Nokia Lumia 510 review: Down a gear
With things starting to look up financially and amid rumors of a successor to the Lumia flagship, the Finns shift down to speed up as they try to get one last lap out of the old Windows Phone generation. The Nokia Lumia 510 is old hardware running new old software, aiming to rally new users to the Windows Phone cause.
Although Nokia hasn’t given up on making the latest Windows Phone 8 available to the masses, nothing can negotiate a lower price than the modestly powerful previous-generation hardware of the Lumia 510. Yes, this is the cheapest Microsoft-powered smartphone by Nokia but also the first to release straight on Windows Phone 7.8 on most markets.
Without pretending to completely bridge the gap to the seriously more advanced WP8, Windows Phone 7.8 offers some of the perks – mostly visual – of the latest OS version. There was even a half promise that it won’t be the last update of the platform. This could be all the future-proofing a device like the Nokia 510 needs. It’s an entry-level package that’s supposed to break new ground for Microsoft and Nokia on markets where accelerated smartphone growth is just about starting.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
- Quad-band 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
- 4.0″ 65K-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution
- 5 megapixel autofocus camera, VGA video recording
- Windows Phone 7.8 OS
- Resizable tiles and some other WP8 features made available to the older OS version
- 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227A chipset, 256MB of RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
- Digital compass
- 4GB of on-board storage, 7GB on SkyDrive
- Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- FM Radio with RDS
- microUSB port
- Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR (with Bluetooth file transfers)
- Deep and coherent SNS integration throughout the interface
- LCD display of questionable quality
- Some apps incompatible due to low RAM (Can’t run Skype, no HD video)
- No USB mass storage (Zune only file management and sync)
- No video calls and no front-facing camera either
- No memory card slot
- No native DivX/XviD support, videos have to be Zune-transcoded
- Disappointing audio quality
The Nokia Lumia 510 is basically the same package as the Lumia 610. The 510 has a bigger, 4″ screen, which Nokia obviously considered important to the target audience. Given that most users are likely to be upgrading from Asha and the likes, we’re willing to agree.
However, to stay within budget, the Lumia 510 had to take cuts elsewhere. The inbuilt storage was halved – it’s now a non-expandable 4GB. The camera has lost its LED flash too, but the limited storage is probably more troubling.
Other than that, the hardware is lifted right from the Lumia 610. The two handsets are powered by the same Snapdragon chipset, with Adreno 200 GPU and the CPU clocked at 800MHz. Having tried the 610, we can confirm that the speed is reasonable – WP7 isn’t too much of a resource hog so it fares surprisingly well on the four-year old hardware. Yet, Nokia’s attempts to make Skype usable on that configuration proved futile.
That aside, the Lumia 510 offers a more than decent smartphone experience with a full-featured office package, a free life-time SatNav license with maps available offline and an improved web browser. Best thing of all, it that doesn’t cost a fortune. Interested? Read on.
Axioo Vigo 410 and Axioo Vigo 350
Axioo has been launched their new products in July, Axioo Vigo based on Android™, there are Axioo Vigo 410 with Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread and Axioo Vigo 350 with Android™ 2.2 Froyo.
Specifications Axioo Vigo 410 :
- Processor Scorpion 1Ghz
- Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
- 2GB + 512MB Internal RAM
- mini-SD up to 32GB
- 4.1″ TFT Capacitive Touch Screen, 480×800 resolution
- Integrated HSDPA modem
- WiFi 80.211bgn
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Support A-GPS
- Primary Camera: 5Mpx Camera with Auto Focus, Secondary Camera 0.3Mpx
- Video support up to 720@30fps
- Micro USB port
- Micro HDMI port
- Li-Ion battery 1400mAh
Specifications Axioo Vigo 350 :
- Processor ARM-11 600Mhz
- Android™ 2.2 Froyo
- 512MB + 512MB Internal RAM
- mini-SD up to 32GB
- 3.5″ TFT Capacitive Touch Screen, 320×480 resolution
- Integrated HSDPA modem
- WiFi 80.211bgn
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Support A-GPS
- 5Mpx Camera with Auto Focus
- Micro-USB port
- Li-Ion battery 1500mAh
Samsung are really taking tablets seriously these days. They already have three offerings this year. And while the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will probably attract the most attention, no one should underestimate the sleek powerhouse that is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The largest of the company’s tablets offers more screen estate and larger battery, while at the same time maintaining the impressively slim waistline. There’s a Tegra 2 chipset ticking under the hood so you get the latest and greatest in mobile chipset technology.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G at a glance:
- General: GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz , UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
- Form factor: Tablet
- Dimensions: 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm, 565 g
- Display: 10.1″ 16M-color WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen
- CPU: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset
- RAM: 1GB
- OS: Android 3.1 Honeycomb
- Memory: 16/32/64 GB storage
- Camera: 3.15 megapixel auto-focus camera with 720p video recording; LED flash, 2 megapixel front facing camera, video-calls
- Battery: 7000 mAh
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, HDMI TV-out (through an adapter), USB host (adapter required)
- Misc: TouchWiz customization, DivX/XviD codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor
As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nothing else, but a slightly larger 8.9 so the only question remaining is which one would suit your style better. And while we find the 8.9″ size more versatile, it was the the 9.7-inch iPad that made the tablet class mainstream so it’s a good guess the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will probably have a wider reach.
Plus Samsung introduced some last minute touches to its largest slate, which should help it fare even better. At the eleventh hour the company announced that it will come with an even larger battery (7000mAh) and 30 grams lower weight than initially announced and that it will be getting DivX and XviD support. It seems like a good way to give an already competitive device an even bigger edge over its competitors (though in the case of the Tab 10.1 the edge is slimmer).
But those are all mostly guesses based on what the specs sheet of the device tells us. It’s about time that we checked out its real-life performance and see if it will swing our opinion in another direction.
As we move to the hardware part of this preview, here’s hoping that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t disappoint as it’s about time the iPad 2 got a worthy competitor.
Nokia X3-02 Touch, Slim and Sharp
Nokia is trying really hard to build back some lost trust. The new Symbian^3 smartphones are just one weapon in their armory. The other is the touch-enabled lineup of feature phones called Touch and Type. S40 has never before been into the touch business, but the X3-02 is here to change all that.
You have the right to remain skeptical. In fact a healthy does of skepticism is welcome – this market just might not have enough room for yet another touchscreen feature phone. And it’s a S40 phone at that. But you know what – the Nokia X3-02 will not listen to doubters. It’s a phone whose glass is always half full. Half full with touchscreen and half full with keys.
The Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type doesn’t rely on its touchscreen only but on good looks and charm too. It comes in four different colors and has a redesigned keypad. That’s right, Nokia refuses to give up on the good old numeric keypad and it will be an essential companion on the X3-02.
So, you have the touch, and you have the type. There’s the right measure of style too. But that’s not always enough for a classy phone. People want features as well. So, let’s take a closer look at them
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
- Quad-band 3G with 10Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA
- Neat and well built, slim and lightweight, metal on the body
- 2.4″ 256K-color resistive TFT QVGA touchscreen
- S40 6th edition UI
- 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera
- VGA video recording at 15fps
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio
- Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
- Standard microUSB port (charging enabled)
- USB On-The-Go
- microSD card slot (32 GB supported, 2GB included)
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Innovative vibrating touch feedback
- Small screen (for a touch phone)
- No multitasking
- No GPS
- Fixed-focus camera
- No document viewer
- No smart dialing
- No video-call camera
- No accelerometer sensor
There are quite a few things left off of this S40 handset, but it’s the first with a touchscreen on board. Wi-Fi is a rarity on this platform too. In fact we’ll admit quite ahead of our conclusion – we do like the Nokia X3-02 already. But it’ll take more than that. You’ll have to simply love it. You’ll have to not notice the bad. One thing the Nokia X3-02 won’t give you is multitasking. Another important absentee is GPS and navigation. We just can’t have everything, can we? That might be quite an omission for some, but we hope the performance and ergonomics will make up for that. Let’s see how those shape up right after the jump.
Nokia X3 is a new cousin in the X series phone from Nokia. It is a device which is loaded with many cool features and the price is also very cheap. The music package offered with the Nokia X3 is complete, but you can’t expect many high end features as it is a mobile phone of middle range. The Nokia X3 gives dimensions of 96 x 49.3 x 14.1 mm and weighs 103 g. Its Li-Ion 860 mAh battery is quite good as it gives 7 hours 30 minutes talk time, 26 hours of music play and 200 hours of standby time.
Nokia mobile phones are trusted for their reliability and superior quality and hence Nokia X3 is no exception. The Nokia X3 comes with a tiny 2.2″ TFT screen with a screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Even though the screen can flash 256K colors, the size of the screen is much smaller in comparison to the size of the device. A D pad and other soft keys are placed just below the screen. As you slide open the gadget, you will come across an alphanumeric keypad made out of plastic along with brushed metal finish.
A 3.2MP camera with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels is placed on the back of the Nokia X3. Considering the fact that the Nokia X3 is a cheap priced gadget, it is not acceptable to anticipate high end camera settings functions. The camera is able to shoot videos in QVGA resolution at 10 fps. These videos are just good for MMS. The music player in this phone is the main attraction. It looks cool and assists a great list of formats. Its stereo speakers are loud, clear and good. This gadget uses the Symbian S40 6th edition UI and it also gives you a taste of multitasking. Its interface is fundamentally responsive and quick along with a speedy access to applications.
The phonebook on this device is renewed and it helps in searching the contacts easier. Videos and ring tones can be appointed to contacts. Voice dialing is an addition advantage. The find on map option allows you to search for the location of the contacts through the Ovi Maps application. The phonebook is incorporated with Ovi contacts app and it assists GTalk.
A user can send all types of messages like SMS, MMS, and emails, audio and flash messages on the Nokia X3. The conversations view allows a user to easily follow the previous messages in the thread. A devoted IM application is also there for the Ovi contacts. The email client is also improved and the integration with various types of protocols is now possible. Overall, this is a great handset and one can attain it with many good contract deals in the market.
The Casio G’zOne Commando,
The first G’zOne Android phone
Introducing The Casio G’zOne Commando, the first G’zOne Android phone. Continuing in the rough and tough G’zOne heritage, the Commando now adds the versatility of Android for a powerful mobile experience. Rugged – with MIL-STD-810G certification – the Commando meets military standards for water, shock, and dust resistance making it perfect for any situation that life can throw at it, from the boardroom to the beach. And not only is the Commando physically secure, but all of your information stored on the device is secure as well. With Exchange Active Sync you can ensure that confidential information stays that way by setting up SSL data encryption, device password policies, remote wipe options and more. Access G’zGEAR applications like the Earth Compass, Walking Counter, Adventure Training, Thermometer, and Tide Calculator that can help you to get in touch with the outdoors and fully embrace the active, adventure-driven lifestyle.
The Commando features G’zOne’s powerful XT9 and T9 Trace text entry tools. XT9’s patented modular architecture provides one powerful and flexible text entry platform for almost any mobile keyboard type: 12-key, 20-key, Qwerty, and touchscreens. XT9 also supports speech and handwriting recognition and can be used in any application where text is entered on a device such as SMS, email, calendar, notes, tasks, browser search boxes, and more. T9 Trace eliminates the need to “hunt and peck” keys on a touch screen panel by allowing you to simply “trace” letters to enter text. With T9 Trace, you can quickly and easily glide their finger or stylus from one letter to the next on a Qwerty or 12-key touch screen keypad.
Web-Access on the Nation’s Largest 3G Network
The Commando makes it easy to browse the Web at 3G speeds on Verizon’s large and reliable 3G network. The multi-window HTML browser lets you view full websites. Whether you’re at home or a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can switch over and use wireless networking to gain access to an even faster Internet connection. Plus, your phone turns into a 3G mobile hotspot to connect up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
The Verizon G’zOne Commando by Samsung weighs 5.45 ounces and measures 5.08 x 2.58 x 0.60 inches. It runs on Digital Dual Mode (CDMA,PCS) and EV-DO Rev.A frequencies. The standard 1460mAh lithium-ion battery offers up to 450 minutes of talk time and up to 270 hours (11 days) of standby time.
What’s in the Box
Casio G’zOne Commando smartphone, standard lithium-ion battery, micro USB cable, AC adapter, getting started guide, 8GB micro SD card, preinstalled SIM card, warranty card.
Nokia X6 Blue Simply Alluring Mobile Phone
Designed especially for those who search comfort and style in their life as well as in their mobile phones, Nokia X6 Blue is the perfect choice. Equipped with matchless features, this elegant mobile phone can surely add liveliness in your boring life. Ideal for music lovers, photo lovers and business peoples, this handset is a complete collection of latest and enormous features.
Being available in the dark blue tone, Nokia X6 Blue Contract phone gives a fantabulous look in its slim body. Weighs just only 122 grams including the battery, this phone comes in the measurement of 1.38cm in depth by 5.1cm in width & 11.1cm in height. Incorporated with a 3.2 inches TFT capacitive screen display, it comes with the touch screen ability and has the compatibility to display over 16.7 Million colors at 640 x 360 pixels resolution. Giving an eye-catching appearance, the screen of the mobile phone is blessed with other high-end abilities such as accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, proximity sensor for auto turn-off and scratch-resistant glass surface.
Cool Music Features
Any gadget is incomplete without its musical feature; Nokia X6 Blue Contract Deals will surely satisfy the thirst of all music lovers. Providing a-one quality of music playing attributes including a fine quality music player and FM stereo, this handset is really cool for all music crazy peoples.
Are you crazy of clicking picture while you are on go? If yes then Nokia X6 Blue Deals is ideal gadget, as it is well-maintained with a 5.0 mega pixel camera with a best picture quality. Aided with other high-end camera features like Auto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom, Capture Mode Flash Mode, Scene Mode, Carl Zeiss Optics, LED Flash, Dedicated Camera Key, this smartphone is perfect for quality photography. Additionally, in the front side a camera is also equipped in the phone to enjoy video calls.
Connectivity and Memory
This is a smart phone made especially for the new generation people, so the gadget is fully supported by 3G technology for flawless internet connectivity. With this no one can stop in staying connected with your families and friends through social networking sites. Talking about its memory status, the handset comes with the in-built memory of 32GB by which you can easily store your valuable data in the phone.
This mobile phone is ideal for all those people who lust love to get the gifts. Nokia X6 Blue with free gifts deals will provides you an opportunity to enjoy great phone deal with exciting gifts like LCD TV, digital camera, game consoles, laptop, iPods and iPads.