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The Sony Xperia E runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unlike the dual-SIM version, which only packs Android 4.0. The phone also comes with 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA display, 512MB RAM and 2.2GB of internal usable storage.
Among other features, the Xperia E packs microSD card slot, 3G, Bluetooth, 1530 mAh battery and 3.2MP rear camera. The phone also supports HD Voice, which is a feature that provides better voice clarity on calls and is currently supported by select telecom operators in the country.
Sony is also offering Headphone (MDR-ZX100A) worth Rs. 1,490 with every purchase of Xperia E in the country.
The dual-SIM version of the phone Xperia E Dual is already available in the country for INR 10,990.
Sony Xperia E key features:
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) Global except Americas
3.5 Inch TFT capacitive display with 480x320p resolution
3.2MP rear camera
1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS
Dimensions: 113.5 x 61.8 x 11.0 mm, weighs 115.7 grams
Colours: White, Black, Pink
The quad core Mediatek chipset based device will be made available in April carrying an affordable price tag as well. Computer and mobile device major, Lenovo has announced yet another Android smartphone, called as the Lenovo S920. The handset has been announced for the China market as of now but it is expected to make its way to the India market in the following months. The Lenovo S920 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Lenovo’s custom user interface layered on top of it, making it the first handset of Lenovo to have the latest Android OS. The Lenovo S920 offers a 5.3 inch LCD display with an HD 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The device is powered with Mediatek’s MT6589 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB RAM. Though not confirmed by the company, the smartphone is reported to have 8 GB of internal storage along with a micro SD card slot for expandable storage as well. The Lenovo S920 features an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for imagery and video calling respectively. With 7.9mm thickness, it surely beats most other devices out there in the market. The device also features a 2,250 mAh battery. The Lenovo S920 smartphone is expected to be priced anywhere between Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 but a confirmation of the same is still awaited from Lenovo. FOLLOW MOBILE MASTER BELOW
It has been a while since we saw the Google Nexus 7 *officially* launch in India for Rs. 19,999/- but now, out of the blue, we have got the devices page on the Indian Google Play Store selling the Nexus 7 directly for Rs. 15,999 for the 16 GB version. Earlier, it was Croma, the Tata retailer that was selling it, but looks like we are finally seeing Google directly selling the device.
Lets face it, the ASUS made Nexus 7 is pretty old now, but it sure isn’t not worth its price. At Rs. 15,999 this is probably the best pure Google device you can get. But does this also mean the Nexus 4 and the future Nexus devices might be sold in India through the Play Store? We really do hope so.
You can follow some easy tips to enjoy the festival of colours along with your mobile phone.
Holi is a festival of water and colour but except a few mobile phones available in the market all the rest are not designed to enjoy Holi with you. Well, the easiest thing you can do is keep your phone at home but it will disconnect you from your friends and you will miss out on clicking those rare Holi pictures.
Just imagine if your mobile gets hits by water-filled balloons, or becomes the target of water gun (pichkari) or is dropped in water during Holi celebration. In any of these instances, you may have to rush them to service center to revive them. To avoid the inconvenience and dampen your Holi spirits you can follow some easy tips to enjoy the festival of colours along with your mobile phone.
The first and the simplest thing you can do to keep your mobile phone in a transparent plastic shopping bags and zip-lock pouches which are inexpensive means of saving your phone from water. Make use of rubber bands to tightly pack your phone. In case you plan to use this method, keep a pouch of silica gel or desiccant granules in the package to keep the device moisture free.
On the accessory front, safest bet is to buy a waterproof covers not only for Holi but also for daily use, especially during monsoon. Several such accessories are available starting at Rs 100, and they can range up to the price of an entry level smartphone. These accessories are made by brands like Otterbox, Pelican, iBall and others.
Do note that using water proof and Silicon or thermoplastic polyurethane cases may save your handset from rain and water, but that doesn’t bail out moisture so ensure that you take out the handset often and clean it, along with the case, with dry tissues.
Despite these measures if your phone does get wet, here is a list of measures to increase the chances of resurrecting it:
Dealing with a wet mobile phone
The first thing to do with a wet mobile phone is to pull out the battery. Cutting off the power to the phone will increase chances of the device’s recovery. Do not try to turn on a wet phone as it may cause a low-level short circuit and damage core components of the handset. Wrap the wet phone, SIM card module, memory card and battery separately in paper sheets or moisture absorbing dry tissues.
Wipe the wet components of the phone with a clean cotton cloth or tissues, and don’t turn on the phone immediately. Chances are that it still isn’t completely dry. Avoid using a hair dryer to dry the phone or putting it into an oven or microwave at low temperature. By doing that you’re totally killing all possibilities of saving your mobile phone. Instead, leave the phone components in a dry place like near a window or under indirect sunlight.
If the phone was heavily soaked, use the famous rice method. Take a bowl of raw rice and submerge the phone, battery and SIM card in it for at least 24 hours. Leave it unattended and do not turn it on until after half a day or so. Let it dry completely.
Alternatively, soak the components in silica gel sachets that can be found in new bags, insulated thermoware etc. These absorb moisture.
When everything else fails, take your phone to a reliable mobile service station and be honest about what happened to the device.
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Great apps for a festival of colors.
With Holi knocking on our doors, here we bring to you a selection of Android applications that one must have to enjoy Holi in the true spirit.
Festival of Colors (Holi Tips)
The application brings a variety of tips and a host of information for users on how they can make their Holi even happier.
There are tips on how you can make colors at home and how you can play safer Holi; even tips on how to care for your skin, especially considering all the harsh colors people throw at you. Along with that the application has a lot of information on and about Holi and various aspects related to it.
Sweet ‘N’ Spicy
If you crave real Indian food then the Sweet ‘N’ Spicy application is just the right tool for you. It has a list of sweet and savory recipes that one can cook to enjoy with family and friends.
Sweet ‘N’ Spicy has more than 4000 recipes and 400 video recipes that makes it extremely handy. All the information has been organized and cataloged. The recipes are grouped by categories, foods, and ingredients as well so that you can be absolutely clear that what you ask is what you will get.
The app also features the first Calorie calculation engine for Indian recipes, which is a great addition for health conscious people, and with a little help and creativity they can add or remove extra bulk from the recipes and get the same old taste.
What is Holi without music? Music is like the overdrive gear in Holi celebrations. The Holi Songs application for Android is a collection of Holi songs from popular movies and even some not so popular ones, but with one thing in common, the spirit of Holi.
The application offers free streaming of songs so all the users have to pay for is the internet subscription or connection and the rest is delivered right to the device.
The Holi Greetings application for Android is the perfect companion application one must have especially during the week of Holi. This application offers up to 30 different Holi greetings that one can send to friends and family. And by greetings we mean colorful images that could really help brighten someone’s day.
The greetings can be easily shared using email so that users do not even need to spend money on sending costly MMS multimedia messages.
The application is available for Android devices running version 2.2 and above, and can be installed on the devices free of cost.
The app, Camera MX, is one of the few camera apps on Android Market to offer real-time filters that help in quickly editing captured photos and publishing them, so don’t hold yourself back; go ahead and shoot many creative pictures this Holi.
The Camera MX includes 16 filters that allow for creative decisions as quick as the mobile user. This list includes popular effects like Lomo, Sepia, Pop Art, Negative, Orton, and Kaleidoscope.
In addition to this it also allows users to calibrate their images more precisely by adjusting saturation, contrast and white balance etc. The finished photos can be assembled into more personalized formats. Users can post pictures to Facebook and Twitter with just the click of a button. Additionally, users can upload pictures to a Magix online album, where these pictures can be presented to the whole world from your personal domain.
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