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April 15, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 – just buy it!

Nokia’s Lumia 900 is the phone which is trying hard to vie Android and iPhone users. Not in a blatantly obnoxious kind of way, but in actual content and innovation kind of way. I can’t believe I am saying this about a Microsoft device, but Microsoft has really outdone itself with a fresh new operating system and Nokia brings its hardware forte to the market. The best thing about the phone is that it is essentially free until April 21’st, with AT&T’s bill credit from Nokia! So just bite the bullet and go get it!

Pros

1. A well-built uni-body casing –  As an iPhone user I think the Lumia is somewhat bulky, but for those of you who like a solid phone when you grasp it, Nokia Lumia 900 promises to give you that.

2. A fresh new platform – Windows Mango OS. Throw away the Microsoft Windows (Vista) image that you have in mind. Microsoft has decided to pull its act together and come back in a big way. The OS is fast, quite impressive, functional, user-friendly and the features – Local Scout, Threaded Messaging, and Social Networking Hubs actually work seamlessly. If you haven’t given it a spin, you can check out the simulator here and see if you like it.

3. Great deal – Again it’s free 🙂

4. LTE- This is one of those features that actually makes a difference to the user. Coupled with the snappy Windows OS platform, the high-speed network support definitely sweetens the deal.

Cons

1. Content – I think this is the biggest hurdle Microsoft/Nokia face. The number of Apps is extraordinarily low compared to that on the iOS or an Android device. However, if the platform attracts enough users and turns out as viable option for App developers it could change the App landscape in the next few years.

2. OS – Windows Phone OS is brand new and there might be some serious gaps that Microsoft has left open and you might just stumble into one. At the same time, the OS is sort of refreshing to use and is faster compared with Microsoft’s other sluggish software or even Android and iOS.

All in all, if you are not yet a smart phone user (Android or iPhone user), then you should check it out! The phone has already topped Amazon’s bestselling list, overtaking Android phones. Recently Nokia pushed a critical update to fix a data connection bug ahead of time (and as goodwill measure they are effectively selling the phone free of cost until the 21st) , which hopefully means that Nokia is dead serious about this phone.

P.S  Nokia/AT&T’s  interesting (idiotic) marketing stunt was to release the phone on Easter day when all the AT&T stores were closed in the US. What were they thinking?!?

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January 9, 2012

CES 2012: Nokia Lumia 900

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

At CES today, Nokia officially announced the launch of its latest in the Lumia series, the Nokia Lumia 900 – first 4G LTE Windows Nokia phone, in the United States. Like the Lumia 800, the 900 uses Super AMOLED technology, but has a slightly larger display at 4.3 inches as opposed to the 3.7 inch Lumia 800. The phone has 512 MB RAM & uses Microsoft’s Mango OS. With a single core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Lumia 900 is expected to arrive in the US in a couple of months.

The exterior comes in the single polycarbonate matte plastic build like the Lumia 800 and reportedly gives a sturdy feel. Lumia 900 will be sold in two colors – Cyan & Black. It has a 8 MegaPixel camera with f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens with a dual LED flash  and a front facing f/2.4 wide angle lens. Expected to provide 7 hours of battery life and will be available on AT&T. Nokia hasn’t yet released the price and the phone is expected to hit AT&T and Windows stores in a few months.

Finally Microsoft & Nokia have come out with a phone of value. The Lumia 900 is ready to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy LTE phone & the iPhone 4S (the iPhone was released five years ago on this day – a nice bit of trivia there by MG Seigler) Check out the full specification of the Nokia Lumia 900 & our comparison of the iPhone 4S, Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy SII and Nokia 800.

 

October 30, 2011

Microsoft’s vision of the post PC future

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Funnily, many products either don’t have a form factor or if they do, they seem to have Apple’s design aesthetic 🙂 I like how Microsoft terms this the future of technology.

October 27, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4s vs. Galaxy S II vs. Droid Razr

The biggest player in the handset industry, Nokia has now officially entered the smart phone battle with the release of its new phones – Nokia Lumia 800 & 710. Nokia has kicked its old MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to build phones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

The spec on Lumia 800 is comparative to iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus II and Droid Razr, except that it falls short in the video recording category at 720 p while others are at 1080 p.  We posted a chart from PC World to spell out the technical details for you.

Lumia 800 will launch in some European countries next month and will roll out to Asian countries and Russia by end of the year. Lumia 710 is also expected launch alongside Lumia 800 in Russia and Asia this year. Nokia doesn’t really seem to be going after the US market, since it is not clear when these phones will be available in the US, although the company’s press indicated that it would be releasing a portfolio of products early next year.  Nokia also did not say which US carriers would carry the phones. As for the price, Lumia 800 will be available at $549.99 unlocked.

Earlier, we had reported that Microsoft payed $1 Million to Nokia for their partnership. It’s interesting to see how the Android landscape has changed since then, with device manufacturers either paying royalty to competitors or just not being able to sell in countries where they have been sued for patent infringement. Was Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 7 OS (instead of Android) a smart move? Maybe, but in my opinion Miscrosoft got the better end of the deal. Globally, Nokia’s phones are very popular for their hardware and have an established customer base, and now with a better OS in place, Nokia & Microsoft are all set to take over the cell phone market on a big scale.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 (left) and Lumia 710 (right)


June 12, 2011

Patent Wars: HTC vs. Microsoft, Apple vs. Samsung

BY THE APPLE GIRL

For every Android phone it sells, HTC has agreed to pay $5 to Microsoft over intellectual patent infringement. Although it is not clear on the area of infringement, those close to the company indicate that the infringement broadly applies in areas ranging from the user interface to the underlying operating system. HTC also makes Windows phones but apparenty thats irrelevant.
So there you go, Microsoft has found its way into making some $$ from Android. 
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS obviously is far less superior than Android which is why they’re trying to make some $$ off Android 🙂

It seems like everyone is suing each other these days. Apple filed a suit in April claiming that Samsung stole the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung later in the month filed a suit against Apple claiming that it infringed on 10 patents. Namely, the ability to use the web while on the phone.

In the end, Apple is still Samsung’s number two customer as Samsung provides the processor chips for the iPhones. Come on people, competition is good for the market!

 

May 24, 2011

“App Store” – What’s in a name?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Why does every mobile OS maker or app seller want to call their application distribution platform an App Store? That’s what Apple is complaining about.

It’s no doubt that Microsoft has an issue about the trademark and it filed a motion at the US trademark and Patent office to deny Apple’s application, claiming Apple cannot trademark a generic term. To remind Microsoft, “App Store” wasn’t a generic term until Apple created it.

Soon Amazon followed and named it’s store for Android apps as “Amazon App Store” and Apple sued Amazon.

Why cant others call their distribution platforms something else like “Application Store”, because thats what an App Store really is? 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Google has done a good job calling it’s “App Store” the Market. However,  an outsider who is not familiar with Android may wonder what the Market is.  The response to that would be the app store for Android.

Yes, AppleGirl we can call it the application store. However, in this day and age where acronyms are in our everyday vocab, who doesn’t use the abbreviated version 🙂

I say that we coin the new term the App Entrepot and call it a day!

March 26, 2011

Microsoft and Nokia trying to make a comeback with $1 billion?

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Have you seen the latest numbers reported by comScore survey? Out of 30,000 subscribers, Google took the lead with 31.2% of the market share! RIM came in at 30.4%, Apple at 24.7% and Microsoft at 8.0%.

With Microsoft at 8% no wonder they’re paying Nokia $1 billion to manufacture their Windows Phone. If they succeed, it will benefit both parties. However, are they too late? It’ll be a long trek up from the bottom of the ladder, let’s see how this pans out.


source: comScore,bloomberg

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

A Securities and Exchange commission document indicates that Nokia expects to transition to Windows Phone 7 platform in about two years. Yes TWO years! Can you imagine where iPhone and Android phones will be by then?

Nokia also indicates that until it moves to Windows Phone 7, it will continue to leverage its investment in Symbian. Nokia has had a setback in the phone industry with the advent of the iPhone and Android devices. I really doubt if tieing the knot with Microsoft is going to help them to make a comeback.

What do you think?

source: ComputerWorld

January 15, 2011

Love iTunes, but don’t have an iPhone?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Now you can control your iTunes via a Windows Phone 7 App. The Remote App lets you to browse and control your iTunes playlists and albums from the palm of your hand. To make it work, you will need to install a pairing utility software on your computer. The software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7  and Mac OS X.

I don’t get why someone would want a Windows phone 😉 but in any case the $1.99 Remote App for Windows Phone 7 has limited functionality when compared to the free Remote App for the iPhone which lets you control media streaming (Airplay) to Apple TV, create genius playlists, control music streaming to Airplay enabled speakers and control speaker volumes.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

If you own music on iTunes, it leads me to believe you have some type of Apple device (iPod, Mac book etc). With that said, I’m not sure why an  Apple user would choose a Windows Phone 7 over an iPhone. To me, it seems like a no brainier and we all know that I’m not an Apple advocate.

I saw a Windows Phone 7 in action just the other day and it was so slow, it was pathetic.  It was like watching a turtle crawl! Not to mention, it took way too many keystrokes just to navigate to where you want to go.

Better yet, get an Android phone 😉  Android offers a remote app for iTunes as well. You can get the TunesRemote for free!


October 27, 2010

Microsoft’s “Riskiest Product Bet” – Windows 8?

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, was recently interviewed by Gartner when he mentioned Microsoft’s riskiest product bet is the next version of Windows (which we like to call as Windows 8), expected to release in 2012.

The leaked Windows 8 slide deck (dated April 2010) hints at the feature set Microsoft might be planning. Let’s do an early comparison (assuming these slides are genuine) and hear what GoogleChic has to say about it, considering the fact that she is pimping her Acer as a tough MacBook Air competitor (I am still ROTFL’ing about it :D)

1. Fast startup: which is going to make PC shutdown and startup faster. GoogleChic, is this what you would compare with MacBook Air’s instant on? Let alone beating flash bootup on Air, you should be happy if Windows 8 can get close to the startup/shutdown time on the old MacBooks.

2. Windows Push Button Reset: that will essentially reinstall Windows while maintaining all your personal files intact. Microsoft is so confident that your PC is going to crash a million times in its lifetime, that they have developed a solution for it. Way to go! 😉

3. Windows App Store: Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Mac App Store. Microsoft probably has to give away Windows 8 for free to bribe developers to write Apps for them. Atleast, you might be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for free! Yay!

4. Facial Recognition: Log in to your PC via facial recognition. This is pretty cool, except that you might have to wait for two more generations for Microsoft to perfect it. As we all know, Microsoft doesn’t understand “Do it right the first time!” mantra.

5. Microsoft looks to Apple: Thank god! The geniuses at Microsoft have learnt that they actually have something to learn from Apple. From the slides, it looks like Microsoft is trying to breakdown the “How Apple does it” cycle. GoogleChic, here’s the original Apple imitator. Sound familiar? 😉

Steve Ballmer was right as hell about Windows 8 being the riskiest product bet. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t want to acknowledge the fact that building an OS based on the broken back bone of registry and file system is not the way to go. Windows 8 will be going head on with Apple’s superior Mac OSX software and PC manufacturers like Acer have the next new challenge to beat – MacBook Air’s revolutionary hardware.

GoogleChic, if I were you, I would be crossing my fingers hoping Microsoft is doing things right this time and hope Acer sells you an Air imitator notebook for less than $1000. Now don’t go on saying that I have a one track Apple mind, unfortunately it’s hard to deviate when it’s the best out there 😀

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Windows 8 seems very blah on paper (I think I feel asleep twice reading the slides).

However, if you look at the facts, Windows users makes up the majority of the users in the market. Microsoft must be doing something right to hold the majority of the market 🙂

AppleGirl, maybe Apple should study Microsoft to find out how they can tap into the corporate market. I’m feeling like a broken record again. There’s a whole world out there outside of the Apple bubble. Why not explore the possibilities?

As for Windows 8 features, it looks like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to cloud services. Windows 8 will include this feature as well. Similarly, Google’s Chrome OS will be based purely on  the cloud concept. AppleGirl, I’m sure Chrome OS will shake up the market once it’s released. Chrome OS also boots up like the “instant on” Macbook air 😉

Windows 8 still has a long way to go before its release in 2012. I think once we see some leaked demos it’ll be easier to gauge the level of excitement.

AppleGirl, we know you love your Apple products which you think is the end all be all. But how can you compare your lovely Mac OS X to something that doesn’t exist yet? 🙂




August 19, 2010

Best phone for Fred Flintstone

Want to buy a mobile phone that matches the rest of your accessories? Then we found the perfect phone for you. It is hand-crafted  Apple tree wood from the Siberian forests. Every part like the antenna, SIM card, battery has it’s own place in the wooden structure. Jeez, isn’t it a beauty? 🙂

Here’s another wooden but a classy phone from Gresso for Wilma. You will have to first rob a bank to get this one. It costs a whopping $46,000 or a trillion boulders, million rocks and 500 pebbles for you cavemen. The phone case is a 400 year old African black-wood with 23 function keys made of 18 K gold and black diamonds. If you liked it, we know you wouldn’t care of what’s under the hood. But just to let you know,  it comes with a 2MP camera, audio, video player and an OS that we HATE! Gresso OS based on Windows Mobile 5.0!!

There is another option, for a total of 10K you can get a his and her matching decked out iPhone 4 (from our blog last week). Gresso can pimp it with 200 year old African blackwood, branded Apple made of 18K gold  and last but not least decorate it with Swarovski crystals. Or if you want to go all out, there is always that million dollar Gresso jackpot we drooled over last week. 🙂

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