Author: Gianni Anthony Greco

It maybe still termed as a mobile phone, but the Nokia N97 manages to blur our idea of what a mobile actually is and fits somewhere between being a smartphone and laptop. The Nokia N97 is a product built on a foundation of rock solid mobile principles, Nokia innovations, and tangible new technologies, pushed to the extreme and embodied in a slimline pocket shell. Just as the original N95 re-shaped our perceptions of what's possible with a mobile phonedevice, the N97 again raises the bar again. They have equipped us with a product that fuses the best proven Nokia hardware, software and Internet services, blended with a new flavour of design, ergonomics and usability.

The most physically immediate stand-out feature of the N97 is its kick-out full QWERTY keyboard, hidden behind a 3.5-inch widescreen 16:9 touch display that tilts smartly above the keys. Both control methods neatly live togther as one and are tailored to ensure every experience, be it messaging, social, entertainment-focussed or otherwise, are manageable via the most instinctive physical toolset available. The N97 touchscreen promises to be exploited to full effect, even when inactive, courtesy of a new homescreen that automatically bring in live information via custom widgets sat on a S60 5th Edition backbone.

The Nokia N97 Mobile Phone enters the market boasting a massive 32GB of on-board storage, double that of any mobile device currently in existence. This can be topped up with another 16GB via microSD, enabling it to become a portable multi-media computer with 48GB in your pocket. Of course Nokia wants you to abuse this space with music, movies, photos and N-Gage games, and as such has worked hard to ensure the N97's battery is up to the task - it promises to kick out up to 37 hours of music and 4.5 hours of video. Embracing location based services and the concept of context awareness, the N97 is location-savvy, automatically sensing where it is at any given time via A-GPS. The benefit being that you'll be able to tap into local services with ease and share your social location with friends minus any extra fiddling or fuss.

Other functions and features of the new Nokia N97 mobile phone include the great 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash. Aswell as GPS, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, stereo Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The key features are listed below in more depth are:

Nokia Maps: Nokia Maps Brings the world to your N97. See maps for over 150 countries and search for addresses, points of interest, or landmarks around the globe. Go deeper and find addresses, phone numbers and other details for available destinations, and let the N97 plan your journey from A to B.

Carl Zeiss Optics: Carl Zeiss is a world leader in high quality camera lenses, and is fitted into any serious camera phone contender. These state of the art Carl Zeiss Optics are featured in the N97, ensuring the best possible photo and video quality.

Nokia Web Browser: View web pages as they were originally intended by there deigners. With a single key press Nokia Web browser with Mini Map lets you zoom out to a full screen view of the entire web page. Find the section of the site that you want and then zoom in to the content you want. The text instantly adjusts to the size of your screen, without any hassle. The web browser also keeps a history of your browsing so you can quickly get back to where you started - this will save you some time.

The Nokia N97 is definately much more than just a Mobile Phone and deserves the tag of being a mobile computer. The Nokia N97 Will take care of your Communication, Music, Navigation, Video and Internet Needs. No longer will you have to carry seperate phones, mp3 players and digital cameras on your person.

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It's time for what may seem to be an odd match-up today, but when you think about it, these two particular mobile phones are actually pretty evenly matched, and pitting them against each other does make sense. So, let's settle down watch the action as the Blackberry Storm takes on the Nokia 5800.

Nokia 5800 - touch, feel, play
The first phone in this battle's a totally new member of Nokia's Music Xpress range of mobile phones, the gorgeous Nokia 5800. This phone is quite obviously made for music and media, as it has a separate XpressMedia button that pops up a list of links to music, videos, the web, and more. Then, of course, the Nokia 5800 has a 3.2 inch touch-sensitive display, to let you use all your media files. Essentially, the Nokia 5800 was created to be a little handheld jukebox and movie player, and as music devices go, this is just about the prettiest. The Nokia 5800 also has, built-in, a 3 megapixel camera, HSDPA internet access and sat-nav, making it a wonderful all-rounder, as well as a brilliant media box. Oh, and it has a strap to fasten on a fake guitar plectrum. That rocks. The price, fairly under Rs. 22,000, rocks too!

It's also the first mobile phone to use the new Symbian S60 Touch platform, making it the first of a generation. So, with that in mind, let's pit it against another phone that uses a brand new, touchscreen platform: the gorgeous Blackberry Storm.

Blackberry Storm - more than just a storm in a teacup
Up against the Nokia 5800 is the new Blackberry Storm, and although it might seem an odd match-up, in fight terms, it's not actually as daft as it sounds. For example, both the Nokia 5800 and the Blackberry Storm are the first mobile phones to feature the touch versions of their respective operating systems, with the Blackberry Storm being based, obviously, on the Blackberry OS (well, the touch version of it, anyway). The Blackberry Storm also has a 3 megapixel camera, similar to the 5800, and it has a wealth of multimedia options. Both mobile phones also forgo a physical keyboard, but the Blackberry Storm adds something new to its virtual keyboard (well, to its interface as a whole): a moving, clickable screen. That's right, the whole screen is clickable like a giant button, making 'accidentally starting applications by touching the wrong icon' a thing of the past. Of course, like all of its predecessors, the Blackberry Storm lives for email, as well, and its push email, just like its ancestors, lets you keep in touch with your emails, no matter where.

Nokia 5800 vs Blackberry Storm - which one should YOU buy?

So, which of these two mobile phones should you go for? Should you go for the more media-oriented Nokia 5800? Or possibly you like the email capabilities of the Blackberry Storm? Well, to a certain extent, it WILL come down to what you wan to use it for. The Blackberry Storm is undoubtedly the more capable of the two mobile phones for email. Well, come on, it has Blackberry email access, surely that was never in doubt! However, when it comes to media, the Nokia 5800 is clearly the more capable, with more colours no screen, smoother playback, better music quality, and so on. However, there is one thing you need to know about the Blackberry Storm, because its biggest strength is also its biggest flaw: that clickable touchscreen. It's innovative, it completely removes the possibility of catching the wrong icon on screen, and it's not been seen on any other mobile phones before, giving it cool factor. BUT (and it's a big but), you have to really press down on it; when typing out an email on the Blackberry Storm, it's going to absolutely destroy your thumb muscles after a while, and quite apart from tiring your hands quicker, it also makes it marginally slower to type that email. So, given the fact that it may well physically hurt to use the Storm after a while, the winner, for me, has to be the Nokia 5800.
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2008 has been a big year for business phones, especially after the introduction of Apple iPhone and the Google Android-based G1. I am reproducing a list of top 10 business phones of 2008 compiled by Clare Hopping of ITPro. But before that let me wish all Hot Launches readers a very happy and prosperous new year.
With a new mobile platform appearing on the market by the name of Google Android, the smartphone market has seen an explosion in the last year. In an attempt to compete, the major handset manufacturers have been spitting out business-centric handsets like there's no tomorrow.

HTC Touch Pro
The HTC Touch Pro is, as the name suggests, designed for business professionals. With a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, plus super-slick touchscreen interface, the Touch Pro is the most versatile HTC offering. On the business side, there's everything you'd expect from Windows Mobile, including push email with document viewing and editing.

BlackBerry Bold
The BlackBerry Bold is RIM's first true all rounder. A QWERTY keyboard replaces the awkward SureType keypad, and you can sync all your sever-based information to it thanks
to BlackBerry's Enterprise Server. The original push email service is also onboard, not to mention the wealth of multimedia capabilities on offer.

iPhone 3G
Although not produced with the business user in mind, Apple's iPhone 3G is used by businessmen everywhere. With a simple to use virtual QWERTY keyboard, super-speedy computer synching in addition to push email, third party business apps galore, plus that stunning Safari-based browser, it's no surprise this is such a popular device.

Nokia E71
Nokia's S60 devices will always be a perfect solution for business, because they're so good at handling multiple tasks at once. The E71 also throws in a QWERTY keyboard for good measure, plus it's super-slim so will slide into - and out of - your pocket like a dream.

Samsung i8510
Samsung's Symbian-based i8510 made us take the Korean manufacturer seriously this year. It features everything a compact business phone should; push email, GPS, document editing and viewing, plus an optical navigation key that behaves just like the track pad on your laptop.

LG KC910
Although the KC910 concentrates on multimedia, there are a number of handy apps for business too. An email wizard ensures you're up and running quickly, plus the browser makes surfing the net seamless. You can even view your documents up close and personal.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
The Xperia X1 is the first of Sony Ericsson's business-targeted mobiles. It runs on Windows Mobile to ensure you have push email, plus software for reading and editing important documents. It will sync to your PC, plus there's a QWERTY keyboard so you can type efficiently.

Samsung Omnia
The Omnia is Samsung's first handset to run on Windows Mobile, and with that the Korean manufacturer has crammed in a whole package of business apps and functionality. There may not be a QWERTY keyboard, but the virtual typewriter does a good job when writing long emails or documents.

BlackBerry Curve 8900
Quite simply, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the most impressive business and multimedia BlackBerry to date. The fully-featured device includes Wi-Fi and GPS, a super-responsive Qwerty keyboard and an ultra-impressive battery life of two days, even when used frequently. One minor disappointment is a lack of 3G connectivity, which may cause grief for some, but this can be overlooked when you have a decent email service and browser.

And last, but not least...

T-Mobile G1
The launch of the Android-based T-Mobile G1 just added to the open operating system phenomenon that hit in 2008. The G1 features a slide out QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. Although there's no exchange connectivity, as you'll find on BlackBerrys, there is support for IMAP and POP email. If the G1 doesn't come with all the apps you want or need preloaded, just take a look at the extensive Android Market for anything and everything.

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Mahindra Xylo (pronounced Zy-lo), the multi utility vehicle that is being readied by Mahindra and Mahindra will debut on January 13, 2009. "We have started production of t he Xylo at our Nashik facility on schedule, after extensive road tests and will launch the vehicle on January 13, 2009. The Xylo would be available in a phased manner across our dealerships from day one and we will open for customer bookings on January 14," said Dr. Pawan Goenka, President – Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd.

The company's Nashik facility will build the Xylo and will be introduced simultaneously in several overseas markets. The Mahindra Xylo is tipped as Mahindra and Mahindra's most ambitious project after its hugely successful Scorpio. To be positioned in the same plane as the company's current bestsellers such as the Bolero and the Scorpio, the Mahindra Xylo MUV will come in multiple variants and will initially have a diesel engine (2.5 litre CRDi) followed by a petrol engine (co-developed by AVL) and an automatic transmission variant, M&M has said.

Mahindra Xylo spotted during a road test (Photo courtesy: DHD)

The Mahindra Xylo, which was earlier codenamed Ingenio, is an in-house production having been developed completely by Mahindras' talent and research after the success of the Scorpio. M&M is hoping to produce at least 25,000 units of the Xylo.
The company has said that the much awaited Mahindra Xylo has been co-created with customers for developing a vehicle around the lifestyle and luxury aspirations of its end customer. Xylo has been developed by a team consisting of 160 experts with added focus on new benchmarks in styling, technology and performance, it added.

The MUV is likely to have a price tag of around Rs 6 to 8 lakh and is a direct competition to Toyota Innova.

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Hyundai i10 is doing great after its debut in India, now Hyundai India is coming up with another small car called "Hyundai i20". Hyundai i10 targets A segment customer, all new Hyundai i20 will target B or B+ segment customers. Hyundai i20 has been developer under codename "PB" which will replace current Hyundai Getz globally but not in india. Hyundai i20 will positioned above Hyundai Getz.

With its fresh and head-turning styling, versatile interior, class-leading safety and engaging driver dynamics, the sparkling new Hyundai i20 took centre stage on the Hyundai stand at the 2008 Paris Auto Show. Building on the reputation for peerless reliability and exceptional cost-effectiveness established by its Hyundai Getz predecessor, i20 offers drivers more of everything - enhanced functionality from the intelligently configured cabin layout, higher levels of luxury, convenience and safety equipment, engaging handling from its all-new chassis and tuned suspension, and an extensive seven-strong line-up of punchy petrol and frugal turbo-diesels engines, with the choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
Designed and developed in Europe to meet the high expectations of European drivers, and benefiting from Hyundai's unlimited mileage three-year warranty, the Hyundai i20 arrives fully armed to succeed in Europe's ultra-competitive supermini sector. Initially available as a five-door model, a sportier three-door i20 version debuts in January 2009. Since Hyundai India is shifting its small car plant from Korea to India, Hyundai India will offer all new Hyundai i20 as a bonus to the Indian Customers.

Style and Design
Designed at Hyundai's European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, the chic new i20 follows in the stylish European footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models. Lower, longer and wider than the Getz it replaces, the five-door Hyundai i20 rides on an extended 2525mm wheelbase, enhancing both its athletic stance and spacious interior architecture. Featuring Hyundai's distinctive design motifs - a bold chrome-topped grille flanked by piercing teardrop headlamps at the front and striking stacked rear light clusters - the i20's modern lines are further strengthened by neat detailing, including colour-co-ordinated bumpers, sills and wing mirrors, integrated antenna, mechanical boot release, flush-mounted door handles and chunky standard-fit 16-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels. And new Hyundai i20 arrives with a palette of 10 new solid and metallic exterior hues - including fashionable Crystal White.

Luxury and versatility blend seamlessly in the new Hyundai i20's spacious and generously appointed cabin. With all four trim levels - Classic, Comfort, Style and Premium - featuring climate control, a powerful four-speaker radio, CD and MP3 audio system with integrated data display screen, a multi-function steering wheel, tyre pressure monitoring system, height-adjustable driver seat, keyless entry and electrically operated windows and side mirrors, i20's list of standard features puts it head and shoulders above the majority of its rivals.

Suspension, Ride Quality and NVH
In keeping with its dynamic styling, Hyundai i20 rides on an all-new platform that delivers an athletic and agile driving experience. With much of the car's ride and handling development work undertaken on European roads - hot weather testing was carried out in Spain, cold weather testing in Sweden and high-speed testing in Germany - Hyundai's ride and handling engineers have ensured i20's front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension delivers the taut and alert ride quality favoured by the European market. The new rack and pinion steering setup has also been tuned to deliver quick and accurate responses resulting in excellent urban agility. Extensive use of advanced noise reduction materials throughout the development process - particularly in the diesel-powered models - has resulted in exceptionally high levels of refinement, imbuing Hyundai i20 with a sophisticated and cosseting cabin ambience.

Hyundai's new i20 debuts with a range of seven petrol and diesel engines that have been extensively revised to deliver greater performance, enhanced economy and lower emissions than before. The Euro IV-compliant petrol line-up comprises the 78PS 1.2, 100PS 1.4 and 126PS 1.6 all available with five-speed manual transmissions, with the option of four-speed automatic gearboxes on the 1.4 and 1.6 models.

Posting a low CO₂rating of just 124g/km and returning just 5.2 l/100km on the combined cycle, the all-new 1.2 all-alloy engine delivers an excellent combination of performance and economy.

Geared up to meet the high European demand for diesel power, Hyundai i20 arrives with four Euro IV -compliant turbo diesel engines, fitted with CPF diesel particulate traps as standard for 1.6 (115ps & 128ps) diesel engine. The 1.4 comes in two specifications - 75PS and 90PS - while the flagship 1.6 is available in 115PS and 128PS trim. Economical and clean, the 115PS variant returns a class-leading CO₂figure of 115g/km and 4.3l/100km on the combined cycle. Both 1.4 models come with five-speed manual transmissions, while the flagship 1.6 is mated to a six-gear manual drivetrain.

Hyundai is synonymous with class-leading safety, and the new Hyundai i20 debuts with exceptionally high levels of active and passive safety equipment. Its outright agility and responsiveness play a key role in keeping the Hyundai i20 driver out of harm's way, but should the worst occur those on board are protected by the extensive use of high-tensile steel in the Hyundai's robust chassis, six airbags - front, side and curtain - fitted as standard, active headrests, front seatbelt pretensioners and latest generation ABS anti-lock brakes, ESP electronic stability control, EBD Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. This safety package is further enhanced by an advanced tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix mounting points in the rear and seatbelt reminders for all five occupants, which means Hyundai i20 arrives on the market as one of the safest cars in its class. Hyundai is confident of a full five-star Euro NCAP adult occupant protection and child protection crash test result for the Hyundai i20.

The Hyundai i20's five-seater interior may pamper, but it also majors on everyday practicalities with a 40:60 split flat-folding rear bench with a low lip for easy loading into the a roomy and regularly-shaped 295-litre rear loadbay, numerous intelligently positioned interior storage spaces including a large cooled passenger glovebox and two cupholders, and excellent all round visibility. These elements are complemented by the reach-and-rake adjustable steering wheel, complete with integrated audio controls and keyless central locking actuated by Hyundai i20's ergonomically designed folding keyfob.

The i20 model, which will come in many variants, is expected to be priced anywhere between Rs 5-6 lakh in India.

PS: I had been to Hyundai Motors India Limited's Chennai (Sri Perumbuddur) plant some years ago. You can checkout some raw in-plant videos here, here, here, here and here. See yourself the Hyundai Santro in making. Please do not expect the quality as the videos were shot with Nokia 6600. :-)

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When people talk about laptops, everyone assumes that all laptops are wireless. Traveling with a laptop is easier today than it once was, the laptops have gotten smaller and lighter. The new mobile laptops make computing easy for many people. When purchasing a laptop, make sure a wireless connection is built in so you can reach the internet if you are in a wireless area. The laptop is replacing the big desktop computer; but the mobile computer needs to provide the ability to accept components for expandability. Many people today keep all of the information on their computer, so if the computer goes down many people will not have that data. In today's modern world the laptop or sometimes called notebook is a must have.

If you do not have a laptop computer yet, you should know that one of the most important aspects of having a laptop computer is having a great power supply. Every laptop computer needs to be equipped with some type of warranty; the laptop should have at least a one year manufacturer warranty. You may even be able to play movies on them with crystal clarity. Purchasing a laptop computer is not an easy job to do because there are so many important things that should be considered before purchasing.

The type of work you do can affect the screen size and type that is most suitable for you. If you are not worried about graphics a screen size of 12-14" is acceptable. If the work you are doing is graphically intensive than a 15-17" is better. Screen sizes range from 12 to 19 inches. A laptop computer with smaller screen is great option if you do not plan to use laptop too much.

Going from 512MB of RAM to 1GB or 2GB RAM will speed up your laptop. If your needs are somewhat mundane - email, spreadsheets, word processing, etc. 1 GB of RAM should be plenty, if you are on Windows Vista. RAM is to a computer what location is to real estate.

You also need to think about the hard drive in the laptop you are considering. The hard drive is also a very important specification to consider in buying a laptop. The speed of a hard drive is normally calculated in rotations per minute. A hard drive of about 120 GB or over is a good rule of thumb.

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In addition to the processor, you will probably want to upgrade your system with memory, monitor, a graphics card or video card, and pointing device and keyboard. Finding cheap components is easy today due to the internet, many sites have popped up and made all of these components accessible. The important thing to remember when shopping for components is that you need to make sure they are compatible with your system.

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Laptop cases are an important computer accessory you should make sure you acquire. They have many sections that accommodate important office documents. Another important type of carrying case is the wheeled roller case. But, their safety and protection is equally important. A laptop case is specially made for carrying a laptop but a backpack is just a bottomless pit. Getting a quality bag is very important since you are carrying around an expensive piece of equipment. Your notebook is going to be at least 6 pounds, probably more. The portability of laptop computers is both a boon to busy business people. Your notebook should be sturdy and rugged. Expensive notebooks should be protected properly.

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There are numerous mobile phones manufacturing companies such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry, Apple, i-mate and HP. Nokia is one of the leading mobile phone companies, which makes good mobile phones for every type of people like business class people, music lovers and normal mobile phone users. Sony Ericsson is also a great handset maker and its main motto is music focused mobile phones. Its world famous 'Walkman' series of mobile phones is perhaps, the primary example of this music-focused nature. Now, we talk about some handsets, which are coming soon. Mobile phones such as the Nokia N97, Nokia 6260 Slide, Samsung S9402 Ego, Samsung i770 Saga and Motorola VE66 are fantastic devices. First, we discuss the features of the Nokia N97 handset, which is a member of Nokia N-Series mobile phones.

The Nokia N97 is a sleek and a good looking mobile phone, which comes with many easy-to-use functions and futuristic technologies. It has a large 3.5 inches TFT touchscreen with a total colour support of 16 million colours and a screen resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. This high resolution display allows the users to watch video clips and play mobile phone games quite easily. The Nokia N97 comes with 32 GB of internal memory and its external memory can be expanded through a microSD (TransFlash) card up to 16 GB. The users can easily store numerous multimedia files such as audio songs, video clips and other 'heavy' personal data in its internal memory. It comes with a 5 MP camera with features of Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and flash, which give you amazing and high quality still pictures. The phone also facilitates video recording option in VGA mode at 30 frames per second. Its superb quality media player supports many audio and video formats like MP3, WMA, WAV, e-AAC+, MPEG4, WMV and 3GP. Now, we discuss the features of another great handset, which is a member of the Nokia mobile phone family.

The Nokia 6260 is a sophisticated mobile phone, which comes with an easy-to-open slide opening mechanism. This is a 3G enabled mobile phone that allows you to making face-to-face video calls around the world without any breakage. The handset comes with 200 MB of internal memory and one can easily expand its external memory via microSD (TransFlash) memory card up to 8 GB. This stunning device supports many connectivity options such as GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, 3G, WLAN Wi-Fi, microUSB v2.0 and Bluetooth v2.1. These connectivity features give you an amazing experience of wireless connectivity. It has a 5 MP camera with some great features like autofocus, flash and Carl Zeiss lens, which provide you superb quality still images as well as videos. The media player of the handset supports MP3, MP4, AAC, e-AAC+ and WMA formats. This mobile phone is available in 'Black' and 'Beige' colours. It also has a FM radio with RDS feature. The standard battery gives an approximate standby time of 400 hours and a talktime of up to 6 hours.

The Samsung i770 Saga is a one of the best widgets that are destined to become into 'coming soon mobile phones'. This is an elegant and an ultra-stylish mobile phone, which comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and high quality imaging features. It come with a great 2 MP camera, which gives you sharp and beautiful still pictures with an image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The phone supports Pocket Office functionality, which allows the users to view office files such as Microsoft Word documents, Excel documents, PowerPoint documents and PDF viewable files.

This stunning device comes with a large 2.5 inches TFT touchscreen, which provides a screen resolution of 320 x 320 pixels with total colour support of 65K colours. It has a microSD (TransFlash) memory card slot for increasing its external memory up to 16 GB. This device is available in three vibrant colours, which are 'Black', 'Red' and 'Blue'.

If you are planing to purchase a high-tech mobile phone, you can easily choose any one of these handsets from the mobile phone market.

With republishing permission from: Samuel Herrick

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