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The iPhone 5C Just Made The Dying iPhone 5 A Whole Lot More Attractive

If there is one thing Apple is good at, it is sticking to its prices. Each year a new iPhone is released and till the time a successor is announced, it continues to command its premium price. Post that one year, it is relegated to the second tier and is sold at a slightly lower price point. Infact, for a lot of time the common industry wisdom was this – Apple has a cheaper iPhone, its the last year’s model. Then the clamour for a new cheaper iPhone grew, and when details about a new plastic iPhone leaked, the world was convinced that a cheaper iPhone was indeed coming. As it turns out, Apple can still surprise.

The iPhone 5C is going to replace the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will no longer be sold, and instead you’ll be presented with the colourful new iPhone 5C. The 5C is essentially the iPhone 5 in a plastic case, with a slightly better battery and a slightly better front facing camera. These are minor improvements, and ones you’ll probably not even notice in day to day use. There is one aspect in which the 5C presents an advantage – it along with the 5S supports Indian LTE bands, making it one of the first smartphones to do so. That being said, both Reliance Jio and Airtel’s LTE rollout isn’t quite lighting up the country and it will be more than a few months before you can think of LTE as a viable option.

iPhone 5C India

The iPhone 5C is $549 unlocked for the 16 GB model. Further, because Apple doesn’t increase prices post launch, it pegs the Dollar rate at a much higher value that the current rate to protect its margins should the Rupee fall further. With this in mind, the cheapest price that one can expect for the iPhone 5C is around 40-42,000 INR. You can currently buy an iPhone 5 for about 42-43,000 INR.

While Jonny Ive might claim that the iPhone 5C is unapologetically plastic, it will never feel as premium as the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 5S. Infact, in my book the iPhone 5 is a better buy than the 5C, LTE support notwithstanding – and this purely down to looks. Since the 5 and the 5S are almost identical, Apple is using the 5C as another way to differentiate the 5S from yesteryear’s model.

The iPhone 5C was never destined to be a cheaper iPhone, it is perhaps a manifestation Ive’s desire for colour. A lot is being said about how colour matched wallpapers and iOS 7 transparencies on the 5C add to the experience of one colour permeating through, but I do not buy into that. Most people will change wallpapers the moment they get a new phone, and iOS 7 will then start reflecting that colour, not the colour of the phone. This isn’t a big deal – but the point I’m making is that why get a plastic iPhone when you can get a the same thing in beautiful aluminum.

Once the iPhone 5C and the 5S start selling in India, you won’t be able to buy the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S will touch 50,000 INR easy, so if you want an iPhone closer to 40 than 50, get the iPhone 5 while you still can.

Deal Alert: Get The Lumia 925 For ₹ 30874 On Flipkart

Lumia 925 Flipkart

The Lumia 925 has just started to hit stores across the country, but it has already received a 1.5 thousand INR price cut on Flipkart, bringing its price down to Rs. 32,499.

Lumia 925 Online Deal

However, if you pay using a credit card, you can get another 5% off. That brings the price down to just Rs. 30,874, which is quite a deal.

Hat tip to @rohitsane for the find.

Lumia 920 Amber (GDR2) Update Now Available

Nokia’s started rolling out the much awaited Amber update for its Lumia 920 smartphone. From Microsoft’s perspective, GDR2 is more of an enabler than one that brings new features, however there are still many compelling reasons to upgrade. You get the revamped Xbox Music app, support for FM radio, IE10 HTML5 improvements, an improved Skype experience among other things. Further, there are Nokia specific improvements such as support for glance screen, tap to wake up, flip to silence and the ability use apps like Smart Camera, YouTube uploader and Video Trimmer that you couldn’t previously use on the Lumia 920, despite the apps being available on the Windows Phone Store.

Lumia 920 Firmware Update

The firmware number is 3047.0000.1326.2002, and Microsoft calls the GDR2 update by the 8.0.10327.77 or 8.0.10328.78 name. Microsoft’s official changelog lists the following improvements:

  • Google accounts. Windows Phone 8 now supports the CardDAV and CalDAV protocols that allow people to sync Google contacts and calendar information when they get new phones. (Existing phones that are synced to a Google account prior to December 31, 2013 will continue to sync as before.)
  • Xbox Music. It’s now easier to select, download, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.
  • FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone’s data usage with Data Sense. You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
  • Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.
  • Internet Explorer. Several fixes, including improvements to media playback reliability, will make your web browsing experience better than ever.
  • Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)
  • Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

The update is rolling out across various regions, so it is possible that it might not be immediately available on your device. As always, make sure you backup the phone before you update.

[via: My Nokia Blog]

Lumia 1020 Camera Samples

The 41 MP Lumia with a back side illuminated sensor, a 6 part Zeiss lens, OIS and more has just been announced. One of the really nice things about the Lumia 1020 is that it captures two photos everytime you press the shutter, a full resolution image (34 MP or 38 MP depending on whether you’re shooting in the 16:9 or 4:3 resolution) and a oversampled 5 MP photo that’s extremely crisp owing to each pixel in it being created from 7 pixels.

Another really nice addition is to shoot first and zoom later. So even after you have taken the shot, you can reframe the photo. That means you can zoom in (or out), focus on an entirely different part of the image, change the angle and so on.

So what kind of photos can you expect from the device? Here are some samples, click through for the full resolution photos.

34 MP shots (16:9): Some of them are over 10 MB in size.

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

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Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

Regular 5 MP photo samples: These are photos you’ll email, post to facebook and generally share. Like earlier, click through for the full 5MP photo.

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

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Low Light:

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

If you’ve forgotten what’s the advantage of shooting with a 41 MP sensor, here’s a reminder.

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

Lumia 1020 Sample Photos

That is the power of having just an incredible sensor in your phone. You can go from barely seeing the girl, to a full blown portrait.

While these photos are from Nokia’s press site, over the years I have grown to trust Nokia’s samples to be a fairly accurate example of what the phone is capable of. While our day to day results will not be as impressive as these (Nokia does multiple photo sessions, has 100s of discards, perfect lighting, professionals taking photos etc), most people will be happy if they manage to even get photos that are 70% like these.

If you’d to see even more photos, this is the link to Nokia’s press site. If you are interested in the details behind this engineering feat, here is Nokia’s official whitepaper explaining everything – both hardware and software.

Nokia’s 41 Megapixel Windows Phone Is Official: The Lumia 1020 Pureview

A 41 Megapixel Windows Phone from Nokia has been on the cards ever since the PureView 808 was announced, and it took more than a few months, but the Lumia 1020 PureView is finally official. If a camera enthusiast could dream of the specs he or she would want in a device, this is what it would be. An incredible 41 MP sensor that lets you zoom without loosing quality, optical image stabilisation for great low light shots, pixel binning for even less noise, Xenon flash if you’re looking for even more light, a LED light if you’re shooting video in the dark, high amplitude capture mics so that you get great audio for your videos, Nokia’s Pro camera app to give you greater control over shooting modes, and finally a 6 part ZEISS lens.

In 2012 Nokia made a similar device, the Pureview 808, but that device ran Symbian, a dated operation system and it weighed 169 grams and measured 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm. The Lumia 1020 PureView is 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm and weights 158 gramsNokia’s kept the huge 41 MP sensor AND the Xenon flash, yet has been able to bring down the thickness to just 10.4 mm from 13.9 mm. For comparison’s sake, the Lumia 920 is 10.7 mm thick. We might finally have a killer cameraphone that’s small enough for people to be happy about making it their daily driver.

Here is all you need to know about the Lumia 1020 PureView:

Key features

  • 41 megapixel sensor captures the sharpest images with details never thought possible from a smartphone
  • Nokia Pro Camera boosts creativity through simple and easy to use controls usually reserved for the expert photographer
  • Nokia Rich Recording delivers distortion free stereo audio in the loudest environments
  • Comes with the only fully integrated and true offline Global maps experience from the HERE location suite

Nokia's 41 Megapixel Windows Phone Is Official: The Lumia 1020 Pureview

Camera:

  • PureView 41MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Backside-illuminated image sensor
  • 6-lens ZEISS optics
  • high resolution zoom 3x
  • autofocus, xenon Flash, LED for video, 1080p video at 30fps
  • Includes Nokia Pro Camera app and Nokia Smart Camera app
  • Secondary camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle

Technical profile

  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Networks: GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, WCDMA: 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, LTE network bands: 1, 3, 7, 20, 8
  • Speed: HSPA+: DL Cat 24, dual carrier 42.1 Mbps/UL Cat6 5.76Mbps
  • HERE location and mapping service; free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+, free HERE transit available in the store
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory; 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
  • Display: 4.5’’ AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, Clear Black, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, Super Sensitive Touch for nail and glove usage, Nokia Glance Screen
  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • Size: 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm, Weight: 158 g
  • Connectivity: USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
  • Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via accessory cover
  • Audio: IHF speakers, 2 microphones, Nokia Rich Recording, HD voice compliant, 3.5mm AV connector

Nokia original accessories

  • Nokia Camera Grip PD-95G
  • Confidence to take the perfect shot
  • Built-in extra battery for longer usage,
  • Ergonomic grip with a two-stage camera key,
  • Universal tripod mount
  • Nokia Wireless Charging Cover CC-3066
  • Effortless charging just a snap away
  • Enable wireless charging with form fitting Qi compliant snap-on cover
  • JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia MD-100W
  • Nokia Purity Pro Stereo Headset by Monster (BH-940) • Nokia Wireless Charging Car Charger CR-200

Colours

  • Yellow, white, black

Operating times

  • Maximum talk time (3G): 13.3 h • Standby time: 16 Days
  • Video Playback time: 6.8 hours • Music Playback time: 63 hours

Nokia sales package accessories

  • Charger: AC-60
  • Cable: CA-190CD
  • Battery: Pre-installed (BV-5XW) • Headset: WH-208
  • Guides: User guide booklet
  • Other inbox content: SIM door opening key

That Leaked Tizen Redwood Device – It Looks Awfully Like The Developer PQ Device

Pictures of a Samsung Tizen smartphone that is supposedly the GT-i8800 are making the rounds of the internet today. While I can’t be certain that the device in the pictures is not the GT-i8800 (or a similar device that will be sold commercially), it does look a lot like the Tizen Developer device PQ that’s been available for a while now.

Tizen PQ Developer Device

While the device is seen running some Samsung software like SVoice that’s not been available publicly, it could easily be a case of the latest Tizen ROM being run on the developer device. The idea of Samsung’s first commercial Tizen device looking so much like the developer device doesn’t really appeal to me.

Tizen Handheld Phone

 Changing the name of the device is easy too.

Many thanks to Leon Anavi of Opencode Systems Ltd. for the heads up!