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Huawei IDEOS … an Android 2.2 (Froyo) phone in india at only Rs. 6000/-

Huawei Ideos

Official Promo Video:

The Huawei Ideos does everything right to create a cheap phone with plenty of smarts. It’s not going to take on the big, beautiful Samsung Galaxy S, but it’s got an even newer version of Android and should only cost about £100 on pay as you go.

The Ideos is launched here but it’s isnt in shops yet, and since Huawei isn’t a well-known brand here, it will probably get renamed by the network that brings it to the India & UK. It should still be called the Ideos, though, so look for it on pay as you go for between £99 and £129 in India for about Rs. 5000 to 6000/-

All the Android

Huawei says it worked closely with Google to make the Ideos, which is evident in the Google logo that graces the back of the phone. This phone is pure Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of Google’s operating system. That means you have all the latest features, except one — there’s no Flash on the Ideos. It just doesn’t have the processing power to support Flash, sadly. But it does have all the rest of the goodies that come with the latest version of Android.

 

The Ideos succeeds in making an affordable phone that offers the latest version of Android and plenty more Google power.

That means seamless support for Gmail, Google Maps, email and heaps more built-in features. If that isn’t enough for you, you can download more apps from the Android Market. There can be something of a ‘Wild West’ feel to the Android app store, with amateurs vying with the big brands for the top of the apps charts. But, if you can find the best Android apps, you can make your phone do almost anything you can imagine, from opening Office documents to sending digital postcards. There’s also a great official Facebook app and several excellent Twitter clients, including an official one.

The untouched version of Android and the partnership with Google means we can trust Huawei when it says you will get prompt updates for the phone as soon as new versions of the OS come out.

But don’t think that, just because Huawei has avoided adding its own skin to Android, you won’t be able to customise the Ideos. The Android user interface is so flexible you can personalise the phone every which way. There are lots of wallpapers — including touch-sensitive and animated ones — included, or you can use your own photos. Fill the five scrolling home screens with shortcuts to programs or specific contacts, or with widgets that update with live news and your social network activity. Setting up five home screens may be overkill for some people, but if you like to fiddle with your technology, you’re guaranteed hours of fun tweaking the Ideos.

Cheap and cheerful

Of course, the Ideos does make sacrifices to keep its price down. The case isn’t hideous, but it’s cheap and plasticky. The large, round navigation key — which Google loves to see on its phones — isn’t as sexy as the optical trackpad that you get on the HTC Wildfire. Like the Wildfire, the Ideos suffers from a low-resolution 320×240-pixel screen, which makes things look blurry.

In saying that, the Wildfire costs twice as much as the Ideos on pay as you go, despite its similar budget-Android target. With the Ideos, most of the important features are in place. The screen is responsive when you touch it, and it’s capacitive, so you don’t need to press too hard. The small, 71mm (2.8-inch) screen makes things pretty pokey, especially the on-screen keyboard, but good predictive text means it’s still very usable.

The camera is another place where the Ideos skimps and saves. It’s only 3.2 megapixels, with no LED photo light, but it does shoot stills and video, so you won’t be short of a snapper when you really need one. Android also makes sharing a doddle, with support for uploading video to YouTube and photos to Facebook, among other services. Just be sure to pick up a microSD memory card to store your snaps, because we don’t expect the phone to come with one.

Punching above its weight

The Ideos looks very similar to the HTC Tattoo, a cheap Android phone that we loved when it came out last year. Although they could be twins, the Ideos comes out on top because of its responsive, capacitive touchscreen and its up-to-date version of Android. And did we mention it costs around £100 on pay as you go? That alone could have us cuddling up to the Ideos, and, among its rivals at that price, it looks even more attractive.

 

It might look like the HTC Tattoo, but the Huawei Ideos outperforms its fellow cheap Android phone with the latest 2.2 Froyo.

On top of the bountiful Android features and apps, the Ideos doesn’t skimp on connectivity. It has the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard and 7.2Mbps HSPA for fast Web surfing over 3G. Bluetooth and a mini-USB port both come in handy for swapping files, while a standard 3.2mm head phone jack means you can use any pair of cans.

Conclusion

The Huawei Ideos may skimp on a low-res screen and camera, but it’s made exactly the right moves in bringing Android to the masses. 802.11n Wi-Fi and HSPA combine with the latest version of the Android OS to give the Ideos the leg-up on most other phones, at any price. Although you’ll miss out on Flash Player, you won’t regret saving some dosh on this responsive, usable phone.

Good

  • Latest Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Responsive capacitive touchscreen
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • HSPA
  • Access to the Android app store

Bad

  • Low-resolution screen
  • Weak camera
  • Not very attractive

 

UPDATE:

This Huawei’s Ideos … Android 2.2 running phone has been released by Aircel and is priced at Rs. 8,499. If you are a postpaid Aircel subscriber, you will be able to use up to 2GB of mobile data every month.

Unboxing Ideos:

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Huawei Press Release:

Huawei Launches World’ s First Affordable Smartphone with Google Called IDEOS

[Shenzhen, China, 2 September, 2010] Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced the launch of IDEOSTM, an affordable smartphone powered by the latest iteration of AndroidTM 2.2 (also known as ‘Froyo’ ). The smartphone is priced between US$100 and US$200, depending on the market. IDEOS redefines the “entry-level” concept by combining high-quality hardware and software with a high price-to-performance ratio. IDEOS will be released in a number of countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.

The ergonomically designed IDEOS provides a variety of ways to access the Internet, as it boasts downlink speeds of more than 7.2Mb/s, offers WCDMA + WiFi dual network support, and offers ubiquitous mobile broadband services. The device also doubles as a WiFi router for up to eight devices at a time, making IDEOS an all-in-one solution for a range of wireless connectivity options.

Available in black, yellow, blue, and purple, the IDEOS, with Android 2.2 pre-installed, not only runs fast, but also supports functions such as voice dialing, voice navigation, and the ability to run applications off the SD card. With more than 70,000 applications available in the Android Market, IDEOS provides a wide range of communication, entertainment, office, and financial management applications.

Kevin Tao, CEO of Huawei Device, said, “The popularity of the smartphone is one of the key tools to bringing people into the ‘Golden Age of Mobile Broadband,’ which is linked to Google’ s mobile Internet strategy.

“We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access.”

The name “IDEOS” embodies creativity and inspiration: the “ID” represents the industrial design-centric hardware platform, the “OS” represents the operating system as the core software platform, and the “E” symbolizes the evolution to mobile Internet.

SPECIFICATIONS:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 1700 / 2100
Announced 2010, September
Status Available. Released 2010, September
Size Dimensions 104.1 x 55.9 x 12.7 mm
Weight 102.1 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
– Swype input method
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, CIF
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
CPU Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser Yes
Radio FM radio
Games Yes
Colors Black body / blue, red, yellow backpanels
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Via third party application
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
– MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Adobe Flash support
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Stand-by Up to 288 h
Talk time Up to 9 h
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Study: Wi-Fi Makes Our Trees Sick

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Dark Trail

 

Data centers hum day and night. More often than ever before we connect to these cloud environments through Wi-Fi networks.

According to PCWorld, now it looks like the radiation from Wi-Fi networks is making our trees sick.

According to the study, translated from Dutch using Google Translate, trees in urban areas of the Netherlands showed an increasing number of damage such as cracks, bumps, discoloration and various forms of tissue damage.

The research, by Wageningen University, was commissioned by officials from Alphen aan den Rijn, a city in the western region of the Netherlands. They asked for the research after discovering trees that did not appear healthy. Further, the trees could not be identified as suffering from a virus or bacterial infection.

According to PC World, further study showed that the disease has similarities affecting trees throughout the Western hemisphere.

Trees in urban areas appear most affected. The study found that 70% of all trees in urban areas show the symptoms, compared to 10% five years ago. Trees in dense forests do not appear to be impacted.

Wireless LAN networks and mobile phone networks may be only partly to blame. Ultrafine particle emissions from cars and trucks may also be responsible.

PCWorld:

“The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Trees placed closest to the Wi-Fi radio demonstrated a “lead-like shine” on their leaves that was caused by the dying of the upper and lower epidermis of the leaves. This would eventually result in the death of parts of the leaves. The study also found that Wi-Fi radiation could inhibit the growth of corn cobs.”

Researchers say that more studies need to be conducted before any clear conclusions can be made.

Micromax Q7: Review

Introduction:

If you’ve realized, we’ve been doing a few under Rs. 5,000 phones from “Indian” brands regularly now. Although we know how good phones can get as you go above the 15k price bar, for many, even 15 thousand is too big an amount to shell out for a phone. Many people just want a cheap phone and now that we have an army of these uber-china phones flooding the market, it is fitting that we cover this range as well.

Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1
GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 2
Announced 2010, May
Status Available. Released 2010, May
Size Dimensions 110 x 59 x 10.7 mm
Weight 100 g
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.2 inches
– QWERTY keyboard
– Trackball
Sound Alert types Vibration, Polyphonic(64), MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– Built-in Yamaha audio amplifier
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 78 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 4GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes
Camera Primary 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Video Yes
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS, MMS
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML (Opera Mini)
Radio Stereo FM radio
Games Yes
Colors Black, White
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Dual SIM
– Facebook, NimBuzz apps
– MP3/WAV player
– MP4/H.263 player
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 800 mAh
Stand-by Up to 144 h
Talk time Up to 4 h 30 min

Design and Build:

The Q7 has a petite form factor. Despite the rectangular slab-like appearance, the thin and lightweight body make up for its appeal. Build quality wise I found it to be slightly lacking; the plasticky body didn’t give me a reassuring feeling of solidity. But that’s what you get when you’re trying to make things thin and light I guess. The display is a fair-sized 2.2 incher with a QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution. The screen is pretty decent in terms of clarity and visibility. Under sunlight there was a little difficulty in viewing content, especially due to the dark background theme, which you cannot change. I’d say the display is right in between the dull Wynncom Y50 and the bright MVL G81.

Below that is a Blackberry inspired trackball, which is now passe since BlackBerrys have moved to a better touch pad system. While it is definitely better to “roll the ball” than having to keep on clicking a button, I felt that the trackball was jumpy at times, for example, while selecting an adjacent option upon clicking. But with patience and practice you can minimize this erroneous behavior. The same can be said about the keyboard.

The blocky rectangular keys are tiny and are evenly designed, which in the case of QWERTY phones isn’t a good thing. The “Curved” smiley-like pattern of keys is ergonomically better and it took me some time to get used to the Q7’s keypad. What saved the day was its decent tactility, due to which the overall experience wasn’t entirely disappointing. Like every phone I’ve come across in this range, the key placement is flawed on the Q7 as well. Symbols like the full-stop or comma that are used often are placed above letters while something as unimportant as a dollar sign gets a dedicated button. It is rather irritating having to press the alt + letter key to end a sentence.

There’s a standardized microUSB port to the side, a 3.5mm earphone jack to the top-left. At the back you’ve got a 2 megapixel camera without an LED flash and a loudspeaker. One commonality I ve seen in cheap phones is that most of them don’t have dedicated volume up and down buttons. So, to adjust volume while on a call, you have to locate the plus/minus keys on the QWERTY to do the same.


Today, we look at the kingpin of this market — Micromax. It has probably made the maximum amount of noise with its in-your-face advertising during this year’s IPL Cricket. The two most popular models we’ve seen in the hands of a few are the Q5fb and the Q7. Today we will be testing the Q7 and checking if it actually beats our currently preferred phone in this range.

User Interface:

Most uber China phones of today have almost the same interface. Once you’ve used one, you’ve pretty much used them all. The reason they look different is due to the different skin job and varying pre-installed utilities that handset makers pack. It is like a really lame version of how an HTC or Motorola customize the default UI of Google’s Android OS to make their phone look unique. The Micromax Q7 is no different, but I wouldn’t be lying if I said they’ve done a decent job with the facelift. The homescreen has shortcuts to applications other than displaying connectivity essentials like signal strength on both networks etc. The interface is simple to use for the most part, except while setting up GPRS connectivity and its usage in Java applications.

You’ve got Opera Mini 4 pre-installed, which is miles better in terms of rendering full webpages than the default browser. We tried browsing on desktop-friendly sites like ours and found it to be convenient to use. Greedy geeks that we are, I upgraded the Opera Mini to the latest and more visually appealing 5.1 version, but it seems that was too much for the Q7’s internals to handle, as it lagged quite bad.

There is Nimbuzz for chatting on popular services like Gtalk, Yahoo, MSN etc. and there’s also a Java-based Facebook app. Honestly, the functionality and experience isn’t as good as what you’re going to get on, say the Android version of the app or an iPhone one, but hey, these phones sell for almost one-tenth the cost of an iPhone. But like the other earlier phones, the Java application text input issue exists in the Q7 too.

One utterly disappointing factor was the lack of any kind of multi-tasking. Forget juggling through Opera Mini while being logged into Nimbuzz, the Q7 conveniently shut down music playing in the background while I fired up a Java app.

One feature that the Q7 bears which others haven’t been able to catch up to yet in this price range is Wi-fi support. It seamlessly hooked up to my WPA2-protected Wi-fi router and I started browsing on speedier internet in no time. The speeds were faster than EDGE, but didn’t really reflect the broadband connection that was being used, but I believe this is the limitation of the Q7’s ability to process websites faster.

Performance:

As a phone I have no qualms with the Q7. Network connectivity was good, volume levels from the earpiece were more than sufficient. The Q7 boasts of a “Yamaha amplifier”; though I’m not sure what that means, I was happy with the loudness of the speaker at the back for a phone that’s fairly thin. Multi-media wise, the 2 megapixel camera produced grainy images about which I wouldn’t like to speak too much. All I can say is that the camera is pretty much there to fill than hole in the chassis at the back. The bundled in-earphones were of mediocre quality that would put off any quality conscious listener. But thanks to the 3.5mm jack, I easily plugged my Creative EP-630s that improved the output greatly, although not as great as when I’d plugged them in say, a Sony Ericsson XPERIA phone.

Battery life of this phone is one of the major highlights. On a full-charge and with one active SIM card, I talked on this phone for an average of 2 hours per day along with other moderate activity like SMSs. The Q7 lasted me for more than three days with such a use-case. That 800 mAh battery sounds puny, but I’m guessing the internal components aren’t as power-consuming. So with two active SIMs, this phone should effortlessly pull through for more than a day.

Price and Verdict:

The Micromax Q7 sells for roughly Rs. 4,500. There are two aspects of this phone that I liked; the surprisingly good battery life and feature set for the price (like Wi-fi support and a 3.5mm jack). But as a QWERTY phone, it leaves a lot to be desired. Our current favorite, the LG GW300, has a much better keyboard with respect to tactility and symbol placement too. It not only supports music playback in the background when using Java apps, but it also lets you juggle between multiple Java apps — true multi-tasking I’d say. It may not have a trackball, but the large D-pad would count as a little consolation.

At the end of the day, the Q7 is a pretty decent dual-SIM phone, but leaves some of the basics not working the way we’d expect. If you plan to leech on Wi-fi for your internet rather than GPRS, then the Q7 will work. Just be warned of the few minor flaws we shared throughout the article. For people looking at typing a lot and who like to do more than one thing at a time, check the fairly thin LG GW300. Remember this doesn’t have Wi-fi and only one SIM card slot.

Micromax Q7

This compact QWERTY is quite inviting, but doesn’t leave you entirely satisfied

Wi-Fi support, good battery life, dual-SIM, compact design, fairly “loud” speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, wallet-friendly price.

No multi-tasking at all, average keyboard design, jumpy track-ball, below par bundled earphones, text input issue in Java apps, grainy camera quality.

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