iPhone 5 or Samsung S3

Whether to go for iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3

Many mobile users have the same question as to which of the above phone is better… Having used both the phones, I feel iPhone 5 is a better phone as compared to S3.

Advantages of iPhone 5 over Samsung Galaxy S3:

  1. Network reception;
  2. Battery life;
  3. Display;
  4. Ability to use the phone with one hand;
  5. iTunes is much better than Kies;
  6. Better body;
  7. iOS6 (excluding the map part)
  8. Airplay (since I already have an AppleTV, this is an advantage for me. For those who don’t use AppleTV, this point can be ignored)

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy S3 over iPhone 5:

  1. Expandable memory;
  2. Motion;
  3. Ability to use the phone as a USB drive and copy paste music, videos, etc;
  4. Less expensive;
  5. Maps

Call drops and horrible battery life were the major concerns due to which I switched over to iPhone 5 from Samsung Galaxy S3. After testing both the phones at same location, Galaxy dropped the call several times whereas iPhone didn’t drop a single call! Plus the voice clarity was much better.

Regarding battery life, with same apps being open, similar usage of the phone, S3 was struggling at 1% while iphone still had a 27% battery life remaining. I don’t know how apple has achieved this inspite of having a lesser capacity battery.

After having used both the phones, I am pretty sure that most of the people will come to a similar conclusion. Having said that, before you buy any of the phone, try using it for a bit to get the feel. iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s users will surely prefer iOS over Android.

You can check a detailed comparison over here. I however, have a different view of lot of things mentioned there.

Other reads:

Autoomobile;

Trusted Reviews

Last thing – Don’t go only by specs of the phones since Apple with lesser powerful hardware performs way better than competition with better hardware.

Outlook.com – superb

The first email account for most of us
hotmail.com has been revamped big time and the new avtaar is now outlook.com. it feels actually much better and cleaner than Gmail.

With skydrive, ability to create online docs, Microsoft seems keen on taking on google by offering all that gmail offers and more.

Facebook, wordpress, twitter connectivity enhances the user experience. I have started using it and will update this post with my experiences.

Macbook pro 13.3″ review (late 2011)

After using the Macbook Pro 13.3” (MBP) for over a month now, I would like to share some of my experiences with MBP and the Lion OS. Do let me know if you would like me to add some more points as well.

Macbook Pro late 2011
I have also commented on the software that I use on the MBP.

Specifications:
• Display: 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display;
• Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory;
• HDD: 500GB HDD;
• Network: Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
• Optical Drive: 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Ports: One Thunderbolt port, one FireWire 800 port, two USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot;
• Processor: 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB shared L3 cache;
• Ram: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory;
• Sound: Stereo speakers with subwoofer, omnidirectional microphone, combined headphone / line in;
• Video: FaceTime HD camera; Thunderbolt port with support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI (requires adapters);

Usage: I mainly use my MBP for office work, emails, web-browsing, syncing my iPhone and watching movies. The MBP was never meant for hardcore gaming for me and since I have a desktop with decent configuration, I have never tried playing hardcore games on the MBP.

Pros:
1. Battery life: Battery life is around 6-7 hours while working on word documents, checking emails and doing other non processor intensive work. I use the laptop to play online games like mafia wars where the battery life comes down to say about 4 hours (my vaio couldn’t cross even 1.5 hours with online gaming);

2. Build quality: The aluminium unibody is great though it is sharp at some places. The glowing apple logo looks great though I wish I had the option to turn if off to save battery, if required.

3. CD Drive: The slot drive works perfectly well and have not faced any issues till date. It reads well from scratched DVDs which normally tends to hang my Windows 7 PC.

4. Crashes: Haven’t got my MBP to crash in about a month’s time though the apps like App store, iChat, Facetime make me restart it at times.

5. Display quality: The display is neat and great and I have no complaints about it. The screen looks good even in a bright room. The brightness control buttons are provided on the keypad. The display is good in a bright room as well.

6. iCloud: I backup my iPhone on iCloud and I had my contact details on my MBP in no time once I logged in my iCloud account;

7. Inbuilt camera: The quality is decent for skype / gtalk sessions. The quality suffers big time in dark rooms;

8. Keypad: The backlit keyboard is superb. The buttons to dim / brighten the backlight are very useful. It will take a little time to get used to the “command”, “option”, “fn” keys.

9. Looks: There may be many who don’t like the looks of MBP but I definitely love the looks of MBP. The battery indicator on the left side of the MBP indicates the battery status when in sleep mode (You need to press the round button to know the battery status) – another useful utility.

10. MS Office: The MS Office interface on the Mac is much better than the Windows version.

11. Networking: Networking is as easy as pressing Command + K key and entering the name of the computer you want to connect to. I have been connecting to my Windows 7 HP where all my data / movies / music are stored and have not faced any issue so far. I haven’t tried sharing my MBP files with my Windows PC. So once I try that, I will update the post.

12. Non apple softwares: Most of the softwares that I use have a mac version.. so its easy to migrate – Firefox, Thunderbird, Chrome, Skype, Opera, MS Office to name a few.

13. Sleep: I was shocked to know that there is nothing like hibernation mode in MBP. However, closing the lid puts your MBP to sleep mode. Keeping the MBP in sleep mode overnight will result in around 5% battery loss. Opening the lid immediately brings up the login screen and saves a lot of time compared to booting up the MBP.

14. Speakers: The output is adequate for its size and the music and movies sound good.

15. Speed: The applications start quickly and are responsive. uTorrent sometimes take a little longer than expected to shut down.

16. Spotlight: I absolutely love the way spotlight works and is a very useful tool that Lion OS provides.

17. Trackpad: It is simply superb and awesome and have made my wireless mouse redundant. The swipes, the scrolls are too good and responsive. The go forward and go back swipes works well on the browsers.

Cons:
1. Apple mail: Having used Outlook, Thunderbird and Windows Live mail extensively, nothing beats the Thunderbird. I would rate apple mail below TB and Outlook. Windows live is too buggy for me… so would rate apple mail over it.

2. App Store: Believe it or not, the Apple App Store does not function as well as it does on an iPhone or an iPad. I am just stopping short of calling it useless since most of the times (around 95%) it does not load or does not display the apps… the screen is blank. This is not a one off incident and many users have reported to have this issue. I prefer downloading directly from websites rather than using the App Store.

3. CD/DVD burning: Looks like I am too used to Nero and the inbuilt cd/dvd burning application of Lion OS is no match for Nero. If compared to Windows 7, I would rate Windows 7 higher.

4. iChat: Well Apple got it wrong here.. atleast for Gtalk. it doesn’t work the way it should and you will be logged out of your gmail unannounced and once logged out, logging in is not as easy as a click. To log back in, you need to start the activity manager and kill the “imagent” process and only then you will be able to login. Further, to let unaware members know, iChat does not support iMessage.

5. Facetime: Again don’t compare the iPhone facetime with MBP facetime. Logging in is a pain and you might have to restart to get it right. I heard it is the issue between iChat and Facetime trying to use common resources.

6. iPhoto: iPhoto is a great application though I would prefer picasa for its interface, features and usability. The only aspect which I like about iPhoto is the slideshow option.

7. Lid: The lid seems to be a delicate thing on the otherwise sturdy MBP. It feels a little loose and little nudge moves it more than expected. Again I have seen most of the MBP having loose lids.

8. USB / Pen drives: I think Lion OS wasn’t really tested with pen drives since there are times when lion OS behaves weirdly and you cannot copy – paste stuff on your pen drive. This is extremely annoying since a restart will also not guarantee that it will work. It totally depends on the Lion OS as to whether copy paste on your pen drive will work or not. This also appears to be a known issue with Lion OS. However, while using my portable USB HDD, I have not come across above problem. (no my pen drive is not infected by any virus )

Neutral:
1. Boot time: Boot time is decent compared to my Windows 7 Home Premium laptop. It takes around 15-20 secs to boot up.

2. Garage Band: My friends swear by the garage band but since I don’t really know to play musical instruments, I have never tried it.

3. Shutdown: Here I would rate my desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium over MBP since my desktop turns off faster (about 6-7 secs) than the MBP (about 12-15 secs).

4. Screen size: Well this one was a personal choice for me since I wanted to have a compact laptop though it was a pain for me to shift from my 15.5” Sony Vaio Full HD laptop to a 13.3” display.
5. Unused features: Card reader, FireWire 800 port, Thunderbolt.

Last but most important is the “pricing”. I have still not figured out whether the 83.5k spend by me (70k for MBP + 13.5k for protection plan) on MBP is justified or not or whether a “more than decent gaming laptop” with a bigger screen size would have been a better deal. I am staying away from this and let the users decide for themselves.

Recommended accessories:
1. The silicon cover for the keypad;
2. Apple protection plan;
3. Shell cover for the MBP (I haven’t bought this yet but looks like I will have to buy it soon. The price ranges from 1.5k to around 3.8k)

Review: Thinkdigit.com

Review: Thinkdigit

Product description: Thinkdigit.com is the online face of Digit magazine, leading tech magazine in India*.

*Digit magazine is the number one tech magazine in India as per the latest IRS survey.

Introduction:

The first website that comes to my mind when I have any technological issues / needs like review of a hardware / software, troubleshooting the softwares that I use, etc., the first site that comes to my mind is discussion forum at Thinkdigit.com

Best of Thinkdigit:

After being a member of the Thinkdigit forum for a considerable time, I list out the top five links of the Thinkdigit forum:

  1. Reviews section: Before purchasing any gadget or software, search if any member has posted a review about it here. You can find reviews of mobiles, softwares, hardwares, PMPs, etc. These may be posted by novice or experts but what counts is how the experts and other members comment on the review and give their inputs. You can also find some of the best freewares listed in this section.
  2. Software Troubleshooting: You can ask questions in relation to almost any software you use and expect an answer to almost every query. The level of expertise of the members is awesome and very very reliable.
  3. Open Source: Since I am not too much into Open Source (except for using Ubuntu), I have put Open Source at no. 3 else it can surely appear at no. 1 for the help this section provides. This section is one of the reasons for me using Ubuntu…
  4. Hardware Troubleshooting: As the name suggests, you can get unbiased inputs for your hardware problems.
  5. Digital Market: Want to buy or sell your stuff? Then Digital Market is a place to go though don’t expect an ebay or amazon here.

Pros

  1. Thinkdigit is absolutely safe site and any office / firm / company can add it to safe site. There are no pirated contents on the site.
  2. Unbiased – No “intel over AMD” or “Windows over Linux”  or “nVidia over ATi” exists here. Members freely assert themselves as to what is the best.

Cons – Though not strictly cons, these are my suggestions:

  1. The mobile section can be sub divided into Symbian, Windows Mobile and Others section (say for prices, comparison, etc.). This will help us easily find what we are looking for.
  2. Digital Market has a long way to go

Verdict: For all my technological needs – be it buying a new laptop, mobile or any problems that I face in relation to softwares and hardwares, Thinkdigit is the site I can safely rely on.

The new Nokia N82 Firmware – v30.0.019

The new Nokia N82 Firmware – v30.0.019
23-07-08; RM-313
Nokia N82 (25.01)

You can check the change log here.

So should you go ahead and update to the latest firmware –

Well based on my experience, I would not recommend anyone to update immediately for following reasons –

1. You main screen is now even more cramped with the “Search: Internet and my content” taking 2 lines. (Though “google” has been added to the list of search services)

2. The m-blog / VOX / Share online takes up another line. So your main screen is now a mess…

3. I don’t see any improvement in the sound quality of my phone

4. I don’t see any difference in the way the videos play

5. My phone hangs more than before..

So instead of wasting your bandwidth and time downloading around 140 MB, just wait for a few more days to get a better picture and then go ahead with your update.

NOTE: This review is based on the preliminary use of my phone. I may have missed out on some significant improvements. Will update this page as and when I come across the improvements / glitches, if any. Comments will be appreciated.

Review of HP DV6703TX

CONFIGURATION:

* Intel Core 2 Due processor T5450 (1.67 GHz)
* 15.4″” WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display
* 160 GB (5400 RPM) Hard Drive
* 2048 MB DDR2 SDRAM (2 Dimm)
* Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/b/g 802 11a/b/g WLAN & Bluetooth
* LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+-RW with Double Layer Support
* 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
* HP QuickPlay
* 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader
* ExpressCard/54 PC Card Slot
* HP Mobile Remote Control
* nVidia GeForce 8400M GS with 256MB DDR dedicated graphics memory
* Window Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
* Fingerprint Reader
* HP Webcam
* Expansion Port 3
* HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphones
* Carry case

External Ports

* 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
* 3 USB 2.0
* 1 HDMI
* 1 VGA port
* 1 RJ11 modem connector
* 1 RJ45 ethernet connector
* Expansion Port 3
* S-video TV out
* 2 headphones-out
* 1 mic-in
* 1 IEEE 1394
* Consumer IR
* AC adapter

Weight 2.78 kg

COST: Rs.49000 all inclusive

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FEATURES
The notebook has a unique feature – ‘capacitive’ touch technology for accessing the audio, launch buttons, and volume controls. By just touching, tapping or swiping these backlit media launch buttons in a very similar manner as on a touch pad, user can have direct access to entertainment objects.

It also comes with HP QuickPlay 2.1 application which allows users to watch DVD movies, listen to music and browse pictures without booting up and users can easily switch between movies, music and pictures with a slick, widescreen interface in the HP QuickPlay 2.1 application or with the dedicated media buttons.

I have somehow not been able to play the DVD’s without turning on the OS. Will have to give it more try to know how exactly to do that. Touching the DVD button launches Vista and then the Quickplay starts.

The built in webcam delivers great pictures. The quality is good enough for you to not buy another webcam.

SOFTWARES

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition preinstalled HP Pavilion dv6703TX notebook PC comes with various software including MS Works 8.0, Acrobat Reader , Microsoft Money, HP QuickPlay Direct 2.3 , Quickplay for Windows Version 2.3, Muvee Autoproducer, Sonic Digital Media Plus 7.0, HP Games by Oberon Media, HP Photosmart Premier, Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security software.

First of all I uninstalled Symantec Norton Internet Security, Trial ver of Office 2007 and installed Quickheal Internet security 2008, Office 2007.

DRIVERS

All the drivers and installation files are located in c:\swsetup. I created a copy of all the drivers/softwares there on a DVD n deleted the folder (it occupies around 3 GB space)

DISPLAY & SOUND

The display is awesome and you can really look forward to watching HD movies on this laptop. The sound quality is also quite good.

BATTERY LIFE

Battery life isnt much to talk about. A normal 2-3 hours battery life… With gaming, it will further come down. So if you are always on the move, go 4 a 9 cell battery.

KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD

The Pavilion’s keyboard is ample and comfortable to type on for long periods, and both touchpad and mouse buttons are entirely usable. However, I seem to be still hung on my old compaq laptop and sometimes the scroll on the touchpad causes me to accidentally misplace.

PARTITIONS

I had to shrink C:\ to create new partitions. I shrunk it to 70GB. Inspite of no new installations, I only had 40GB free space left!!! So after tweaking pagefile.sys n hiber*.sys, I freed some space. Uninstalling trial ver. of Office 2007, Norton, HP Games helped freeing more space.

So now I have
C:\- 70GB; D:\ -19.5GB ; E:\ – 25.3GB; F:\ – 23.4; G:\ – 10.5GB(HP RECOVERY PARTITION); H:\ – Lightscribe DVD Writer

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Current Status – Crysis Demo Installed. Seems to be working pretty well (will post settings soon. Dunno how to go about FPS. Can some1 tell me how to calculate FPS for crysis?). With Doom3 I get around 65fps with about medium settings.

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Review of HP DV6703TX

CONFIGURATION:

* Intel Core 2 Due processor T5450 (1.67 GHz)
* 15.4″” WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display
* 160 GB (5400 RPM) Hard Drive
* 2048 MB DDR2 SDRAM (2 Dimm)
* Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/b/g 802 11a/b/g WLAN & Bluetooth
* LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+-RW with Double Layer Support
* 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
* HP QuickPlay
* 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader
* ExpressCard/54 PC Card Slot
* HP Mobile Remote Control
* nVidia GeForce 8400M GS with 256MB DDR dedicated graphics memory
* Window Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
* Fingerprint Reader
* HP Webcam
* Expansion Port 3
* HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphones
* Carry case

External Ports

* 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
* 3 USB 2.0
* 1 HDMI
* 1 VGA port
* 1 RJ11 modem connector
* 1 RJ45 ethernet connector
* Expansion Port 3
* S-video TV out
* 2 headphones-out
* 1 mic-in
* 1 IEEE 1394
* Consumer IR
* AC adapter

Weight 2.78 kg

COST: Rs.49000 all inclusive

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FEATURES
The notebook has a unique feature – ‘capacitive’ touch technology for accessing the audio, launch buttons, and volume controls. By just touching, tapping or swiping these backlit media launch buttons in a very similar manner as on a touch pad, user can have direct access to entertainment objects.

It also comes with HP QuickPlay 2.1 application which allows users to watch DVD movies, listen to music and browse pictures without booting up and users can easily switch between movies, music and pictures with a slick, widescreen interface in the HP QuickPlay 2.1 application or with the dedicated media buttons.

I have somehow not been able to play the DVD’s without turning on the OS. Will have to give it more try to know how exactly to do that. Touching the DVD button launches Vista and then the Quickplay starts.

The built in webcam delivers great pictures. The quality is good enough for you to not buy another webcam.

SOFTWARES

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition preinstalled HP Pavilion dv6703TX notebook PC comes with various software including MS Works 8.0, Acrobat Reader , Microsoft Money, HP QuickPlay Direct 2.3 , Quickplay for Windows Version 2.3, Muvee Autoproducer, Sonic Digital Media Plus 7.0, HP Games by Oberon Media, HP Photosmart Premier, Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security software.

First of all I uninstalled Symantec Norton Internet Security, Trial ver of Office 2007 and installed Quickheal Internet security 2008, Office 2007.

DISPLAY & SOUND

The display is awesome and you can really look forward to watching HD movies on this laptop. The sound quality is also quite good.

BATTERY LIFE

Battery life isnt much to talk about. A normal 2-3 hours battery life… With gaming, it will further come down. So if you are always on the move, go 4 a 9 cell battery.

KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD

The Pavilion’s keyboard is ample and comfortable to type on for long periods, and both touchpad and mouse buttons are entirely usable. However, I seem to be still hung on my old compaq laptop and sometimes the scroll on the touchpad causes me to accidentally misplace.

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Blackberry Curve 8300

BLACKBERRY CURVE 8300 – REVIEW FOR APPROVAL

The new BlackBerry seems to be a blend of Pearl and 8800. It is definitely NOT AN ONLY BUSINESS PHONE.


About the phone –

Form Factor Candybar;

Performance –

The BlackBerry Curve runs on a 312MHz Intel XScale processor.As with most Berries, the Curve is responsive and performs most tasks with good speed. The BlackBerry 8300 has 32 megs of RAM (used like RAM in your computer) and 64MB of flash memory for storage. Before loading data and applications, the Curve has 21.8 megs of free storage. When you first setup the phone, it will ask you if you wish to delete languages other than English, and after doing so you will have 21.8 megs of free memory.


Operating Frequency and Reception quality –
Quadband – GSM 850, 900, 1800 , 1900;

The BlackBerry has EDGE for data but unfortunately no 3G.
Call quality is good and volume is loud by GSM standards.
The speakerphone is clear and loud. The Curve has good but
not stellar reception.

As such it is not recommended for areas with marginal coverage.

Connectivity –
HSCSD, WLAN, IRDA – No

GPRS, EDGE , BlueTooth , USB – Yes

Dimensions –



Height (mm) 107
Width (mm) 60
Depth (mm) 15.5
Weight (g) 111 g

Battery –
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh
Standbytime (h) Up to 408 h
Talktime (m) Up to 4 h

The Curve has an 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery that’s user replaceable. It ships with RIM’s standard world-friendly charger with fold-down prongs. As with most GSM BlackBerry phones, the Curve has excellent battery life (being EDGE-only helps). Push email generally greatly reduces battery life on competing smartphone platforms, but somehow RIM manages to give us phones that last 2 to 3 days on a charge. Claimed talk time is 5 hours. Standby is 22 days– very long by smartphone standards.

Messaging –
SMS Yes
Email Yes
MMS Yes

Camera –
Camera Yes, 2MP,
1600 x 1200 pixels
Video recording Yes
LED flash and self portrait mirror

The Curve features a 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom and a built-in flash along with a self-portrait mirror. The camera application offers three picture qualities and three still image resolutions (1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480), and it uses the screen as the viewfinder. The photo quality isn’t the best you will see on a 2 megapixel camera, but photos have good amount of useful image data that can be corrected using Photoshop or RIM’s photo editing tool on the desktop to yield a good image.

Display –
Color display, 65000 Colors
Display width (pixel) 320
Display height (pixel) 240
LCD Type Color
LCD Size (pixel) 320 x 240

Like the BlackBerry 8800 series of smartphones. the Curve has a QVGA (320 x 240) TFT display that’s very bright, colorful and crisp. It has a light sensor that adjusts to ambient lighting conditions, and you can turn this feature off — though it works well except in near-dark rooms where the display sensor opted for too little backlight. The screen is capable of displaying 65k colors and is extremely bright at 100%; too bright! The screen is viewable outdoors, more so than Windows Mobile Professional (Pocket PC) and the Palm OS Treo PDA phones.

Memory –
64 MB flash memory with 21.8 megs available for storage and program installation.

Memory card not included
Supports microSD card slot


Multimedia –
Ringtones Polyphonic (32 channels), MP3
Polyphonic Yes

The Media Player application has been jazzed up with a skin compared to the 8800’s dull media player. There are 4 icons for music, video, ringtone and photos viewing/listening. The music player has options for shuffle, genres, play by artist and play by album. The image viewer is fairly fast and you can use it to set any image as the home screen background. the ringtone manager at The media player plays MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and WMA files. You can use the microSD card to store music and video. Sound is decent through the mono speaker and very good with the included 3.5mm stereo headset with inline mic.

Java & Games –
Games – Yes
Java – Yes
Voicedialing Yes

Misc. features –
Interface USB
Handsfree Yes
Vibrate Yes
Phonebook Capacity Yes, Photocall

Bundled Software –
BlackBerry push email client. BlackBerry IM client.
VoiceSignal voice dialing software,
BlackBerry Maps and TeleNav navigation software, media player for your MP3 pleasure and video playback.

PIM apps include address book, calendar, tasks and memo. Also Alarm, voice note, calculator, Password Keeper included. BrickBreaker game is bundled.

BlackBerry Desktop software for PC included for syncing and software installation.

Sales Package


Stereo Headset
USB Cable
Travel Charger (lots of connector options)
Leather Pouch
Software CD & Manual

PROS AND CONS

The Internet Service keeps a constant eye on whatever POP3 accounts you ask it to and delivers emails it spots to your BlackBerry as it retrieves them. Of course how rapid this is will depend in part on the efficiency of the sender’s, and your own, email server(s) and in part on network coverage. Either way, you can force a check for new messages whenever you want to.

Pros –

  1. Good Screen
  2. Browser supports both – WAP and HTML
  3. PEARL trackball navigation,
  4. QWERTY Keypad,
  5. 3.5mm headset jack
  6. Spellchecker
  7. 2MP Camera,
  8. Small Size makes it comfortable to hold for voice calls
  9. Stylish,
  10. Blackberry Maps Application included
  11. Well Priced – Arnd Rs. 24.5k


Cons –

  1. No Memory Card Provided,
  2. Memory Card not hot-swappable,
  3. No Protection for Camera lens and flash.
  4. Absence of GPS Antenna
  5. As SIM card slot is under the battery, and so unfortunately is the microSD card slot, so you’ll have to power down the phone to insert or remove a memory card


VERDICT – A GUD REPLACEMENT FOR OLDER BUSINESS PHONES