April 13, 2010

A little information about phones!

Hi Guys,

Hope you all are fine in spite of a hot summer with long power cuts! Horrifying to think about the days that are going to come, when Earth nears Sun in May!

It’s been long since I wrote my last post. I’m quite busy as I am nearing the end of my fourth semester. I get only a scarce time and then too, I’ll be busy watching IPL matches. Speaking about IPL, this edition is more interesting than the previous editions. Except Mumbai, all other teams have had their share of sweet and bitter times. Now nearly all the teams have to win their remaining matches to get into the semifinals. Let’s see who conquers who?

I had a good last week in general. I got a new phone. Actually dad’s phone was not functioning properly and he was having a terrible time with it. So he asked for my phone so that I can get a newer one.

Nokia 2626- My old phone
First, let me tell about my old phone. I had Nokia 2626 and I was using it for past 10 months. It was a very nice experience using that phone. The main advantage of using that phone was its standby time. Its battery was so good that the charge lasted for a week. Also it had large message storing space (nearly 1000 messages, though I used to store less than 100). The main trouble I had with the phone was the volume, particularly Ringtone volume. I won’t be able to hear a call even if I was in the next room. The internal memory was just 2 MB and so it used to take some time for loading. Except that, it was quite a good phone.

The new one I have got is Nokia 2690. It’s a new model and was released by Nokia this March. The phone is better than another model 2626 considering the features. But I would say both the phones are worth its cost. I bought the earlier one for Rs.2000 and this one for Rs.2800. Speaking about the phone it consists of a basic VGA camera, music player, FM radio, memory slot and Bluetooth.

Nokia 2690- My new phone
I have used this phone for nearly a week and so good so far. But, I’ve hard time adapting to this phone. In my older phone to change the earpiece volume I have to press the left/right navigation keys. But in this phone I have to use up/down navigation keys. It was difficult to find it. In my earlier phone when replying to a message, I’ve to initially select the type of message. But in this phone, the message screen just appears (a step less). Initially I sent a few blank messages and realized my carelessness. The charge is not as good as 2626, but I expected it. It’s as good as any other Nokia phone.

Speaking about the features, the music player is good. Headset volume is fair (I rarely use headset) and speaker volume is very good. The sound clarity is also good. To be true, I didn’t expect a very good music player and I’m very happy since I love music.  Camera’s quality is not that good, but that was expected since it’s a basic model. I didn’t choose the phone for the camera; I chose it for the music player and am happy that it’s good. Display is very good, a larger 1.8” display and clarity is good too. Phone’s overall look is also good.

So, I’m totally impressed with this phone. I’ll give you some information about how I searched for the phone.

Samsung E2130
  • Initially I fixed the price of the phone and went to some leading shops that sell mobile phones. What you must understand is there are 100s of models and you can’t expect the salesman to know all the models. So going to 3 or 4 shops will give you a wide idea (I got idea about 4 phones only after visiting 5 shops)
  • Next I searched for all the phones that I heard in the shops in the net. I browsed the respective company’s website and also other common forums to know user’s reviews. In this process I came to know about some more phones.
  • At last I went to the shops again and made a final enquiry about the price and availability (all the phones are not available in all the shops). The interesting thing is I came to know about Nokia 2690 in this process only.
  • Other than 2690, I was also looking for Samsung E2130 and E2120. They are also good phones in this range. Particularly E2130 has dual speakers which mean great sound.
  • Some general info about different phones: Samsung phones have good camera quality than other phones. They have more number of models than any other brand. When I searched in net, I found that LG phones were causing a lot of trouble to the users. Nokia remains the most preferred brand because of its quality and user-friendliness.  Nokia ‘5310 Xpress Music’ is the most popular phone in the market currently (it would be costing around Rs. 5000).
Coming back to the academic side, we will be writing the exams very soon. Later this week, I’ve my model exams followed by Practical exams, study holidays and semester exams which will end by the last of May. So, it’s important for me to concentrate and get good marks. Anyway I will be in touch with you guys now and then.

Happy reading!!!

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