Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Apple iPhone & it's Clones!

Any razzle-dazzle affair is bound to attract too much attention – good or bad! It's not been a long time, since the Apple iphone made its way through the mobile world and there are millions of opinions already all over the cyberspace. Whether its the blogsphere, news aggregators and review based websites, people are literally going nuts over the phone. And, like all popular cultural icons the 'iPhone clones'have stuck their heads out!

Whether you are a common user or a rocket scientist, you would surely agree that it does take years of hardwork and consistent innovation to come up with such a complicated & efficient device. And clones' or 'inspirations' sneak through the back door.

One such is the Meizu M8, which has been hailed as the most affordable iPhone clone yet. So, if iPhone is really an expensive phone for you to afford, then you may go for the Meizu M8 which offer a 4GB model (with built in camera) and a 8GB model. This entry-level model is the poor man's iPhone and believe me it ain't bad either!

The Hua Long IP2000, which looks exactly like an iPhone (yes,looks are always deceptive!) comes with a touchscreen, 3.5'' LCD screen, 2 megapixel camera, USB connector and supports dual-band network. If that is all you need, then you have the phone minus the 'i'.

When the going gets really tough, you have to take your chances. The third big iPhone fan or follower is the Samsung P520. It is quite slim and weighs only 102 grams. In other features, you get Triband GSM with EDGE, QVGA touchscreen, 3MPx camera, Stereo Bluetooth and WiFi with UMA among others.

I would certainly keep my fingers crossed to see who bites the dust in the end - the original iPhone or these clones.

Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm an iPhone Owner - A mock tribute!

Blessed with an iPhone - A fictitious recreation of 'The phone of Job'!

Since the very first day that I was blessed with this ultra sleek, know-everything mobile set, I believe I'm becoming more humane and I find myself categorized in the list of Homo Sapiens! The scientific process of taxonomy has given me a new status, an “occult” status - I'm an iPhone Owner!

My new companion is something I flaunt pompously. Something...err..someone that has really helped me to remain calm and act in every possible situation. After all there is a feeling deeply ingrained in me - I'm an iPhone Owner!

Here are few of my actions which I did being a proud iPhone Owner.

First Action flicker - If you have it, get it out!

Whenever any one from the other sex (very rarely though :() asks me about the time, I whip out my iPhone - in the best Bondish posture i can strike - and hold it up high, waving it around so everyone can see its impressive “clock” function. In a way as if I am asking “anyone else need to know the time?''.. Because I'm an iPhone Owner!

Second Action flicker - Love thy neighbour

Yesterday I was on a date in a splashy restaurant ..and a man sitting opposite to me had a heart attack.

“Coming through! I’ll take care of it! I’m an iPhone owner!” I yelled!

I called up the emergency services in a ziffy simultaneously reading through Wikipedia.org instructions on how to tackle heart attack cases - thanks to it's advanced internet browser on my phone. And well,... to keep the man’s wife from panicking, I showed her amusing videos stored on my iPhone.

I heard the Doctor saying “ this iPhone owner is a hero, a real HERO! Without his amazing access to information and amusing videos, we’d have had a dead man and a nervous wife by now. Instead, this couple will live happily ever after."
I smiled secretly and vanished from the scene.

Next flicker – Crime buster

Few days back I was in a Retail Store buying stuffs that will go with my iPhone. While I was talking with the lady Customer Care, from no-where a man came and held her hostage with a gun.

I looked at her worried eyes and said “no worries ma'am, I'm an iPhone owner. I'll simply call 9-1-1.../ 100 and take the man's photo. And... email it to the police.”

Listening to this, the goon was shit scared...and apologized for his act and left the store quietly and sadly, jealous of the fact that he was not a iPhone Owner!

Thanks to Apple's new avatar, the iPhone!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Nokia 1100: Still going strong...

Before i was bitten by the bug of 'mobilism', every mobile handset was just another talking device. Bluetooth, Infrared, 3G,GPS, HSPDA were just another incomprehensible clutter of words for me. Yes, i had to make or receive calls and fortunately, i had my reliable companion – the Nokia 1100. Remember the popular advertisement ''Yeh raat ko bhi chalta hai” (It works at night too!)? If you are stranded somewhere, you can use its torch light to find your way. Who needs a GPS anyway! So while my friends were flaunting their ultra cool gadgets, i had one answer for them, my very own Nokia 1100. And now, after all this time, i still feel so nostalgic about the phone.

Now, see what this new sales record says: Nokia has already sold over 200 million Nokia 1100 handsets. Statstics speak for themselves & this sure is staggering!

Surely, you would not find any of those modern hi-tech tantrums in this basic phone, but it has done a lot to build the overwhelming image of Nokia. Now Nokia has phones they claim are what computers have metamorphosed into.

The urge to host a multitude of features on a single device has gone into an overdrive & perhaps Nokia needs the torch back to find its way!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Wishful thinking?

In the cluttered world of mobile telephony, together with the innumerable push-to-publish news websites which are continuously feeding it, one cannot perhaps remain out of touch and out of sight for a long time. You will find the ubiquitous, omnipresent and omnipotent presence of mobile technology hovering above you, keeping a track on you. There is no place on the earth where you could hide yourself away from this wireless equipment!

There is a mobile phone that always rings at the most inappropriate of times; there are these mobile operators' customer executive racing to catch you off-guard. Well, even if you are able to save yourself from the disturbing, annoying tune of your mobile phone (and moreover from the pushy sales pitch of the sale executive of the mobile telecom provider), it is certain you would still be bombarded incessantly by the no-where news websites!

While I was searching for the latest news from the mobile world, I got stuck at a news item that really caught my attention, froze my eyeballs! No it was not a new over-hyped launch nor any miraculous addition to mobile technology; it was a report about a Canadian valley aiming to stay mobile phone-free!

Reuters has carried out the fabulous news that officials in a rural valley in British Columbia are hoping to keep out mobile phones from their area. According to the news report, residents of the area have expressed their belief that there lives will be much better without the incessant sound of pesky ring tones. As it was not enough, local residents of the British Columbia have debarred an interested telephone company from building a mobile phone tower in their area.

Is this a regressive or a progressive move? Share your views and comment about the residents of the British Columbia

Thursday, July 19, 2007

After 3.5 G now Chatter-G enabled phone launched

By Falcon

New Delhi: Considered to be the giant leap in the world of mobile technology, the joint consortium of Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola launched NSSEM Leap series of mobile set, which would be compatible to the Chatter-G technology, an advancement of the 3.5 G.

Talking to the media persons present here, the director of the joint consortium, Dr. Debashish Chatterjee said, “the new model Nssem Leap is an ultra future mobile set, it will not only be compatible to the 0G, 1G, 2G, 3G and the latest 3.5G mobile technology, moreover it will go with the futuristic Chatter-G technology”. He said it could be used in the Neolithic age and Stone Age where there is no required infrastructure. Adding to it, he said that the NSSEM Leap could be used, operated in any time frame – backward or forward.

Explaining what the new technology is all about, Dr. Anirban Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer of the Joint Consortium said, “Chatter-G technology in the context of mobile phone standards is going to be the next upcoming revolution”. The services associated with Chatter-G include wide-area wireless voice telephony and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment.

Summing up the whole extravaganza, Dr Anirban said the Chatter-G technology with the help of high-end semiconductor chips fitted in it transmits and it is enabled to tell what the other person is thinking at any moment of time. It would enable the users to come to quick conclusion whether to call or receive any phone. With this technology in use it is understood it would wipe out misunderstanding, ill feelings and jealousy from the humanity especially from women that is eaten away from inside thus failing fully to exploit our human intellectual resource.

All national and international journalists present here were gifted with NSSEM Leap enabled Chatter-G technology phone. Within no time all were found busy calling their editor, and some calling their girlfriend, and best friends to know what do they think about them. There was an eerie silence persisting all over in the pressroom. All top honchos attending the functions were found carrying the surname Banerjee, Chatterjee, Mukhejee etc…..all Jee – G.

The MSSEM Leap is the acronym of Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mobile manners & mannerisms 2.0

The lessons aren't over yet...

Digest your next parcel of mobile etiquettes and learn them well!

Be safe than sorry
- You are putting yourself and others in grave danger when you talk while driving. Use handsfree otherwise you might be rendered "handsfree" on one of the days soon!

Even with handsfree,keep it short and sweet or pull over and talk your heart out. In petrol bunks, please avoid using cell phones or you might end up "enlightened". Do not switch on the phone as soon as the plane touches base. Apart from being good looking, the air hostess is also intelligent enuf when she says that it is for your own safety that you switch on the phone only when the doors open.

For the Dad's gift breed!
- Yes, your phone is cool and the pricey too! All the reasons to flash & flaunt it at the slightest provocation...after all tashan marne ki cheez hai. But the decorum in college/school says that you should not carry one, or if you do, keep it in switched off mode. The teacher's lecture is more important for your future than the santa-banta jokes or the latest MMS you have just received.

Say 'say cheese' at least!
- You would not want people to take your snap in public would you?.It's rude and offending if you click strangers without consent, even if your conscience is clear. And yes, the animals in the zoo do not dream of walking on the red carpet and do not love the paparazzi around. Please do not use flash when clicking their pictures.

Resist the temptation...try this for practice.

So, next time your phone does a hips don't lie in full blast in public, don't strike a phone saying "mera phone baja hai"

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mobile manners & mannerisms 1.0

Remember the first phone in your house…that hideous looking thing with a circular dial which went "crrrrng crrrrrng" when dialling a number? And your mother kept it covered so that it did not blot the decor of the room. Remember the trunk dialling sessions the family had in the evening when everyone in the colony came to know that "Mr. Sharma" is calling someone!?!

Move on to the mobile age where your handset says "Is this is what computers have become?", BUT have we moved enough to sync well with the modern mobile culture?

Perhaps it's high time for a lesson or two on mobile phone etiquettes which are never taught in school!

Control noise pollution!

- You might be loaded with the latest mp3 on your phone and your phone might produce the best bass and treble, but not all might be willing to "jhoom barabar jhoom" along with you. In office/meetings and crowded places it is advisable to let the vibrator remind you of an incoming call, while in theatres its better you keep the phone switched off! Who would want an Amitabh Bacchan dialogue get killed with some cranky voice beside?!?

Dumb? Deaf? Or what?

- Talk in a decent volume. Current technology guarantee that your voice reaches the other end untarnished, even when you whisper. But why do you need to make the world know that you are on a call? Do not shout when in conversation. Speak softly and say "Hello" to really mean it.

Keep Distance!

- Personal space is very dear with the kind of population we have. Respect it before it is extinct. Excuse yourself and move away from the group when you are on a call. People are also not interested in your boss at work or your child's falling grades! DO NOT discuss your private life in public.

“And here goes my mobile ringing.... So, like a good mobile user I will excuse myself now, and get back to you again...you have more lessons to learn!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Nokia N95: My second-minute-hour companion

It has always been my dream to own a Nokia N95. Now, at last the masterpiece of a mobile phone is in my hand! I can´t express in words how I am feeling to possess the ultimate multimedia set. The only thought that cross my mind is that I am a proud owner of the Nokia N95.

Since the very first day my fingers touched it, they have stayed glued to it's multifaceted brilliance. Even in my free time it has occupied the space of my thinking brain.

I have been experimenting and exploring it's potential- it's imaging prowess and awesome display has truly impressive.With its 5-megapixel camera that can also record VGA-quality video, a dual-slider design, a robust media player with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth; and not to mention, it's Symbian operating system which allows me to experiment with softwares of my choice, it has virtually plunged me into the state of geeky exuberance!

From an aesthetic point of view, my girlfriend(s) do not find it svelte and sexy. For me it goes perfect with my boyish personality – short and stocky.

How many of you feel the same?

Friday, July 6, 2007

Apple iPhone is here: Give me a break...please!

Finally, it's here and now I can breathe a sigh of relief. The mobile industry has never been through such an explosive hype ever before (only Rajni’s mega-mix movies can arouse such incorrigible emotions)! Take it as a fact or a hypothesis, but the Apple iPhone has over-clouded the speculation world of mobile maniacs for many months. The big bang has been ardently followed in the blogosphere by anyone and everyone. Just glimpse the extravaganza:

The sheer manipulation: Prior to launch iPhone, Apple pushed every limit to build up a dream allusion. According to technology analysts, it all started six months back, when Apple first showed up this gadget – a wild scream to blow up the ears of the information hungry media. Since then, it has always been in the news – for all the good reasons.

The red carpet welcome
The world goes literally berserk over the release of Apple's iphone. Surely, it just cannot get better than this. And, just like another over-hyped Hollywood flick, the demand has keeps escalating.

Witness the agony & the ecstasy!

Rumours say that more than 700,000 iPhones have been sold out within 5 days of its release!Grab your your share of the i-cheeze!

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