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HTC Desire Z Officially Launched In India For Rs.25,590

Back in September, HTC announced the Desire Z smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, but it will be upgraded to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during Q2 of 2011. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is already selling this handset in India from January, but HTC today officially launched this handset in India.

It is HTC’s endeavor to push mobile phone experience to newer levels, and the HTC Desire Z stands testimony to it. For a new empowered India which is constantly on the move, the dedicated features of the HTC Desire Z will make it the tool of choice in seamless connectivity and convenience. This, combined with the HTC Sense experience will take the user beyond the phone to a whole new level with a series of connected HTC services we call HTCSense.com, said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. We are upbeat about the prospects of the Desire Z and believe that Indian mobile phone users will enjoy HTC’s innovations in the new HTC Desire Z.

 

HTC Desire Z

HTC Desire Z comes with a 4.3 inch S-LCD display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Slideout QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectiivty, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.5 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, HTC Widgets, FM Radio, DLNA, up to 590 mins talktime, up to 430 hours stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

HTC Desire Z comes with the new HTC Sense, which offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.25,590. You can purchase this handset from any authorized HTC resellers across the country.

Life Without An Android Smartphone

Last July, I purchased my first ever Android phone the Galaxy S. Since then, I have shifted from one Android phone to another after every few months. My Android based smartphone had become a very integral part of my life. I need it for tweeting and checking mails on the move, trying out new apps etc.

I never thought how my life would be without my Android phone. Then one fine morning the microphone on my Desire Z stopped working. I had to give it to the service center for a replacement. HTC promised me that I will get a replacement phone within a week, but it was only after 15 days and tons of phone calls that I got a replacement phone.

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Nevertheless, when I gave my Desire Z to the service center, I was totally devastated! I had no idea how I was going to spend the upcoming days without my beloved Android handset. Since I did not have any spare Android handset with me, I had to use a Nokia 6681 for the time being. I had all my contacts backed up to Google Contacts, and the 6681 had no option of syncing with it. The only option I was left was with, was to save some important numbers in the phonebook of the handset.

For the next week, what I went through without my beloved Zee phone was nothing short of torture. More than the phone’ itself, I was missing apps like Remote For iTunes, TweetDeck, My Tracks, Google Maps and RunKeeper which I use on a day-to-day basis. The thing I missed the most? Push email and calendar entries reminder!

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The basic and the most important feature of a phone, the calling part, was something which I did not miss at all. The Nokia 6681 was as good as the Z in network reception and the call quality was above average as well. I do understand that the Nokia 6681 is a smartphone’ in its own right, and I could have simply pimped the phone to make my life a little less miserable.

However, after using phones with speedy 1 GHz processor and tons of RAM, the 6681 felt downright slow! I felt pity on the poor soul, and decided against pimping it for my needs.

All this just proves that with time we, the users, have started expecting much more from our smartphones, than just fulfilling our basic telephony and messaging needs. We need a small device in our hands that can help us find our way through unknown roads, let us know what our friends are having for breakfast, make our day-to-day life much better, and in the end help us to connect to our near and dear ones via phone calls and SMS’s.

HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 Gets An Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM With Sense UI

The HTC Vision a.k.a the T-Mobile G2 in the United States, and the HTC Desire Z in the rest of the world has got its first Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.

TeamVillain have released a new custom ROM for the Vision SenseGinger which is based on Android 2.3 with the Sense UI running on top of it. The ROM is based on the Wildfire S ROM that leaked a few days ago.

As usual, the ROM does have some bugs including the Bluetooth function not working.

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Here is the full bugs-list from the official SenseGinger thread at XDA :

* Camcorder hangs when pressing record
* Bluetooth does not work
* HTC Hub fails to log in
* The “card” mail widget does not work
* Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
* Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard

HTC Vision (G2/Desire Z) owners need to make sure that they are using ClockWorkMod 3.0 so that they can flash this ROM on their handset. I expect TeamVillain to squash most of the bugs in this ROM in the upcoming few days.

HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z and Incredible S Will Get Gingerbread in Q2

Android handset manufacturers have a horrendous track record when it comes to delivering Android OS updates. While some delay updates by months, others don’t deliver at all (yes Sony, I am looking at you). HTC has the best track record, and it looks like it will be living up to its reputation for now.

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The Incredible S was one of the few handsets at the MWC to ship with FroYo (Android 2.2). Back then, HTC reps had promised a quick Gingerbread update. Now, they have confirmed that the promised update is indeed under development, and will go live by Q2 2011. While a four month wait is not “quick” under normal circumstances, I guess that most Android owners will take it.

We had already confirmed that the Desire HD, Desire Z, and Desire will be receiving Gingerbread updates. Now, thanks to Slashgear, we can confirm that they will also be getting the update in Q2 (and not in Q3, as we had speculated). This bit of news should cheer up the original Desire owners, who have already experienced one major version bump. Desire’s sibling – the HTC-made Google Nexus One, has already begun receiving Android 2.3.

It’s heartening to see HTC not abandoning the aging Desire, which was once its flagship handset. While Xperia X10 is yet to receive Android 2.1 in the US, many of Samsung’s Galaxy S models have just begun receiving FroYo. Although, we would like to see even faster update deployment, for now we will be happy if other manufacturers take cue from HTC.

CyanogenMod 7 Release Candidates Now Available; Final Version Coming Soon

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular and feature rich custom ROMs out there supporting a variety of devices. The best part of CM (CyanogenMod) ROMs is that it is made from stock AOSP i.e. it provides the user with the stock Android experience.

Now, the awesome folks behind CM ROMs have released the RC (Release Candidates) of CM 7 for a variety of Android handsets including the HTC EVO 4G, Vision (Desire Z/G2), Nexus One and My Touch 4G.

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CM7 is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some nifty features like a new music app, a totally customizable lockscreen, gesture support everywhere and performance improvements. Since this is a RC release, some bugs should be expected. However, the CM team is hard at fixing bugs and belting out new RCs. The ROM will also get more visual polishas it reaches its final state.

CM7 also includes a theme engine which will allow users to easily theme their phones. The credit for this theme engine goes to T-Mobile. Yes, T-Mobile! This move from T-Mobile definitely shows the popularity of CM ROMs.

Users need to have a rooted phone in order to install CM7 on their handset. Users who have already rooted their Android handset can use ROM Manager to flash CM7 on their phone.

How I Nearly Doubled The Battery Life Of My Android Phones

Last year, I purchased my first Android phone the Samsung Galaxy S. Before the Galaxy S, I had no previous experience with the Android OS. However, after I got the Galaxy S, my love for the OS and its openness’ grew. Since the Galaxy S, I tried many other Android based devices including a HTC Legend, a HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy 5. Recently, I got the HTC Desire Z.

On my suggestion, many of my friends also purchased an Android based phone and they have been simply loving the OS. However, one complaint all my friends have is the poor battery life of their Android phone.   In fact, the majority of Android owners complain about the poor battery life of their handset. Until late last year, the battery life of even my Galaxy S was very poor. If I used the phone heavily, it would be totally out of power by evening.

I tried many tips, found all over the Internet, but the increase in battery life was hardly noticeable. Then one day, I came across an application on the Android market called Juice Defender. The description of the app says that it will help Reclaim your battery’. Out of pure curiosity about the efficiency of these kind of apps, I installed Juice Defender on my phone. I ran the app on my phone and was surprised to see that the app checks if your phone is rooted or not. After that, I enabled the app and used the Aggressive’ profile.

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Since then, the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S has improved considerably! Before using Juice Defender, the battery of my phone would go down to 30% by night on moderate usage. My Moderate’ usage scenario includes an hour of phone calls, 30-40mins of fiddling around with the phone, around 30 messages and some tweeting via TweetDeck with Auto Sync enabled for my FB, GMail and Twitter account.

After installing the app, I can squeeze out nearly a full day and a half of battery life from my Galaxy S with the usage pattern defined above. Even under heavy usage, I can get a full day of battery life from my phone. I seriously never expected this app to have such a big impact on the battery life of my phone. I installed this app on the Android phones of all my friends and relatives. After a week of using the phone with the app running in the background, even they reported substantial improvements in the battery life.

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When I shifted to the HTC Desire Z, I did not install Juice Defender for a couple of days. The battery life of the phone was pathetic. Even on light usage, the battery of the phone hardly lasted me a single day. However, after I installed Juice Defender, the scenario again changed. The battery life of my Z increased substantially.

For people who think that this app may slow down your phone or may disable some features of the phone, I am pleased to say that this is not the case. There is absolutely no performance hit or anything. Your Android phone will continue to function as it was.

For all Android phone owners with poor battery life, I will highly recommend you to try out Juice Defender on their phone. Users always have the option to uninstall the app if they don’t like it.

HTC Desire Z Now Available In India

At the end of last month, we had reported that the popular online retailer Flipkart had listed the Desire Z for pre-orders. Now, the website has the Desire Z in stock from the last few days and the phone has hit the retail stores of cities all over India as well.

The HTC Desire Z packs a 3.7-inch S-LCD screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Z is powered by an 800Mhz Scorpion CPU along with 512MB of RAM and 1.5GB of ROM.

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The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and Flash, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 5MP snapper at the back of the phone is also capable of recording 720p HD videos.

An 8GB microSD card also comes pre-bundled with the phone. The Desire Z is powered by a 1300mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 with the popular HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone also has features integration with HTCSense.com and has some nifty features like flip-to-silent etc.

Interested users can buy the Desire Z either from Flipkart or from any other their local shops. I just got my hands on a Desire Z so readers can expect a review of the handset within a week from now.

Best Android Phones In India

Update: Also check out the Best Android Phones in India for 2011 Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011.

The year 2010 was all about the growth of Android. In 2011, analysts expect the Android OS to explode’. In less than a year, Android handsets have grabbed a considerable share in the mobile market and they are still setting the sales chart on fire.

In India, where Symbian OS rules Android has managed to grab a decent market share. Now, more and more people in India are realizing that the Android OS is the future of mobile phones and are buying an Android based phone for themselves. However, the Indian market is flooded with low-range Android handsets which totally spoil the Android experience. So, below is a list consisting of the best Android phones available in India right now.

Also Read: Best Android Apps in Android Market | Best Android Phones in the Market

The Best Android Phones available in India right now are :

Samsung Galaxy 5

The only Android phone worth purchasing below the Rs. 10,000 mark is the Samsung Galaxy 5. The Galaxy 5 is a pretty loaded’ handset which is pretty surprising for its price. The Galaxy 5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

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The handset also has a decent 2.8-inch 240×400 screen. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot are also present. Even though the Galaxy 5 is a pretty cheap handset, it packs in HSDPA support. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is available in India for only Rs. 8869 and can be purchased from here. I would seriously recommend this handset to buyers instead of the other low-end Android phones like the Micromax A60.

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is one of the most popular budget phones in India. It features a 3.2-inch QVGA (320×240) display. The handset is powered by a 528MHz processor and has 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are all present.

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Recently, HTC also started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the handset in India. The HTC Wildfire is available in India for Rs. 13749.   The HTC Wildfire is a decent Android phone to own but with considerably better competitors out there. Users who want to experience the HTC Sense UI should prefer this phone over the LG Optimus One. Readers can purchase the HTC Wildfire from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a power packed handset. The handset features a 2.55-inch display with QVGA display. The handset is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 128MB of internal memory. The X10 Mini Pro also packs in a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is pretty remarkable for such a small form factor.

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The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Sony’s proprietary TimeScape UI on top of it. Sadly, Sony Ericsson won’t be releasing any more Android updates for this device. The X10 Mini Pro is available in India for Rs. 15000 and can be purchased from here. A must buy if anyone in India is looking for a small form factor based Android phone with a decent QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy 3

Before the LG Optimus One was launched, the Samsung Galax 3 was the best Android phone available within Rs. 15000. The Galaxy 3 features a 3.2-inch screen with an odd resolution of 240×400. The phone has a 667 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS etcetera are all present.

The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung will soon roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy 3. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is available in India for Rs. 11500 and can be purchased from here.

LG Optimus One

The LG Optimus One is the best Android phone available in India for below Rs. 15000. For a budget mid-range phone, the Optimus One packs a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 170MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a microSD card slot are all present.

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The back of the phone sports a 3.15MP camera with auto-focus. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh battery which will make sure that the phone will easily last through a day.

Even though the Optimus One is a budget oriented Android phone, it runs on Android 2.2. LG has even announced that the Optimus One will officially get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The LG Optimus One (P500) is available for Rs. 12500 in India. Readers can purchase the LG Optimus One P500 from here.

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is very similar to the Google Nexus One. The handset features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are also there. The HTC Desire is an old handset now but it is available in India for around Rs. 23000 now.

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At this price, the Desire is a truly desirable handset. Readers who want to purchase the HTC Desire can do so from here.

HTC Desire Z

The Desire Z is one of the best Android handsets available in India to sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike other high-end Android phones, the processor of Desire Z runs at a mere’ 800 MHz. However, this does not make the phone a slow couch and it is able to beat all the older generation Snapdragon phones in performance easily.

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The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the handset is also pretty good and is one of the main attractions of this phone. The Z packs in 1.5gig of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash which is capable of recoding 720p HD videos. The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.

The Desire Z is available in India for Rs. 25899. Readers interested in buying the Desire Z can buy it from here.

HTC Desire HD

HTC recently released the Desire HD in India. The handset is made up of a single block of aluminum and has a very premium feel to it. The Desire HD sports a mammoth 4.3-inch display along with 768MB of RAM and 1.5gig of internal memory. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and packs an Adreno 205 GPU. The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash.

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The Desire HD has been packed to the brim with features from HTC but sadly, the company has skimped on the battery of the handset. The handset is powered by a measly 1230mAh battery which will see this handset barely make it through a day.

Still the HTC Desire HD is a very good phone and is available in India for Rs. 27899. Readers who are interested in buying the Desire HD can do so from here.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular Android phones last year. The handset features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The Super-AMOLED display on the handset has stellar contrast and viewing angles. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on board but recently rolled out the Android 2.2 update in India.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and 16GB of internal memory including 2GB of ROM for installing all your apps. The Samsung Galaxy S retails for around Rs. 26000 in India right now. The back of the Galaxy S packs a 5MP auto-focus camera while the front has a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.

The downsides of the Galaxy S include a plasticky build quality and no LED flash to assist the 5MP camera. The combination of killer internal hardware, screen and pricing make the Galaxy S the best Android handset available in India right now. The Samsung Galaxy S is available in India for Rs. 27999 and can be purchased from here.

So which is your favorite based phone in India? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: Also check out the  Best Android Phones in India for 2011.

HTC Desire Z Up For Pre-Order In India

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We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of HTC Desire Z in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently taking pre-orders for the HTC Desire Z smartphone. This handset was announced back in September, and it seems that, the powerful Desire Z smartphone is expected to launch soon in India.

HTC Desire Z features a 4.3 inch S-LCD display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Slideout QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.5 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, HTC Widgets, FM Radio, DLNA, up to 590 mins talktime, up to 430 hours stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The powerful HTC Desire Z is currently up for pre-order at Flipkart for just Rs.25,799. This handset will release on January 3, 2011. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, simply head over to this page.

Top 10 Phones Of 2010

The year 2010 was all about phones with 1GHz processor, huge screens, AMOLED displays and loads of internal storage and RAM. Every known hardware manufacturer released a new handset after every 3-4 months. However, only a few of them were good enough to stand out from the crowd.

Also Read: Top 10 Android Phone in the Market

There were some phones which gave Apple’s based a run for it’s money. Microsoft also entered the foray in late 2010 with their Windows Phone 7 platform which introduced some new phones. Even Nokia came up with a good phone using the platform. So which are the top 10 phones than made a mark in 2010? Here is a list of them in my opinion.

10 – LG Optimus One

Phones are not only about high-end hardware and Super-AMOLED screen/Retina Display. Not everyone in this world is rich enough to buy a high-end Android/WP7 handset or an iPhone. While most manufacturers do launch low-end to mid-range Android based handset, they sport either a very low amount of RAM, a weak processor, or an odd resolution (Samsung Galaxy 3). The LG Optimus One is a mid-range handset, but it packs quite a punch. The handset has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and packs 512MB of RAM. The handset is powered by a 600 MHz processor, ensuring that the phone chugs along nicely.

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While most high-end handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S series, are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update, the Optimus One runs on Android 2.2 right out of the box. LG has even confirmed that the handset will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. No wonder, the Optimus One is the most popular handset to ever come out from LG’s stable.

9 – Samsung Focus

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The problem with all Windows Phone 7 based handsets is that they are all too similar, both in hardware and in interface. The only phone which stands out from the WP7 handset crowd is the Samsung Focus. The Samsung Focus uses the awesome 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S line-up of handsets. The Focus is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has 512MB of RAM as well as ROM along with 8GB of internal storage. The back of the handset sports a 5MP snapper with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash.

The Focus runs on WP7 and is carrier locked to AT&T. The only downside of the phone is the very low internal storage space (8GB). The Focus is the lone WP7 running handset in our Top 10 phones of 2010 and barely makes it to our list at number 9.

8 – Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave retails for around $370 on Amazon, and that’s what makes it killer. At such a low price, the phone offers top-notch build quality and hardware. The Wave uses the same CPU that powers the Samsung Galaxy S series the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung. The phone also packs a brilliant Super-AMOLED display, albeit a small one, at only 3.3-inches.   The Wave was the first handset from Samsung to run its brand new OS Bada.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a decent 5MP camera with Flash. The Wave is still the best handset for users who hardly care about apps and games for their phone.

The stellar hardware and the killer price help the Samsung Wave to make it at number 8 on our Top 10 phones for 2010.