What Makes the Nokia Lumia 1020 so Great?

Nokia Lumia 1020. Photo by WPCentral.com.

Nokia Lumia 1020. Photo by WPCentral.com.

 

Over the past few years, we’ve heard about these great advancements in smartphone cameras, but have rarely been “wowed” by the resulting changes. While companies like Apple continue to provide users with a less than amazing camera, Nokia is out to change the game, and they’re swinging for the fences with the Lumia 1020 available for AT&T.

Now, before we get into the nitty gritty, you should know, I don’t have an affinity to any one cell phone manufacturer; I find flaws as well as great elements in each smartphone I get my hands on. I’ve owned Nokias, BlackBerries, Sanyos, Samsungs, Motorolas, well, you get the point. But when a company takes the initiative to come out with what is being heralded as the best smartphone camera ever, we have to take note.

Sure, you won’t give up your professional camera for the Lumia 1020, but the picture clarity of the Lumia 1020 is unparalleled. You’re bound to find some grainy elements to your photos when you do extreme zooming, but luckily, the 1020 excels with its zooming capabilities. With a 41-megapixel sensor that includes image stabilization, there is no other smartphone camera on the market that can compare. Nokia claims the 1020’s camera sensor format is five times larger than that in your average smartphone, but the megapixels aren’t the only thing to take note of.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with its standard Carl Zeiss optics; however, this model contains six Zeiss lenses, Xenon flash, and another separate LED flash to provide you with clearer and brighter images, while also providing you the ability to record high-def 1080p video footage. The Lumia 1020’s camera also gives you plenty of manual settings and controls to mess around with, all with the ability to complement the phone’s ability to auto-focus. And if you still enjoy your front-facing camera, don’t worry, Nokia has your back with a 1.2-megapixel camera on the face of the phone. Nokia bundled all of this capability within a 5.6-ounce phone that is taller and nearly as thin as the iPhone 5, but where most phones have a flat back, the Lumia 1020 isn’t flat, thanks to the camera mounting to the back of the phone.

So, with all that said, what makes the camera so incredible? Well, it starts by putting your megapixels to good use. Whenever you capture a photo with the Lumia 1020, you’re actually shooting two photos simultaneously. One of which is in full-resolution (34-38 megapixels depending on your shooting format), while also providing you with a high-quality 5-megapixel image that is easy to share with your social networks. Through the Nokia Pro Camera application, you have the ability to make adjustments to the flash, focus, shutter speed, white balance, exposure and ISO, but best of all, you can see the difference each adjustment makes to your photo before you take it.

The benefit of working with a 41-megapixel camera is that Nokia’s Lumia 1020 allows you to zoom in on your photo to the right spot, and create a new image out of the zoomed image. However, just like all things in life, this smartphone is not without flaw. After you press the shutter button to take your picture, the phone takes a good three seconds or more to display your image. And while the phone comes stocked with 32GB of internal memory, you cannot add a memory card, meaning you’re stuck with your 32GB of memory. Now, if you use your camera like there’s no tomorrow, you may feel duped by Nokia, as the use of a 41-megapixel camera means your memory is limited due to the photo size for each captured image. All that said, the Lumia 1020 still sports the ability to take photos up to 38 megapixels in quality. What your decision will ultimately come down to is whether or not you can live with somewhat limited storage space. If you can, and you love your smartphone’s camera, you should definitely get your hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and see the difference in your photos.

8 Apps to Keep Kids Occupied on Long Car Rides

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Without variation, kids will get bored on long car trips. When they do, they’re very distracting to everyone else in the car. These kid-friendly apps are great for keeping kids distracted while traveling those long distances.

Netflix

The Netflix app lets kids access movies and cartoons that they love. Pick the movies they can watch and store them under upir favorites. Stop and start movies for stops along the way. With a satellite internet connection, these apps will operate without a hitch, regardless of what highway or byway you and your family are traveling on.

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

The Road Trip Scavenger Hunt is a game in which kids spot things on their journey. The game accommodates multiple players, so no one is left out. Objects are named, and then first one to spot the target object gets the points. Parents should probably keep score to prevent fighting on this one.

Ad Libs! It’s better than [noun]

This app has turned the classic Ad Libs into something that will keep kids entertained. The kids get to make up words and then a story is created. The app is constantly updated with new stories to keep children entertained for hours.

Road Trip Bingo

Based on the idea of spotting things outside the car, this app brings it to the game of BINGO. Once the items are spotted, the slot is marked until BINGO is achieved. This little app also provides a verbal description of items so little kids can also play.

123 Color: Talking Coloring Book

This app gives kids the opportunity to color without the mess. It contains educational elements that reinforce letter recognition, the sounds of letters, and recognizing colors. Also included is a program that keeps kids from coloring outside of the lines.

Dr. Suess’s ABC

This app lets kids explore the colorful world of Dr. Seuss. Words are highlighted as kids progress through the book. This helps kids develop their reading skills while still on the road. The color illustrations accompany the reading of this book. Older siblings can read this Dr. Seuss favorite to younger ones.

The Oregon Trail

This app is directly from a classic game used to challenge kids. They must travel across the country in stagecoaches. There are lots of decisions and games to play as they travel along the Oregon Trail. The decisions they make affect the game’s direction.

Uno

The app of this classic game puts all of those colorful cards on the screen. The rules are customizable. Kids can play against online friends. There’s also a tournament mode for players looking to challenge themselves.

These apps will keep kids occupied while on the road during those very long car trips. Kids can spend time spotting things outside the window, watching movies, or engage in learning things. Make sure to download these before you hit the road, and you’ll avoid having a bored child on your next road trip.

Rob Weatherby is a freelance writer and digital designer. A recent graduate, with a communications degree from the University of Tampa, Rob has a passion for technology and writing. Besides writing and design, he is also an addict of all things fitness related and a pretty awesome cook. To get in touch with Rob, you can email him at mrweatherby86@gmail.com

Three Cool, New Smartphone Apps You Don’t Know About

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In today’s day and age, the smartphone has become as vital a part of daily life as the air we breathe and the water we drink. I don’t leave my home without my smartphone, and it is always within reach – even if I’m showering. One of the main reasons we love our smartphones as much as we do is due to the incredible list of applications we can download. From games to weather, we use apps every single day. But while anyone can talk about the same old apps, here at TechBreach, we’re all about bringing you the latest and greatest.

Be Heard: The App that Records you…5 minutes ago

Do you wish you could record something you just said, but didn’t have a microphone set to record? Well, there’s a new smartphone app that allows you to record anything that happened around you in the past five minutes.

The Heard app records everything going on around you and keeps it in a constant state of buffering. If you said something you wish you had recorded, whether a brilliant philosophical statement or a joke, all you have to do is go to Heard and tell it to record, and it will. However, if you don’t go to the app, your recordings will be deleted once five minutes have past, always providing you with the previous five minutes of recordings around you.

To make it even cooler, Heard allows you to sync the app to your social media feeds, making it easy to share your audio clips with your Facebook followers.  If you want to try it out, Heard will allow you to record 12-second clips for free, or for $1.99, you can buy the full app, allowing you to record the full five minutes of audio.

Find. Eat. Drink: It’s That Simple

We all know about the ever-popular restaurant application, Urbanspoon – the one where you shake your phone and the dials spin, landing on a random restaurant for you to check out in your area. Many users enjoy Urbanspoon, so why would they make the switch to Find. Eat. Drink.? Well, how about because it is curated by people who know what they’re talking about?

Find. Eat. Drink. is run and populated by chefs and bartenders, who have experience in the industry and know a thing or two about what makes a restaurant so great. With reviews, a breakdown of various restaurants, bars and cocktail lounges, along with chef interviews, this nifty restaurant app is in a league of its own.

Duolingo: The Ultimate Language App

A new, quick-paced language app for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and English, Duolingo is a free application that uses an immersion system that focuses on images to teach you the languages you’ve been dying to learn. Whether you have a conference call scheduled with your clients in Spain, are planning a trip with your spouse to Italy, or need to brush up on your French, Duolingo has you covered. Unlike other language applications, Duolingo focuses on a game-type format that makes learning the new language fun. With no hidden fees and no distracting ads popping into the screen, you’ll be equipped to tackle the romance language of your choice in no time at all.

There are plenty of other cool apps that have recently been released, and more on the horizon. Check back in with us for future updates on what the latest and greatest technology has to offer.

5 Tips for Buying a New Smartphone

This seems...a bit much

This seems…a bit much

With all the new smartphones on the market, it’s an exciting time to buy. Companies like Samsung and HTC have released phones that are better than anything we’ve seen in history. And then there’s always Apple with its line of iPhone devices. There has never been a better time to buy a new smartphone.

There are so many choices, in fact, that you might have a hard time choosing the best one for you. Do you want an Android or an iPhone? What about Windows Phone or BlackBerry? Then there are choices about the devices themselves: small or large screen, for instance. You have many phones to choose from, and each one offers you something unique.

Confused? Here’s a little guide to help you narrow down the choices and find the phone that fits you perfectly.

1. Pick a carrier first

The most important factor to consider when buying a new smartphone is the network. While a smartphone is powerful by itself — it’s a mini computer, really — it is only as good as the network it runs on. A top of the line smartphone running on a second-tier network won’t do you much good. You’d probably be better off with a second-tier smartphone on a top of the line network.

There are two considerations with a network: coverage and costs. Different carriers cover different areas. There are many areas where Verizon has coverage and T-Mobile does not, and vice versa. In addition, each carrier has a different set of smartphone plans that fit different budgets. T-Mobile, for instance, has plans that run far, far cheaper than Verizon’s. If price is a big consideration for you, this is a factor you need to consider before deciding on a phone.

When it comes to smartphone usage, the network comes before the phone. Everything runs through the network. Choosing a poor one will create a negative experience, no matter what smartphone you buy.

2. Decide an ideal size

Today’s smartphones come in all different sizes. Older Apple iPhone models, in addition to many mid-range Android phones, come with 3.5-inch screens. For many consumers, that is too small. On the other extreme, many manufacturers have created “phablet” devices that can measure as large as 5.5 inches. Many consumers find these far too large and bulky. You will have to decide for yourself what size is appropriate.

Here is a quick chart of common screen sizes:

3.5 inches like the iPhone 4S. It is good for consumers who want a compact phone they can fit into tight places.

4 inches like the iPhone 5. It is good for consumers who watch a fair amount of streaming video and browse media-rich websites.

4.3 inches like the HTC One S. It is good for consumers who do a little more with their smartphones and need a larger surface area.

4.8 inches like the Samsung Galaxy S3. It is good for consumers who are power users, and who need extra screen real estate for web browsing, video streaming, and reading.

5.5 inches like the Galaxy Note 2. For professionals who take notes with a stylus and need other professional organization applications.

3. Look at software, not specs

When you see a new smartphone announcement, chances are there is an emphasis on specs. You’ll hear about the processor speed, the internal memory, and other technical details that manufacturers love to tout. But what does that mean to you? Chances a phone with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor won’t make your life any better than one with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor — if those terms even mean anything to you in the first place.

What makes a difference for the end user is software. Does the smartphone have the apps that you want and need? More importantly, does it run an updated version of the main operating system? With Apple you know the answer is always yes; they push out new iOS updates going back three or four iPhone generations. With Android some phones will always update. You can be sure that the Google Nexus 4 always has the latest version. The same goes for the Samsung Galaxy phones. Just avoid phones that ship with anything less than 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

4. Check the rumor mill

There might be a phone on the market that you like, but there’s a good chance that there is a phone you like even more coming soon. Manufacturers release many different phones every year, and each one builds on the last. The last thing you want is to buy a brand new phone, only to have an even better one come out in a few weeks. That’s why it’s important to check for rumored devices on sites like MobileMoo. That way you know about any devices that are coming soon.

Be careful to not wait too long, though. There will always be a shiny new phone in the rumor mill. If you wait a few months for one, chances there will be a new rumor of a phone that is even better. The game goes on and on, and you’ll be stuck with your old phone and no upgrade. Once you decide it’s a good time to buy a new phone, set a limit. Wait only a few weeks if there is a really nice phone coming soon.

5. Compare overall costs

The last thing you’ll want to compare is the overall cost of the phone. This isn’t just the base cost, but instead the total two-year cost of ownership. There are two main ways cell phones are sold:

A) Full-price, with no contract

B) Subsidized price, with a two-year contract

The best way to determine your overall cost is to figure out the two-year cost of ownership. Let’s take an example of both of the above.

A) The full-price phone costs $500, but the service costs $55 per month. Total two-year cost of ownership: $1,820.

B) The subsidized phone costs $200, but the service costs $90 per month. Total two-year cost of ownership: $2,360.

Doing this complicated math will make your smartphone buying experience much easier.

The Galaxy S4: A Crash-Course Review

via Samsung.com

via Samsung.com

Late this April, Samsung released its much-anticipated Galaxy S4 smart phone.  Considering the success that the phones predecessor, the Galaxy S3, enjoyed as a direct competitor to the iPhone 5, many Android geeks and tech bloggers have been hopeful that this newest iteration of the Galaxy line will finally be enough to push Samsung and Android into the forefront of the mobile market. So far, it looks like they’ve been right. Sales of the new Galaxy topped 10 million in less than a month and are expected to remain strong in the future. But will all of the S4’s new features and enhanced capabilities really be enough to unseat the iPhone as king of the mobile market?

Well, we recently got our hands on one. So let’s break it down and find out.

Build and Design

Visually, the Galaxy S4 looks nearly identical to the S3. It’s still large – 5.4” x 2.75” x .31” to be precise. It’s still made of black or white plastic (until the new colors hit the market this summer) and it still has a chrome trim. What’s noticeably different is that the screen bezels have been thinned out to make room for a larger screen and the corners have been squared off, which creates a chunkier silhouette that’s actually easier to grip.  The USB port has been cleaned up and the rear of the phone seems tighter and better-built as well. All in all, it’s an appealing evolution that addresses many of the complaints about the GS3’s design without changing the look in any significant way.

Display

As far as screens go, the new AMOLED screen on the GS4 is a beauty. It measures 5” across and boasts an astounding 441 pixels per-inch, up from the 306 on the GS3 and much more than the 326 on the iPhone 5.

Though the Full HD display is less refined than an equivalent LCD screen, it still provides stunning contrast and a crisp, clean picture. Colors are brighter than they appear on the iPhone and HTC one and a permanent brightness slider on the notifications screen makes it easy to adjust this monster of a monitor down to appropriate levels wherever you happen to go. In short, it’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s awesome.

Performance

Is the GS4 Fast? Yes, yes it is. The 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor handled everything we threw at it with ease, including 3D-heavy games like House of the Dead Overkill. Other reviewers report that the processor torched all of the benchmark tests that they ran, which doesn’t surprise us in the least. Suffice to say, the GS4 is the fastest phone we’ve ever tested.

Networking is equally impressive. With full service, the 4G LTE phone can hit up to 14MBS on a download and 2 MBS on an upload, a solid mark by anyone’s perspective. Connecting to networks is fast, browsing them is faster.

As far as the battery goes – it’s good but not great. According to GSMArena, phone has about 18 hours 3 minutes of talk time and 7 hours 24 minutes of web browsing. The talk time is good, but the browsing life pales in comparison to the nearly 10 hours you’ll get on an iPhone 5 and HTC One.

Features

Ah, yes – the features. The Galaxy S4 has loads of them, and they’re all pretty great. Our favorite feature on the phone is it’s NFC capability, which allows you to use the GS4 as a mobile wallet to pay for transactions at stores that support them.

Samsung has upgraded the GS4’s camera as well. The new phone has a 13 megapixel backside-illuminated camera that captures stunning images in fine detail. It shoots well in sunlight as in darkenss, and features plenty of photo modes, including a neat 20-shot burst mode for those moments when you want to feel like a professional photographer.

In addition to all of Android 4.2.2’s OS features, Samsung has added a few touches of its own to the operating system. Most notably there’s the S Health app, which is a nice spin on the classic health and fitness app – it tracks your food intake, vitals and exercise routines to help you stay fit. There’s also the S Translator, which can translate speech or text into nine different languages.

Following that, there’s a Group Play feature that allows you to share media with other S4 owners and even lets you network multiple handsets to create stereo and surround sound. The suite also includes a built-in IR transmitter which allows you to control your home theater devices from the phone.

Other aspects found in the S3 have been improved. Eye and motion-tracking has been enhanced to function over a wider range and the former will now pause videos when it knows you aren’t watching. You can also scroll up or down on webpages just by looking.

Conclusion

It’s hard to find something not to love on the Galaxy S 4. The iPhone 5 might still have the “hip” factor and the superior battery life, but the GS4 dominates in every other significant category. It’s faster, it’s smarter and it has a ton of cool features that any tech geek or weekend mobile warrior will love.

HTC One Shows Why Samsung Will Continue To Dominate Android

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A few years ago, it appeared that HTC was the big up and comer in the smartphone world. Google contracted them to do the first Google-branded Android phone, the Nexus One, and it was easily the best Android smartphone of its time. With other exciting releases, such as the Incredible, coming around the same time, HTC was poised to become the biggest player in Android.

A year later, the picture didn’t seem as clear. The Nexus One, while being a quality device by all objective measures, did not sell well. Instead of contracting HTC to do the next generation Nexus, Google went with Samsung. And so started Samsung’s vault to the top. After the Nexus S they came through with the acclaimed Galaxy S II, followed by the Galaxy Nexus, and finally captivated the smartphone market with the Galaxy S III.

Where did that leave HTC? Mostly in the dust. Samsung dominates the top Android phone rankings with the top seven models. HTC squeaks in at No. 8 with the Desire HD, but it has only three handsets in the top 20, combining for just under 3 percent market share. It will take quite a bit of market movement for HTC to even crack the top five, let alone approach the top of the charts.

Recently the company went all-in with its latest smartphone, the HTC One. By all objective measures, it blows away everything HTC has done in the past. There is nothing about the One that isn’t top of the line. And yet, it’s hard to see how the One, in all its glory, will make a significant dent in Samsung’s dominance.

In fact, the HTC One might be proof of why Samsung will continue to be by far the biggest Android player.

It’s about marketing

How did Samsung get to its dominant position in the first place? By challenging the market. When it released the Galaxy S II, the iPhone was still the dominant phone on the market. Few people even questioned this. Android was just some up and comer that had too many problems. The iPhone was sleek and smooth. And then Samsung challenged that entire notion.

While Apple was stuck in the past with a 3.5-inch screen, the S II pushed the envelope with a 4.3-inch screen. Samsung tweaked its own user interface to be sleeker and less clunky than stock Android. They bumped up the camera. But most importantly: they put themselves up against Apple. They challenged the leader by creating a device that was different — better, as Samsung put it.

The pushing of the envelope only continued with the Galaxy S III. This time Samsung blew up the screen, far beyond even Apple’s increased screen size. They ran TV ads that made Apple fans look silly. In other words, they came down the aisle strutting, mocking the industry leader, and as a result claimed the position for themselves. HTC simply does not have that.

HTC One is no improvement

Forget specs for a moment; few people buy a smartphone based on specs anyway. What is the unique selling point of the HTC One? That is, what can HTC claim as a superior feature, in the same way that Samsung claimed superiority to Apple? The answer is too little.

Camera: The HTC One boasts a mere 4-megapixel camera, but HTC really focused on the quality of pictures taken. That’s a noble cause for sure, especially in the era of Instagram. But do people really buy a smartphone because of the camera? It might be a tiebreaker, but it’s hardly a primary focus.

User interface: HTC updated its Sense UI, and that’s a good thing. One of the major complaints about HTC devices has been Sense. While the new sense, which in many ways resembles Windows 8, might appeal to some users, others will be turned off by how it is force-fed. Not everyone wants their feeds on their home page.

Really, there isn’t much to brag about other than that. Using Gorilla Glass 2 on a 4.7-inch screen is good, but not groundbreaking. The same goes for the 1.7GHz quad-core processor. None of these features challenge anything in the industry. If anything, HTC is just playing catch-up.

Competition abounds

HTC might have more to worry about from the competitors behind it than the behemoth in front of it. After all, Samsung will sell plenty of Galaxy S IV phones no matter what HTC does. But there are some downriver competitors that could pose and issue for HTC. The underwhelming One will do it few favors.

LG has been making Android phones for years now, but it hasn’t made a big dent. Yet Google awarded LG the latest Nexus device, the Nexus 4, which is selling better than previous models. LG is also experimenting with the phablet form factor, which is gaining popularity with users. They might not be pushing the envelope, but they’re certainly trying new things.

Another thing LG has going for it: selection range. Even at carriers where they have a small presence, you can still get a wide-range of LG phones at a decent price. HTC, on the other hand, has done little but pump out handsets like the One X, which appears high-end but fails most tests. It seems that LG is honest about where it is as an Android manufacturer, and that could help it as it grows.

Don’t forget Motorola, either. They haven’t made many big moves in the industry lately (though there are people who swear by the Droid RAZR HD), but they are owned by Google now. They are also supposedly working on the X Phone, which could prove to be Google’s big play. If Google decides to push its own brand, HTC could be in further trouble.

Taken by itself, the HTC One is a quality phone. It has many high-end features, and the new Sense UI could appeal to a certain type of smartphone user. But when looking at it in the current market, it falls short — far short. It doesn’t do anything that the Galaxy S III cannot, and the Galaxy S IV is just around the corner. Competition from smaller players, such as LG and Motorola, will make matters even tougher for HTC. At a time when they needed to blow away users, they essentially kept the status quo. It’s a shame to see, especially from an Android player that seemed so promising just two years ago.

Nokia Plans to Launch Windows 8 RT Tablet Next Year

Nokia is trying to stay in the smart world and is competing with top gadget companies to stay in the market and attract more and more customers. There is something new going on in the Nokia camp recently.

Rumors are that Nokia is working on its own tablet. Nokia Plans to Launch Windows 8 RT Tablet probably next year. The tablet will hit the markets next year and will run on Windows 8 RT, this is a direct attack on Microsoft Surface tablet. All we have to see that can Nokia get noticed in the already dominated tablet industry.

Nokia Plans to Launch Windows 8 RT Tablet

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Read : Nokia Lumia 620 Unveiled – The Most Affordable WP8 Smartphone.

Nokia is working on a 10-inch Windows 8 RT tablet and the reports are that the company is working with Qualcomm and another hardware company to launch Windows 8 RT tablet alongside its flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Nokia is having all the needed experience for working on Windows tablets. The company already has strong relationship with Windows Phone 8 through the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 800.

We have to see whether this rumors are true or not. Nokia is closely analyzing the markets to see whether there is scope for Windows 8 RT tablets after the sales of Windows 8 were not as high as expected.

Read : Microsoft launches Surface Tablets along with Windows 8

Nokia originally plans to develop a 10-inch Windows 8 RT tablet powered by Qualcomm S4 processors. Nokia wants to ensure that its tablet stands apart from other tablets like the Surface tablets running on Windows 8 RT.

Let’s see further news on what Nokia plans to do with its new plan. Stay tuned and leave your feedbacks on what you think about Nokia’s latest stint.

Source : DigiTimes and T3.com

Nokia Lumia 620 Unveiled – The Most Affordable WP8 Smartphone.

Nokia is getting back in the race of smartphones by launching a new smartphone is the Lumia series. The new Nokia Lumia 620 runs on the latest Microsoft mobile operating system and has been launched with an aim to target youngsters with its youthful design.

Nokia Lumia 620

The new Nokia Lumia 620 will surely attract some great attention with its attractive price tag, youthful design and a S4 Snapdragon chipset. The smartphone has a 3.8-inch ClearBlack WVGA screen that runs on 800×480 resolution. The smartphone includes a 5 megapixel rear camera and a front facing VGA camera. Nokia Lumia 620 has a memory storage capacity of 8 GB but the smartphone also supports microSD for more storage.

The device is powered by a two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The video recording capacity is also quite good at 720p@30 fps.

The new Nokia Lumia 620 has upgraded the style quotient and offers the smartphone in seven different colors with exchangeable shells. The Lumia 620 runs Windows Phone 8 and being a part of the Lumia series, the smartphone will have access to the exclusive Nokia Drive App, thus providing free lifetime voice-guided navigation and offline access.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the usual set of connectivity options for a WP8 smartphone – WiFi, GPS, 2G and 3G with HSDPA support. Nokia claims that Lumia 620 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device yet.

The new Nokia Lumia 620 is priced at $249, excluding taxes and will begin the selling by January 2013 in Asia, followed by Europe and Middle East and expanding further.

So what do you think of this new smartphone unveiled by Nokia? Will it be able to bring Nokia back in the smartphones race? Do comment below with your feedback if the new Nokia Lumia 620 bring about a change in the market.

6 Best Android Smartphones of 2012 That Created a Benchmark.

Looking for a high-end smartphone to suit your needs and that can beat your boredom; the best option, as we all know, is to get an Android smartphone for yourself. But almost all the phone manufacturers roll out different Android operated phones so it becomes hard to decide which smartphone to go for.

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So today I am trying to bring a list of 6 of the best Android smartphones on the planet right now. These smartphones though being heavy on your pockets delivers power-packed performance and are the best return for your your money.

Android is very popular because of two main reasons. The OS is open to almost any app developer in the world. You can make your own app and upload it in the app center and the other reason is its easy availability and comparatively cheap rates.

Best Android Smartphones of 2012.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most awaited and the most hyped smartphone that rolled out in 2012. But once it came in the market, it was all praises and it truly lived up to the hype created. Its successor S2 created a benchmark too tough to cross, but the day S3 hit the market, it was sure that all the records are about to get smashed. Powered by a 1.4 GHz Quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, the smartphone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The device is a big one, with a 4.8 inch HD super AMOLED touchscreen. A great smartphone with which you can reap the benefits of 4G.-

HTC One X

HTC One X

HTC is known for making touch screen phones powered by Android operating system. HTC’s flagship One series boasts of one of the best Android smartphone on this planet. HTC One X is a super slim smartphone powered by a quad core processor and has one of the best cameras. The HTC One X runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a superb 4.7 inch that shows off the sleek design that makes it one of the best Android smartphones right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Here is one phone I am trying to buy. Hope I can soon get my hands on it. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – the name is enough. The Note 2 comes with a massive 5.5-inch 1280×720 AMOLED display and an accurate S-Pen. The massive screen can give you great experience when you play free android games or even paid ones. Powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and a 2 GB RAM, the smartphone is no less than a laptop or computer. It can handle multi-tasking with super ease. It truly is one of the best smartphone today.

Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4 can be put up to S3 in terms of clarity and vibrancy. The latest Nexus sports a 4.7 inch IPS display. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor that takes care of its performance and the device also comes with a feature of wireless charging. The Nexus 4 gets many benefits as the name Google is attached to it and also it comes with a unique feature where you can take 360 degree photos. The smartphone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Sony Xperia Arc S

Sony Xperia Arc S

Sony has been side-lined by the recent heavy launches in the Android category; but it looks like Sony wants to be back in the race and here it is. The Sony Xperia Arc S smartphone, running on Android 2.3 (upgradeable to 4.0), has an iPhone-inspired design, a 4.3-inch touchscreen that has the feel of Sony’s Bravia screen technology. There’s a 12 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities and the device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor.

Motorola Razr Maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx

Motorola recently revived its iconic Razr line, it aims at solving the biggest loophole of a smartphone – its low battery life. The Motorola Razr Maxx powers up by a 3300 mAH battery that gives it a 17 hours and 40 minutes of talk time. With the 4.3 inch super AMOLED screen, 8 megapixel camera and a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, the Razr Maxx has all the qualities of being in the list of best Android smartphones.

So What’s Your Pick?

So here is my list of the 6 best Android smartphones of 2012, that are currently the best on the planet. Do you think the list is missing any smartphone or are you not happy as your favorite isn’t listed in it? Mention your favorite smartphone in the comments and let me know or it.

Lenovo Android Smartphones Launched – A RISKY Effort By The Leading PC Company.

I have started to think that is mobile computing is the only one market left in this world that every BIG company is jumping into it !! The world is witnessing a tough war already going on between Apple and Samsung; and Nokia trying hard to maintain its position, Lenovo sneakily jumped into the smartphone segment with 5 smartphones.

Lenovo Android Smartphones

The leading PC company launched a string of 5 Android-based smartphones in the Indian market at a price starting from Rs. 6499 and going upto Rs. 28,499. The five smartphones are being targeted among different groups of people. The 5 smartphones are divided into 4 segments – Geek, Stylish, Professional and Affordable.

Lenovo claims that the USP of these smartphones is the long battery life and a Dual SIM capability. We can’t say more on this topic as we are not quite sure if the claim is true.

5 Lenovo Android Smartphones.

All the 5 smartphones launched by Lenovo, 4 of them are powered by the most prominent mobile OS, Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich; while one handset, A60+ is runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Lenovo K860 : The K860 handset is a powerful 1.4 GHz quad-core smartphone that features a 5-inch IPS display and a 720×1280 pixel resolution. The smartphone comes with a 8 MP camera with special effects and editing options and an 8 GB memory. The K860 is priced at Rs. 28,499.

Lenovo S880 : The S880 smartphone features a 5-inch, a large screen and a slim design of 9.9 mm. Other added features include a long battery life and dual SIM capability. The S880 is prices at Rs. 18,999.

Lenovo S560 : The S560 smartphone is aimed at the music fanatics. The smartphone features a Dolby Digital Plus technology that aims at delivering a music sound better than ever. The S560 comes with a dual core processor, a 4-inch display and a 5 MP camera. Its been priced at Rs. 14,499.

Lenovo P700i : The P700i is a Dual Sim business phone powered with Lenovo Smart Energy Technology to enhance the battery life. The smartphone delivers a talk time of 28 hours and upto 28 days on standby. Powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor and a 4-inch IPS display, the P700i is priced at Rs. 12,499.

Lenovo A60+ : The A60+ is powered by a 1 GHz processor and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (2.3 has become quite old). With a 3.5 inch screen, the A60+ is priced at Rs. 6,499.

Lenovo Android Smartphones – Can It Make It BIG ?

The consumers getting adopted to the latest and smarter, wireless technology in the country is on a rise. The company’s dive into smartphone segment is a part of the four screen strategy which comprises of PCs, tablets, smartphones and Smart TVs.

“Having witnessed success in the PC space where we are currently No 1, our entry into the smartphone category is a strategic move that reinforces our commitment to lead technology and innovation across the four screens,” Lenovo India Managing Director Amar Babu told reporters.

Lenovo has entered in the mobile market in India after building a strong, successful mobile phone business in countries like China, Philippines, Russia and Vietnam. So it will be quite interesting to see if it could be able to stay in the Indian market !!

Let’s see whether Lenovo is capable of luring the Samsung and Nokia obsessed Indian customers !!! Have your say, what do you think of this move of world’s largest PC company.