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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lumia 800 - First Windows 7 phone from Nokia

Nokia Lumia 800, the company’s flagship Windows Phone device, has been officially launched at the Nokia World conference in London today.
However, I had a chance to spend a little bit of time with the Lumia 800 prior to the launch. Not enough time to write a review–I can’t speak to the call quality or battery life — but I can say that it felt great in my hand, had a gorgeous screen and a truly winning form factor.

If any company matches Apple when it comes to industrial design for their mobile phones, it’s Nokia. Nokia might not have the same panache or flair for crafting beautiful looking devices, but the company certainly thinks about every little detail.

I’ve been told that Nokia really goes the extra mile when it comes to crafting its handsets. The polycarbonate shells for phones aren’t simply sprayed with paint on the exterior. The whole of the material is dyed so that if scratched, the phone maintains its color. Nokia even tests various lotions creams against the materials it uses to make sure that the exterior of its devices won’t stain.
This precision and attention to detail was made clear in a recent video showing off how the N9 is made. The N9, Nokia’s first and last MeeGo phone, was unveiled in June. Although doomed from the start because of Nokia’s decision to partner with Microsoft and focus on creating Windows Phone devices, the device is beautiful. Fortunately, all of that hard work and engineering hasn’t gone to waste. The new Lumia 800 takes the N9 design, adds a dedicated camera button and replaces MeeGo with Mango (Windows Phone 7.5).

The Feel

The first thing that struck me about the Lumia 800 was how it felt in my hand. It was light, yet it didn’t feel insubstantial. It seemed to weigh less than my iPhone, but unlike some other devices, it didn’t feel of lesser quality. Likewise, the shape of the device was very well thought out. The sides of the device are curved, but the top and bottom taper and become flat.  The screen, which I’ll discuss in more detail below, is curved to the design but done so in such a way that it looks and feels as if it is all one single piece of material.

The Screen

The pixel density may not match what Apple is offering in the iPhone 4/4S, but the screen that Nokia is using for the Lumia 800 is a thing of beauty. Using Nokia’s own version of Super AMOLED Plus, the blacks were black, the colors vibrant and text a joy to read. Beyond that, the feel of the screen itself was smooth and responsive. The curve of the glass fit so nicely with the fit of the phone that it just felt right in a way that the curved glass of the Nexus S just didn’t feel right to me.


I didn’t have a chance to use the camera other than to load up the software — but the Carl Zeiss optics have a good track record in past Nokia phones. Nokia has always put lots of efforts into its camera optics and if the Lumia 800 is as good as the N9, users are in for a treat.

As a Windows Phone

When I got to handle the Lumia 800, I did so alongside a number of other Windows Phone devices. Some of these have been announced and some are still prototypes. With Windows Phone, Microsoft has given manufacturers a minimum set of requirements that must be matched.
Phone makers, at their own discretion, can tweak things like the size of the screen, the power of the camera and the speed of the processor. I think this is a smart approach because it ensures that each phone will maintain a minimum set of requirements, but still lets phone makers switch things up to differentiate themselves from the rest of the market.
Despite seeing a lot of nice looking phones from all ends of the market, the Lumia 800 was clearly the best looking, best-feeling and most-promising phone of the bunch.
To Microsoft’s credit, on the software side, it seemed just as quick and responsive as any other phone running Mango. Microsoft is still in the early stages with Windows Phone. The full push to Mango took place earlier this month and users are giving it solid marks.
Having spent some time with Windows Phone on and off over the past year, I like the OS. I’ll be blunt, I’m an iOS user and I don’t see that changing any time in the near future. Having said that, I’ve long-maintained that Windows Phone would be my second choice for a mobile OS. That was before the release of Mango and before the Lumia 800. The time I’ve spent with Mango in the last few weeks has impressed me.
Microsoft is doing some interesting stuff with voice search that is similar to what Apple is doing with Siri. The Microsoft voice recognition isn’t as good, as the types of functions and activities that can be controlled with search aren’t as well defined. Still, it’s clear Microsoft is thinking about approaching navigation, discovery and mobile search in new and unique ways.
Microsoft has done something really special on the software side that allows users to pin certain functions of an application — like just the voice reminder function of Evernote — to a home screen. In short, the software that Microsoft has been building is great. What the company has needed, however, is flagship hardware.
As nice as some of the other Windows Phones are — and they are nice — nothing before the Lumia 800 really stood out against the smartphone competition. That’s changed.

Bringing Out the Big Guns

The Lumia 800 may be the best thing to happen to Windows Phone, not because it’s a great looking phone — but because it has the type of design that might make more users consider Windows Phone as a platform.
That’s what the original Droid did for Android. It gave Android a brand name and in the U.S., a flagship device that could go toe-to-toe with the iPhone. It didn’t matter if a user ultimately ended up buying an HTC or Samsung Android device, the Motorola Droid was what conceptualized and sold the Android OS experience to millions of users.
Microsoft and Nokia are both betting that the Lumia 800 does the same thing. For Nokia, this is Waterloo and it’s time to stand and deliver. At least in my limited time with the device, it’s delivered. This is a phone that has the goods and the OS — Windows Phone 7.5 — is worthy of its beauty.
Now we wait to see how the public at large responds.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ra.One - Exclusive First on Net Movie Reviews

Review 1 - A Never Seen Spectacle in Indian Cinema

Had Spielberg seen a country lacking far behind in technological usage in cinema produce a marvel like RA.One,he would have certainly been proud of this earnest effort by a certain Sinha who is relatively unknown in the chapters of Bollywood. What is not to be missed here is the simplicity with which the whole film has been presented and therein lies its beauty.

Beyond characters,it is about the scripting of the movie which shows that a deep thought has been exercised before executing it. Sinha seems to have given much thought to each scene before finalizing the last cut.The minute details have been taken care of and this does not come as a surprise considering its high budget.So the question is--Does it justify its budget? The answer is a resounding Yes! The most important part of the movie is the beautiful development of father-son relationship that leads to some good emotional moments. SRK as the geeky,simple scientist Shekhar does falter here and there but SRK as superhero who throws electric balls with sheer grace is a treat to watch. It is the special effects wherein the strength of the movie lies. A particular sequence where SRk runs on an inclined board with electric sparks emerging behind him is a treat to behold. Another sequence is the emergence of Ra.One whose evolution through phases will be a treat to watch.There are a few shockers up the alley here but more than that the genesis of the villain is a marvelous sequence with the addition of chips and the whole scene has been treated with such perfection that one cannot differentiate whether one is watching Hollywood or is it the same old Bollywood. Another sequence that involves SRK riding the bike,very similar to the bike used in Tron Legacy,is a bit underwhelming considering one has seen it before in another movie but nonetheless it is an entertaining affair.A last mention of a sequence where G.One and Ra.One come together for an epic fight,here one just cannot miss the goosebumps as it has been shot at such a grandeur and the effect is palpable. Terrific special effects with a few underwhelming ones adorn the movie which shines like a jewel.The major drawback of the movie is its length.Some sequences are boring and extended irrationally.Another drawback is the little time given to sympathize with Shekhar. But if we talk about performances then the little child stands out.He is the pivotal character and he steers the movie with his sweet charm and innocence. Gaming freaks will love this movie.Kareena is in a role of a lifetime.The train sequence and her action part in it is a sheer treat to watch. G.One shines as he is the soul of the movie but Shekhar disappoints a little.Arjun as is a big revelation.Sahana and Tahil are literally non-existent.The music is good and songs catchy.But you do not remember songs in a movie that boasts of such a great visual treat that it outshines every other thing.Emotional aspect of the movie is a major achievement.Considering Sinha had directed a emotional potboiler like Tum Bin,he holds the emotional chords pretty well.All in all a riveting experience.I am still reeling under the effect.Worth a Watch.

Review 2 -

Ra One is a sci-fi movie based on Gaming, Bad Guys and Super Heroes.

In the movie Shahrukh Khan plays the role of a father who is trying hard to 'fit-in' in his Son's bad-ass world- A son … trying hard to 'dude-up' his dad from 'aiiiyyyo' to 'yo!' And a mother lost in translation between her husband's 'ingeva' and her son's 'Inn'it!'

While Shekhar was trying every trick in the book to woo his son, get 'dude-ified' and 'up his coolness quotient' his son had given up on him..

Just when the father-son duo hit a deadlock- Shekhar strikes gold when he designs one hell of a game..

Finally it all starts falling in the family comes together....only to find themselves in the middle of a crash, not just a hard drive crash but a crash that would drive them to a disaster and make their lives go – Kaboom!!!

All hell breaks loose when - the game that was meant to be played with… starts playing them… shah rukh khan in his G-ONE avatar doesn't looks like a HERO... shah rukh khan's SHEKHAR avatar is very unnatural...(i mean no one is so foolish as its shown in the movie) shah rukh khan disappoints. the main character of the movie RA-ONE is good but too Hindi movie type villain. The only one who stands out in this DUMB movie is Kareena Kapoor. she is beautiful n good. Overall the movie falls flat on its face. The climax of the movie is very irritating. The drawback of this movie is also its songs. There was no need of "Chammak Challo" song before the climax. the songs is put in the movie deliberately. The graphics of the movie are same as "Superman" which was released in 1980.

Final Verdict-

Don't waste your money on this without brain movie. Watch "Margin Call" instead of this bad one.

(3/10)just for the pretty Kareena Kapoor.

Review 3 - Kiran,


Not going much into the plot.As you may already know the entire movie dealt with the influence of Modern Technology in the society.Shekhar Subrahmanium(SRK) creates a game in-order to impress Prateek(Armaan) and due to unforeseen consequences the characters of the game comes out to the real world and starts playing itself.

Technical Department:-

Anubhav Sinha's Direction:I really did liked his previous flicks Dus & Tathastu.Both was stylish but lacked content.This time he hitted the jackpot to an extent

Script:Though the script wouldn't worth 2 years effort,it is OK for a Super-Hero Entertainer Vishal-Shekhar's

Music:Vishal-Shekhar failed to create impact on music charts this year with their previous attempts like Rascals & Bhudhah Hoga Tera Baap.But they hit gold this time in the form of three chartbusters in the form of Dildaara,Criminal & Chammak Chalo.Raftaarein is also a passable track.Even the background score was inspiring


Rajnikanth:An inspiring cameo from Talivar

Shahrukh Khan: As G.One:During his starting scenes he resembled Chitti from the 2010 Superhero movie Robot.But was mindblowing towards the climax portons As Shekhar Subrahmanium:Just Ok

Arjun Rampal:One of the most terrifying villain Bollywood has ever seen.Another brilliant perfoamce from Rampal after Rock On & Raajneeti

Kareena Kapoor:Though there is not much scope for acting,she was looking drop-dread georgeous especially in Criminal and Chammak Chalo

Armaan:Good,considering he is a newcomer Shahana Goswami:SRK should have casted someone else for this role

Tom Wu,Satish Shah & Dalip Tahil:

My Favourites Scenes:-

1.Intervel scene

2.Climax Fight scene

3.The intro of Ra.One & G.One

4.All the scenes between Shekhar & Armaan


1.Technical Effects

2.Last 20 minutes(Out of the world fight scene)

3.Arjun Rampal as Ra.One

4.Shahrukh Khan as G.One & Shekhar Subrahmaniam:

5.Vishal Shekhar's Soundtrack

6.Anubhav Sinha's racy direction

7.Interesting cameoes from Rajnikanth,Priyanka Chopra & Sanjay Dutt

8.SRK-Kareena-Armaan Chemistry


1.Script could have been a little more tighter

2.Few of the Sonia-G.One portions were unwanted

3.Miscasting of Shahana Goswami

My verdict:4/5-Excellent
BO Verdict:The film has already recovered 132 crores before the release.So sure ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER

SRK & Anubhav Sinha's 5 years hard effort didn't go in vain