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Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

Xperia Play And Droid X2 Now Available At Verizon

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. This handset was announced at the Mobile World congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona and it runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. On the other hand, Motorola Droid X2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Droid smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Both the handsets are currently available for purchase exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon in the US.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play:

xperia play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play features a 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, slide-out gaming keypad, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 400 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8 GB microSD card included, up to 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Gesture gaming, Motion gaming, aGPS, Micro USB, up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time, up to 425 hrs standby time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Motorola Droid X2:

motorola droid x2

Motorola Droid X2 features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 960 × 540 pixels resolution, 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, MotoBLUR UI, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 512MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, mini-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, eCompass, 3.5mm audio jack, Android Market and more.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will ship with 7 games Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. This handset is available for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. You can also purchase Xperia Play from Amazon for just $99.99. Motorola Droid X2 can be easily purchased from Verizon for $199.99 with a 2 years contract. Which phone are you planning to buy? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Vodafone Launches 3G Services In Kolkata

After waiting for almost a year, Vodafone finally launched its 3G services earlier this year in India. Tata Docomo was the first operator to launch its 3G services in India, followed by Aircel, Reliance, Idea and Airtel. Last week, Vodafone launched its 3G services in Uttar Pradesh. And now, Vodafone went ahead and launched its 3G services in Kolkata circle.

Speaking on the occasion, Sridhar Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Essar East Limited said, We expect a strong uptake and high demand for these 3G Services and we welcome all our subscribers to faster, smarter, better world of Vodafone 3G.

vodafone 3g

Vodafone had grabbed 3G license for 9 circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal. Vodafone is expected to launch 3G services in the remaining circles, by the end of this month.

Vodafone offers video calling, high definition gaming and fast internet to their subscribers, along with exclusive access to retransmission of live IPL matches and streaming of entertainment and other content on their smartphones. Vodafone Mobile Internet plans is available at a minimum price of Rs 100 for postpaid and Rs.103 for prepaid subscribers, which offers 100 MB of free data usage. On the other hand, the Mobile Broadband plans is available at a minimum price of Rs.650 for 1 GB of free data usage.

Vodafone also offers local and STD video calling at Rs.3/min. Customers can also enjoy live TV with a subscription pack at Rs 150 monthly or Rs 7 daily.

Samsung Galaxy S II Launched In India For Rs.32,890

Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S II at an event in New Delhi. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The powerful Galaxy S II runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and comes with a 1.2 Ghz dual-core application processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II

This handset features a new Live Panel service that aggregates live web and application contents to a single customizable home-screen. Samsung Galaxy S II comes with the WiFi Direct technology, which allows consumers to connect to wireless-enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points.

Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800×480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 3D user interface, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC (Near Field Communication) and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II will be exclusively available at Vodafone Stores from June 3 and at other retail stores from June 9. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.32,890. Vodafone also offers 1 GB of 2G/3G data for the first 6 months, with the purchase of this smartphone. Are you planning to buy this amazing smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Up For Pre-Order At Amazon For $99.99

Sony Ericsson announced the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon in the US. Xperia Play is already available for pre-order at Verizon for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset and save a few bucks, then you can go ahead and pre-order the powerful Xperia Play from Amazon for just $99.99.

xperia play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with a 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, slide-out gaming keypad, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 400 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8 GB microSD card included, up to 32 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), PlayNow service, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Sony Ericsson Music player, Gesture gaming, Motion gaming, aGPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, Android Market, Android Cloud to Device messaging, up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time, up to 425 hrs standby time, up to 5 hrs 35 min game play time, up to 30 hrs 35 min music playback and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset will be released on May 26th, but if you pre-order this smartphone from Amazon, then you will have to wait for 8 to 9 days, since the phone is currently listed as backordered on Amazon. Xperia Play will ship with 7 games – Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. To check out this amazing deal, head over to this page at Amazon.

Red HTC Desire S Now Available At Vodafone UK

HTC Desire S is the successor of the highly popular, HTC Desire smartphone. This handset was announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Desire S runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset is already available in black, but HTC have recently released this smartphone in red. The Red HTC Desire S is exclusively available on the airwaves of Vodafone in the UK.

htc desire s red

HTC Desire S features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, Internal GPS antenna, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, up to 590 mins talk-time, up to 455 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery. This handset measures 115 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.63 mm and weighs just 130 grams.

You can get the Red HTC Desire S for free on contract with a £30 montly plan, which comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data. If you are planning to purchase this smartphone, then just head over to this page.

LG Officially Unveils The Android Powered LG Genesis Smartphone

Earlier this month, the press shots of LG Genesis were leaked, but the complete specs of this handset was not available. Now, LG finally unveiled the Android powered LG Genesis smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of US Cellular. Check out the complete specs below.

lg genesis

LG Genesis Specifications:

  • 3.5 inch external display
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 3.2 inch internal display
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • DLNA multimedia sharing
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 430 MB Internal Memory
  • 8 GB microSD card with SD adapter included
  • Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Up to 2 Hours & 30 Minutes Talk-Time
  • Up to 17 Days & 12 Hours Stand-by time
  • 1500 mAh battery

LG Genesis was earlier expected to be available on the airwaves of Verizon as LG enV, but LG finally confirmed that, it will be soon available on the airwaves of US Cellular as LG Genesis. The price and availability of this handset have not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

HTC EVO 3D Price Revealed

HTC EVO 3D is the company’s first 3D smartphone. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch QHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 3D video recording at 720p and much more. HTC EVO 3D runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Recently, we posted that the HTC EVO 3D is available for pre-order at Sprint, but the price of the device was a mystery.

Now, the price of the much-awaited HTC EVO 3D have been finally revealed. The RadioShack flyer posted below, clearly shows the price of this amazing smartphone. HTC EVO 3D will be available for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. You can also purchase this smartphone for $499.99 without any contract.

htc evo 3d

HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p, HDMI, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

You can even trade in your HTC EVO 4G or HTC EVO Shift and get $100 discount, while purchasing the HTC EVO 3D at RadioShack. This handset is also up for pre-order at official Sprint Stores. To learn more, head over to this page.

Nokia Unveils The X1-01 Dual SIM Phone

Nokia recently announced the X1-01 Dual-SIM phone. This entry-level phone comes with an amazing battery which offers up to 42 days of stand-by time, up to 13 hours of talk-time and up to 36 hours of music playback. According to Nokia, X1-01 has got the loudest and clearest speaker Nokia has ever produced. Check out the complete specs after the break.

nokia x1 01

Nokia X1-01 Specifications:

  • 1.8 inch TFT display
  • 128 x 160 pixels resolution
  • MP3 music player
  • Intuitive one-press playlist creation
  • Three dedicated music keys
  • In-built loud speaker (up to 106phon)
  • Stereo FM radio
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Preloaded games
  • Ovi Life Tools
  • Nokia Money
  • Up to 42 days of stand-by time
  • Up to 13 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 36 hours of music playback
  • 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Dimensions: 112.2 mm x 47.3 mm x 16 mm
  • Weight: 91.05 g

Nokia X1-01 will be available in 4 different colors – Red, Dark Grey, Ocean Blue and Orange. The Nokia X1-01 will ship this quarter in India, China, South-East Asia/Pacific region, Middle East and Africa, Eurasia and Brazil. This handset comes with a price tag of €34 (approx. Rs.2,200).

MAXX Mobiles Launches The MAXX GLO MX388 Gaming Phone

MAXX Mobiles recently launched the a new gaming phone MAXX GLO MX388. This handset comes with more than 250 preloaded games and dedicated gaming buttons. MAXX GLO MX388 is specially targeted at youngsters and mobile gaming enthusiasts in India. This handset is packed with games across categories like action, racing, puzzles, adventure, fighting, shooting and sports.

Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group says, Gaming has developed at a rapid rate in India and we expect significant growth in the coming years. The tech-savvy Indian youth are now demanding entertainment at their fingertips even when on the move. We would like to take advantage of this trend by reaching out to the Indian youth with yet another cost-effective mobile phone that promises to satisfy their craving for mobile gaming.

maxx mx388

MAXX mobile phones have always been known for being value-for-money. We never cease to innovate for our customers basis their needs,concludes Ajjay Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, MAXX Group, MAXX Mobiles aims to be recognized as a brand that personifies not only quality at affordable prices, but also as a strong service backup. Currently, MAXX has a strong network of service centers already operational across India to ensure every customer gets the best service.

MAXX GLO MX388 comes with a Dedicated gaming buttons, 250 preloaded game, 3 changeable A-cover shell, 1.3 megapixel camera, 8 GB expandable memory, MP3/MP4 player, FM Radio, Bluetooth, JAVA enabled, Free 2 GB memory card and a 800 mAh battery. It comes with different games such as Super Mario, Pacman, Race, Trojan, Battle City, etc.

MAXX GLO MX388 will be made available in Mumbai first, followed by other cities in India. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.2361. Are you planning to buy this entry-level gaming phone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Uninor Announces The ‘Super Cool Summer’ Offer

Uninor recently launched the Super Cool Summer offer. This offer is available only to Uninor customers in Andhra Pradesh. The new promotional offer will help it’s customers to fight the soaring temperatures by winning gifts such as AC’s and coolers. This offer will run for 10 days, starting from May 22 to May 31, 2011. Uninor subscribers can also win other exciting consumer durables and goodies every day, just by recharging their pre-paid Uninor number.

uninor logo

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Satish Kumar Kannan, Business Head – AP Circle, Uninor said, “We have always been striving to delight our existing customers through constant innovation and excitement. This time we have gone a step further by not just rewarding them through free minutes but through quality products that will help them beat the Hyderabad summer heat! On a simple recharge of Rs. 198 – Uninor’s flagship product, we are giving away AC’s, Microwaves, Coolers and travel bags as prizes to 140 lucky customers across AP selected through a daily draw over 10 days.”

To win these amazing gifts, Uninor subscribers will need to recharge their Uninor number with Rs.198 recharge voucher in the next 10 days. Uninor subscribers will automatically receive recharge benefits such as 42,000 local seconds and 1,20,000 local Uninor to Uninor seconds. After recharging with Rs.198 recharge voucher, Uninor subscriber will become eligible for a daily lucky draw that has consumer durables such as ACs, Summer Coolers, Microwaves and goodies such as travel bags as its reward. Selected customers in Andhra Pradesh circle will also win assured free STD minutes.