Posts tagged ‘LTE’

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?!?

November 1, 2011

LTE 101

AT&T has a layman video on what is LTE. For all those wondering what the G’s are, this video should be quite helpful. Alongside LTE, some carriers also call HSPA+ as 4G technology (since the sound of 4G brings to mind the latest and greatest in wireless technology), check out our breakdown on HSPA+ vs. LTE.

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October 22, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II (Nexus Prime)

The leaders in the smart phone battle – Apple and Samsung – have released their latest phones – iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II.  The decision factors for buying a smart phone vary  from person to person but what is the most important aspect of a smart phone for you? Is it aesthetics,  hardware superiority or ease of use? We will try to break it down for you!

1. Aesthetics – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

iPhone 4S has a similar rectangular, glass and aluminium design as that of the iPhone 4.   Galaxy S is taller and wider than the iPhone 4S. It also a bit thinner overall, bottom is thicker than the top, which we think might give a better grasp of the phone.

The iPhone has its customary circular home button, present in all its iDevices, for navigation and control. The Galaxy S has the on-screen buttons and does not have any physical buttons.  The physical button adds to ease of use while the onscreen buttons need some getting used to. The iPhone 4S comes in black and white while the Galaxy S comes in black and grey.

We think the display on both the devices – Apple’s Retina Display and Samsung’s Super AMOLED are very comparable. Text and images should be as sharp as you hope on both the devices. The height and width dimensions on the Galaxy S II increases the display size, but it does come at the risk of being a wee bit bigger to hold.

2. Innards – Lets strip open the two devices

  • Memory  – iPhone 4S has a 512 MB on board RAM and Galaxy S II has 1 GB RAM. This does not account for your on board storage. The higher RAM would account for better performance, although it depends on the implementation of the OS – Android or iOS. The best way is for you to do a hands on test on both phones and try navigation, running Apps, opening and closing apps, running multiple apps at the same time etc to see which one is optimal for you. 
  • Processor – Galaxy S II has a slightly better processor technically, but performance cannot be defined by this alone. For ex. iPhone 4S did better on browser speeds. 
  • Download speed  – Galaxy S II has an added advantage of supporting LTE – the real 4G, but again it depends on if LTE is actually supported in your area. On the iPhone 4S, there have been reports that Verizon and AT&T have better speeds than Sprint. All in all, unless you are watching videos while on 3G/4G (not WiFi), or listening to music, or downloading Apps etc, you shouldn’t worry much about the data speeds. I mostly listen to streaming radio and rarely watch videos on AT&T, and so far I haven’t had any issues.
  • Storage – Ok, this is something most of the users should be concerned about. iPhone 4S comes with storage space of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB while Galaxy S II with only 16 GB and 32 GB.  Additionally, iPhone 4S comes with free iCloud storage which automatically backs up all your data  to the cloud, we haven’t heard about it being available on the Galaxy S II yet. 
  • Battery Life – Both the phones have about 8 hours of talk time.
  • Camera – iPhone 4S has a 8 MP rear camera with a f 2.4 aperture for high quality images, along with face detection, image stabilization and 1080p video. Galaxy S II has a 5MP camera, supports 1080 p video and comes with panorama support. The iPhone 4 is expected to take quicker photos. I like how the smart phones manufacturers are stepping it up and trampling the camera industry.

3. Features and ease of use

This is something you have to decide by trying out the two phones and their operating systems. The iPhone 4S boasts the new feature rich iOS 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S II boasts Android’s latest software version – Ice Cream sandwich. Take a look at our comparison of the features in both.

Source: Geek.com

February 20, 2011

iPad 2

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

If you have been speculating on buying an iPad some time soon, then the best advice is to hold off for a few months. Because the next best tablet in the market will be the iPad 2.

Despite Apple closely guarding the specs, there are rumors flying around and rest assured you will see at least some of these features in the next iPad.

LIKELY:

  • Thinner and Compact: Like the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 will definitely be slimmer with exceptional design quality.
  • Cameras: The iPad 2 is expected to have a front and rear facing cameras. This is a given since I think FaceTime support is a must for any new Apple product.
  • 3 Axis Gyroscope: With the amount of gaming and navigation potential on the iPad, I think this is another likely addition.
  • GSM and CDMA: With Verizon now carrying the iPad with MiFi (i.e the iPad itself does not have CDMA functionality), Apple would be sensible enough to build an iPad 2 with a CDMA chip, if not for a dual technology i.e CDMA and GSM iPad.
  • Higher Resolution: The iPad 2 could carry a high end pixel density. Imagine a higher resolution or a Retina display on a bigger real estate, I can’t stop myself from drooling 😛

UNLIKELY:

  • USB port: With Apple going wireless and cloud based (MobileMe is rumored to be free in the future), I doubt that the USB port (to enable users to upload documents, movies, photos etc) would be a new feature.
  • SD card slot: There have been pictures of iPad 2 case with space for an SD card slot. But I think the SD card slot is unlikely, since none of the Apple products – iPod, iPhone – have been given an expandable memory slot. I doubt that Apple would go down that road for the iPad. Again, if Apple has free MobileMe in the cards, an SD card slot is something you will probably not see on the new iPad.

DON’T BET ON IT:

  • LTE support: With most of the world still running on 2G/3G technologies and LTE at its infancy, 4G on iPad 2 is out of question.
  • Removing the home button: There have been some rumors of the iPad 2 without a home button. The fact that the iPad is so consumer friendly is because it is easy to maneuver (thanks to the home button!) and it would take anyone just 2 seconds to figure it out. I don’t think Apple would think of removing it anytime in the near future.

Expected Release: April 2011 [Update: AllThingsDigital reports that Apple has scheduled a media event on March 2 where it is expected to launch the next iPad]

Expected Price: Not lower than the current iPad.

[via MacRumors, BoyGeniusReport, Mashable, ZD Net, TechRadar.com, PCMag]

November 8, 2010

HSPA+ vs. 4G

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl’s response to my T-mobile myTouch 4G inspired this blog 🙂

AppleGirl thinks that T-mobile is foolish and didn’t do their research. Again, do you think a major corporation would brand their  network as 4G without doing their research? Technically, T-mobile’s HSPA+ network is really 3.5G. However, phonescoop did a comparison of T-mobile’s HSPA+ network and compared it to Sprinit’s WiMAX and the two are comparable(see the graph below).

Honestly, AppleGirl should be happy that HSPA+ speeds are so good because it’s rumored that Apple will not adapt to LTE (4G) technology until sometime in 2012.  However, according to gigaom AT&T may not purse HSPA+ and deploy LTE directly. If that is true, does that mean the iPhone will have slower speeds as compared to the myTouch 4G :)?

AppleGirl, How’s the best of both worlds looking now? Maybe you should stick to your FaceTime over WiFi 🙂

Source: phonescoop, gigaom

 

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, I was calling T-Mobile bullish for comparing Qik with Facetime. If they didn’t have their brains wrapped around the buzz words (FaceTime, 4G, high speed) and were smart enough, they would have compared the same video chat software on the two networks!

Now that you have raised the HSPA+ vs 4G talk, I think T-Mobile is writing rules to its favor, and so are all the other carriers. The network may be quite fast, but it’s the ITU who decides what a 4G network is. And ITU’s definitions for a true 4G technology are LTE –Advanced (Release 10) and 802.16m or Wi-Max Release 2. And when we say 4G we are talking downlink rates of 100 Mbps (not the meager theoretical 29Mbps that T-Mobile is bragging about) That said, I think AT&T, Verizon (who are pushing to LTE) and Sprint (already on Wi-Max but not on Release 2) are closer to the ubiquitous superfast 4G network than T-Mobile is.

At the end of the day, all you should really care about is if you can get those speeds where you live, work and hang out and not if T-Mobile is giving you an extra 200 Kbps speed (compared to Sprint)! So if I were you, I would first check if your  area is covered with HSPA+ network. If T-Mobile says that it plans to cover your area after a year,  then the purpose is lost.

GoogleChic, here’s a picture of a rumored LTE iPhone. Imagine FaceTime on Wi-fi, except that I don’t have to be on Wi-fi 😉


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