Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Zen Ultraphone U1 Review

The fact is quite well known to all of us that Samsung, Apple, and HTC are the biggest players in the smartphone sphere; but it is also true that in the domestic market the battle is quite fierce for supremacy in the budget smartphone segment, starting from 4K and going till 15K limit. Top domestic players being: Spice, Micromax, Karbonn, and Lava; and now there is another player in the fray – Zen Mobiles- and the product is going to be known as Ultraphone U1. Let’s find out what the product is all about.

Zen Ultraphone U1 

The handset has a 3.5 inch capacitive screen, 1GHz single core processor, 1200 Li-Ion battery that gives a talk time of 5 hours (arguably), 3.2 MP main camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, GPRS/EDGE, 512MB of internal memory that can be furthered till 32GB via SD card, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor, and multitude of preloaded apps like Facebook, Twitter, Opera, Whats App, Office Suit, Just Dial, Crickbuzz, Google Maps, Skype, YouTube. And not to forget Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System.

3.5 inch color rich screen
1GHz fast processor
 Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Plethora of preloaded apps
3.2 MP strong camera with LED flash

Lack of 3G support
Very little internal storage capacity
Feeble battery

The Verdict
After going through all the specs, pros & cons, and keeping an eye on the price tag we come to a conclusion that this handset is worth INR 4999. I strongly recommend the Ultraphone U1, go for it.  

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Lava Iris N350 vs Micromax Ninja 3.5 A57: A Comparison

If a common middle class man can get himself a smartphone, it is all because of Android. You can get an Android powered handset for as less as 3.5K; and the price range goes as high as 40K. But it is the lower end handset section that makes Android the ultimate choice for the common man, especially in a country like India. And today, I am going to write a comparison between two low end smart phones - Lava Iris N350 and Micromax Ninja 3.5 A57 - powered by Android OS; it will help you in making your mind about which handset is better suited to your need.  


Both the handsets sport a 3.5 inch capacitive HVGA screen. Both the screens have 262K color depth. Both of them have multitouch input method. Lava Iris has a dimension of 115 x 61.5 x 11.9 mm and A57 has a dimension of 116 x 62 x 11.5 mm. Without a shadow of doubt this section ends in a tie.  


The Lava handset has a 1GHz processor on a MediaTek chipset, the processor is complimented by a 256MB RAM. On the other hand the A57 too has a 1GHz processor presiding over a Qualcomm chipset, the CPU is also seconded by a 256MB of RAM. A tie once again.

Storage Capacity

In the storage capacity segment the Lava Iris N350 sports a 100MB built-in storage capacity, which can be furthered till 32GB via a microSD card. The handset can store up to 1000 phonebook entries and up to 200 SMS. In reply the Ninja has almost similar storage credentials and has similar expansion capacity. So, one more parley. 


The Lava handset has a 2MP camera on the back side of the body and a VGA camera on the front side for video chat and self portrait. In the main camera segment the Ninja is a better option as it has a 3MP camera on the posterior of the body but unfortunately there is no front camera, hence maladroit or no video chat.   Advantage Lava Iris N350.

Data Connectivity

In the data connectivity arena, the N350 has GPRS, EDGE, and Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity and USB and Bluetooth 3.0 for faster and convenient data transfer. Ninja on the other hand houses all the aforementioned specs and in addition, it has 3G, which readers know is many folds faster than GPRS and EDGE. Ninja A57 wins hands down.

The Lava N350 has a Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery, which can give the users a talk time of around 2 hours 40 minutes and a standby time of 10 days. In reply, Ninja houses a Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery, which is capable of giving the users a talk time of around 4 and a half hours and a standby time of 6 days. Ninja.

Operating System

As we talked earlier, both the handsets are Android powered devices. Both of them run Android Gingerbread 2.3. So, both of them at the same pedestal in this section too.

The Verdict

Frankly speaking, if your sole motive is video chat go for the Lava Iris N350, since it houses a front camera. But if your liking is faster Internet better, battery, and superior looks; you will have to go for Micromax Ninja 3.5 A57.

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