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History of Touchscreen Smartphones

When it comes to smartphone and I am very critical and picky. Many of friends and relatives consult me before buying a smartphone. I am that fussy that I can even dislike a phone just because it is unable to provide an USP but a brand value to please others such price range. And I too believe others are so they choose as per their need. My money is always on Google Nexus phones as it’s an official android device with latest  stock vanilla latest android version that is always ready to get first updates. In recent years many Chinese companies have evolved and made phone of higher flagship range in half of its price tag. Indian market of youths and enthusiast appropriated that. Only a few are really amazing as most of them are quite disappointing and cheap phones.

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In the year 2007 since the first apple iPhone was introduced it has a capacitive touchscreen for the first time in any mainstream smartphone. Although LG Prada phone was the first phone with capacitive touch. After that many companies have started selling their phones with linux platform called android, a project made by google for making smartphones and tablets just more like geeky version of apple iOS. Other big platforms like Palm, Symbian, Windows, Blackberry could not survive as per Charles Darwin theory.

Initially android was not that great, bit sluggish in every device, there were errors and issues involved unlike iOS that was quite simple and smoother than any other phone for normal daily usage. People were saying what a copy of iphone. But that remained since the end of 2011 when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced. And here when I talk about android means their official hardware phone that is nexus. It was new refined platform but the maturity and smoothness comes more from Jelly Bean that lasted for couple of years.

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It was the time apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away since then iOS has been struggling and trying to make something like Android with the roots of iOS. Now they made the phone bigger, made iOS 8 bit more complicated than ever before, which was against the views of Jobs. Majority of apps that are valuable are available in both the environments. And early adopters of apple iPhone started to move on. I am not saying apple iPhone is bad smartphone but overall good phone for someone who is more like don’t care about new technologies, best camera phone, technophobe, wants more simpler user interface or brand value specially here in India.

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But since then both universes are just making the device more refined and beautiful, not much involvement of new features. There is no significant or drastic changes. Maybe because their no bunny to take advantage of cat fights between two giants. Exactly this is why they even have developed new stuffs, most probably by google Android team are new showing casing their aces on the table. Today iOS 9 and android marshmallow 6.0 are both great devices and in the end of the day it is just a phone with fancy multi-features.

What camera should I get?

Camera, a device used to capture photographs for your memories. Traditionally by taking shots and save it in the photographic film. But today the most of the consumers shifted to digital cameras as the digital era arrived. Films replaced by memory cards, chemicals of lightroom replaced by computer software twitching of Adobe Photoshop.

In 2000s when the digital camera was new, normal consumers started purchasing compact camera for photography. Later in decade as soon as soon as these smartphones introduced in the market with excellent CMOS sensor camera but that were sub par. Now currently phones come with as big sensors as compact point and shoot much better in that much resolution of size.

In 2010s Consumers start focusing more in smartphones for day to day to day shots. For a camera companies start more focusing in High zoom bridge camera for all round performance for enthusiastic photography and starting range DSLRs for semi-pro quality within a budget.

And now a totally new horizon of Mirrorless Interchangeable Camera has begun. They are a replacement for consumers who are using an entry-level DSLR and like brilliant quality images with the interchangeable-lens feature, but want something that is lighter and smaller that can be quarter of the size of some DSLRs.

Buying a camera totally depends on the user. There are basically four types of camera buyer I have classified.

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  • Beginners: If you don’t to be fuss around settings and just want to turn on and take images in automatic mode. For them I suggest to buy a good compact camera or an excellent camera phone will do the job. Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia are always the best options to go with without any thought. With overall top DXO scores.    For compact cameras Sony Cybershot and Panasonic Lumix come with best quality lenses for compact users.

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  • Wannabes: These are mostly for the young audience who want to be in photography enthusiastic in the world of photography. They just want to learn how to use the camera in different setting modes. For those users a high zoom bridge camera is perfect partner. As these types of camera will help you learn the basics of taking shots without spending money on interchangeable lenses. These camera are good enough for the macro photography to high zoom wildlife photography as a big telephoto lens is embedded in it
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  • Entry level DSLR users: The buyer who knows all the basics of photography. Aperture, ISO, Exposure and Shutter Speed control for perfect shots in any lighting condition. This is the way to go with. As I have explained for those who don’t like to carry bulk around have now the option of mirrorless cameras.
    There are three major brands in the world of interchangeable cameras: Nikon, Sony and Canon have options of different sets of lenses. These cameras support most but not all features of a professional camera like they don’t have full frame capable.

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  • Professional High End DSLR users: These are the true professional photographers. It comes with all features till date for the premium photo quality images. They are full frame camera that means no framing while taking shots. Example 50mm lens shows exactly without getting cropped in frame. Much more powerful image processing, bigger and exclusive camera sensor. For that you need to pay in lacs with a good kit.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE UPCOMING ANDROID M 6.0

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Google has announced this year’s latest operating system Android M 6.0 in developer preview at their annual conference Google I/O on 28th of May.
This new OS has not final name yet so it is just M till the developers make it final in late October of this year with their upcoming Nexus device. It can be M for Muffin, M&M, Milkshake or Makhaniya Lassi??
It is not a big update but there are plenty of new features in this new Android M of which some gonna make you super excited about. Initially you will see from the home and theme. You will not recognize that is it current lollipop or upcoming M. Then when you open to app drawer. Things have been changed. Now instead of horizontal scrolling, app drawer works vertically in alphabetical order. That makes it quite weird.
According to google this the more a polished version of Android Lollipop with advancement and promise of better battery life with two times more in idle.
Things like better text selection with a floating toolbar. Now it selects word by word, this makes it fun and easier to use.  Latest integration of USB Type-C support which you might have seen in latest macbook now for android phones, crazy improved power management specially when you leave your device in standby.
Fingerprint scanner support is now in stock android just like in Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices, an improved verison of Google wallet called Android Pay. Also by this you can purchase apps, music, books etc on play store. In future we can expect many manufactures with this fingerprint scanner in the mobile device. Online shopping sites like flipkart, myntra, amazon, snapdeal etc using for authentication for paying.
Now you can give individual permission to android apps that you have already installed like if you don’t want your app to use your mic, camera or any information, you can simply deselect it. It will make better privacy as well as security for your android device.
Revamped volume controls that made it simpler to use. Now you can use use your volume rocker down to make it silent and if you hit down again, it turns to be Do Not Disturb Mode. Also it has separate settings for phone, ringing and alarm volume.
For those who miss dark theme of previous android versions in their lollipop now can set dark or light or auto theme of their choice in their settings. Customized Chrome tabs have been introduced, direct sharing with contacts are all now included.
Google now is getting better and better since Jelly bean 4.1. From now it is gonna work anywhere. Whether you are surfing web on chrome or chatting on whatsapp. Apps don’t need modifications to let Google Now use them as context, but developers will be able to make their Google Now cards more actionable.
Android has never properly supported external storage, with Google offering excuses like a confusing  UI and the slowness of microSD cards as the reasons behind its reluctance to support them. But now, with Android M, Google is introducing support for external storage in a way that card inserted into a device and treat it like internal storage. You can even install apps in that. This will gonna have killer feature for budget smartphones popular in developed countries like our India.

Technosexual’s Sony Xperia Z: Review

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It’s almost a month Sony introduced the new Xperia Z smartphone under the tag best of sony. Let see what actually it is.

Design: of the new Sony Xperia Z  is the main thing that catches the eyes. The sleek and slim build quality is great made with good quality polyimide and glass. The wow factor of the phone is total water and dustproof body as we all familiar with its advertisement. But does it make sense in daily use. Unless you live near sea shore any waterbody but can he afford this. It’s perfect phone for a poolboy. I guess not but it’s a good safety measure just like airbags in a modern car. For me It gives mixed opinion as design has no innovation. Just a simple piece a 5″ piece of slab in your hand with sharp edges and awkward placement of toggle on/off button makes it uncomfortable to use. Basically poor ergonomically designed phone. Also the glass back is fingerprint magnet. So I suggest anyone who wants to buy to avoid the black and get the purple or white model.

Display:  of the sony is really great in the first sight. It’s really sharp from the front thanks to it’s super pixel density of 440 PPI (pixels per inch)and natural colours output. The Bravia engine 2 plays important role while watching images and videos. It only gets autoturn in that situation. It really boosts some colour vibrancy and brightness. After getting to know all such this and I compared with other phones. It’s not the great overall. The screen just lacks vibrancy, it appears kinda dull.  Unfortunately Sony used the low quality IPS TFT display on the phone and tried to emphasise it with gimmicky Sony’s opti-contrast technology results still the worst contrast and viewing angles in comparison to other high end phones out there.

Camera: Oh! my lord. I expected so much from Sony as they used the new Exmor RS sensor. It  is very much disappointing.  First impression is so pathetic for anyone. It takes about 4-5 seconds to open the default camera app. The pictures are just can be said to be quite average when it comes to sharpness and details in automode. When we take images in daylight most of the cameras show their best in this situation but nothing special in the final images of this phone. The colour accuracy and resolution was good. Also the low light images are nothing if you compare with iPhone 5, Galaxy SIII and Lumia 920 like phones. Not something special in camera department. Sorry Sony!. In terms of video recording I am impressed quite by this. The audio recording was superb, the video stability is great and again colours appeared more natural and here focusing was excellent than other smartphones.

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Reception and call quality:  is great for an expensive phone like this and it performed very well as I expected. It supports all exclusive radios available like 4G LTE and high speed HSPA. Who cares? Normal smartphone user in India don’t even get a Mbps speed in 3G. There is no call or wi-fi dropping issue.

Sound and Music: of the phone is great but only in ears because the audio speaker that is on the bottom edge of of the phone is seriously polite. It’s hardly audible in the normal room condition. For a brand like sony that also makes high quaity audio products. I would expect a flagship phone should have great lound and clear speakers. But here again the disappointment. For the in-ear experience one should get a pair of pro audio earphones. The default sony walkman app is very friendly to use and produces very soothing and pleasurable sound in any type of music thanks to its equalizer, but again there is no wow factor.

Hardware Performance: wise it is performed really brilliant. Till date it is the officially India’s the highest performing smartphone. This time sony didn’t used some sorta older chipsets and processor like they done in predecessor Xperia S. The phone comes with  quad core snapdragon S4 Pro processor that performs incredibly well. It’s the same quad core processor that comes in Google Nexus 4. In benchmarks it is on top notch. Memory of 2GB is also pretty well, muti-tasking is pleasure. But sometimes it gets some glitch lag in heavy media.

Software Performance: of this phone is pretty well. The phone is 4.1.2 Android Jelly bean out of the box but not the latest version that is 4.2.2 found in Nexus  4. Unlike previous phones of sony this phone is less burden with new Sony Xperia skin. Graphic User Interface (GUI) is now less complex much simpler yet rich in features and but not totally as good as stock vanilla android in terms of performance. Themes are quite boring and dull with greyish background. Again there is no innovation or wow factor about it in software department.

Battery life: is great for a device like this. As we all know Androids are notorious for it’s battery life. But Sony worked their hands off to get most redox juice. By default it is average but awesome things come when in Sony stamina mode. Practically it boosts the battery life by switching off all unnecessary connections like wifi and 3G when phone when is not in use. There are some third party apps like that which do similar function so it’s a little wow factor.

Overall: I give this phone 7.5/10. It’s a nice high end smartphone when it comes to general day to day performance but not the perfect phone for a big price tag of MRP 38,990. Upcoming flagship phones from HTC and Samsung are coming in India that are better than Xperia Z. I suggest you to wait for it if you can or get this phone. You will not disappoint for sure. Good bye and spread happiness.  Thanks for reading. 🙂

Nvidia Reveals Mother of Any Mobile Processor “Tegra 4” at CES 2013

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American technology company NVIDIA known for its graphic cards and mobile processors has finally announced successor of Tegra 3 with the next generation of their mobile processor the NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC codename ‘Wayne’  at Consumer Electronic Show 2013 at Las Vegas, Nevada.

It is claimed to be the world’s fastest mobile processor. It’s 28nm HPL (28nm low power with high-k + metal gates) with max 1.9GHz frequency. Tegra 4 uses four ARM Cortex-A15 cores, that include a second generation battery saver core same like predecessor Tegra 3 of 2012. The output of CPU & GPU claims to be 2.6x and 6 times respectively of the predecessor. Yea! right 6 times graphic improvement of Tegra 3 thanks to its 72 custom GPU cores with CUDA and PhysX technology that helps to run and play apps and games in lightening speed with best quality of graphics.  Not impressed? It is also capable to play 4K (4 times resolution of 1080) videos like a charm, that is spectacular.

Previous Tegra 3 was not able to find that much success in its way into as many devices as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 not for lack of power, but because of poor battery life. NVIDIA says that it consumes up to 45 percent less power than Tegra 3 and provides up to 14 hours of HD video playback on phones. Despite its companion core setup, Nvidia couldn’t manage to integrate LTE in its chip, which negatively impacted battery life when compared to Qualcomm’s integrated setup in dual-core Snapdragon S4.  Unfortunately, the same story again The Tegra 4 doesn’t have an LTE chip integrated but it support for an optional 4G LTE modem in the form of NVIDIA’s new Icera i500 chipset. So this means smartphones and tablets with Tegra 4 inside will require an additional cellular modem. Although the latest quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro smartphones don’t have LTE integrated either. Qualcomm is expected to release a chip that does this Spring, while Nvidia is unlikely to manage that until later this year.

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For all photography enthusiast who love to take shots from smartphone and new hipsters with their tablets. It’s a legendary new for you. Although Tegra 4 is claim to be fastest for gaming, graphical and uber performance. It comes with technology called “Computational Photography Architecture” that significantly reduces the time for camera related functions such as HDR (High Dynamic Range Imaging), which requires taking two images one with bright other with dark at exactly the same time. Tegra 4 works to reduce the time duration between these shots resulting in better clearer pictures of moving objects. Practically speeds up the process of taking HDR photos by 10 time over Apple iPhone 5. Woop!!

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Though Xbox 360 uses nvidia chips in their consoles, for the first time NVIDIA launches their first own gaming console initially called “Project Shield” a handheld console that will be powered by Tegra 4. There’s no clue for the pricing or release date for either Project Shield and other Tegra 4 devices but you can expect to hear about some more devices over the coming days of 2013.