Mobile Number Portability in India by Oct 31 ?

According to ET , we might finally get Mobile Number Portability in India by Oct 31 according to a statement by the TRAI chairman

“There will be no further delay in the implementation of MNP,” said The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman JS Sarma.

For those who wondering what MNP is , it a service that will allow you to retain your mobile number while switching to another operator.

We would advise you to take this news with a pinch of salt as MNP has been delayed so many times already . And with operators expected to launch 3G service in India by September, we are skeptical about the MNP rollout . Are you still hoping to get MNP by this year ?

Post Source : http://www.fonearena.com, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

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Samsung Wave with BADA OS

INTRODUCTION
A high resolution Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, HD video playback, Bada OS; the Samsung Wave has the kind of specifications list that will strike fear in the heart of competition and leave the consumers drooling. And if that wasn’t enough Samsung has dared to price the phone very competitively.

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Bundle

  • Samsung Wave
  • Battery (1500 mAh Li-Ion)
  • Charger
  • Stereo Headser
  • USB Cable
  • 2GB microSD card + SD adaptor
  • Pouch
  • User Guide
  • Software CD

Design & Construction

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Display

The Samsung Wave has a 3.3″, 800 x 480 pixel, AMOLED display. But this isn’t just any other AMOLED display. Samsung is calling it the Super AMOLED display and according to them it is 20% brighter than standard AMOLED displays. They consume 20% less power and yet are 80% more viewable under sunlight.

Indoors, the quality of display is nothing short of brilliant. In fact I think Samsung should keep the Wave with its display turned on in the shops and people will buy the phone simply by looking at the display. Incredible colors, deep blacks, the display brings everything to life and the menu icons look like they are freshly painted on the display.

The viewing angles are superb as well and no matter how you view it the image still looks the same. Samsung has also reduced the distance between the display and the touchscreen layer, which makes you feel you are touching the display itself. The resolution is also very high and cramming so many pixels in that little area makes everything look sharp and crystal clear. And no, you cannot see individual pixels on this display. And for the record, the display pixel density is 282 PPI on the Wave. The display on the Wave is also smudge and scratch resistant.

Under the Hood

The Samsung Wave runs on a 1GHz Samsung S5PC110 processor based on the ARM Cortex A8 chipset, also known as ‘Hummingbird’. It uses the 45nm fabrication technology and is supposedly power efficient and can run on voltages as low as 1.0V, which makes it suitable for mobile devices. It also includes the PowerVR SGX540 graphics chipset for powering all your 3D games and HD videos. Samsung hasn’t disclosed the amount of RAM on the Wave but I’m guessing it would be at least 256MB. 512MB seemed unlikely, seeing as how the browser ran out of memory after opening couple of heavy websites.

The Wave has 2GB built-in phone memory, but it is segregated into three parts. 1GB is reserved for the bada applications, which can only be installed on the phone and not on the memory card. 390MB is available for the user files and an absurd 550MB is reserved for messages.

Connectivity

The Samsung Wave is a quad band GSM handset. It also supports dual band HSDPA and HSUPA. It is one of the first phones to support Wi-Fi 802.11n as well as Bluetooth v3.0 specifications. Also available is GPS with digital compass and USB connectivity.

The call quality and network reception was great on the Wave. The loudspeaker was also powerful, so you can hear your calls and ringtones clearly. The vibration strength was good as well.

The web browser on the Samsung Wave is the Samsung Dolfin browser, based on the Webkit engine. As mentioned in the bada OS review, I was very disappointed by the clumsy interface of the browser. Commonly used functions were hidden and lesser used functions such as brightness setting and close button for browser where prominently displayed. The scrolling was a bit haphazard because of use of both traditional scrolling as well scroll bars on the sides.

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So often while scrolling down on a page you would hit the scroll bar on the side and end up scrolling upwards. The browser supports tabs but only six at a time and one was unnecessarily assigned permanently to the download manager and not user usable. One of the biggest issues for me, however, was that the text on pages would not fit to the width of the screen causing you to side scroll constantly to read stuff online after zooming in (pinch to zoom is supported, though). This made reading articles on the browser an absolute pain. For those who like reading online, I would suggest either Opera Mobile/Mini or Instapaper app.

Multimedia

The Samsung Wave has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus. A single LED flash is provided for illumination. The camera software is identical to the ones you find on other Samsung touchscreen phones. You also get all the features, including face detection, smile detection, blink detection, image stabilization (digital), beauty shot, panorama mode and burst mode. You can also choose from multiple scene modes, such as portrait, landscape, night mode, sports, party/indoor, etc.

You can adjust the resolution, white balance, effects, ISO (ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto), exposure metering, JPEG compression, contrast , sharpness and saturation levels. There is also something called auto contrast and an outdoor visibility mode for making the display more viewable outdoors under sunlight.

The single LED flash on the back of the phone may look tiny but is powerful. In fact, a bit too powerful. The flash had a tendency to blow up images taken at close range. When you take extremely close shots, the camera would automatically drop down the intensity of the flash and then the images would come out fine (but a bit too bright for our taste). But at couple of feet away, the flash would fire at full blast, turning everything into shiny, white glowing objects.

The Wave also supports recording videos in 1280 x 720 resolution at 30 FPS, making it one of the handful of phones supporting this feature. Samsung debuted this feature back with the Omnia HD and although we weren’t much impressed with it back then, finding it more of a gimmick, they seem to have perfected it with the Wave. The quality of recorded videos was quite impressive. Videos were smooth and had good detail in them. Noise levels were also minimal. We wished that the phone had a dedicated recording mic though, as the mic on the side of the phone would often get covered by our hands while recording videos thus reducing its effectiveness.

Music, Videos and Photos

The music player on the Wave is really nice. It supports most of the popular formats, including MP3, AAC and WMA. In the music player, music is arranged according to various categories with their album art displayed next to their name. In the Album or Artist category, you can swipe left on a name to play all the tracks contained within. You can create playlists on the device or use the present Most Player or Recently Played playlists. Search function is also available but it suffers the same problem as the Contacts search. It will only search for names that include the entered characters at the start of the name and not anywhere within. So entering ‘Oom’ won’t give you ‘Boom Boom Pow’.

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The music player interface is also nice. You get a nice large album art view and in case the album art is not available for a particular track (and in some cases it was available but the player did not display them) then it will show a nice colorful image instead. There are many such images and they change with every track, so you don’t feel like you are looking at the same image throughout an album.

You can tap on the album art to display hidden controls for skipping through the track, track info, repeat, shuffle, etc. Below the album art is the track information and the playback controls. The music player also has several audio equalizer presets and audio effects, as well as Dolby 5.1 Surround effect. There is no manual equalizer option though.

The audio quality on the Samsung Wave is terrific. I tested the phone with Bose On-Ear Headphones and I loved the experience. It’s also pretty loud, even with large headphones connected. The loudspeaker is also pretty powerful despite there being only one of it, although we would have liked stereo loudspeaker like on the Samsung Omnia HD, which would have provided a better audio experience while playing videos on the phone. The good thing is that the volume control work even when you lock the phone, just like on the iPhone.

The Wave also comes with an FM radio. The radio has an attractive interface design and is simple to use. It can also record FM radio broadcasts. The reception strength was quite good.

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The video player on the Wave is one impressive piece of kit. It’s possibly the best video player found on any phone out there right now. Not only can it playback HD videos but it also supports formats like MKV in those resolutions. Another cool feature is the Mosiac search. When you select this option the player automatically creates chapters out of the video file at specific time points and then displays thumbnails, so you can see and then choose to jump to a particular point. This is very handy for large video files and surprisingly even large files don’t bog down the search function.

Playing HD videos on the Wave has to be one of the best things I did on a mobile phone. Watching the high resolution videos on the brilliant Super AMOLED display was pure bliss. Also, you don’t have to worry about converting or downsizing the videos. Just get a big enough microSD card (we suggest at least 16GB) and then drag and drop. This phone has the capability to single handedly kill all the portable media players out there. And this isn’t just lip service.

The image gallery too is impressive. It shows all your images in a grid but for some strange reason also shows the videos here, despite there being a separate video player on the phone (apart from the file manager, which can also play all media files). You can swipe to move through images. Thanks to the fast processor images move very fast. You can double tap the image to view it in 100% zoom or pinch to zoom. The image viewer also has some basic image editing tools, which are quite handy. You can also display images in a slideshow and upload images directly to Flickr, Facebook, MySpace or Photobucket. You can even create a movie with your images.

Battery Life

The Wave has a 1500 mAh battery. With heavy usage, consisting of several hours of web browsing over EDGE and Wi-Fi, music playback, occasional GPS usage and heavy camera usage, the phone gave me one day of battery life. When I dropped the intensity of my usage I got half a day more of battery life. Considering the kind of features the phone has I feel one day of battery life is fairly acceptable.

Verdict

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The Samsung Wave is priced at Rs. 18,000. Samsung Wave is hands down the best phone you can buy under Rs. 20,000 in India today. It looks great, has an incredible hardware, a gorgeous display, 1GHz processor, smooth fluid interface, good quality camera, 720p video recording and HD video playback. Even if you forget for a while that the Wave is a smartphone that supports full multitasking and support for native bada apps from Samsung’s application store, and think of it as a feature phone it still is a great buy for that price. As and when the price falls and the store gets populated with more and better apps it will be an even sweeter deal. It’s not perfect though and nor is it an iPhone killer. But for the kind of money you are paying, you are getting much more in return. If you have a budget of 20k, then this is the phone to buy. Well played Samsung.

Its smart looks, excellent feature set and aggressive pricing makes it a great buy

PROS: Excellent design, build and finish, stunning display, smooth interface, good quality camera, 720p video recording, HD video playback (including MKV), superb audio quality, multitasking support, terrific value for money

CONS: Clumsy web browser interface, no lens cover, no ambient light adjustment, too few apps on the Samsung store as of now

PRICE: Rs 17000-18000

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