Samsung has launched yet another low priced mobile to target low segment market. Samsung Hero Music E1232 is dual sim mobile with dual standby support. It has a stylish modern design and has Anti-dust Alpha numeric keypad. It sports 1.8-inch QVGA TFT display. Multimedia features available with mobile are FM Radio and music player. The external memory of the phone goes up to 4GB. It supports Bluetooth v2.1, GPRS/EDGE connectivity features. The 1000 mAh Li-ion battery supports talk time up to 670 minutes and stand by time up to 580 hours.
Samsung E1232 features and specification:
- GSM/EDGE 900/1800MHz
- 1.8″ Inch QVGA TFT Display Screen
- FM Radio
- Internal Memory: 4MB
- Phonebook Memory: 1000
- SMS Memory: 500 + SIM
- Up to 4GB Expandable Memory
- Audio Player: MP3
- Bluetooth v2.1
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- MP3, 40 Polyphonic Ringtones
- 1000 mAh Li-ion Battery
- Talk Time: Up to 670 minutes
- Standby Time: Up to 580 hours
- Dimensions: 110.60 x 45.35 x 13.90mm
- Weight: 73.2g
Sony Ericsson Spiro
GOOD:Good design, sturdy build, comfortable keypad, good audio quality, multitasking, well priced
BAD:Average camera quality, unimpressive web browser
VERDICT:Its price and features make it an impressive phone
LG has started seeding the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for its Optimus Black. The update was expected to go live by the end of November. Up until now, the users of this costly phone have had to cope with the dated Android 2.2 (Froyo). LG's move is odd, especially when most manufacturers are gearing up to deliver the Android 4.0 (ICS) update.
Reportedly, the new firmware brings an improved user interface with better implementation of the copy-paste function. With Gingerbread on board, the Optimus Black will also play nice with media files such as AAC, AVC, and MPEG 4. Additional improvements include enhanced battery life, camera tweaks, and better gaming performance. I remember coming across software glitches while reviewing LG's premium handset. Let's hope the latest code will iron out these rough edges.
As of this writing, the update is only available for India and Europe. It looks like users from other regions will have to wait a little longer. LG has also promised to deliver ICS later this year, and we will keep you updated on that front.
Nokia Asha 300 official pictures
The Nokia Asha 300 may not exactly fit in with today’s standards of newsworthy. With smartphones flexing their muscles at venues like CES, sporting ever-expanding app markets, HD screens and multi-core processors, it’s hard to see how an entry-level offering could produce much of a splash...
The Nokia Asha 300 may not exactly fit in with today’s standards of newsworthy. With smartphones flexing their muscles at venues like CES, sporting ever-expanding app markets, HD screens and multi-core processors, it’s hard to see how an entry-level offering could produce much of a splash.
If, however, price is a factor, or you simply want a phone that is…well, simple, then the Asha 300 could definitely make some waves in your pool. Part of a new line of phones by Nokia, which feature a revamped S40 interface and 1GHz processor, the Asha 300, and its QWERTY sibling, the Asha 303, aim to cement Nokia's place in a market they have traditionally dominated.
Nokia Asha 300 official pictures
The Touch and Type S40 interface is at once the same yet different from the traditional non-smart UI from Nokia. Combined with an app store and a customizable homescreen, there are definitely elements borrowed from smartphones in an attempt by Nokia to extend the functionality while retaining the simplistic feel of the S40. The faster processor and 128MB of RAM are more than sufficient to run the S40 quickly and without hitches.
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
Quad-band 3G with 10Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA
Asha S40 Touch and Type platform
2.4" QVGA 256K-color resistive TFT touchscreen
128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
5 megapixel fixed-focus camera
VGA video recording at 30fps
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
Standard microUSB port (charging enabled)
USB On-The-Go support
microSD card slot (32 GB supported)
3.5mm audio jack
Asha exclusive Angry Birds game
No Wi-Fi (as opposed to Asha 303)
No smart dialing
No video-call camera
Non-hot-swappable memory card
The Asha 300 walks that fine precipice between designing a phone that is contemporary, yet aims to appeal mainly to an audience where being contemporary is not as important as being simple and not too expensive.
We’ve all heard the expression “I just want a phone that works, don't care about the extra stuff.” With quad-band 2G and 3G support, the 300 does exactly that – it’s a no-nonsense worker bee of a phone. In fact, with Bluetooth, a 5MP camera, messaging and radio it will do even more should the need arise. The only ding in regards to important cost-cutting features is that it does not have the Wi-Fi support of the Asha 303.
The Asha 300 in-hand
All of this in mind, one of the main disadvantages of not having a smartphone is that you don't get multitasking. Save for being able to play music in the background, the Asha 300 will not be able to run multiple applications simultaneously.
Asha is the new name of Nokia's entry level phone lineup. The Asha 303, which we recently reviewed, succeeds the Nokia C3. The Asha 300 in turn is an obvious descendant of the C3-01. Interestingly, while the QWERTY-enabled Asha 303 upgrades its predecessor in almost every way, the Asha 300 looks and feels like a downgrade. That should make it even more affordable, but let's see what you get relative to what you pay for.
We're about to take a closer look at the exterior, and how it feels to trade stainless steel for plastic.
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