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Which? Right Choice                                            March 2010
Rs75                                                           Vol 1 Issue 7




                                  Smartphones
                           6
                        15nes       explained
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                        ph                 Find out if you should go 3G
                         tested             with the N97 or the iPhone
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                                               MOBILE PHONES


HOW SMART IS
YOUR PHONE?
To prepare you for 3G,
we’ve tested the best-




R
selling smartphones
on the market
        apid advancements in technology
        ensure that smartphones don’t
        stay smart for too long. Apple has
released a new version of the iPhone (with
several upgrades) every year since its
launch in 2007 and Nokia, in four years,
has released 30 models as part of its
NSeries, the latest being the N97 Mini.
While expensive phones haven’t been
popular in the Indian market, with the
introduction of 3G, the smartphone’s
usefulness, and demand, is likely to rise.
    We’ve tested several smartphones,
including the Apple iPhone 3GS and the
Nokia N97, as well as more basic ones. If
you’re interested in a smartphone, check
out our comparison of the operating
systems that power these phones.

A GENERATION BEHIND
India’s plan to introduce 3G has faced
tremendous problems, but according
to the latest intimations from the
government, the allotment of the spectrum
should conclude in August 2010. The delay
has left India a generation behind, as
Scandinavian countries look set to move
on to a 4G network. Also, while final
payments will be made by August, it’s
probable that 3G services won’t roll out for
a few months, and only in select urban
areas at first. But once it arrives, it will
have been worth the wait.
     With 3G, you can not only make video
calls but also download music and videos




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more quickly – thanks to 3G’s by faster
speeds. Comparing 3G with the current
GSM system is like comparing broadband
internet with a dial-up connection.

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          MOBILE PHONES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               WHAT IS AN APP?
   WHAT’S ON OFFER IN 2010
  Here are some mobile phones that will be available in 2010
                                                                                                                                                     LG has introduced popular handset             a pretty low (240x320) pixel resolution.
                                                                                                                                                     lines such as the Chocolate and EnV,          It also has a 5Mp camera, with autofocus
                                                                                                                                                     and covers the entire spectrum, from          and an LED flash.
                                                                                                 OMNIA PRO B7610                                     basic models to those with full
                                              Samsung also offers a wide variety of              The touchscreen Samsung                             QWERTY keyboards and large touch-             LG GD 510 POP
     Sony Ericsson’s most exciting            smartphones operating on either the Android        Omnia Pro B7610 has                                 sensitive screens. After releasing the        The LG Pop is a budget
     release is the XPERIA X10, their first   or Windows Mobile platform. Of their latest,       separate modes for work                             BL40 Chocolate, they return with the          phone billed as having
     Android-based phone, though the          the Galaxy Spica is powered by Android, and        and home so you can                                 BL20, a smaller version.                      ‘everything you need,
     Satio and the Elm will also be           the Corby by Windows.                              maintain a work-life                                                                              nothing you don’t’. The
     launched soon.                                                                              balance. It also offers a                           BL20 CHOCOLATE                                main selling point is its
                                              GALAXY SPICA                                       good range of functions                                                      The BL20 is a        large 3-inch
     XPERIA X10                               The Samsung Galaxy                                 for both purposes. This 3G                                                   smaller version of   touchscreen – LG says                       Mobile phone applications, or
     The first Android-                       Spica is a slim phone                              phone comes with the                                                         the BL40, with a     it’s the smallest phone                     apps, which offer a multitude of
     based phone from                         that runs on the                                   latest mobile phone                                                          sliding keypad       to have a screen this                       utilities, have expanded the use
     Sony Ericsson has a                      Android 1.5 operating                              operating system from                                                        and capacitive       size. Its features are                      of the smartphone. Last year saw
     4-inch touchscreen                       system. The company                                Microsoft – Windows                                                          controls below       likely to appeal to                         a dramatic increase in their
     (beating iPhone’s                        promises that it will                              Mobile 6.5 Professional. It                                                  the screen,          anyone looking for a                        number and by January 2010,
     3.5 inches), making                      provide seamless                                   has been designed with                                                       distinguishing it    fairly basic handset. It                    Apple’s iPhone App store
     it suitable for web-                     connectivity thanks to                             touchscreens in mind and makes a number of                                   from its bigger      has a 3Mp camera that                       had over 100,000 applications,
     browsing, playing                        easy access to Google                              improvements on the old system, according to                                 brother’s            can also record videos                      which were downloaded over a
     videos as well as                        mobile services and                                Microsoft, including improved photo-sharing                                  touchscreen-only     (but doesn’t have a                         billion times.
     SatNav. It also                          social network sites like                          services and enhancements to Outlook. The                                    interface. New       flash), an FM radio, a music player and a        Other stores, none of which
     comes with a GPS                         Facebook and                                       phone includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a full                                functions on the     web browser.                                offers the same number of apps
     receiver that works                      MySpace. It is armed with an 800MHz application    Qwerty keyboard that slides out, an MP3 player                               BL20 include               The touchscreen has a 200x400-        as Apple, are the Android
     with the included Google Maps            processor and supports the DivX video format.      and a 5Mp camera.                                   widget hotkeys, which let you                 pixel resolution, which means that          Marketplace, Blackberry App
     application. While it is a quad-band                                                                                                            personalise the handset to directly           photos should look reasonably sharp.        World and Nokia Ovi, as well as
     GSM phone, it also supports 3G .                                                                                                                access your favourite features with one       However, it uses resistive technology, a    several third-party platforms.
                                                                                                                                                     touch. The BL20 is a 3G mobile and has        more basic touchscreen technology           Today, you can also find
                                                                                                                                                     GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity, plus         than you’ll find on more advanced           applications that allow you to do
                  SATIO                                                  Nokia has two big plans in the coming year: to launch its push email        an FM radio. It has a 2.4-inch screen with    phones, such as the iPhone.                 all sorts of things – watch movies,
                  The Satio is a high-end                                service, Nokia Messaging, and to release a line of dual-SIM phones.                                                                                                   play games, listen to music and
                  phone, featuring a 3.5-                                                                                                                                                                                                      browse the internet.
                  inch touchscreen and a                                 NOKIA 2730                                                                                                                                                                 Then there’s Wikipanion, the
                  12.1Mp camera, but it                                  The Nokia 2730 is a cheap 3G phone that promises much.                        Blackberry will soon release the successor to the                                       web version of Wikipedia, and
                  can’t record in HD.                                    At $108 (approximately Rs5,700), you get a 3G                                 first Blackberry Storm, a phone our experts loved.                                      Last.fm, which allows you to
                  However, it fights back                                phone, with high-speed internet, a 2-inch display                                                                                                                     ‘create’ your own radio station
                  with touchscreen                                       and a 2Mp camera. It also boasts a battery that                               BLACKBERRY STORM 2                                                                      based on the music you like.
                  focussing, face and smile                              allows 3.3 hours of continuous talk time and 17 days                          The Storm 2 looks just like its predecessor, with a                                     But these are just mobile versions
                  detection, a Xenon flash,                              of standby. We have to wait to see whether it lives up                        reasonable 360x480 resolution touchscreen. However,                                     of websites you’ve probably
                  red-eye reduction and                                  to the company’s claim.                                                       RIM has promised some significant changes to this                                       visited before.
                  BestPic, which allows you                                                                                                            display. It has also improved the connectivity of the                                        That’s not all apps are about.
                  to take nine pictures in                               NOKIA 5230                                                                    Storm 2. Although the first Storm could connect to the                                  Business and fun apps include
     one second. It also has Wi-fi and a                                 The Nokia 5230 is another low-priced smartphone.                              Net via 3G, it wasn’t Wi-Fi capable. The Storm 2 corrects                               such gems as I Parked Here, a free
     fast internet connection, which will                                With a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 2Mp camera, that also                          this. RIM also claims that the battery is improved,                                     application that makes sure you
     no doubt come in handy for the                                      records video, an MP4/MP3 player, an internet                                 something we’ll be sure to check in our extensive lab                                   won’t have to search for your car
     YouTube application as well as                                      connection and an FM radio, it seems to be well                               tests. Much of the remaining hardware is the same,                                      after shopping, and Readdledocs,
     general web browsing.                                               equipped. One thing we don’t know yet, though, is                             though, and we expect the Storm 2 to run on                                             which allows you to forward
                                                                         the price, which is rumoured to be around Rs10,000.                           BlackBerry OS 5 – RIM’s latest operating system.                                        online text to your phone so you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               can read it during your commute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to work.

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Right Choice smartphones
                                    80% NOKIA N97                                                   79% iPHONE 3GS
                                                  For advanced features                                          For internet speeds                                                Weight                                                  Weight                                                Weight
                                                  Rs29,500                                                       Rs35,000                                                           151gm                                                   110gm                                                 120gms
                                                                                                                                                                                    3G Yes                                                  3G Yes                                                3G Yes
                                    Our testers were certainly impressed by                         Apple says its latest model offers                                              Camera 8Mp                                              Camera 5Mp                                            Camera 12Mp
                                    this phone’s advanced features. There’s a                       quicker internet downloads, a better                                            FM Radio Yes                                            FM Radio Yes                                          FM Radio Yes
                                    5Mp camera with Carl Zeiss lens, GPS                            camera and battery life, and lots more
                                    and Wi-Fi connections for fast web                              storage for MP3s, videos and photos.
                                    access. The N97 also comes with an                              Our extensive mobile phone testing          78% SAMSUNG OMNIA HD                                  76% SAMSUNG JET                                        76% SAMSUNG M8910
                                    enormous 32GB of memory with the                                supports many of these claims,
                                    option to expand this to 48GB using a                           unveiling one of the best phones we’ve                   For shooting HD videos                                 For e-mail                                             For its high-quality camera
                                    memory card. The 3.5-inch touchscreen                           ever seen, an improvement on the                         Rs27,800                                               Rs19,300                                               Rs37,899
                                    is sharp and worked well during tests                           already impressive iPhone 3G.
                                    but, as it’s ‘resistive’, you sometimes                              Moving through the menu system         The Samsung Omnia HD shoots video in high             This Samsung touchscreen phone has two                 The Samsung M8910 (Pixon 12) is an excellent
                                    have to press quite hard for it to register.                    is effortless, while the virtual keyboard   definition, has an 8Mp still camera and, according    processors: one that’s just for making and taking      phone with good sound and reception. Its
                                          When in use, the screen tilts to 35                       makes it simple to write text messages      to Samsung, its 3.7-inch Amoled (Active Matrix        calls, and another (a speedy 800MHz number)            biggest selling point is its 12Mp camera. It also
                                    degrees to make typing easier, and you                          and even long emails. The email system      Organic Light Emitting Diode) display is the          that’s designed to provide breakneck speeds            features a Xenon flash – a feature more often
                                    can sit the phone on a table and watch                          is easy to set up and operate, and          largest of any mobile.                                when using applications.                               found in cameras than mobile phones. Not
                                    videos on the screen. Considering how                           the Safari web browser is as impressive          Amoled display is a new technology that is            The phone includes a web browser, which           surprisingly, picture quality is good. The camera
                                    well equipped it is, it’s pretty easy to                        as before.                                  said to use less power and produce better image       allows you to manage up to five web pages at a         also has a touch zoom, which allows the user to
                                    use. The camera is impressive. Photos                                Apple claims that the 3GS is much      quality than conventional LCD screens. On the         time. We found that toggling between pages is          focus on a subject, even if it’s moving. It also has a
Weight 148gm                        taken in daylight look great and the LED       Weight 137gm     faster than its predecessor, thanks to a    back is an 8Mp camera with autofocus, an LED          very easy. The phone also provides Wi-Fi               built-in MP3 player, which is easy to use, and an
3.5G Yes                            flash means that shots taken at night          3G Yes           speedier processor and graphics chip.       flash, face and smile detection, and a panorama       connectivity. Samsung has made great claims            FM radio. Sound quality is good.
Camera 5Mp                          are still of reasonable quality.               Camera 3Mp       Our tests back up these assertions – we     shot feature. Image quality in daylight conditions    about the Jet’s speed but when it comes to web              As the Pixon 12 is a full touchscreen model,
FM Radio Yes                              The built-in music player is             FM radio No      were able to download a data-heavy          is very good but the lack of a Xenon flash means      browsing, it’s actually not that fast. In our tests,   there’s no physical keypad, although the virtual
                                    outstanding, with an incredibly long-                           web page in around half the time of the     that photos taken in poor light are mediocre.         it was considerably slower than the iPhone 3GS.        QWERTY keyboard can be displayed horizontally
                                    lasting battery. The phone itself                               iPhone 3G. It also claims to have                The Omnia HD excels at video recording,               We were more impressed by the email and           or vertically depending on the orientation of the
                                    provided at least 12 hours of talk                              improved the battery. Once again, our       shooting at a maximum resolution of 1280x720          multimedia player. The 5Mp autofocus camera            phone. This makes entering text fairly
                                    time on non-3G networks. Only when                              tests support this. We found that the       pixels at 24 frames per second. The Omnia has         produces good picture quality in daylight, but         straightforward. It features wireless internet
                                    browsing the internet did battery                               new battery gave between nine and 10        fast internet access through Wi-Fi, so you can        less so at night, although the dual LED flash          connectivity and an internet browser. Setting up
                                    life drop considerably – to less than                           hours of talk time on a non-3G network      upload your videos straight to YouTube. With all      does help a little. Because it’s a Samsung, the        email and sending and receiving emails is pretty
                                    three hours – but that is in line with                          and six on a 3G network.                    these features, its battery is still very good,       Jet’s camera also has smile detection and              easy. It’s a quad-band model that’s 3G compatible
                                    similar devices.                                                                                            managing eight hours of talktime on a 3G              panoramic stitching, which allows you to               and supports EDGE.
                                                                                                                                                network and 10 to 11 hours on a GSM network.          combine multiple photos.



                                                                                                  We score each phone on a series of tasks.     transferring music files are all assessed. If the phone comes with an            charge than others. And their low-battery warnings differ to in their
                    HOW WE TEST                                                                   For everyday use, this includes making a      internet connection, we test the convenience and versatility of the              usefulness: some give too much notice, others too little. Our test takes
                                                                                                  call, storing numbers in the address book     connection, in addition to the battery life when using the internet.             account of all these aspects.
                                                                                                  and handling missed calls. The ease of
                                                                                                  reading and writing SMS text messages         HOW LONG WILL MY BATTERY LAST?                                                   DOES IT TAKE GOOD PICTURES?
                                                                                                  as well as sending and receiving MMS          Modern phones usually offer longer battery life between charges than             We test the cameras on the phones by taking pictures of test charts in
                                                                                                  picture messages are also scored on the       most people need. If you make a few minutes of calls every hour, they’ll         three simulated light conditions: daylight, office light and home/pub light.
                                                                                                  same 50-point scale.                          typically give at least 40 hours of use, and the best more than 100 hours.           The charts include a rotating image to test how the camera copes
                                                                                                        We’ve also added specific ease-of-           Since many mobiles have large colour screens, we also assess how            with movement and a scene which has elements of different resolutions,
                                                                                                  use tests for models with built-in music      well the batteries cope with playing games, taking pictures and using            colours and brightness levels. We then transfer the photos to a
                                                                                                  players. Basic operation, using and           diary functions – all of which drain power quicker. Most batteries coped         computer to rate the file size and print them out to assess the overall
                                                                                                  creating playlists, setting the volume and    well with these tough new tests. But some phones take a lot longer to            quality of the image.


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Right Choice basic phones
                                    80% NOKIA 6303                                                                     77% SAMSUNG S7220
                                        CLASSIC                                                                            ULTRA CLASSIC
                                                 For great value                                                                     For a phone loaded with
                                                 Rs6,690                                                                             features
                                                                                                                                     Rs12,300
                                    The Nokia 6303 Classic is a mid-range
                                    mobile phone that offers excellent                                                 The Samsung S7220 is an easy-to-use
                                    everyday performance at a great price,                                             candy bar style phone that’s capable
                                    though it lacks some advanced features                                             and packed with features, but not too
                                    found on more expensive models.                                                    showy. It has reasonable sound quality
                                         The 6303 uses Nokia’s simple and                                              and reception. Its MP3 player is easy to
                                    familiar Series 40 OS, which makes it                                              use and sounds fine – as is the FM radio.
                                    easy to use. The phone has a great                                                       The phone also comes with built-in
                                    battery and excellent reception levels,                                            GPS, and it can access email and the
                                    making it a great choice if you’ve                                                 internet. It’s a quad-band model that’s
                                    previously struggled to get a signal.                                              3G compatible and also supports EDGE.
                                         Sound quality on calls is fairly                                              It’s not Wi-Fi compatible though. It can
                                    typical, though it struggles a bit when                                            also record and play video clips,
                                    there’s loud background noise. It has a                                            and supports video streaming and                    Weight 108gms 3G No                                    Weight 85gms 3G Yes                                    Weight 99gms 3G No
                                    music player and FM radio which are                                                video calls.                                        Camera 3.2Mp FM Radio Yes                              Camera 3.2Mp FM Radio Yes                              Camera 3.2Mp FM Radio Yes
                                    pretty easy to use, though the supplied                                                  It comes with a 5Mp camera with
                                    headphones are very poor.                                                          autofocus and face and smile detection.
  Weight 98gms                           You can access the internet but             Weight 84gms                      Picture quality is good, although the       76% NOKIA 5530                                         76% NOKIA 5630                                         76% SAMSUNG S5200
  3G No
  Camera 3.2Mp
                                    you’ll be surfing in the slow lane as it
                                    doesn’t have 3G or Wi-Fi. Because of
                                                                                     3G Yes
                                                                                     Camera 5Mp
                                                                                                                       flash is a standard LED rather than the
                                                                                                                       better performing Xenon, which the
                                                                                                                                                                       XPRESS MUSIC                                           XPRESS MUSIC
  FM Radio Yes                      this, and the fairly small 2.2inch screen,       FM Radio Yes                      highest spec mobiles now have.                           For a good MP3 phone                                   For Wi-Fi at a reasonable price                        For a simple but good
                                    its not really suitable for prolonged                                                                                                       Rs14,100                                               Rs12,500                                               traditional phone
                                    web browsing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rs7,925
                                                                                                                                                                   The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is a phone with             The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is a light, mid-range
                                                                                                                                                                   great sound and reception – and a number of            music phone with a wide range of advanced              The Samsung S5200 is a light and refreshing
                                                           ‘THE BLACKBERRY JAVELIN BEATS THE E51’                                                                  useful features. The phone has a touchscreen with
                                                                                                                                                                   a virtual full qwerty keyboard, and its handwriting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          features. This is a smartphone that uses the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Symbian S60 operating system. This means that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 alternative to the host of expensive touchscreen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mobile phones available. It’s a traditional slide
                                                           Kartikeya Singhee, 29, consulting editor           bigger screen than my old phone and so               recognition software can identify finger or pen        there are lots of tools for sharing files, accessing   phone that replaces and improves on the old
                                                           with The Autocar Show, talks about his             surfing for longer time periods is easier. Also,     writing. Hands-free calls are also possible. It also   email and even a personalised homescreen and           Samsung U600. The S5200 is very easy to use and
                                                           Blackberry Javelin 8520.                           several people in my office use the                  has a built-in radio as well as an MP3 player that’s   other customisations.                                  offers excellent everyday performance at a great
                                                                Three months ago, Kartikeya replaced his      Blackberry, so the messenger service is              easy to use.                                               Impressively, for a mid-range, mid-priced          price, even if it lacks some advanced features
                                                           Nokia E51 with a Blackberry Javelin 8520.          practical.’ Kartik says he also needs to use              It has built-in speakers, but sound quality       phone, it is Wi-Fi capable. However, the phone’s       found on more expensive models.
                                                           Since his work requires him to use the             applications such as Microsoft Word. These           through the headphones is much better. The             small screen (2.2-inch, 240x320 pixels) isn’t               Sound quality and reception levels are both
                                                           internet a lot, the Blackberry, he says, is very   apps, he says, are much easier to use on a           5530 can record and play back video clips and          suitable for prolonged web browsing, so we             good. There’s a reasonable 3.2Mp camera which
                                                           beneficial. ‘The main reason I bought this         business-oriented phone. ‘I need to edit             supports video streaming. It also comes with an        haven’t put it through our full email and internet     has autofocus and face detection, and is great for
                                                           phone is because I need to respond to mails        scripts while I’m at a shoot, so instead of          autofocus 3.2Mp camera, which takes good               assessment.                                            simple shots in daylight. However, the lack of a
                                                           throughout the day. My job also requires           working on a laptop, I just go through them          photographs. It features wireless internet                 The music player is impressive. The dedicated      Xenon flash means that it struggles in poor light.
                                                           me to keep posting updates on Twitter and          on my phone,’ he says.                               connectivity, supports EDGE (but not 3G) and           playback keys make it simple to use and the            If you’re photographing moving objects, try to
                                                           Facebook, which I find very easy to do with             Kartik says the battery of the Blackberry       has a full internet browser. The battery life is       player sounds pretty good, though as with              pre-focus first – half press the button to focus
                                                           this phone.’                                       doesn’t last as long as the E71’s, but it usually    good, too.                                             most mobiles this can be improved by                   before you take the shot – as the shutter delay
                                                                While his old phone did have most of          lasts for more than a day. He adds, ‘I’ve got no                                                            connecting your own headphones rather than             is quite bad. There’s also an FM radio and you
                                                           the functions present in the new phone,            complaints about the battery, but compared                                                                  using the supplied headphones.                         can save your favourite songs on a microSD
                                                           including internet, he says he didn’t use them     with my old phone, I don’t find the interface                                                                                                                      memory card.
                                                           as much. He says, ‘This phone has a much           very appealing.’


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            qwerty. However, with the exception

What is an operating system?                                                                                                                                                                                of the Google Nexus One, it lacks business
                                                                                                                                                                                                            features.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Application: PicSay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                USING THE TABLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We picked the most recent mobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                            PicSay is an award-winning photo editor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                phones. Right Choices are highlighted
Mobile phones run on operating systems much like PCs and laptops do. Symbian, on
                                                                                                                                                                                                            which allows you to be creative with your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in red. The more stars the better.
account of its association with Nokia, has the highest market share, but is not as advanced
as the others. We also take a look at some popular apps that run on these systems.                                                                                                                          pictures. You can not only improve them                             SPECIFICATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                            with color correction, but liven them up
                                              it isn’t the best at navigation and even                                                                                                                      with paint, word balloons and props or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phone style Whether candy bar or
SYMBIAN BY SYMBIAN
                                              though it’s designed for business                                                                                                                             have fun with distortions, cutouts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                slide. The former is a regular
FOUNDATION
Symbian, because of its association with      professionals, its interface isn’t the easiest                                                                                                                special effects.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rectangular phone, while a slide
Nokia, is the most popular operating          to understand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                consists of two parts.
system. It offers all the now-common
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Weight Includes the battery and any
smartphone features, like email, web and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                supplied memory card.
host of good applications, like Gmail for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3G Whether the phone can connect to
Mobile. Symbian also enables you to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a 3G network.
add your own applications. However,                                                                                                                         and compose entire emails and text
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Camera Whether it has a camera and
despite being around for a whole decade,                                                                                                                    messages by simply talking into the device.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the number of megapixels it has.
it is still more complex than a BlackBerry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Memory card What type of memory
or the iPhone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                card the phone accepts, if any.
                                                                                                                                                            ANDROID BY GOOGLE
                                                                                                                                                            Unlike the BlackBerry, iPhone and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Music formats This lists the music
                                                                                                                                                            Windows Mobile, software developers can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                formats that the phone can play.
                                                                                                                                                            do as they please on the backend with
                                                                                                                 Application: OneTrip                       Android. It is this promise that makes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TEST PERFORMANCE
                                                                                                                 Shopping List                              Android so attractive. While developed for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calling Includes sound quality, quality
                                                                                                             Instead of writing down a list of what         only the G1 at first, it’s now available on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of reception in weak signal areas.
                                                                                                             you’re going to buy at the grocery store,      all kinds of phones – touchscreen and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Photos The quality of photos taken
                                                  Application: SPB Insight                                   you can make a grocery list on your iPhone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                under varying light conditions.
                                              SPB Insight is a news reader which                             using this excellent interface. It’s very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It also includes shutter delay and
                                              provides full-text articles with pictures for                  useful, with a long list of categories like      ‘IT’S LIKE A MINI LAPTOP’                                                                                         display quality.
                                              handy and fast offline reading. Far more                       vegetables, meat and fruit, so you don’t                                                                                                                           Texting Ease of writing SMSes.
                                              advanced than RSS readers that come with                       have to think about what you need. Once          Joel Duarte, a 22-year old student from Mumbai,                                                                   Music How easy it is to use the music
                                              the HTC Diamond, Insight lets you take                         you find the item, just add it to your list.     shares his experience with his new iPhone 3G:                                                                     player, sound quality and features.
                                              control over each feed. For every feed, you                    You can also tick the items once you’ve              Joel says, ‘I bought the iPhone 3G when I was in                                                              Internet Convenience and versatility
                                              can choose to download the images,                             bought them.                                     Dubai a year ago. It has not only replaced my old                                                                 of the connection and battery life
                                              specify how many feeds should be                                                                                phone (Sony Ericsson W910i), but it’s like a mini                                                                 when using the internet.
     Application: Fring                       downloaded and even which connection                           BLACKBERRY BY RIM                                laptop. After calling and texting, I use the                                                                      E-mail Convenience and versatility of
Fring is an instant messenger client that     should be used.                                                Research in Motion’s BlackBerry has long         messenger services most often on my phone.’                                                                       the phone when using e-mail.
supports Skype, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk,                                                                     been considered the best phone for email,            ‘The iPhone makes this simple because you                                                                     Battery The battery life of the phone
AIM and Twitter. It also features a SIP                                                                      largely due to its excellent keyboard. The
(Session Initiation Protocol) client, which
                                              iPHONE OS 3.0 BY APPLE
                                              The iPhone OS 3.0 is a great improvement
                                                                                               Symbian,      OS is really easy to use, with everything
                                                                                                                                                              can find the Gmail, MSN and Yahoo messengers all
                                                                                                                                                              in one place. Also, the technology and screen size
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on standby and while talking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                using the internet.
allows you to establish VOIP calls. Fring     on previous versions. After making 2.0           because       very well arranged. Also, with App               make it possible to view websites as you would                                                                    PDA synchronisation How easy it is
also has a feature that allows you to send    compatible with MS Office, Apple has                           World, RIM is aiming to create a bigger          on a computer. My old phone only allowed me                                                                       to synchronise your phone with
files over the internet.                      moved further toward making the iPhone           of its link   development community. However, you’ll           to access usually-unimpressive mobile versions                                                                    computer software.
                                              a real smartphone with 3.0, thanks to an                       have to get the upcoming Storm 2 to get          of websites.
WINDOWS MOBILE                                easy-to-use cut and paste option, which          with          multi-threaded text, instant messages and,           ‘Multimedia features are impressive. The                                                                      SCORE
BY MICROSOFT                                  applies to text as well as pictures.                           importantly, Wi-Fi.                                                                                                                                                Ignores price and is based on:
Windows Mobile used to be the most                Its search function is also excellent,       Nokia, is         Application: Vlingo’s
                                                                                                                                                              camera, though only 2MP, is far better than my old
                                                                                                                                                              phone’s. However, it can’t record video. The motion-                                                              Handling             25%
popular business OS until last year, when     enabling you to find any information that                          Voice Recognition
it was surpassed by the Blackberry and the    the phone can recognise. The iPhone OS
                                                                                               the most      While Blackberry does come with Voice
                                                                                                                                                              sensitive games are lots of fun: I really enjoy playing
                                                                                                                                                              bowling on my phone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pictures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     25%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     15%
iPhone. One reason for this is that it runs   3.0 also has MMS and push notification so        popular       recognition software, it doesn’t have the            ‘There are also plenty of cool apps available         call, a useful tool when you want to excuse yourself.   SMSing               10%
on phones from a wide variety of              you can be alerted automatically to new                        capabilities of Vlingo’s Voice Recognition.      online. An application called Dynamo allows me to         The battery life of the phone is also quite good.       Music                10%
manufacturers (HTC Touch HD, Sony             messages, such as invitations from game          operating     Not only can you dial a number by simply         check the speed and acceleration of a car, while          Even though I use all these features quite regularly,   Internet             10%
Xperia X1) and comes in both touchscreen      players to join in a multiplayer game or                       saying a name, you can also perform web          Anonymous Caller allows me to fake an incoming            I need to charge my phone only once in two days.’       PDA synchronisation 5%
and non-touchscreen versions. However,        a conversation.                                  system        searches with it. You can also launch Apps

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           MOBILE PHONES

             MODEL                                                                              SPECIFICATION                                                                                          TEST PERFORMANCE                                                                                           SCORE %




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PDA
                                                                                                  3G
          SMARTPHONES
   1      NOKIA N97                      29,500      Slide                           148                          7.7x4.3           5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          80
   2      APPLE iPhone 3GS               35,000      Candy bar                       137                          7.5x5             3                                                                                                                                                                               79
   3      SAMSUNG Omnia HD               27,800      Candy bar                       151                          8.2x4.6           8              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          78
   4      SAMSUNG Jet                    19,300      Candy bar                       110                          6.7x4.1           5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          76
   5      SAMSUNG M8910 Pixon 12         26,000      Candy bar                       120                                            12             MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          76
   6      SAMSUNG Omnia II GT-18000      37,899      Candy bar                       129                                            5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          76
   7      NOKIA N86 8MP                  20,800      Slide                           148                          5.3x3.9           8              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          75
   8      SONY ERICSSON W715             15,000      Slide                           100                                            3.2            Memory Stick Micro                                                                         n/a              n/a                           n/a                    75
   9      LG GD 900 Crystal              26,000      Slide                           125                                            8              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          74
   10     LG KM900                       22,000      Candy bar                       108                          6.6x3.9           5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          74
   11     NOKIA 5730 Xpress Music        17,000      Slide                           135                          4.9x3.7           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          74
   12     LG GC900 Viewty Smart          28,000      Candy bar                       107                          6.5x9             8              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          73
   13     LG GT505                       13,000      Candy bar                       98                                             5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          73
   14     SAMSUNG Beat DJ                15,000      Candy bar                       100                          6.1x3.7           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          70
   15     HTC Hero                       29,000      Candy bar                       129                                            5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          69
   16     SONY ERICSSON W995 Walkman     26,500      Slide                           114                          5.2x3.9           8.1            Memory Stick Micro                                                                                                                                               69
   17     HTC Magic                      25,000      Slide                           115                          6.7x4.5           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          68
   18     SAMSUNG S7350 Ultra Slide      7,560       Slide                           115                                            5              MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          68
   19     NOKIA E75                      17,378      Slide                           140                          4.9x3.7           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          58
          BASIC PHONES
   20     NOKIA 6303 Classic             6,690       Candy bar                       98                           4.5x3.3           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                     n/a           n/a             n/a                    77
   21     SAMSUNG S7220 Ultra Classic    12,300      Candy bar                       84                                             5              MicroSD                                                                                    n/a              n/a                           n/a                    77
   22     NOKIA 5530 Xpress Music        14,100      Candy bar                       108                                            3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          76
   23     NOKIA 5630 Xpress Music        12,500      Candy bar                       85                           4.5x3.3           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                     n/a           n/a             n/a                    76
   24     SAMSUNG S5200                  7.925       Slide                           99                           5.5x3.4           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                    n/a              n/a                           n/a                    74
   25     SAMSUNG S5230                  8,900       Candy bar                       93                           6.6x3.9           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                                                                                          74
   26     SAMSUNG S5600 Blade            11,000      Slide                           99                           4.5x3.4           3.2            MicroSD                                                                                    n/a              n/a                           n/a                    74
   27     NOKIA 5030 Xpress Radio        1,940       Candy bar                       83                           3.5x2.8           0                                                                            n/a            n/a           n/a              n/a           n/a             n/a                    73
   28     SAMSUNG C903 Cybershot         15,870      Slide                           116                          4.9x3.6           5              Memory Stick Micro                                                                         n/a              n/a                           n/a                    72
   29     SONY ERICSSON C510 Cybershot   9,000       Candy bar                       92                           4.5x3.4           3.2            Memory Stick Micro                                                                         n/a              n/a                           n/a                    72
   30     NOKIA 6700 Classic             12,514      Candy bar                       114                                            5              MicroSD                                                                                    n/a              n/a                           n/a                    70
   31     SONY ERICSSON W395 Walkman     6,000       Slide                           96                           3.9x3.2           2.0            Memory Stick Micro                                                                                          n/a           n/a             n/a                    68
   32     NOKIA 2330 Classic             2,775       Candy bar                       80                           3.6x2.9           0.3                                                                                         n/a           n/a              n/a           n/a             n/a                    67
   33     SAMSUNG C3050                  3,875       Candy bar                       87                           4x3.2             0.3            MicroSD                                                                      n/a                            n/a           n/a             n/a                    65

* Guide prices as of January 11, 2010


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