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A better processor, RAM and battery power will make your latest tech device last longer
 
Most people spend on tech products on impulse and regret later. For example, a friend bought a device with 1GB (gigabyte) RAM (random access memory) and 8GB in-built memory, when another handset with 2GB RAM and 16GB in-built memory and similar features was available at almost the same price. Anyone would tell you that a device with lower RAM will lag behind compared to one with higher RAM; yet, my friend ended up with this device due to impulse buying. This holds true for in-built memory as well. Out of the 8GB RAM, the OS, in-built apps, contacts and message storage eats up around 4GB, leaving mere 4GB space for the user. So, the user ends up cleaning or un-installing apps all the time.
 
How does one overcome these technical issues while buying a mobile handset or gadget? The simple rule is always look, or buy, into the future. This means checking if another mobile costing a few rupees more offers you a better processor or higher RAM or good-quality screen and ample in-built memory. Also, understand that the lifespan of the current generation of smartphones is very short. Therefore, you may be tempted to replace your current device next year instead of after two-three years. You can avoid this, if your current device or the next device is future-ready and will not lag behind in performance over the next year or so. But, remember, the statutory warning (like for financial products): “Past performance is no guarantee of future…”
 
Now let us review what happened in 2015: A few noteworthy happenings include the launch of Android Marshmallow (Android 6). Samsung is trying to regain the market in the under-Rs15,000 segment. In 2015, it launched its ‘J’ and ‘On’ series of mobiles. Mobiles in both these series are priced over Rs6,000. However, stay away from some of the low-RAM and low-memory devices. Also, several smart watches were launched in 2015; but, so far, they have received a lukewarm response from price-conscious Indian buyers. People here prefer to buy a smartphone instead of a smart watch that is priced at the same level. 
 
While Google is rolling out Marshmallow updates on Nexus devices, other manufacturers are working (modifying) on the OS (operating system). By mid-2016, most Android-run devices will feature this updated OS. After gaining some foothold in low- and mid-range devices, Microsoft is now targeting the higher price market with its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But only time will tell if it can compete with the likes of Samsung Note 4 and S6 Edge, Apple iPhone6 or 6 plus and Sony Xperia Z3. Frankly, instead of paying Rs43,699 for Lumia 950, an Indian buyer will get a new Windows 10-based laptop. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt by Microsoft to widen its range of offerings.
 
Three noteworthy devices launched in 2015 include Coolpad Note 3, Xiaomi Mi 4i and Gionee Marathon M5. Coolpad Note3 is the first device in India to feature 3GB RAM and fingerprint scanner in the under-Rs10,000 category. Xiaomi’s Mi 4i received a good response, especially from online buyers, due to the massive discount and exchange offers. Gionee is, again, setting new standards in battery capacity with its M5 handset from Marathon series. As the name suggests, the M5 boasts a 6,020mAh battery that can last for more than a day. In addition, M5 can be used as a power-bank to recharge other devices. Gionee Marathon M5 is priced at Rs17,999. 
 
So, what is in store for mobile devices in 2016? Expect 4G becoming the keyword, though you may not get connectivity at that speed. In terms of prowess, Octa-Core processors, 3GB RAM and 13 MP cameras will become basic requirements, while full high definition (HD, 1920x1080 pixel) will gain more ground. While higher capacity batteries may not gain entry into the mass market, solar-powered chargers would become more visible across the country. 

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ashish tamboli

10 months ago

Respected Yogesh Sir,

I want to purchase smart phone in between range Rs13000-20000 please suggest model name and company.

Thanks,

ASHISH

Simple Indian

11 months ago

Mobile technology has been improving rapidly in the past few years. So, even a top-end phone like Apple's iPhone becomes outdated in 6 months to 1 year, by when Apple comes out with the newer version. Hence, the shelf-life of mobiles is just about 1-2 years, unlike earlier, when one could use a Nokia handset for 3-4 years. So, while it's always good to compare specs while buying a new mobile phone, one should also consider what they will do with it. Buying an expensive phone and not using its core features is a waste of money. Similarly, buying a budget phone to cut costs, which doesn't serve the purpose, is also useless. It's best to list out one's needs and then zero in on the phone(s) which offer those features.

Vaibhav Trivedi

11 months ago

The most important factor in buying a smart phone is its CPU architecture.

Always check the CPU architecture type either on Google or specific sites such as gsmarena.

Example of architecture: ARM A6, A9, A15 etc.. Higher the number better the performance and more expensive the phone. For any type comparison use google.

A 2GB RAM on A9 will be much better than a 3GB RAM on A6 type.

Lastly, if you are not into technically modifying your phone then ensure that you buy a phone which has AT LEAST 4GB of System Reserved memory (this is unavailable to you for your use).

Of course, RAM is important.


Ninth edition of annual EDM festival Sunburn kicks-off in Goa
Sunburn Goa 2015, the ninth edition of the annual Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival, witnessed a gush of Indian and foreign tourists in the coastal state as the fest kicked-off with a lot of energy and high-octane music.
 
Ranked amongst the world's biggest music festivals, the four-day fest kickstarted at the Vagator Beach here on Sunday.
 
In total, there are five themed stages at the festival -- which I Label Stage, Experimental Stage, Techno/Deep House Stage, Psy Stage and a 200-feet Main Stage, titled "Empire Of The Sun".
 
The "Empire Of The Sun" draws inspiration from Indian ethnicity with the cranium of Ashoka taking centre stage on a chariot, heralding the 10th year anniversary of the dance music brand.
 
On the first day, artists like Dyro, Nucleya, Paji, Paperqueen and Juliet Sikora enthralled the audience with their revolutionary beats.
 
Dutch artist Sam Feldt created magic on the Main Stage when he played an amazing collection of refreshing deep house songs and warm tropical house hits.
 
World's top spot holder on annual "Top 100 DJs" poll, Belgian DJ duo of Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, headlined the first day with their famous hits like "Waves", "Wakanda" and "Mammoth" as the people at the venue danced their hearts out amid thumping beats, lasers, confetti and flashing lights.
 
With food courts, adventure sports, flea market and exotics bars on-site camping, a first time concept in India is a major attraction at this year's festival.
 
Campers, who came to get "sunburnt" at Asia's largest festival, were positioned atop the hills, getting a panoramic view of the entire venue.
 
Other international DJs like Headhunterz, Tube & Berger and Liquid Soul also unleashed their electrifying sets on the opening day.
 
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Start-ups, Digital India dominated IT growth
The National Association of Software Services and Companies (Nasscom) had initiated an ambitious programme in 2013 to incubate about 10,000 domain-specific start-ups across the country by 2020 for rolling out software products, solutions and apps for individual and enterprise users in India and the world over
 
Even as disruptive technologies rolled out game-changing products and software majors vied for more outsourcing, the start-up revolution and the government's Digital India initiative dominated the Indian IT industry landscape in 2015.
 
The software services and product-driven industry have been on track this year to register again a double digit (12-14 percent) growth in fiscal 2015-16. But the surge in start-ups and the Digital India plan have redefined the rules of the game," industry body Nasscom president R. Chandrashekhar told IANS here.
 
If convergence of information and communication technologies (ICT) spawned new platforms for vendors to offer more products and cloud-based services, techno-geeks and young entrepreneurs joined the party by developing a host of applications (apps) for enterprises and diverse industry verticals.
 
The National Association of Software Services and Companies (Nasscom) had initiated an ambitious programme in 2013 to incubate about 10,000 domain-specific start-ups across the country by 2020 for rolling out software products, solutions and apps for individual and enterprise users in India and the world over.
 
With Bengaluru emerging again as the country's start-up capital, thanks to the ecosystem this tech hub had built over the years, the tech-savvy Karnataka government has declared a start-up policy and set up two warehouses in the city in partnership with Nasscom to promote and incubate hundreds of them.
 
"If the Digital India initiative takes off, the start-up ecosystem will thrive with over 100,000 new-age firms in the next 10 years, employing 3.5 million people and targeting a value of $500 billion," former Infosys director and Manipal Global Education Services chairman T.V. Mohandas Pai told IANS.
 
Though Pai believes that only 10 percent of the start-ups would succeed, indicating a very high failure rate, they will be a major source of job creation, investments and new apps.
 
"The government has a key role in facilitating growth of start-ups and in making them open, operate and shut down in case of failure, as many of them fail as elsewhere in the world," Chandrashekhar observed.
 
According to Nasscom, about 18,000 start-ups, with a combined valuation of $75 billion, employ around 300,000 across the country.
 
"The ecosystem has the potential to grow by 10-fold in the next 10 years, with the valuation going up to $500 billion," Pai noted.
 
"Digital India will not only benefit traditional and established players but also thousands of new-age firms, especially start-ups across the country, as the ambitious programme envisages a whopping Rs.4.5 lakh crore ($68 billion) investments over the next decade," Chandrashekhar asserted.
 
As ICT became pervasive, connecting devices and people, industry players have invested substantially during the year on developing new platforms and hiring more techies to serve their clients worldwide and in India.
 
"We also see a huge potential for our industry from the government's Make in India programme, as manufacturing of industrial, consumer and electronics goods will require ICT solutions to operate and deliver them," said Krishna Prasad, an independent software developer for vendors.
 
On the software services front, IT bellwethers Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro and HCL were able to grow their revenue by 5-10 percent year-on-year despite the global technology spend declining in 2015.
 
"We expect the industry to add $20 billion in FY 2016 to the overall revenues of $146 billion in FY 2015, as the industry's performance has been in line with the expectations we had set at our strategic review," Chandrashekhar said.
 
According to a Nasscom projection, IT exports will grow 12-14 percent to reach $110-112 billion and the domestic market by 15-17 percent to touch $55-57 billion by March 31, 2016.
 
Currency volatility, however, impacted the operating margins of exporting firms, including the global software majors.
 
"The export growth rate continues in double-digits as in 2014, though firms are under pressure to deliver more value in terms of business and transformation," Chandrashekhar affirmed.
 
On the outlook for the industry in 2016, the former telecom secretary-turned industry representative said the projection for 2016-17 would be revealed in February and the growth would be on track as in 2015.
 
Highlights:
 
* Start-ups and Digital India dominated IT industry landscape
 
* Software services and exports to post 12-14 percent growth
 
* Geeks develop new applications for internet users & verticals
 
* Nasscom to incubate 10,000 starts-ups by 2020
 
* Karnataka declares start-up policy, sets up two warehouses
 
* Digital India will trigger start-up boom and create jobs
 
* Start-ups are risk prone and many are bound to fail
 
* Digital India to benefit traditional and new-age companies
 
* IT bellwethers spur export growth despite cuts in tech spend
 
* Currency volatility impacts operating margins of export firms
 
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