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.

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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.

LG Optimus One

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

Samsung Focus

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.

Samsung Wave

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.

Leaked: LG B, Slimmest Android Phone with a Superb Display

After the LG Optimus 2X, the dual core Android smartphone by LG, yet another Android phone by LG has been leaked. It is the second impressive device that LG will launch in 2011, probably at CES.

It is a very slim phone, slimmer than both the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. Another feather in its cap: its 4 inch display is supposedly better than both the iPhone 4’s Retina display and the Galaxy S’ Super AMOLED display. It is both brighter and more power efficient than the other displays.

With the success of the LG Optimus One, and the hype surrounding the LG Optimus 2X and now the LG B, LG is finally getting its fair share of the limelight in the mobile press.

LG B

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White iPhone 4 Spotted at Burger Joint in Minneapolis

The elusive White which has been spotted in various locations including UK seems to be rearing its head out once again, this time in Minneapolis, USA.

White iPhone

The website Just Judy Judy Judy was the one which spotted the white iPhone at My Burger in Downtown Minneapolis. The guy who had the white iPhone does not work for iPhone and instead works for a company called AutomotionTV. Not surprisingly, the guy was not keen to answer how he got the phone. However, someone outside Apple having a white iPhone definitely sounds fishy right? However, it might be that the guy had some friends who gave it to him.

White iPhone Minneapolis

According to a statement back in July, Apple had said that the white iPhone will be available in late 2010. However, December is already here and there is still no sign of it, so could Apple be planning to launch the device before the holidays? Not sure, but it might just spring a surprise.

So did you put off your plan to buy an iPhone to wait for the white one? Or are you planning to buy the white iPhone too? If yes, you might just get a surprise announcement from Apple soon.

Thanks for the tip Judy.

Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 with Redsn0w

Yesterday, Apple released the highly anticipated iOS 4.2.1 for the iPod Touch, iPhone and the iPad. The iOS4.2 update is a minor one for the iPod Touch and the iPhone but it brings a bucket load of changes for the iPad. With the iOS 4.2.1 update, the iPad gets AirPlay, AirPrint, Game Center and Multi-tasking etcetera.

Today, the iPhone Dev Team has released an updated version of Redsn0w which is capable of jailbreaking users’ iTouch device running on iOS 4.2. The only downside is that the jailbreak is a tethered one which means that users need to jailbreak their iTouch device again when they restart it. However, for the iPhone 3GS (older boot rom), iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch 2G (Non-MC) this jailbreak is an untethered one.

Here are the steps to jailbreak your iTouch device using Redsn0w 0.9.6b4 :

Step 1: First and foremost, users need to update their iTouch device to iOS 4.2.1 using iTunes 10.1. They also need to download Redsn0w from here. You can also directly download iOS 4.2.1 IPSW.

Step 2: After that, users need to fire up Redsn0w and point it to the iOS 4.2.1 IPSW file. Once the IPSW file has been successfully identified by Redsn0w, users need to click on the Next’ button to proceed.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2

Step 3: Users then need to select the Install Cydia’ option along with any other feature they would like to use.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2 Install Cydia

Before proceeding with the next step, users need to make sure that their iTouch device is switched off and plugged in to the computer.

Step 4: Now, in the next step users need to hold the Power’ button and whilst holding the power button, they need to hold the Home’ button. After around 10 seconds, users need to release the Power’ button whilst still pressing the Home’ button.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2 DFU Mode

Step 5: After this, Redsn0w will work its magic and will jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS4.2.1.

This step is only for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS (newer boot rom), iPod Touch 4G, 3G, 2G and iPad owners.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2 Rebooting

Step 6: Since this Redsn0w jailbreak is a tethered one for the above said iTouch devices, users need to use the Just boot tethered right now’ option in Redsn0w every time they restart their iTouch device.

That’s it folks! You have now managed to successfully jailbreak your iTouch device running on iOS4.2.1.

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iPhone Dev. Team Blogs About Geohot’s Limera1n Exploit, Updated Redsn0w And iOS4.2.x Jailbreaking

The iPhone Dev. team has explained in a pretty lengthy blog post about Geohot’s limera1n exploit for the iTouch devices, updated version of redsn0w, iOS 4.2 and unlocking your iTouch device on iOS4.2. First and foremost, Geohot’s limera1n exploit is capable of jailbreak-ing all iTouch devices on any iOS version.

The latest version of redsn0w incorporates the limera1n exploits along with custom boot logos for the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod 2G devices and an option to apply DFU’ button in PwnageTool. iTouch device owners who have unlocked their device are recommended not to tinker around with any of the latest exploits until an easier method comes out.

If users make any mistake, they might lose their unlock permanently. The blog post also mentions that the iOS 4.2.x jailbreak is untethered at the moment. Users need to wait until @comex manages to come up with a way to untether it.

For now, only the iPhone 3G, older bootrom based iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 2G (non-MC) can be untethered jailbreak by redsn0w on iOS4.2.x.

Top 5 Halloween Apps For iPhone/iPad

Halloween is about kids wearing scary costumes, trick-or-treating people, jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, attending parties wearing wacky costumes, watching horror movies etcetera. Now that Halloween is almost here, we list out the top 5 Halloween applications for your , and to get you into the spirit of Halloween on your iDevice.halloween_Costume

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#5 Costume Ideas Halloween: Need to attend a Halloween party but confused what to wear? Confused what your kids should wear for that yearly Halloween party? Then Costume Ideas Halloween is the perfect application for you. The application suggests you what to wear every time you shake your iPhone/iPod Touch. The application also has some spooky sound effects for that Halloween feel. The application also suggests where you might find the Halloween costume the app just suggested you. Download this application from the iTunes App Store for $0.99.

#4 Halloween Sound Box: So you will be playing a spooky prank on your friend but can’t find some spooky tunes? The Halloween Sound Box application comes to your rescue then. The app contains 16 spooky Halloween tunes to fulfill all your scary’ requirements. Download the application from the App Store for free.

#3 Halloween Sniper: Halloween is all about ghosts, zombies and other Halloween monsters. Fulfill all your dreams of killing all these Halloween Monsters by playing the Halloween Sniper HD game on your iPad. Who will win this battle between you and Halloween? Buy the app for $0.99 from the App Store and find out the answer.

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How To Jailbreak iOS 4.1 iPhone/iPod Touch with Greenpois0n

The Chronic Dev Team released GreenPois0n a few days ago which allows users to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 3G/4G. Support for Apple TV and iPod Touch 2G is also on the cards. The GreenPois0n jailbreak is based on the same boot rom exploit as the one used by Geohot in Limera1n. The Chronic Dev Team preserved the SHAtterexploit for future as they did not want Apple to fix two boot rom exploits in one update and thus give them an edge in this cat-and-mouse’ game.

Users who are looking to jailbreak their iTouch device using GreenPois0n should follow the instructions below. However, before proceeding with this jailbreaking process, users should make sure that they do not update their phone to iOS4.1 using iTunes. By doing so, they will update their baseband, thus losing the network unlock for the time being. They are recommended to use TinyUmbrella to update their iTouch to iOS4.1 without updating the baseband.

Here are the steps to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad :

Step 1) Users should first download GreenPois0n from here. After starting the program, switch off your iTouch device and connect it to your computer’s USB port. After that, press the Prepare to Jailbreak (DFU)’ in GreenPois0n. Users should make sure that iTunes is not running in the background.

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Step 2) After that, users need to hold down the Sleep button for 2 seconds. After that while they continue holding the Sleep button, they should press the Home button as well for another 10 seconds. Then they should release the Sleep button whilst holding the Home button for another 15 seconds.

Step 3) Once your iTouch has entered the DFU mode, GreenPois0n will show the Jailbreak’ button. Press the Jailbreak’ button and let GreenPois0n inject its Pois0n on your iTouch. Once the jailbreak is complete, your iTouch device will automatically start up.

Step 4) The final step is to start the Loader’ application found on your iTouch device and install Cydia.

That’s it! Your iTouch is now successfully jailbroken with Cydia installed as well.

New iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle Lands in India, No Sign of iPhone 4 Yet

Of late, you might have seen several news and blogs saying that would be coming to India soon. However, let me break the news to you. Apple 4 might take a few more weeks or months to land on Indian shores. How do I know it is beyond what this post is about.

Apple Store India

If you might ask why, I will just elaborate by saying that they don’t have a lucrative business in India to start selling their devices. With a high price range of about INR 35,000 to INR 40,000, the device is out of bounds for several users. Even when iPhone first launched in India, there were hardly 1000-4000 buyers, that in itself is deterrent to the company. Most of the iPhone and iPod Touch users in India have bought their devices through the grey channel and from out of the country.

If Apple does sell 1,00,000 units in India, their margin would be somewhere around 10%. Considering the import duty and other marketing costs, the profit is minimal. If you take all of this into consideration, Apple would not even consider bringing the iPhone 4 into Indian markets altogether, but they will in course of time.

If you do want to get your hands on an Apple device, the new , iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are available at the Apple India Store now at Apple.co.in/store, go ahead and book yours, but don’t expect to see an iPhone 4 at your door for the next few months at least.

Limera1n Released; Jailbreaks Your iTouch For Life!

It was just yesterday that we told you about Geohot making a comeback to the iTouch jailbreaking scene with limera1n. Today, Geohot has released his latest jailbreaking tool limera1n. The application will allow users to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad (3.2), iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G running on iOS 4.0/4.1. limera1n is an untethered jailbreak (thanks to comex) which will jailbreak your iTouch device for life. As of now, the application is available only for Windows with the Mac version coming soon. Limera1n.jpg

The application should technically also support Apple TV. However, due to the release of limera1n the Chronic Dev team had to push back their release of GreenPois0n. As stated earlierlimera1n and GreenPois0n use different boot rom exploits to jailbreak the various iTouch devices from Apple.

The Chronic Dev team did this because they did not want to waste’ the SHAtter’ boot rom exploit and let Apple win the cat and mouse’ game.

GeoHot Limera1n App Brings Him Back to Jailbreaking

Nearly three months ago, we had reported that Geohot has decided to ditch the iTouch jailbreak scene. Now Geohot is all set to make a comeback to the iTouch jailbreaking scene with his latest tool Limera1n. This new tool from Geohot will be able to jailbreak all the various iTouch devices including the iPhone 4. Limera1n will be released on 10/11/10 i.e. on October 11; exactly a year after blackra1n was released.

Limera1n

However, the Chronic-Dev team is not happy with this move from Geohot. The Chronic Dev team will also be releasing a new jailbreaking tool GreenPois0n. The tool will be able to jailbreak all the iTouch devices running on iOS 4.1 and will be released on 10/10/10 at 10:10:10. Both Limera1n and GreenPois0n will jailbreak all the iTouch devices for life using boot rom exploits. Geohot’s Limera1n will be using a different boot rom exploit than the SHAtter’ exploit being used by Chronic Dev team.

The Chronic Dev team wants Geohot to save his new boot rom exploit for the next generation iPhone and iPad.

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