SAFF 2013 pictures

Here are some pictures during Nepals game in SAFF championship 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S4- the most innovative phone

With all those features, I am sure this is gonna be an iPhone Killer and speculate new innovations and censor controls in new smartphones to come.

Top Ten unbelievable incidents in Narayan Gopal's Life.

Swor Samrat Narayan Gopal's name needs no introduction to all the Nepali out there. A legend in the Modern Music's first generation (Adhunik Geet yug) was borned today, (Oct 4) in the year 1939. Marking his birth anniversary, I am here to post top ten unknown incidents in his life (taken from film maker/writer Prakash Sayami).

Top Ten Movies of all time

I always want to read top tens in everything until now that I have started writing top ten stuffs in my blog.In this post, I am putting my own best Movies of all time. These movies are not only in the top of my favorite lists, but also are the greatest movies of all time in the history of Cinema.

CG to enter into telecom sector

Chaudhary Group, one of the biggest business house of Nepal (popular for electronic products and food/beverages) is all set to enter the telecom market with the brand name CG tel.

Apr 17, 2015

How to find your phone through Google Search

April 17, 2015: Whether you have lost your phone outside or you are sure it is just around your home but could not figure it out, now you could easily spot your phone with the latest feature from Google. You can simply go to Google in your PC and search for "find my phone", then it will show the location of your Android phone with the last online date through Android Device Manager. But make sure you have logged into the same Google account in your PC that is in the phone that you are searching. You can also ring your phone for 5 minutes through a button "Ring" in case you know it is near to you somewhere below pillow, sofa or some corner. Once you find your phone, you have to press the power button to stop ringing. Similarly if you know the phone is stolen, you can even lock the phone and erase the data or reset the password. As I tried with my phone and tablet, all other worked with the search except for the online date which was one week earlier. The location for my phone showed exactly the same point of my house with accuracy of 22 meters whereas for my GPS less Tablet, the search could not locate the point though it was online. As Google can easily tell the location of devices with internet though there is no GPS, it may be due to the disabling of location sharing feature in my Tablet settings.

The feature is now only available to search from PC and may be later available to phones/tablets as well. This sort of feature is already there for iPhone with iCloud or Find my phone app. Whether it is Android phone or Apple, you can only find the location of the phone if it is connected to the internet with the logged in Google or Apple account.

Apr 15, 2015

Nokia to acquire Alcatel Lucent

April 15, 2015: Nokia, the Finnish telecom OEM vendor is known to have finalized the buy out of France based another telecom OEM conglomerate Alcatel-Lucent at USD 16.6 billion. Both vendors have been struggling to have greater share in the world with rife competition from European Ericsson and Asian Huawei. Nokia, after buyout of all shares of the conglomerate NSN (Nokia Siemens Network) and sell out of their Mobile handset business to Microsoft, has been focused more on the technology development (specially 5G), telecom infra deals and growing Here Mapping service. 
The acquisition will make Nokia second in the global market share, some percentage lower than Ericsson and ahead of  Huawei. There were ups and downs of the share price of both company, once the news of talks rumor surfaced. Some analysts even claimed that the acquisition is to benefit Alcatel more than that of Nokia and some even argue that the merger of two weak players wont make a strong player. The deal (yet to be completed) is also seen by many as a daunting task since huge job cuts that is most likely after acquisition, might raise eyebrows of French Government/Politicians who are much conscious for job protection.
File photo: My Nokia Xpress Music with field test app
It is also found that Nokia is eyeing on the lucrative US market for internet routing and wireless industry that have high profitable margins. Nokia, the pioneer telecom vendor for GSM, and once a giant for handset has come down significantly over the years, due to challenges from cheap Chinese OEM in telecom and Samsung, Apple for Smartphone business. Let's see how will this acquisition culminate in coming days but one thing I am dead sure that my all time fav Nokia will certainly bounce back. Though I have not worked with any Nokia telecom equipment till now, I have big fancy love for the Nokia phones esp. Nokia 5800 Music Express (which is still with me unbroken and usable).

Apr 5, 2015

Latest affordable phones not available in Nepal

April 05, 2015: If we look at the world domain, there is fierce competition among handset makers to launch new, affordable and quality phones to have bigger market share. Giants like Samsung and Apple keep the race tight by launching high end and expensive flagship at some specific time in a year. Whereas Chinese and Indian phones makers releases some new phones time and again to allure people for the different range of specs and quality. Only handful of phone makers launch their phones officially here and almost none to make it available on the same time of launch internationally. Though Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Huawei release their phone officially, their latest phones takes time to reach in Nepal, unlike some which do not land here. Here are some latest affordable phones with good quality/features, that are not available here in Nepal.

Asus Zenphone 2: Asus, the Taiwanese electronic company is growing its market share in smartphones and with the popularity of two latest phones, it is expected to join the top ten list of phones worldwide. Zenphone 2 was released in Consumer Electronic show (CES) 2014 with two variants of 2 GB and 4 GB RAM, which is also the first one in the world to have the 4GB RAM. Major specs include Quad core Intel processor, 5 inch 403 PPI, 13 MP dual tone LED flash/ 5MP shooter, micro SD support.
One plus one: One plus, the Chinese phone maker stormed the world with the one plus one phone which was more popular in other parts of the world than in China. The quad core phone has all of the features (Quad core 801, 3 GB RAM, 13/5 MP snapper, Gorilla Glass 3) that is found in the flagship with price tag of 300 dollar for 16 GB phone. With the tussle between one plus and CyanogenMod, one plus one has now launched a new android skin called OxygenOS which is yet to reviewed from the mass.
Xiaomi Mi Note: Xiaomi: the Chinese start up and biggest grower in the smartphone business today (Third in the world) has launched two flagships Mi Note and Mi note Pro in early 2015. The Mi Note: the lower version of the duo with 801 SOC, OIS camera and 3 GB RAM has most of the greatest features required to be called a high end phone. Xiaomi's growth and the current line up of phones is  even troubling Samsung and Apple for the affordability and high quality specs.

Micromax Yu Yureka: Micromax, the Indian phone maker has launched a new series called Yu, whose first version Yureka is getting very popular in India. The 150 dollar phone has 5.5 inch HD IPS display, 64 bit Quad core 615 SOC, 2 GB RAM, and runs on CyanogenMod UI. Is not it dirt cheap to have such specs on paper??

Meizu M1 Note: Meizu, another growing Chinese phone maker has sold 2 million smartphones in the month of March only. The huge number of sales was possible due to the high end MX4/MX4 Pro and mid-range Meizu M1 note/M1. Meizu M1 note is a 5.5 inch phablet with 64 bit MT6752 processor, 2 GB RAM, 13/5 MP Snapper and whopping 3140 mAh battery. The phone runs on Flyme OS over Android Kitkat and known to be releasing new Flyme over Lollipop. Meizu is even rumored to collaborate with Nokia to launch a new device within this year, as Nokia is indirectly involved in handset business after selling our it to Microsoft. Click here for my review on Meizu M1 note.
File photo: Meizu store in Shenzhen, China

ZTE Nubia Z9: Though the OEM giant ZTE is not able to have enormous sales like Huawei, it is not giving up for its handset business and has been launching flagships in the Nubia series. Recently ZTE has launched two flagships Nubia Z9 mini and max, with 64 bit processors 810 and 615 respectively. The mini version is about 5 inch, and comes with 2 GB RAM, 16/8 MP snapper, 2900 mAh. and priced at $240.

Lenovo K3 Note: After acquisition of Motorola, Lenovo has been releasing some nice affordable phones to up the market share, now fourth in the world (most of them in China). This 5.5 inch phablet has got most of the specs similar to Meizu M1 note ( 64 bit MT6752 octacore processor, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP/ 5MP shooter and 3000 mAh battery) but at lower price tag of 900 yuan (147 dollar) and expandable up to 32 GB through micro SD slot. 

Huawei Honor 6 plus/Honor 4X: The largest telecom manufacturer in the world, Huawei has also remarkable business in the phone market (fifth in the world in terms of shipment last year). It has wide range of phones from the high end flagships to low end feature phones. Huawei has given more focus on its phone business with Honor and Ascend series phones. Honor 6 plus is a 5.5 inch flagship with its own processor Kirin 925 octa core, 3 GB RAM, Dual 8 MP rear and 8MP front camera, 3600 mAh, 425 dollar price tag and runs on Emotion UI over Kitkat. whereas Honor 4X is a mid ranger with 5.2 inch 720 p screen, quad core snapdragon 410 processor, 2 GB RAM, 3000 mAh and $168 price tag. Huawei Honor 6 plus has the greatest camera application/features and hardware known so far in Android phones.

Motorola Moto X, 2nd Gen: Motorola has revamped the 2013 flagship Moto X in screen size, pixel density, processor for Moto X second generation. The 5.2 inch phone runs on quad core Snapdragon 801 with 2 GB RAM, 13/2 MP snapper, 2300 mAh battery and 485 dollar price tag. There are also second generation version of Moto G  and Moto E priced at $180 and $115 price, that do not raise the eyebrows due to specs and features if you compare those with other phones in the race. But the best thing about Motorola phone is that you could get the latest android update as early as possible in its pure form. Now after being swallowed by Lenovo, lets see how the brand value of Motorola will be utilized.

From the above phones, it seems like the mid rangers are approaching very near to the flagships in specs with bigger screen size, quad core to Octa core processor, higher resolution camera with manual controls and at price of around 200 dollar. As such nice affordable phones are not available in our market, we are missing a big business here in Nepal but some people even manage to get the phone here from their friends and relatives, like the way I did for two of my mobiles in recent years.

Apr 3, 2015

Meizu M1 Note review

April 03, 2015: After months of desperate wait, finally I have got Meizu M1 note in my hands. Thanks to my friend Dinesh Panthy and Chinese officials who helped him buy this phone for me. As the phone has got a big demand and it is not even sold internationally, the phone gets sold out in a matter of some seconds there. So, it was almost impossible to buy it officially in the original price, and it took vigorous search to buy it at 1200 RMB i.e. around 200 dollar (just for the 16 GB phone). Just a week of usage, here is what I have found regarding the smartphone.
Meizu M1 note, the affordable beast with awesome specs and quality, says it all for the review in one sentence, but it does have some lacks that i will be writing in the later half. The 5.5 inch phablet runs smoothly with no any lags even in several multitasking tests, due to 64 bit Octa-core processor (MT6752) and 2 GB RAM. The IGZO display is well lit and the 403 PPI resolution is near to other high end phones. One of the best part of the phone is the whopping battery of 3140 mAH that keeps you surf, use multimedia for long. Another big up is with the cameras: 13 MP rear one having dual tone LED flash, Panorama, Light field (like the refocus in Xiaomi), Slow motion video and Manual mode (up to 1 sec of slowest shutter time) whereas the front shooter of 5 MP has beautify feature. I also happen to like the HDR feature in the camera app, making it a phone with good photography options. Along with the similar looks to iPhone 5C, the phone is on par with the iPhone experience. The flat and simple design of the android skin: Flyme OS (latest one 4.0 being over Android Kitkat 4.4.4) resembles iOS like the way it is in Xiaomi (no app drawer), which are so far liked mostly by the users. Though Flyme has some unique features (like gesture controls, camera apps, smart touch) compared to Xiaomi's MIUI, it misses some basic features (like saving a contact from call/message logs, easily viewable call logs and messages ) that I am sure will definitely be there in the next version of Flyme over Android Lollipop, even enhancing some in others. The double tap to wake the phone, scribble some pattern to open some apps directly before unlocking the phone (also available in Nokia Z launcher, but not available to many Android phones) are some features to make it attractive. The poly-carbonate unibody plastic, small bezels and Gorilla glass 3, makes it look and feel comfy. The thin width and lightweight (145 gm) phone also supports double SIM with FDD LTE/WCDMA/GSM on SIM1 and only GSM on SIM2 slot, makes it easy to use one just for phone calls and another for fast internet. The inbuilt browser app in Flyme is also nice and smooth, as compared to other default browsers on other skins. I am enthralled with the viewing experience of the videos but not with the audio quality of the speakers (sounds nice in earphone though).

As the size of the screen is going up, converging the devices: phablets, smartphones and even tablets into one, 5.5 inch phones are definitely worth for better reading and viewing experience whereas to make our pants feel comfy, their pocket size even needs to grow.
Here is a quick review of the phone:
Thumbs up:
Fast and smooth multitasking experience,
Nice camera app (Manual, refocus, beautify feature).
Comfortable feel while grabbing.
Gesture controls.
Battery capacity (3140 mAh)
Dual SIM (4G + 2G)
Cheap price of 1000 Yuan ($160)

Let down:
Missing basic features in Flyme OS.
Awkward experience with single Home button (its may be due to myself being a typical android user).
No external micro SD slot.

All in all, the phone a.k.a blue charm is a nice, affordable mid range phone with some unique features and specs which definitely allures those who want to upgrade from the entry level phones. The phone is even highly preferred for the entry level users, due to the higher specs in such a cheap price. As some missing features on software will definitely be there in the next Flyme over Android Lollipop, which is learned to be available soon with major enhancements, the phone is definitely worthy buying. The phone is known to be available for official sales in India but don't know when it will be available here in Nepal, or you can simply ask your friends going to either North neighbor (China) or South Neighbor (India) to bring one for you. Recommended!