Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sony Ericsson P1i

The P1i is the latest in the Sony Ericsson's business line, succeeding both p990 and M600 - brining in the former's functionality and the latter's form factor. Its dimensions are nearly same as that of M600 with just about a couple of millimeters thicker but with plastic finish at the sides. The OS is symbian UIQ13, which is much faster due to the 128 mb internal memory that's offered. There's no soft touch keys for easy navigation. You have to operate your stylus or finger. But I recommend a scratch-guard as soon as you buy it, because the impression on the screen are legible. The other keys in the QWERTY keypad are well spaced out and easy to use.
The 3.2 mega pixel camera is really good. It takes crisp pictures in bright environments but picture quality is moderate in the dim-lit environments. The second camera is for video calling purpose and you cannot take self-portraits using that. This phone features a business card scanner, WiFi and 3G. Internet speeds are quite satisfying. The battery life is goos. Overall the phone rates to 3.9 out of 5

Friday, December 21, 2007

ASUS p526

The P526 can be viewed as a competitor for Sony Ericsson p1i and Nokia E61.It offers good value for money as an entry level touch screen model. The handset design is very similar to p750. The p526 does not have any joystick and believes only on the touch screen. The soft menu buttons are difficult to handle. But the keys are well spaced and can be used at ease. The phone comes with Mobile Word, Excel, Powerpoint ad other PIM functions like Meeting Time Planner, Remote Presenter, business card recognizer and Java support. GPS is present but the software has to be installed to use it.
The audio quality is ok but no match to Sony and Nokia. The 2 MP camera delivers decent photographs only in the well lit environments. The phone comes with 128 mb in-built memory and can be increased with a microSD card. The net browsing and GPRS is slow. There is no WiFi. Bluetooth is a let down. It has only Bluetooth 1.2 where as its competitors have Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP technology. The signal reception is good and the battery life is moderate. Overall this phone fetches 3.5 out of 5.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sony Ericsson k630

Motorola Moto Q V8

The Moto Q V8 marks Motorola's entry into the highly competitive PDA cell phone market. Regarding this phone, Moto has opted for tried and tested QWERTY design. This phone is wide and hence it is easier to hold and handle when compared to E61. The Moto RAZR has helped a lot by making this phone much slimmer. The QWERTY keypad offers excellent tactile feed back and can be compared to the keypads that are available in the high end phones. The 320 X 240, 2.4 inch LCD display is a let down with only 65k colors.
The internal memory is only 40mb; this adds to the sluggishness of the phone due to the Windows Mobile. The "Documents to Go" feature comes in a preinstalled manner. This is really great. It helps us handle the word, excel and Zip files in an efficient manner. System tools include a memory manager and software manager. The multimedia facilities are mediocre. It has only a 1.3 MP camera. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, USB, GPRS, EDGE, IR, etc. The overall rating of this phone is 3.4 out of 5

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Video iPod - Internal Parts

I got this photo from my mail. This photo depicts a 1 Giga byte video iPod. Its internal parts are clearly shown but are not explained. There are more than two hundred parts in it!! Some parts like touch sensor, rotating wheel, display and the panels are easily identifiable but others are not.If you have explanations for the internal parts, kindly share it with me.

Sony ericsson j230i

If your budget is minimum but you want a quality phone with Stereo FM, color, etc., then this is the ultimate choice for you. The display has only 65k colors with the resolution of 128X128 pixels. It has 500kb user memory. The phone book has limited storage of 200 entries. It has GPRS but doesn't have card slot, blur tooth, IR, etc. FM comes with RDS and the speakers are of excellent quality. It is available in three different colors like orange, blue and silver. This is a minimum budget phone and you will be more than satisfied with the features. The value for money rating for this one is 4.7 on 5. Overall rating will be 4.2 out of 5.

Hummer - Mobile Phone from FLY

Welcome to the new world of association branding. This is not a technology, its just a marketing technique. Recently fly used this very same marketing strategy and unveiled its all new "Hummer" brand mobile phones. This is very normal phone. It has features like 2 mega pixel camera, a sliding display with 262k colors with 2.2" screen. The video recording is also QVGA, so there is not much difference in it. It comes in four different colors. But the very important thing is that the shades of "Hummer" SUV is camouflaged into the back of the mobile phone. The name itself reminds you of a rugged, reliable and the ultimate SUV. Fly believes that this very fact will drive their mobile market. They are also allowed to do some small joint venture programs, to promote their mobile phone, with the car manufacturer. So you can see more phones with known brands in the market, if this becomes a hit among the people. My rating for this phone is 3.6 on a scale of 5

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Health mistakes

All of us make little health mistakes that cause
damage to our bodies in the long run - simply because
we are unaware we are doing something wrong. Here are
some of the most common mistakes made by many of us.

Crossing our legs

Do you cross your legs at your knees when sitting?

Although we may believe that this is the lady-like elegant way to sit, sitting this way cuts down
circulation to your legs. If you don"t want varicose veins to mar the beauty of your legs and compromise
your health, uncross your legs every time you realise you have one knee on top of the other.

The best way to sit is to simply place both legs together on the floor, balancing your weight equally. If you feel like changing position, instead of crossing your legs, simply move both legs together to one side. As an
alternative, you could also consider crossing your legs loosely at the ankles.
This is a classically elegant way to sit, and is far better for your legs and your health than sitting with your legs crossed at your knees.

Not changing our toothbrush

How often do you change your toothbrush? Most of us wait until most of the bristles have either fallen
off, or are in such bad shape that we"d be embarrassed to pull out our brush in public. However, since not
many of us need to pull out our brush in public, we carry on with our frayed one until we lose it.

Replace your toothbrush often
. Damaged bristles can harm the enamel, and don"t massage your gums well. If you find brushing your teeth a pain like I do, but know you must do it, you might as well be doing it right.
Imagine going through the annoyance of brushing your teeth twice a day only to find out that you"re
damaging your enamel every time you clean your teeth. Also, use a brush with soft bristles unless your
dentist has advised otherwise.

Eating out often

There are oils that are high in cholesterol, and oils that cause little harm and are better for your heart.
However, no matter how light the oil is, it is never a good idea to eat too much of it. Avoid fried
foods.Remember that in all probability your favourite Indian food restaurant throws a huge, HUGE chunk of
butter in a tiny bowl of dal. Rita, who worked in the kitchen of a 5 star hotel, was shocked when she saw
the cook chop a 500gm butter slab in half, and throw half into a Paneer Makhani dish. No wonder the
customers left licking their fingers. And no wonder they felt so stuffed and heavy afterwards. Limit
outdoor eating unless you know that you"re getting served light and healthy food.

Skipping breakfast

Never, ever skip breakfast. Remember, when you wake up in the morning it"s been around 10-12 hours since your last meal. Your body needs food now, more than at any other time. Eat a heavy breakfast. You will then be busy through the day, and the calories will get expended quickly. If you are trying to diet, eat a
light dinner. Here are some more common health mistakes we make. Being informed and making a few
changes can help make us feel a whole lot better.

High heels

High heels sure look great, but they're murder for your back. This however doesn't mean you should steer
clear of stilettos. Wear them, but not when you know you will be walking around a lot. Wear them when going out for lunch or dinner - when the only walking you will be doing is to your car, to the table, and back.
Avoid high heels when you are going somewhere on foot. If you are constantly tempted to wear your heels, take a good look at your flats. Is there something about them you dislike? Invest in a new pair of beautiful
flats or shoes with a low heel. Buy something you love, that you will enjoy wearing. If possible, get a
matching bag. You will then enjoy your flats as much as you do your heels.

Sleeping on a soft bed

You don't have to sleep on the floor be kind to your back, but do make sure you have a firm mattress.
Although a mattress on springs is soft and lovely to sink into, it's bad for your back. If you already have
an old bed with springs, you don't need to invest in a new one - simply get a thick wooden plank put over the springs, and place the mattress on the plank.

Similarly, if your mattress is old and lumpy, throw it out and get a new one. Your neck and your back will
thank you. The same rule applies to sofas. If you will be spending hours on a sofa, get a firm yet
comfortable one. Sofas you completely sink into are not the best idea.


No matter how comfortable sleeping with ten cushions is, have pity on your neck and resist.
Sleep with one pillow, and make sure it is not too thick. If your pillow gets lumpy, discard it and go for a new one. Get a thin pillow if you sleep on your stomach, and something a little thicker if you sleep on your back,
to give your neck adequate support

Not exercising

So all of us know we should exercise more, but many of us don't. This is a health mistake we consciously
make! And why is that? Simply because we refuse to admit the damage we are causing to our bodies by not
working out. A number of people only start working out once they've experienced a warning signal. Don't wait
for a heart attack to strike before you decide to opt for a lifestyle change. Make the change now. You don't
need to train for the marathon to be in top shape. Half an hour of brisk walking three to four times a
week will make a world of difference to your health. You could then increase this to forty minutes, four
times a week - and you're all set. If you haven't exercised for a week, you're making a mistake.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Palm Treo 750

The Treo is the latest PDA phone from Palm; it promises one handed operation though its a Windows based device. The new phone is slimmer and lighter to use. The 2.5 inch LCD screen dominates the front panel. The display is crystal clear even in the bright sunlight. The navigational controller has 5 way rocker, two soft keys, four additional predefined keys. QWERTY keyboard is one of the best ever. Though it might looked to be cramped, in reality it is not so. There are only minimal chances of mistyping. This phone runs in Windows Mobile Version 6; this makes the device little slower, as the functionality increases.
This phone has new interface. The "Today Screen" shows information such as messages, email, voice mail, appointments and many more; each of which can be accessed by using the navigational keys. There are no signal issues. the speaker is clear without any echo and background noise. The camera is of moderate quality. Overall this phone is a good one to buy but the price is a bit higher. The rating for this one is 4.2 out of 5

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sony Ercisson k850i

This is the all new camera phone introduced by Sony Ericsson. It has 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and Xenon flash. The other features are quite similar to its predecessor k790i. The only difference is that it is having distinct keys for making and disconnecting the calls. This is the first time sony Ericsson has come up with this sort of keys. The navigation key has been changed to normal key from the usual joystick that was available with the earlier models. This was after several complaints that were received regarding the malfunctioning of the joystick (But I do not have any problems with the joystick in my k790i). The camera and the audio quality is better than n95. With 20,000 Rupees as the price tag, it is much cheaper than n95 but it does not have WiFi and GPS. It is important to note that it is having the longest battery life than many other phones that are coming with these features. So it is definitely a valuable possession.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sony Ericsson k810i

This is the phone for camera lovers. The 3.2 mega pixel camera is ultimate thing. The flash light provided is Xenon and is of the best quality. The navigation keys are ok. The music palying capacity is above average. The cyber shot feature allows you to shoot images of moving pictures without any blur. The Xenon flash helps you capture images in perfect darkness. So this one is definitely for those who love camera and likes to hear some quality music.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Motorola SLVR L9

The fit and finish of L9 are surprisingly good and it is as good as expensive MOTO RAZR 2. It is the successor of L7; in looks department. The back rubber cover offers good grip. A 2 inch LCd screen with 256 colors and 176 X 220 resolution display is really cool. The keypad is well spaced and the navigation is not tricky. However tactile feedback is not as good as that of moto 2 razr. The memory card slot is that of hot swap feature. It is on the right of the phone. It can accept up to 2Gb of micro SD memory. The internal memory is too low with only 20 mb.
The media player is mediocre. The format supported by this phone are mp3, aac, aac+, mpeg-4, etc. The 2 megapixel camera is much similar to moto razr. Low light conditions are not ideal to shoot. Video recording is also of mediocre quality. The rating is 3 out of 5.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Sony Ericsson W910i

The latest addition to the music edition is w910i. It is trendy and has a whole lot of new features. It comes with in built media browser and motion sensor for games and music. The slider mechanism is so smooth. The front panel has a large 2.4 inch LCD display screen.The navigation key is more sophisticated as it has to carry on the function of navigation and play back. Two additional keys are placed on top that can be used for photo viewing purposes. The power on and walkman keys are difficult to navigate.
Play back quality is of highest quality. The bundled ear phones are awesome. Two additional features include shake control and SenseMe. Shake control changes the song track, if you shake your handset while holding the W button. This uses motion sensor to control music playback. SenseMe is used to switch tracks based on the motion sensor. The tracks are selected based on the tempo of your movement and even mood. The camera is of moderate quality. The picture quality decreases with light. A 2gb card is included. You also get a USB reader along with this phone. The overall rating is 4 out of 5.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Camera mobiles - ISO Specifications

The important things that you should note while buying a camera mobile or any other camera is its ISO specifications. The ISO specifications determine the amount of light entering through the aperture. There has to be a fine balance with the amount of light entering your camera and the time for which your aperture should be open. If your aperture time is too high, the camera's sensitivity will be high and you can capture the darker images without much image noise. But high aperture time will reduce the image stabilization and also add to image noise. So there has to be some trade-off.
There are different levels of ISO and shutter speed. Nokia N95 uses 1/111 and ISO 200 whereas Sony Ericsson k850i uses 1/30 and ISO 64. The above images are taken with fixed shutter speed and aperture value. Bear in mind that the ISO and the shutter speed are the two elements that determine the amount of light that is to be captured, when you have a fixed aperture size. A slower shutter speed allows more light to reach to the matrix. A higher ISO makes the matrix more sensitive to the light that comes in. However it's a really fine balance between these two, since the higher the ISO is, the more noise there is on the image. The slower the shutter speed, the more likely you are to get a blurry picture due to camera shake. The camera software has to balance those two in the best possible way to avoid both blurring and noise. Sometimes one is taken care of at the expense of the other - it's up to the camera to decide, really.
The following explanations might help you in better understanding of this concept:
ISO 100: Great for bright sunny days, at the beach or on the snow. Produces clean images that are great for enlargements.
ISO 200: Great for overcast daylight pictures (noise levels may increase, but in most cases not noticeably)
ISO 400:
Great for lower lighting conditions (indoors, night time) or when you need to capture faster moving subjects in lower lighting conditions. In many consumer cameras, ISO 400 can make photos look very noisy in dark areas of the picture. The reason a higher speed ISO helps you capture fast moving subjects is because a higher ISO makes the image sensor of the camera more light sensitive. This forces the camera to use a higher shutter speed to compensate for the extra brightness, which in turn helps to "freeze" movement in the captured frame.
So depending upon your choice you can choose your camera or mobile with high or low ISO and shutter speed specifications.