OPPO India today unveiled their next flagship smartphone – Find 7. The 4G/LTE compatible OPPO Find 7 is the first smartphone in the country that sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. Continue reading OPPO launches their next flagship, Find 7 in India for ₹37,990; also launches the Find 7a
XOLO, the premium smart devices brand from LAVA International, today announced the launch of XOLO Q1200. With exciting smart features like cold screen access, gesture control, voice recognition, and dual window, the Android smartphone is priced at ₹13,999. Continue reading Another day, another Android Smartphone: XOLO Q1200 launched in India for ₹13,999
Lenovo has launched the all-new A7-50 Android tablet featuring an HD IPS display with wide viewing angle. The 7-inch tablet is just 9.6mm thin, and weighs a mere 360 grams. Continue reading Lenovo launches new 7-inch Android Tablet, the A7-50, in India for ₹15,499
Gionee Smartphones has announced the availability of Gionee Pioneer P2S in India. The colorful and stylish Android smartphone is available at an MOP of ₹6,499. Continue reading Gionee Launches its Budget Android Smartphone, Pioneer P2S, in India
The Stage5 is a compact smartphone dock that features a vibration speaker technology, turning any surface it’s placed on into a high quality surface speaker. The Bluetooth dock can sync with any Bluetooth-enabled music player, and can be controlled via a mobile app. Continue reading Our Kickstarter Pick: Stage5 Dock is the first Smartdock Controlled by a Mobile App
In a press conference in New Delhi today, Alcatel One Touch unveiled the IDOL X+ to be available exclusively on Flipkart.com, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace. Continue reading Alcatel One Touch launches Idol X+ in India at ₹16,999; Packs quite a Punch
Philips Mobile today announced its foray into the Indian mobile market with its new range of smartphones W6610, W3500, S308, and a feature phone E130. Continue reading Philips Mobile Forays into the Indian Mobile Market again with Four New Phones
Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to be available in the market, and incidentally also the first device launched by Microsoft Mobile, the new Microsoft company formed after the acquisition of the devices business of Nokia.
The Lumia 630 is also the first Dual SIM Windows Phone device, a feature that Windows Phone enthusiasts and potential customers, especially in markets like India, had been clamouring for since long.
The Lumia 630 carries on the same polycarbonate design we’ve seen in the Asha and several Lumia devices. It’s sleek and at 9.2mm thickness, feels pretty good in hand. The 630, weighing just 134 grams, is almost the perfect and most popular size for a smartphone.
The colorful back shells – available in white, green, orange, and yellow – sport a matte finish, and are interchangeable. Under the hood, there are two micro SIM slots and a microSD card slot for additional memory card. The build quality is brilliant and random drops or bumps wouldn’t hurt.
The missing camera shutter hardware button is an odd omission since it’s been a taken-for-granted feature in the Windows Phone devices I’ve used.
Nokia Lumia 630 sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display. The ClearBlack display has a 480×854 resolution and comes with Gorilla Glass 3 which should take care of minor scratches. Lumia 630’s display is not brilliant, but good enough at this price point. The sunlight readability is also pretty decent.
Powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the 630 packs in only 512 MB RAM. The Windows Phone operating system is optimized for low configuration, and almost all apps work fine on a 512MB device. Some games, of course, have a minimum 1 GB requirement for installation, so if you are a heavy, indulgent gamer, this might be a deal breaker for you.
To position the Lumia 630 as a budget phone, Nokia has cut corners at several places. While the phone introduces SensorCore, a hardware-dependent software solution that allows apps to use the sensors with minimum power requirement, it does not pack in the usual ambient light and proximity sensors. SensorCore allows the phone to track user’s activity like steps taken and location data.
The proximity sensor enables a phone’s display to turn off during a call to avoid unwanted taps, but the 630 features a workaround that turns off he display when the face or the ear touches it. It sounds awkward, but the execution is perfect. In over a week of use, I never had inadvertent taps while taking a call. The automatic brightness control of Windows Phone is obviously missing due to the absence of ambient light sensor. Although, again, keeping the brightness setting to medium level worked for me through the day in different light conditions.
The Lumia 630 comes in two variants – Single SIM and Dual SIM. In the Dual SIM variant, you get separate Messaging and Phone Tiles with individual call records and messaging threads. However, you can merge the two for an integrated interface. The phone allows you to switch between the two SIMs while making a call or sending a text, or viewing a contact. This is not just convenient, but very seamless. Also, the Smart Dual SIM feature allows you to automatically forward calls from one SIM to the other when the first one is not reachable.
The average 5MP rear camera isn’t a highlight of the Lumia 630. Although, not many phones in this price segment impress much with the camera anyway. The photos captured in day light are good enough with decent color reproduction, but since there’s no flash, most photos in low light or dark conditions would disappoint.
The front camera is excluded in the Lumia 630. Although, apart from the latest trend of selfies, that’s a justifiable compromise for a budget phone.
Nokia Lumia 630 is the first device that ships with Windows Phone 8.1. The update not only irons out issues based on user and developer feedback on Windows Phone 8, but also adds several important features to make the operating system at par with the competition.
The much requested Action Center comes to Windows Phone. Similar to the unified notifications center in Android and iOS, the Action Center displays customizable toggles, notifications, alert messages, network indicators, date, and battery level.
Another two major enhancements are the ability to customize the Start screen with background wallpapers instead of the erstwhile blocks of Live Tiles and the new World Flow keyboard. The Start screen now also allows you to add an extra column of tiles in case you want access to more apps and information in a glance. The Word Flow keyboard is similar to the Swype experience in Android, and makes the typing experience on Windows Phone the best in business.
In another first, the Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone device that comes with virtual soft keys for navigation. You can enable haptic feedback for these keys and choose to keep them always dark, match the background color of the app in focus, or match the accent color.
The phone packs in a three months subscription of Nokia MixRadio with unlimited free music downloads.
The Windows Phone experience on the Lumia 630 is very smooth overall despite what the specifications sheet says and launching apps, browsing the Web, and playing music and videos is a breeze. The apps take a little longer to resume, but that shouldn’t bother most users. While playing casual games like Temple Run is all good, even graphics-intensive game like Asphalt 8 performed well, and better than most Android devices in this price segment.
The battery life is pretty good, and the 1,830mAh removable battery will last for an entire day with brightness set to maximum and 3G usage all through.
The Lumia 630 is available for ₹10,500 (Single SIM) and ₹11,500 (Dual SIM), and at that price, the 630 offers great build quality and first-rate user experience. There are a few clear compromises like the camera, but a good buy otherwise.
One of my favorite accessories brand, TYLT has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming product, the Energi 2K Travel Charger.
Utilizing TYLT’s patented technology, the brightly colored Energi 2K is an affordable 2-in-1 USB wall charger that doubles as a portable battery for on-the-go charging. The Energi 2K prototype was unveiled at CES 2014 earlier this year, and won a few awards as well.
The charger features foldable AC wall prongs to make it very portable. It packs in a rechargeable 2200 mAh battery with an LED battery status indicator. With a universal USB port, you can use the charger for any smartphone or similar device. The Energi 2K can handle input of 110-240 Volts, and therefore, it can be used across the world, although, you’d need an adapter.
The Energi 2K was designed to replace your standard wall charger. The Intelligent Charging Technology prioritizes the charge to your device until your device is fully charged. It then charges the 2200mAh battery onboard. It will take 3-4 hours to fully charge the 2K. If nothing is connected, the charger stays in Intelligent Standby Mode.
Last year, TYLT completed two successful Kickstarter campaigns for the Energi+ Backpack and VU Wireless Charger. Now, TYLT is seeking $50,000 for UL testing fees and an initial production run, with a plan to deliver product to backers in July this year. There are several reward plans starting from $20, although the retail price is expected to be $39.99.
Panasonic has unveiled its latest Android smartphone, P81, with 5.5-inch IPS HD display and 1.7GHz true octa-core smartphone. Powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the 7.9mm thin smartphone boasts of a nice leatherette design. The phone features a 13MP Full HD-capable autofocus camera with a decent 2500 mAh battery.
The Panasonic P81 will be available to consumers in India from the third week of May at a best price of INR 18,990.
The phone packs in several additional features like the new multi-tasking experience where users can play around designing screens. ‘Device Cleaner’ to free up device RAM, Multi Play capabilities like dual window operation, and Panasonic’s signature feature, the ‘Gesture Play’.
“With the launch of the Panasonic P81, we have reached yet another milestone as this is the first model of the “P” series featured with octa-core processor. The introduction of this model reiterates our commitment to keep innovating as we believe that it is a direct result of the consumers’ needs, and customer centricity has to be at the core of developing products for the Indian consumer.”
– Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India
In India, the phone comes bundled with Apps Freebies of INR 9,900 including 6 months of Evernote Premium subscription, free entertainment downloads from Hungama for a month, and content from India Today.