Smartphones today have become all round devices. Apart from the usual texting and making calls, smartphones connect users to their social networking accounts, act as dedicated GPS devices, can be used for multimedia, portable gaming and have effectively replaced your average point and shoot camera. If you thought that was enough, wait till you come across some funky accessories I have found for them.
A Bluetooth headset is the most basic accessory you will need with your smartphone. It is ideal for those who are on the move and like to keep their hands free for other activates (get your mind out of the gutter!). For this I recommend the Jabra Stone 5. It has some cool features like answering or rejecting calls with voice commands, verbal setup instructions, caller ID and battery level (verbal) indications. It can also dictate GPS directions. It comes with a charging stone letting you charge the headset on the go. You can pick it up for Rs.8,000
Lets face it, with all the functionality a smartphone offers users today, the one thing that it lacks is a good battery backup. This is where a portable charger makes sense. I recommend you take a look at the Nokia Universal Portable Charger DC-16. To start with, it packs in a 2200mAh battery. This capacity is good considering that most phones pack in a 2000mAh battery at best. You can charge a smartphone completely in roughly 5 and half hours. For Rs.1,499 this is definitely a steal.
The bundled earphones with smartphones aren’t the best especially if you are a music buff. But having a nice pair of headphones that also double up with answering calls really makes it a value for money device. The Bose AE5i headphones comes to mind. Not only are they comfortable to wear and produce some fantastic sound, but they also have controls for music as well as calls so you can seamlessly answer calls without having to remove the headphones. Expect to shell out Rs.8,888 for these babies.
Removable iPhone lens
Yes, the camera of the iPhone is one of the best when compared to the competition but it has a long way to go before it can appeal to a professional. Additional lenses from olloclip is just what the doc ordered. You get a three-in-one lens – fisheye, wide-angle and macro. If you are one who loves shooting images with your iPhone, then this is a must have accessory for you. You can expect to pay $70 (Rs.8,000 approx.) for this accessory
A rugged case
Doesn’t it break your heart when you drop your smartphone and see that big scratch along the side or back? Well, not anymore. There are a variety of tough cases available from OtterBox for most of the popular smartphones available in the market. These cases are priced around the $35 (Rs. 5,000 approx.) and are a real value for money proposition especially if you are one who likes to carry their smartphone wherever they go, including mountain climbing.
Smartphone car mount
If you get lost easily, then the GPS and maps app on your smartphone is a lifesaver. To ensure that you don’t drive into a wall while checking your phone, we suggest that you take a look at a car mount for your smartphone. Ranging from Rs.1,500 to Rs.8,000, there are a number of car mounts available. Some are generic and can house smartphones of various build and sizes such as the Griffin Window Car Mount for smartphones priced at Rs.1,50000. Some of the universal mounts can house PMP’s as well.
Buy Note II or wait?
I was thinking of buying Samsung Galaxy Note II, but I would also like to know if I should wait? Is there any other flagship product from Samsung or HTC which will be getting launched in 2013? I can manage my budget for Note II, so if there is any other upcoming smartphone, then please let me know. I really need your help and views. Please do the needful.
Yes, if you can afford it, the Note II is the best flagship device money can buy. Samsung, HTC and all the other premium smartphone manufacturers have adopted an annual refresh cycle for their devices. in 2013 we expect to see the Note III, Samsung Galaxy S IV and other flagship devices from manufacturers. If you are buying a device today, then yes the Samsung Galaxy Note II is great. We suggest you wait till Feb as at MWC 2013 we will see the smartphones slated to launch in 2013.
Tablet or Phablet?
I am having trouble selecting between Note 10.1 and Note II for my father. He currently uses Samsung Galaxy Y. He often complains that he is fed up of the small screen and jokes whether his eyesight is getting weak due to old age or due to small screen
Can you please give me reasons for selecting either of the gadget and also some cons about each.
You are choosing between two devices from different product categories. The Note II has a 5.5-inch display where as the tablet has a 10.1-inch display. If your Dad wants to carry this device in his pocket, then we suggest you take a look at the Note II as it qualifies as a phone with a really large display. the tablet on the other hand doesnt fit in your pocket, the large display is more comfortable for reading and the addition of a SIM card slot means that you will need a bluetooth headset for calls. The best thing to do would be to take your Dad to a Samsung showroom and give him some hands on with all three. see which is the device he is most comfortable with in terms of portability, reading text/ mail and above all comfort. Which is the product that fulfils his requirement.
Suggest a laptop
I want to buy a laptop. My budget is 55,000. I want a 3rd-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 4GB RAM, 1 TB HOD and an HD LED screen.Please suggest some good laptop models. I need it urgently.
On the basis of the general specs that you have mentioned, we would suggest you consider the Samsung NP35OVSC. This is priced at just above Rs.50,000 00. (http://dgit in/lOTPL3u). With this particular configuration, you get the third generation Intel Core i5 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 15.6-inch display, a 1 TB hard drive and the AMD Radeon HD 7670M (2 GB) graphics. You might also want to consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 (59-333365 – http://dgitin/lOMSXwY) which costs 248,990. This also has the latest gen Core i5 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 15.6-inch display, 500 GB hard drive and a NVIDIA GT63OM (1 GB) graphics.
Entry level DSLR
I am an entry-level photographer looking for a DSLR which could last me for years to come. I’m looking in the price range is Rs.25,000 – ?34,000. I prefer Nikon and have in mind the models D3200 and 05100. Please suggest the right one.
Purchasing a DSLR is a rather straightforward task, given how most bodies in a particular segment offer pretty much the same features. If you’re looking at the D3200, we’d say go for it as it is a great camera. The D5100 on the other hand is slightly older and features a sensor with a lower pixel count, but features a slightly better AF performance when in Live View mode. The D5100 costs Rs.36,450 with an 18-55mm kit lens while the D3200 costs Rs.36,450 with the same 18-55mm kit lens. Then there is the D5200 that’s expected to come out within the next month, which has the sensor from the D3200 but a much beefier AF system than the D5100. It will cost Rs.36,450 with the 18-55mm kit lens.
Now if you can wait and extend your budget, our recommendation would strongly be to buy the D5200. For Rs.25,000 the D3200 would be the camera to go for