I recently ported my Reliance CDMA connection to Airtel GSM, and this called
for a change of handsets. I was using a Samsung Galaxy Pop CDMA with
Reliance, along with a Galaxy S III as my primary internet device. My
requirements for the new phone were quite simple:
Good battery life since this was to be my primary phone for voice – the
Galaxy Pop used to serve me for 2-3 days (without a mobile data connection
though) Price around Rs 15,000 Smooth and reliable performance
Given the above constraints, Windows Phones seemed to be the way to go, and
also give me some platform diversity. There were 3 options – the Lumia 520
(Rs 9500), 620 (Rs 13,000) and 720 (Rs 17,000) which have the same internals
(CPU+GPU) thus having similar user experiences. I was pretty tempted by the
520′s price, but the lower quality screen, lack of compass (really
important for navigation) and sm... (more)
First the Google Reader shutdown earlier this year showing that Google is not
averse to shutting down services that have a significant user base. Then came
the shared personal endorsement that was opt out by default and would have
made Facebook proud. And now we have Google experimenting with banner ads.
They sure had us fooled.
With the search results already looking like below on the iPad, nothing much
left to say other than the world probably ended in 2012, and we are living in
an alternate version of reality.
If you are a heavy user of their services, good luck trying to get ... (more)
Just replace Google with Microsoft and turn back the clock by 15-20 years in
the below article and you will notice striking similarities in their
strategies to capture the market:
Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means
necessary | Ars Technica.
The decisions make perfect business sense and is possibly the easiest way for
Google to maintain control over Android while taking care of the
fragmentation issues that have plagued the platform over the last few years.
As an end user this has both positive and negative implications. The good
part is that we ... (more)
It’s been over 3 years since I got a DSLR, and 4 lenses, tons of book and a
bunch of accessories (and overall expenses just a bit south of Rs 2L) later
here’s my take on whether you should get a DSLR (yes, whether) and what you
should start with if you decide to take the plunge.
First things first
A lot of it depends on your budget – not just the initial amount but also
the amount you will be spending (or be tempted to) after you have taken the
plunge. The minimum amount you will have to spend to start off will be in the
Rs 25 – 30K range (unless you bag a second hand deal) and t... (more)
The good news is that the Bluetooth freezing issue seems to have been ironed
out after the Amber update on my Lumia 720. Originally, the phone used to
freeze upon disconnecting my Bluetooth headset, but after the Amber update
the phone seems to behave normally (almost). The main quirk that I noticed is
the screen responding erratically at times (culprit seems to be the Facebook
I had initially thought that the Bluetooth freeze had been replaced with this
touch issue, but some troubleshooting last night seems to suggest otherwise.
The touch issue that I have been facing is ... (more)