5-inch screen because of ergonomics, instead of following the lead of the competition who clearly believe that big is better?

It’s possible, and if true, don’t expect to see a larger screen coming to the iPhone any time soon.

Via Redmond Pie

Samsung to launch 3 new Bada OS 2.0 smartphones in India next month

Samsung have confirmed they will be launching 3 new smartphones in India next month that will run on the latest version of their proprietary OS, Bada 2.0. The three new devices are identified to be the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y which Samsung officially announced at the end of last month.

Samsung has been conducting most of the development work on Bada OS at the Samsung research and development facility in Bangalore, India which apparently is the company’s largest R&D facility outside Korea.

The company also mentioned that the Bada OS got a very good response in the Indian market and hence the new Bada 2.0 based smartphones will hit the country sometime in the month of October.

In this age of cut-throat competition, where companies like Apple and Google have already established themselves with their iOS and Android operating systems respectively, Bada 2.0 really has to be something special for Samsung to eat some market share out of the two giants’ pockets. But given the hardware quality Samsung has, if Bada 2.0 does make it big then Samsung can be a real threat to Apple, and especially Google, whose Android OS is found mostly on Samsung devices. Only time will tell how far they’ll go.

Do you reckon Samsung can pose a threat to Apple and/or Google?

Windows Phone ‘Mango’ coming as early as this Thursday (September 15)?

We’ve all been waiting for Microsoft to launch their next-gen OS, Windows Phone 7.1/7.5 Mango ever since we first heard about it back in May. Since then, the operating system has been progressing really well, being released to manufacturing (RTM) some time back. And now, some reports are suggesting that Mango could be within our reach as early as this Thursday, September 15th.

The rumored release date was first revealed on the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, a date that was allegedly backed up by numerous sources:

Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone.  We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping and the final tools will be dropping for developers, so that would be interesting and something to look forward to.

While its not yet confirmed, 15 September is surely booked on our calendar in Microsoft’s favor. The reports also suggest that Microsoft will roll out the Mango update to existing devices, though not all devices should expect an update as it is usually the carriers and OEMs who have the last word on when each device is updated.

So, what are your expectations from Mango?

HTC to hold special September 20 event, to unveil new phones?

HTC has sent an invite for a special event on September 20, carousing everyone to “Come celebrate in Style” what could possibly be a first official look at some (4?) new phones the handset manufacturer has been working on.

So, what’s on the agenda? The Bliss? The Holiday? The Vigor? The Amaze?

As always, we’ll try our best to unearth the newbies for you.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to bring Samsung Galaxy S II to the U.S this fall

The world’s thinnest 4G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, is headed to the U.S this fall (finally) and will be available via major carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (NO Verizon).

Samsung’s major iPhone-competitor has been a super hit in Korea and Europe, roping in millions already for the Japanese smartphone-maker. The S II’s specs, coupled with its success elsewhere, ignited a real desire in all of America to get their hands on this thin smart-machine. And now, finally, their wish will come true.

In case you don’t know (seriously?), S II is Samsung’s latest iPhone-competing Android offering that’s on the brink of becoming the greatest smartphone ever. Sporting a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera with flash capable of recording 1080p video and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the S II is capable of outputting fully uncompressed 1080p video via HDMI. For more information, visit this page. For S II’s comparison with iPhone 4, check out this page. Want more? Check these two pages also: 1 | 2

P.S. Notice the slight differences in the design of the device for each carrier? Which one would you go for?