This week, Google and HP announced a high-end Chromebook 13 which is ultra thin and features an anodized aluminum chassis.
This week was all about cheapest Android smartphone launched in India for Rs. 251. Ringing Bells – a Noida-based company – launched the Freedom 251 and the world went crazy. The company doesn’t have any history in making smartphones and anything else. All we know about the Ringing Bells is that it launched a very cheap 4G smartphone earlier this month, Smart 101 at Rs. 2,999.
Letv, now re-branded as LeEco, this week launched its budget Le 1s and flagship Le Max smartphones in India. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Letv Le 1S, Le Max, Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, Gear VR headset and more”
The last week of 2015, Xiaomi announced a new Mi TV 3 with a massive 70-inch 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) display from Sharp. It introduced the 60-inch Mi TV 3 with a 11.6mm metal frame back in October, the new 70-inch version has a slightly thicker 12.9mm aluminum alloy frame and it is 38.6mm at its thickest. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: 70-inch 4K Mi TV 3, massive 6050mAh battery smartphone, Asus Zenfone Go 4.5 and more”
Swipe has launched Swipe Junior smartphone specifically for kids. The smartphone that is targeted at children in 5-15 age group is aimed at increasing creativity and making learning fun without compromising kids safety and security.
Swipe has announced its foray into South Indian market by partnering with UniverCell Telecommunications. The company launched MTV Slash 2, MTV Slash 3G and MTV Slash 4X devices in the Swipe 3D Life Plus and Swipe MTV Series, which will be available exclusively at UniverCell stores across South India. Continue reading “Swipe ties up with UniverCell to foray into South Indian market”
Over the past year, a lot has been said in regards to the Nokia N9 and Meego’s future, be it in Nokia’s portfolio or with other manufacturers. We all don’t really know what the future holds, but after a couple of weeks with the N9, a lot of joy and a lot of sorrow using it, there are some Nokia N9 ideas that I think are worth having in other devices _ Meego, Windows Phone, S40, Symbian, or whatever the future Nokia devices will run _ and some others that I believe should be locked away in a drawer for all eternity. I’ll take the liberty of loosely calling these ideas “novelties” even though some of them aren’t exactly new to Nokia or the mobile industry as whole, but these have mostly been made more prominent with the N9.
After a few hours with the N9 in my hands, I was even more convinced (as if that was possible) of why Nokia had to make the decision to go with Windows Phone as its main Operating System. Despite the sheer joy of discovering a new OS, using and abusing the swipe gestures, and marveling at the well thought-out package between Meego and the N9’s hardware, I have to say that Meego is simply not up to par with other OSes at this point, and the N9 also comes with some terrible decisions.
I am therefore fairly certain that despite deserving its own spot in heaven, the N9, even on PR1.1, should have a special spot in hell as well. Continue reading “There’s A Special Spot In Hell For The Nokia N9”
For the past two days, I have had one of the most elite and exclusively available smartphones in my hands: the Nokia N9. Prior to trialling this unit, I was what you can call an N9-virgin: I knew it had something called Swipe, I knew there was a PR1.1 firmware that fixed a lot of bugs and added the possibility to share a picture to Twitter, and I knew everyone loved the design. That’s about it. I hadn’t seen any videos or read any extensive reviews because I wanted to avoid adding any other expectations about the N9. The device, and the OS, had already a lot of baggage and prejudice attached to them, what with Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone as its main platform, so I needed to leave a little bout of mystery around the N9 and give it the chance to surprise me.
In this post, and the following one that will come tomorrow, I will discuss the different aspects of the Nokia N9 and Meego that WOW’ed me then the ones that made me swear to the gods of mobile phones for the torture they were putting me through. These are, by no means, a full review of the N9, and I will try to stray away from all the tech talk that you can find in any other N9 posts. So let’s focus on the positive first.
I haz Mango on the N9! And a lot of candy next to it 🙂