Buying Guide: Best Windows Phone 7 Smartphones in India [2011]

Unlike many others, I quite like Windows Phone 7. Lately, I had gotten bored with Android, and I had a chance to try out a friend’s Windows Phone 7 device. The new tiles based user interface is a refreshing change from the standard icon based fare on both Android and iOS. It may not have hundreds of thousands of apps like the Apple App Store or the Android Market, but it does offer most of the essential ones. Additionally, one of the best things about Windows Phone 7 is that Microsoft enforces a set of minimum hardware requirements, which makes sure that even the mid range Windows Phone 7 devices are fast and responsive. You also don’t have to worry about OS upgrades; every Windows Phone 7 device will get the Mango upgrade.

Until recently, most Windows Phone 7 devices were priced prohibitively high, in the Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 range. In the last month, there have been a series of price cuts, which have brought some great Windows Phone 7 devices in the Rs 15,000 price range.

There are only a few Windows Phone 7 devices available in India. Of the available options, if I had to buy one, it would probably be the

HTC Mozart

HTC Mozart

Buy the HTC Mozart at Flipkart

The HTC Mozart was one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices which were released in the initial wave. Despite having a smaller display than the other phones, it received rave reviews.

It comes with a 3.7 inch S-LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and Xenon flash, probably one of the best in the entire spectrum of Windows Phone 7 devices.

It comes with a 1 GHz Scorpion processor and an Adreno 200 GPU with 576 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage and offers all the standard connectivity options – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA and is powered by a 1300 mAh battery.

If you still aren’t convinced, here’s the best part. It is now available for just Rs 16,499. This makes it the cheapest Windows Phone 7 device in India. It offers the most bang for your buck from the current crop of WP7 smartphones.



Buy the HTC HD7 at Flipkart

This is another good Windows Phone 7 option available to Indians. It comes with a bigger 4.3 inch LCD display, with the same resolution – 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the same processor – 1 GHz Scorpion – and has the same GPU – Adreno 200. It also has the exact same amount of RAM – 576 MB.

However, there is one shortcoming – it comes with a 5 MP camera, which isn’t as good as the HTC Mozart’s 8 MP shooter.

It’s also a bit more expensive than the HTC Mozart, at Rs 17,599.

If I had to choose between the two, I would go with the Mozart.

Dell Venue Pro

Dell Venue Pro

Buy the Dell Venue Pro at Flipkart

The Dell Venue Pro was the phone that caught my attention when it was first unveiled as part of the Windows Phone 7 lineup. It was different from all the other WP7 devices, with a vertical sliding QWERTY keypad.

It has identical hardware under the hood – 1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, and slightly less RAM – 512 MB. It comes with a 5 MP camera too.

It has a 4.1 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. While it beats the Mozart in terms of display size and quality, and the presence of a physical keypad, it is much more expensive, at Rs 23,999.

If You Can Wait…

If you aren’t in a hurry, you might want to wait for a couple of months. Microsoft is planning to launch a series of new Windows Phone 7 smartphones by HTC, Samsung, LG and of course, Nokia. They will definitely be much better than the current crop in terms of hardware, and should be priced in the Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 range.

Some of them may also be budget devices priced under Rs 20,000.

You might also want to check out my Android Smartphone Buying Guide for 2011.

Apple Can Now Buy Dell. Twice Over. And Still Have $10 Billion in the Bank.

“What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders”.

That’s what Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Inc. said in 1997, when asked how he would fix Apple, which was in dire straits then.

What he didn’t (and couldn’t) anticipate, was how Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, who was ousted out a few years back, and returned as CEO only a few months before he made the statement, would completely change the computing and mobile landscape, and turn Apple into the juggernaut it once was, and even bigger.

Apple Logo

Yesterday, Apple released its Q3 FY11 earnings results, and to be honest, they were mind-blowing. Apple’s results beat even the most bullish estimates on the street, and of course, its own guidance.

Its market cap is now close to $360 billion, more than 10 times Dell’s market cap. It is very likely that Apple may soon overtake Exxon Mobil to become the most valuable company in the world. My money is on that happening soon after the iPhone 5 launch, assuming that oil prices remain relatively stable.

But here’s the most interesting part – Apple now has almost $76.2 billion in cash reserves. That’s the biggest war chest of cash held by any company, ever. What’s even more interesting is that Apple can now buy Dell (market cap: $33 billion) using just its cash reserves. Twice over. Even then, it will still have $10 billion left in the bank.

Michael Dell may be regretting ever making that statement now, with Jobs having the last laugh.

Dell Launches ‘World’s Thinnest’ Laptop, XPS 15z

Dell announced its new XPS 15z, which is less than an inch thick and is bundled with loads of features. Dell mentioned in its blog that XPS 15z is “the thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet, and the first in a series of new thin and powerful products from Dell to come this year.”

The all the new XPS 15z weighs 2.51kg, measuring less than 1-inch (0.97-inches) at the thickest point with clean aluminum design and polished brushed finishes, definitely making it look luxurious.

Dell XPS 15z
The 15z runs second-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and features an optional 15.6-inch Full HD display, an optimized touchpad and a backlit chicklet-style spill-resistant keyboard. It offers 4GB standard memory, upgradeable to 8GB and up to 750GB of hard disk storage space. It also come with a 1.3-megapixel webcam, dual-array digital microphones and stereo speakers.

There’s a 8x DVD+/-RW, 3 USB ports (USB 3.0 (2); USB 2.0 (1)), Bluetooth 3.0 and 9-in-1 media card reader supporting SD, SDIO, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS Pro, MMC, MSXC, xD.

Dell XPS 15z has Intel’s My Wi-Fi technology, which allows the notebook to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices.

It included Nvidia GeForce GT 525M with 1GB or 2GB of graphics memory, Nvidia 3DTV Play capabilities and Nvidia Optimus technology, which switches the notebook into power-saving mode, to extend battery life up to eight hours.

Dell’s XPS 15z is available now online at Dell’s online stores in the U.S. for $999

Dell Streak Pro: 10 inch Android Tablet, Launching June 2011

Dell hasn’t had much luck with its Android offerings. The Dell Streak, a smartphone-tablet hybrid wasn’t really selling much, and was widely considered to be a flop. Dell announced the Dell Streak 7 tablet at CES 2011. It will be launching soon in the US and is already available in the UK.

We reported on the rumored 10 inch Android tablet that Dell was working on, around 3 weeks ago. Today, Dell’s tablet roadmap for 2011 has leaked out. It gives us details about Dell’s tablet strategy as well as the tablet launches it has planned for the year.

Dell will be launching three tablets in 2011. The Dell Streak Pro will be a Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a 10 inch WXGA display (1280 x 800 pixels). It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra T25 processor and will come with mics for video chat. It will also have an “enterprise application stack” and the Dell Stage 1.5 UI on top of Honeycomb. It will be launched in June 2011.

Dell Streak Pro

The other two tablets – Dell Latitude ST and Latitude XT-3 – will run Windows 7. The Latitude ST has a 10 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and a 1.5 GHz Intel Oak Trail CPU with 2 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD support. The Latitude XT-3 will have a 13 inch display with the Intel Huron River processor and 4 GB RAM. The Latitude ST will be launched in October while the Latitude XT-3 is slated for a July launch.

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Launched in the UK; Priced at £299

The Dell Streak 7 Android tablet was announced at CES 2011 with many other Android tablets. It was launched in February in the US but was priced quite high.

Today, Dell has launched the Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi in the UK. It is available online at Dell’s website and is priced at £299. It comes with a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and 16 GB internal storage. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and flash and a 1.3 MP secondary for video calling. It also has support for Adobe Flash 10.1.

It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. It comes with the Dell Stage UI and Android 2.2 Froyo. It also has GPS and will likely be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

You can order it online at Order Dell Streak 7 Tablet PC

It hasn’t been released in the US yet. The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi + 4G version is available though, for $199 with contract.

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi

via Engadget

Dell to Launch 10 inch Android Tablet in June

As most of you may already know, the launch of the rumored Dell tablet running Windows 7 has been delayed further until Fall 2011. Dell is apparently also working on a Windows 8 tablet to be launched in 2012.

Dell has always been a laggard in both the Android smartphone and tablet space. The Dell Streak can hardly be called a hit and the Dell Streak 7 also hasn’t received many positive reviews.

To counter the launch of new Android tablets by heavyweights like Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC, Dell is reportedly working on a new Android tablet which could be up for launch as early as June 2011.

Rumors of a 10 inch Dell Android tablet had surfaced up at CES 2011, but we haven’t had much information about it yet. It could very well be called the Dell Streak 10, and will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the Dell Stage UI.

It will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom, which has been seeing decent sales, though nothing compared to the Apple iPad 2, which seems to be selling 50X as fast. It will likely have similar specifications as them. No pricing details have been announced yet, and we also don’t have the exact hardware specs. Stay tuned for more details.

via Forbes

Dell’s Tablet Roadmap Leaked; Windows 8 Powered Slate Coming Next Year

dell tablet roadmap

Recently, we posted the Dell’s leaked smartphone roadmap, which revealed some of the upcoming Android Ice Cream and Windows Phone 7 based smartphones. And now, the guys at Android Central shared the leaked slide of the Dell’s 2011 tablet roadmap. According to the roadmap, Dell will launch 4 Android powered tablets and 2 Windows based tablets, ranging from 5 inch to 10 inch touchscreen display. The codenames of Android based tablets are Gallo, Sterling, Opus One and Silver Oak, while the codenames of Windows based tablets are Rosemount and Peju.

Dell Gallo is the company’s first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) powered tablet with 10 inch touchscreen display. On the other hand, Dell Sterling is a 7 inch tablet powered by the same operating system. Dell Gallo is expected to launch in April 2011, while the Dell Sterling will be available during Q4 of 2011.

Dell is not only planning to launch Android Honeycomb based tablets, but the company is also planning to launch Windows 7 and Windows 8 based tablets. Dell Rosemount is a 10 inch tablet with 1366 x760 pixels HD display. Rosemount runs on the Windows 7 operating system. Dell Peju is the company’s first tablet which runs on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Dell Peju also features  a large 10 inch touchscreen display. Rosemount is expected to launch in June 2011, while the Windows 8 based Dell Peju will arrive next year. Dell Peju might be showcased next year at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Dell Opus One and Silver Oak are Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) based tablets, but the Opus One comes with a 5 inch touchscreen display, while the Silver Oak comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Both the Opus One and Silver Oak will be arriving next year. These tablets are also expected to be showcased at the CES 2012, along with the Dell Peju tablet.

Are you excited about the Windows 8 powered tablet? Or you will go ahead with the Android powered tablets? Let us know your views, in the comments below.

Dell Smartphone Roadmap Leaked; Android Ice Cream And WP7 Smartphones Coming Soon

dell smartphone roadmap

Dell is already planning to launch smartphones based on the next Android version codenamed as “Ice Cream”. The guys at WP Central recently shared a leaked slide of the Dell’s 2011 smartphone roadmap. According to the leaked roadmap, Dell will launch some powerful smartphones based on Windows Phone 7 and Android Ice Cream, later this year. These smartphones are currently codenamed as Wrigley, Hancock and Millennium.

Wrigley is a Windows Phone 7 based handset, which features a large 4 inch WVGA display with slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset looks quite similar to the Dell’s not-so-popular Venue Pro smartphone. It also features a 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback and so on. This handset is expected to release in the Q3 of 2011.

Hancock is the Dell’s first smartphone powered by the Android Ice Cream operating system. It will come with a 4 inch qHD display, dual-core processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chat and more. Hancock is expected to be released in September 2011.

The last handset on the leaked roadmap is “Millennium”. It has almost the same features of Hancock except the 4.3 inch qHD diaplay and DLNA support. This handset also runs on the Android Ice Cream operating system and features a dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front facing camera for video chat, etc. This handset is expected to be released in Q4 of 2011.

The Windows Phone 7 based Dell Venue Pro is also expected to get some additional features and enhancements in mid-April. Stay tuned for more updates.

Dell Venue Now Available At For $499.99

dell venue

The Android powered Dell Venue is finally available for purchase in the US. This handset is quite similar to the popular Dell Venue Pro, except the fact that, it runs on Android 2.2 OS instead of the Windows Phone 7 and it does not feature a physical QWERTY keyboard. Dell Venue comes with a 4.1 inch AM-OLED display with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 1GHz processor and so on.This handset is exclusively available for purchase at

Dell Venue comes with a 4.1 inch AMOLED display with with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, Wi-Fi, AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and 4x Digital Zoom, Micro-USB, Video and Audio Record, Dedicated Camera Key, 3.5 mm headset jack, Virtual Keyboard, USB Mass Storage, 1 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1400 mAh battery.

Dell Venue allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. It also comes with the pre-loaded Dell Stage user interface which makes this handset perfect for entertainment where on-the-go. The unlocked version of Dell Venue is currently available at for $499.99. This handset will also be available on AT&T or T-Mobile from February 19th. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.

Dell Venue Pro Launched In India For Rs.34,990

Dell recently launched the Windows Phone 7 powered Dell Venue Pro in India. This handset is the Dell’s first smartphone powered by the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Dell Venue Pro allows you to access more than 8,000 apps. This handset competes with other Windows Phone 7 devices such as the HTC HD7 and HTC Mozart in India. It comes with a 4.1 inch AMOLED display and a vertical QWERTY keypad. Check out the complete specs below.

Commenting on the launch, Swapnil Shinde, fashion designer said, As a fashion designer, I believe that being able to merge design with function is the key element to a successful collection, something that Dell has managed to do with its latest smartphones. People are looking for designs that can be taken from the workplace to any social setting and the sleek lines and unique elliptical shapes on these phones are innovative and visually appealing. I look forward to featuring these phones in my new collection at Bangalore Fashion Week.

Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel, said, Aircel is delighted to enter into a Preferred Partnership with Dell wherein Dell customers will enjoy exclusive data plans, PocketApps store and a rich bouquet of content and value added services. This alliance reinforces our drive to grow Smart Device penetration on our Smart Network.

Dell Venue Pro features a 4.1 inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive, multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass, 1GHz processor, Windows Phone 7 operating system, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Internet Explorer Mobile, Bing Search, A-GPS with Bing Maps, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, G-sensor, e-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio, micro USB and a 1400 mAh battery.

Currently, Dell Venue Pro is the costliest Windows Phone 7 powered handset in India. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.34,990. You can easily purchase this handset from authorized Dell mobile resellers across India. Aircel customers will get 1 GB of free data for 12 months, 2190 minutes of talk time and 7300 free SMS, with the purchase of this handset.

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