MOBILE PHONES

FOR ME & MY WIFE

Posted on July 24, 2014. Filed under: MOBILE PHONES, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: , , |

The mobile phones have become smarter with many features that were not even thinkable being offered now. The displays have become larger and brighter with some even offering resolutions of 2k. The cameras found in the mobile phones of today are no longer a gimmick but have to a large extent at least for the ordinary user have succeeded in making the point and shoot cameras redundant.

With 3G offered by most operators, it is just a matter of few clicks or swipes or touches to access the internet and the many offerings it has to offer.

Publications in the form of e-books have made reading on the go a new experience.The printed material has given way to bytes and e-readers.

Same is the case with audio and video files. Personal media players have been stowed away into some corner of the house with the newer phones possessing the best hardware and software to play audio and video files. No longer is it necessary to carry a bag load of different gadgets and their chargers and cables. One device-the ubiquitous smartphone does it all in a small form factor fitting every pocket.

Shopping on the mobile phones is also possible with only the purse allowing the payment.
The many apps have made it possible not only to view and edit documents but also to create them and in this process one is no longer tied to the laptop or the desktop.

Battery technology is something that needs to improve in order to keep up with the displays and the multitasking the phones of today being capable of.

For me or more specifically, I need a mobile phone that is capable of showing my location to my wife. There have been times when I need to stay at my work place beyond the regular hours and true to her wont, my wife is not in the habit of believing it. She terms me a liar and I am not happy with the ever growing size of this tag.

There is another feature that I want in my incredible phone-the ability to decipher the emotions of the caller. I can be in a position to know the emotion of the caller so that necessary arrangements can be made at my end to avoid any unpleasantness. Be it my boss or my wife or my seniors, this feature would truly make my life less cumbersome with no one forced to provide any false excuses.

This post is my shot at the fabulous Zenphone offered by ASUS and indiblogger.in.

More details of the Zenphone are available at http://www.asus.com/campaign/zenfone/IN/

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GREAT GIVEAWAY

Posted on January 27, 2013. Filed under: ANDROID BLOGS, MOBILE PHONES, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: , , |

 

The blog named ‘bestandroidblog’ is going to giveaway a Google Nexus upon completing simple tasks.

There are many blogs devoted to the mobile operating system Android.The blogs make life simpler for ordinary Android users like me.Best Android Blog offers insights into the various aspects of Android powered devices using language and terms that can be understood by even the most technically challenged.

The link to the giveaway is http://www.bestandroidblog.com/news-updates/bestandroidblog-contest-participate-and-win-asus-google-nexus-7-tablet-16-gb/

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FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT ON THE GO

Posted on May 15, 2012. Filed under: 3G, INTERNET, MOBILE PHONES, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: , , |

 

It is 10 years that I have been using the internet and there has never been a dull day with the www and sometimes this has raised the hackles of my parents, friends,co-workers and last but not least, my wife.At times I wonder whether the internet has made me an addict because I cannot live without it even for a single day. My wife even reads out the riot act disgusted with me giving more time to the virtual world than to her.Once she threatened to throw my laptop out but I was unfazed since she also has the urge to check out the latest on the web.Moreover, I also access the internet on my mobile phones-3 of them.

I remember the first time I got on to the internet when I had to spend Rs.100 to get an email from my brother. In a matter of few days, I was hooked and most of my meagre salary was spent on surfing the net. Then the moment arrived with the PC coming home.It was really difficult in those days to get the internet connection without delay.The wait was worthwhile since the internet at home was not only economical in terms of money but also in terms of time..With the upgradation to broadband, things became even more fun and exciting with things like downloads and video chatting.

The ability to search for information was and still is the best reason to use the internet.In this context, the internet has proved to be extremely helpful.With no public library it is the internet that has always been the information giver of the last resort.The internet is also way less expensive vis-à-vis the printed material.

Then my brother introduced me to the world of blogs and the internet has never been the same for me again.Today, I spend more time reading blogs and making the occasional post on mine.It is true that most of the blog world is now very close to the organized media, but it still gives me a kick out of a personal post.It was very difficult to make yourself heard within the confines of the traditional mass media.But with blogs, you can make your point even when no one listens to it! This is something that I find is truly cathartic and liberating.

In the last couple of years, the social networks like facebook and twitter have really caused an exponential growth in the popularity of the internet.Most of us have an account on facebook.I can easily share photos and videos with near and dear ones.It is with facebook that my wife is really comfortable with the internet for she can show her latest acquisitions in terms of sarees and jewellery to her sisters.Of course, things become very painful for me in terms of my finances when she has a sight of the acquisitions made by her siblings.

It is not the internet accessed on the PC but mobile internet that has changed the way in the interaction with the world.Today even the most basic cell phone comes with the ability to bring the power of the internet to your hands. No longer is one tied to the same spot to access the internet. Internet on the mobile devices coupled with the likes of facebook, instagram and twitter have made the internet a truly fun experience. The arrival of 3G has made the internet experience even better. I can now watch the occasional video on sites such as youtube.

The use of apps on the mobile phone has given the fun to most of the internet experience.I can in a simple touch click and share photos and videos through facebook and twitter. I remember when my brother emailed me about the loss of his phone,I called him on skype installed on my phone. The app Talking Tom has brought joy even to my parents and my infant son.I have been using the app Sportstracker to help me shed weight and achieve some kind of physical fitness.

I was never someone who liked to play games on the PC but the game Angry Birds has really given me great joy.I am really engrossed in the task of destroying the pigs.I have become really addicted to this game.The game has brought out the child in me.

No longer I have to log on to the PC to check emails since everytime I get a new email,my phone informs me.I am also able to mail on the mobile.The blog app has given me the ability to post on the go.I am in a position to read documents in the .pdf format with the help of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on the phone.With the help of Quick Office, I am able to read and also edit different kinds of documents.

I like to listen to music and my phone allows me to go to youtube.com and watch any video of the artist/group in one simple step thanks to the internet.I have become a sort of an expert in the forecast of weather.The secret lies in the app Accuweather that I use to check the weather.Mobile internet has truly given the power of the internet in our hands.

Mobile service providers like Vodafone have been at the forefront in bringing the latest technology to our mobile phones as far as the internet is concerned.It is a shame that I live in a part of India where I cannot have access to the 3G service of Vodafone.

It is difficult to imagine my world without mobile internet.It has become a constant in my life.Someone said decades ago “music is the only friend until the end”.I apologise and say that mobile internet is the only true friend.

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GREAT PLANS

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: 3G, AIRCEL, INDIA, MOBILE PHONES, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: , |

 

Getting on to the internet has been a liberating experience.The internet has helped us to connect to each other easily and in ways not far from fantasy.The proliferation of social networks coupled with cellular devices armed with the latest hardware and software have made it possible to remain in touch with friends,near and dear ones and the world in general.However, all the connectivity hinged on one crucial element-the costs of bandwidth.

The introduction of 3G services was expected to make connectivity faster and much less hasslefree.But the costs dampened the expectations.One had to pay more to obtain a true 3G service.Many so-called 3G services are just marginally better than EDGE/GPRS services even as the customers are charged astronomical amounts.The video calling feature seemed more like a gimmick where there was little syncronisation between the video and the audio.I was taken back to the days where Hollywood films were first dubbed into Indian languages where the dialogues and the pictures did not coincide.

The introduction of new unlimited 3G plans by Aircel has the potential to revolutionise the way we use 3G enabled cellular devices to connect.My favourite is the plan that offers 50 MB of 3G data for a meagre payment of Rs.8/- per day.

With the new plans, I can utilize the full potential of my 3G device and also connect to the virtual and the real worlds much more smoothly.I will no longer be held back by high costs of 3G and the lack of bandwidth.It will be much easier for me to share pictures and videos with others.My parents can see the face of my young son when I make a video call.I can share his exploits and mischiefs with his grandparents,uncle and aunts by easily sharing the videos.

I can now have access to news and watch videos whenever I need. Apps like Instagram can be made to truly work for me.

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a WELCOME STEP

Posted on February 2, 2011. Filed under: MOBILE PHONES, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: , , , |

It is for years that cell phone users have been asking for a common standard as far as the chargers are concerned.Every cellphone maker has a different charging device.Even within the same brand, models tend to come with different chargers over a period of time.

I started with a Nokia 6610 and now I am using Nokia XpressMusic 5800.The earlier charger has a different pin tip on the charger and so does not suit the new phone.Also, I have a Windows powered phone that has a mini-USB port for charging as well as for data transfers.My parents have a Samsung and a Nokia phone.Again, the chargers are different.So there a number of chargers at home which are not compatible with all phones.

For some time now, there has been a talk of cellphone makers thinking of adopting the mini-USB as the standard port for charging.That would definitely reduce the clutter and free us from the tyranny of the wires.There are times, when a significant part of the travel bag is occupied by the different chargers.

I came across a write-up at gottabemobile.com that talks of Apple putting its weight behind the idea of the mini-USB.This is a welcome step in the right direction.

However, I am not amused by the premise that a single type of charger would be helpful in making the world much more greener.

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LIFE & FILE IN THE FAST LANE

Posted on October 31, 2010. Filed under: 3G, MOBILE PHONES, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: , , |

The advent of mobile phones helped to unleash a revolution in the way people communicated with each other. No longer was it required to stay at certain places in order to talk.The mobile phones made it possible to communicate without talking via SMS and MMS.

The 3G networks are hoped to have a multiplier effect on the mobile world.It is seen as something that will help faster communication in ways that were earlier possible with broadband internet-like downloads and uploads. 3G brings everything together into the small devices called the mobile phones.

Believe me, I have been using 3G for sometime now and can vouch for the mobility it offers.Other than using the phone to talk, I am able to connect to the virtual world effortlessly and in a very economic way.I use my 3G to stay connected to the internet even when I am away from home.

3G has made it possible to offer me to establish a means of communication between my real and virtual worlds without having to crossover often at a cost. I can talk to my near and dear ones and at the same time I can be in the company of my friends in the virtual world.

3G has the ability to make our fantasies real.

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