Nokia Carbon Arte – tracking the Arte journey

The Nokia Arte 8800 was launched way back in November 2007. Read Fonearena’s coverage of the launch here.

Read full specs of the range here.

Then Nokia launched the Arte Sapphire; a handset with similar specs and features, changing only the look of the handset with a value adding Sapphire gemstone in the centre of the D-pad. If you want to read more on this handset, click here.

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Vodafone finally releases iPhone prices , not affordable

I got this email from Vodafone today which released the prices of the iPhone.

Apple products don’t come cheap.

But how many of you will pay 31,000 for an iphone ?

I don’t think its affordable to most people . Also 3G does not make any sense in the indian context.

Vodafone has released the prices but still no news from my provider Airtel

Please leave a comment on your thoughts about the pricing for the iphone in india.

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New Nokia 3640 fold economy flip phone

Nokia is due to launch the 3640 fold economy flip phone across its markets.

Specs & features at a glance:

• GSM handset
• Internal display of 2 inches with 256K colours
• External 1.36-inch display with 265k colours
• Analog clock exterior screensaver
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Nokia N96 comes to India!

Perhaps taking into cognizance the growing dominance of India amongst the mobile users of the world, Nokia unveiled the N 96 in India atleast 30 days prior to its UK launch.

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At Fonearena, we have been predicting the launch of this dual slider since December 2007. Click here to know more.

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Nokia E71 Review

E71 is the latest fashion statement from Nokia

Its only 10mm thick and is rich in features. We will run through all the important features in this ESeries device

I admit that being a die hard Nokia fan. I just loved to get my hands on the device . Its such a sexy phone.

I would say its the sexiest and most beautiful phone Nokia has ever made .

Form factor , Display and styling

The phone looks damn small compared to the E61i and the metallic body makes this phone feel special and classy.

display has undergone reduction in size only 2.36 inches but it packs a 320X240 resolution and is clear and easy on the eyes

the phone comes with a 2GB microSD card and its hot swappable – port is present on the left.

volume keys are present on the right.

Connectivity

Its a Quadband GSM phone with support for 3G and HSDPA

Infrared , Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP , WIreless LAN a/b/g or WI-fi , A-GPS and 3G support . It’s also got support for HSDPA

There is a also a data cable which comes with the phone and port is below the memory card slot on the left.

Calling

Call handling was fine , no issues .

Keypad

The keypad has improved a lot over the E61i and E62 . As a matter of fact , I traded in my E61i to get this E71 and i am not regretting it

The click and feel of the new keys is great and gives you a good experience overall

There is also support for Predictive Text Input although most QWERTY phones drop this feature.

Frequent Texters / SMS freaks will love this phone for sure.

Theres is the normal D pad which has good response.

there are dedicated keys for home,calendar on the left and for phonebook and messaging on the right

keys are pretty close to each other and occasionally you might press the wrong key.

User modes

This phone has interesting new way of separating your work and personal life

Theres something called Switching modes and you can basically have 2 home screens for the phone.

You can have you personal mail accounts show up in one screen and have you corporate email show up on another.

Its a bold attempt to solve information overload.

Messaging and Email

Emailing has not got better in any Nokia phone. I added my gmail account and I did not have to enter any server information.

I just entered my email and password and chose my Wi-fi connection and it started .

I was up and running in under 30 seconds. Thats pretty good

SMS got a lot better and you can do a lot of stuff with the improved notifications system.

Mobile web browsing

Mobile browsing has got a bit better but not as cool as the iphone. I admit i have been bitten by the iphone bug

But one killer feature all of you would love . you can watch youtube videos within the browser it self .

you can actually watch streaming vidoes within the browser only which is a great improvment.

Nokia might beat the iphone hands down in this league if it improves this feature a bit.

Software , Applications , Performance and Memory

This phone runs Symbian Os 9.2 with S60 Feature Pack 1. There is some software which comes preloaded on the phone – Quickoffice(Quickword, Quickpoint, Quicksheet), Adobe PDF Reader, Active Notes

We installed Google maps , gmail app and youtube app.

It seemed to run much faster than E61i which was damn sluggish.

Theres about 110MB of phone memory and it ships with a 2 GB card, so you might not have to buy one immediately . It supports upto 8GB of memory expansion.
Camera

This e series phone has a 3.2 mega pixel camera with flash and zoom. this is good enough considering the fact that this is not a multimedia phone but a business phone.

[Sample image taken with phone]

VGA video recording (320x240px) similar to VCD quality is possible and fine for capturing great moments. Camera does not have shutter. There is a mirror on the right so that you can look into the phone while clicking your photo. There is a camera on the front but is meant for video calling.

Multimedia

Audio

There is a single speaker on the top left of the screen . Its louder than the E61i and is not bad at all for music playback. Its not perfect. Music gets a bit choppy with bass.

music playback is time upto 18 hours but sadly no 3.5mm port only a 2.5mm

There’s FM Radio too

Video

You can capture upto 1hr of video . Theres Real Player and it supports Flash Lite 3, mp4, .3gp; H.263, MPEG-4 VSP,RealVideo,H.264
Battery

Battery life is great ! 10 hours of GSM/2G talk time is as good as it gets . A 1500 mAh battery is packed at the back for device.

Conclusion

Considering the fact that the Nokia E71 is a business phone competing with the blackberry phones and other enterprise devices,

its a clear winner in most areas. Camera’s not the best but decent enough compared to E61i.

If you are looking for a phone for mainly calling , messaging and plenty of connectivity options and a fast OS plus phenomenal battery life this phone is a great buy for around Rs.20000.

This is a short review , please leave a comment if we have forgot to mention any feature.

We are still playing with the phone

Independence Day offer from Airtel

Airtel subscribers in Delhi and NCR will have another reason to celebrate the 61st year of our Independence.

Subscribers can avail the benefit of full talk time and STD at one rupee per month, minus processing charge or service tax on a recharge of Rs 1947. You also get a validity of 1 year.

1947 is the year of our Independence. Sounds cool!!!

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Should you buy the iPhone – you tell us

As the day draws near, when two leading mobile phone operators in India, Airtel and Vodafone launch the iPhone, here is a low down on the negative aspects of the handset…that we read in an In-Flight magazine of a leading Indian airline.

1. Earphones: The iPhone sports “bland” looking regular earphones that are neither classy not stylish. The sound quality is good but the design is very cheap.

2. Technology: Apart from the touch screen, the handset does not use much technology. Depending on the model released may be missing features such as Java, FM Radio, Bluetooth, GPS, or the ability to forward messages, send business cards etc.

3. Applications: Third party applications must be installed via iTunes App Store and this means that this handset is not really the normal “smart phone”.

4. Touch screen: The touch screen on the iPhone is known to be cumbersome to use due to the scratch guard.

5. Customisation: The themes on the iPhone cannot be changed. So no wallpapers, themes or cover panels etc. Even the ring tones are not changeable!

Now this is what we’ve read. Tell us what you feel!

5MP Samsung F480 with touch screen

Samsung is launching its new mobile phone the F480 TouchWiz in India. Boasting a full touch screen, the  mobile is set to pep up Samsung in the mobile touch screen segment. Compact with a sleek design it packs the combination of style and unique user interface. You can customise the sexy F480 as per your need.  There are options for you to make the mobile experience simpler and faster with a touch. The quick drag and drop feature helps you to access favourite functions instantly. Continue reading “5MP Samsung F480 with touch screen”

LG KP106B economy handset in India

The LG KP106

B candy bar has been launched in India.

Specs and features at a glance:

• 1.5-inch LCD screen
• 65k display
• 128×128 pixel resolution
• 123x115x64 mm, weighs 63 gms
• 16 polyphonic ringtones
• One touch FM key
• Supports both English and Hindi keypads
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Hi-tech TouchWiz from Samsung now in India

The Samsung TouchWiz (F480) will be launched in the Indian market on the eve of the Olympic Games 2008.

This full touch screen, ultra-slim phone has ‘drag and drop’ technology, which allows widgets to be selected from the left panel of the screen and dropped anywhere on the home screen.

Specs and features at a glance:

• 2.8-inch TFT LCD display
• 5.0 Megapixel camera with face detection, image stabilizer, auto focus, CMOS video lens and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
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HTC P4350 launched in India

Not just a good looking phone this one! It’s an action packed business phone, if that’s what you are looking for.

The Quad-band PDA phone HTC P4350 has been launched in the Indian market.

Specs &Features at a glance:

• 17mm thick, 168 grams weight
• 2.8″ TFT-LCD, 240 X 320 dot pixels with 65,536 colours
• Landscape view screen
• 2.0 Megapixel CMOS colour camera
• 5-way navigation control
• Semi-automatic sliding QWERTY keypad
• Windows Mobile 6.0 Direct push-email technology
• Internet browsing
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Nokia 3600 slide

Nokia has been kind enough to keep showering India with Handsets after handsets, and by that not any tiny weenie one’s , the best handsets and most promising one’s and most of them having their global debuts in our Sub Continent.

The recent to follow trend is the promising Nokia 3600 slide. Any old world model that’s re shaped re sized and re made this is the remake of the old 3600, only in the slider form and the OS is the new nicer revamped S40. It’s a treat looking at the mobile and its gonna be a show stealer for the women folk.

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Palringo now on iPhone

Now vocal IM on your iPhone thanks to Palringo!

Palringo enables vocal instant messaging, picture messaging and text-based messaging over the iPhone’s 3G data connection.

Popular messaging services such as Apple’s iChat for Mac OS X, AOL’s AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and Windows Live Messenger are integrated with Palringo.

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