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Apple iPhone 4 Vs HTC Desire HD

Now a days competition in the high end smart-phone is on the top. HTC recently released its Desire HD and talks have it, that it’s an iPhone killer. I’ll take you through a step by step comparison to see if there’s any truth to it.

Design:

When it comes to looks, iPhone mostly wins hands down. And the iPhone 4 carries on that tradition. Its currently the slimmest phone in the market.

Apple iPhone LCD

It has a 3.5 inch 640×960 LCD screen that blows away the iPhone 3G when it comes to richness of the colors, brightness, clarity of text and pixelation.

HTC Desire LCD

HTC has outdone Apple with a massive 4.3 inch 480×800 LCD screen on the Desire HD. Its dimensions are much larger than the iPhone, but it’s a tradeoff of the huge screen.

Operating system:

Iphone 4: iOS4.1 (Revamped version of iPhone OS)

HTC Desire: Android 2.2

The app store is one of the best features of the iOS4. With over 250,000 apps on sale, one can find an app for anything that can be imagined. The Desire HD on the other hand runs on the open source Android.

At this point of time the Android store has 100,000+ apps. But the number of apps offered for the android is rapidly increasing and the app store will have a worthy competitor very soon.

But for now, in the apps category, the iPhone has the edge. Another thing worth mentioning is that, most of Android apps are open source (around 67%), and app installation is much easier than on the iPhone, on which it can be downright hectic.

User Interface:

The iPhone 4 has a simple and elegant user interface. It’s easy to navigate and everything is presented as simply as possible. And it manages to do that while retaining its smooth and crisp transitions for the animations. In addition now apps can be organized into folders and it also supports multi-tasking.

The Desire takes a different approach; you can have 7 different home-screens which make up a scene. And one can have 20 different scenes. Mind you, each of these home-screens can be customized with widgets, icons and apps to your hearts content.

It does a wonderful job of managing your social networks amongst other things. While Apple users may get restricted as to the amount of tweaking they can do, the range of customizations available for the Desire HD are countless.

Functional capabilities:

Both have 1Ghz processors which performance wise, are equal. Although the iPhone uses a customized A4 Chip. Apple have been known to under-clock the processor to save on battery power so the main difference between these devices is that the Desire HD offers 768MB of RAM compared to 512MB RAM in the iPhone. So it packs more punch than the iPhone.

Memory:

The iPhone is available in 16GB and 32GB. And the Desire comes with 1.5GB built-in memory and a 8GB microSD card which is upgradable to 32GB.

Multimedia:

The iPhone has a 5MP camera but the Desire HD once again outclasses it with a 8MP camera. In addition it has dual flash and a lot of options to play with the photos. Both phones are capable of shooting video at 720p.

Another plus for the Desire HD is its ability to play flash content and support for FM radio. In the sound department, the Desire HD once again takes the cake with the addition of Dolby Surround Sound which enables you to listen to crystal clear sound.

Battery:

On paper, the iPhone should last longer than the Desire but chances are that with normal to heavy use you’ll have to recharge the phone everyday. That being said, the iPhone does have a longer lasting battery. But you can always swap the current battery for a high capacity one in the Desire HD. However one can’t do that with the iPhone non-removable battery.

Using these phones in Pakistan:

Both these phones support 3G technology as well. The iPhone can be used for video calling in Pakistan. It requires Wifi and works over 3G as well as EDGE, the latter being available here. However you’d require iPhones at both ends to use the video calling feature.

Desire HD can be used with Google maps to use as a GPS navigator, and Google has most of Pakistan’s major cities almost fully covered. There is a reception problem reported with the iPhone 4, but it’s with 3G networks so you don’t really need to consider that when buying it.

By the time 3G will be introduced in Pakistan, which will be soon I hope, since in IT we are progressing by leaps and bounds, the error will have been fixed. Because Apple claim it’s a software based error and it will be addressed in the next firmware update.

Price &Conclusion:

•The HTC Desire HD priced at around Rs. 65,000 PKR (Factory Unlocked), while HomeShopping.PK is selling it at Rs. 51,990
•iPhone 4 is available at around Rs. 62,000 PKR (Software Unlocked), while HomeShopping.PK is selling iPhone 4G it at Rs. 63,990
The prices will of course vary from dealer to dealer and depends on where you live. One of the better online places to get these phones is homeshopping.pk.

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Mobilink launches HTC HD7 in Pakistan

Mobilink has shown its love for smartphones recently. After Motorola Milestone, Mobilink has launched Windows® Phone 7 powered HTC HD7 smartphone in Pakistan.

The HTC HD7 smartphone features the latest Windows® Phone 7 platform which includes cutting-edge technologies and a series of unique applications that complements the Windows® Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience.

Launched under the umbrella of Mobilink’s post-paid brand indigo, the HTC HD7 smartphone is bundled with FREE GPRS for the first three months.

HTC HD7 offers a powerful range of innovative online services, keenly sought by high-end users, online social-networking enthusiasts, bloggers and corporate professionals alike. The Windows® Phone 7 also integrates with many popular Microsoft services such as Office in the smartphone.

The HTC HD7 smartphone allows you to watch movie in style on a huge 4.3 inch widescreen display with kickstand. With the 1Ghz processor, the HTC HD7 provides you with an exhilarating browsing experience and access to your multimedia and social network. With the 16GB built-in memory, users can store a huge library of 720p HD videos, music and games.

  • Price: Rs. 55,999
  • Where to Get: Mobilink Sales and Service Centers

You can get HTC DH7 from HomeShopping.PK for Rs. 44,990

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Pakistan on the Top for WikiLeaks Searches

Pakistan has again led the world for internet searches, this time for a better term “WikiLeaks”, after the releases of secret diplomatic cables by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

This is revealed by Google Trends, a utility offered by Google to measure the number of searches sent from different countries to Google.

wikileaks thumb Pakistan Tops the Global Charts for WikiLeaks Searches

Google Trends show that Pakistanis have searched for WikiLeaks far more than any other county in past 7 days. Italy captures the second slot with 18 percent lesser searches. Third comes the Finland, far behind the Pakistan.

Google trend thumb Pakistan Tops the Global Charts for WikiLeaks Searches

Pakistanis are taking WikiLeaks very seriously, and rightly so as Pakistan has been discussed notably in secret cables released so far.

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Mobilink Offers Prize Bond Lucky Draw Results on Mobile

Mobilink’s new value added Prize Bond lucky draw service allows you to get the Prize Bond Lucky Draw results on your mobile phones.

With this new prize bond service, Mobilink has made the accessibility of prize bonds lucky draw results speedy and extremely convenient for its customers.

How to Check Results:

The process is very simple. In order to find out whether you are a lucky winner or not, just dial onto 7272 or SMS the details of your bond, (i.e. the prize bond number along with its value) and the system will search through the last 6 years lucky draws and update you accordingly.

Service Mechanics:

  • Dial onto 7272 and select your preferred language. After language selection, choose the denomination of your prize bond and then just type in your prize bond number. The result will instantly be played back and you will immediately find out if you are a lucky winner or not.
  • Simply SMS “Prize bond number<Space>denomination” to 7272 (i.e. 724971
    200 to 7272)

Charges:

  • IVR Browsing:   Rs. 2+tax/min
  • SMS Charges:   Rs. 2+tax/SMS
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Blackberry Kepler 9300 in Pakistan Soon

For all Blackberry enthusiasts who were waiting for the Blackberry Torch to appear in Pakistan, considering its high price and some browser issues; unfortunately looks like it will not be appearing in Pakistan officially. However, if you have the money, you can buy it off the market.

But for those, like me, who use a Blackberry device and are looking for an affordable upgrade, a new Blackberry handset will be appearing officially in Pakistan in the next two to three months.

This handset is a successor to the ever-reliable and affordable Curve 8500 series, and the last variant of Curve to hit our market was the Blackberry Gemini 8520, available in the market and with cellular operators for about 22,000/- to 25.000/- PKR.

As is the norm with all new Blackberry handsets, the Kepler will feature a trackpad instead of the traditional trackball (which used to get dirty and had a lot of issues).

The basic layout for the handset is the same as the Gemini, and fits snugly in the hand. Some cosmetic differences will be the chrome lining on the edge of the handsets and a better keypad.

Another upgrade is the Wi-Fi option, which is really useful considering almost everyone is using wireless internet at home, and it is also available at cafes, airports as well as other landmarks.

The operating system in use will be the latest 5.0 upgradeable (hopefully we will get it with the latest OS). Another upgrade will be the onboard RAM which will be 256 MB, instead of 128 MB. All other features such as layout, buttons, standard multimedia options and shortcut keys will be same with the screen size being 320 x 240 pixels (TFT 65K colors).

The camera in the handset will be a standard 2.0 MP which may put off camera fans and there won’t be a flash. Battery time will be around 4 – 5 hours during talk time and upto 350 hours to 450 hours during standby (expected).

The Blackberry Kepler is a traditional business handset (boring yet efficient) more suited for professionals, who want an affordable device (not recommended for multimedia and iphone enthusiasts). It is expected to be priced between Gemini (8520) and Javelin (8900), the price is to range between 28,000/- to 32,000/- PKR. In this price range, I say it is a good option, unfortunately no memory card is expected in the package.

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Jazz ki Khushion Bhari Offer Call Rate 45 Paisas 30 Seconds

Jazz has offered 45 Paisas per 30 second call rate for all networks – all day long, same like  Telenor’s offer of 49 Paisas per 30 seconds.

Its means that we are not going to see an end to price-war, basically a good news for subscribers. Yes, prices are going to go further down with time.

This call rate of 45 paisas per 30 seconds comes at a daily rental of Rs. 3.99 plus tax per day.

jazz khushion bhari offer Jazz ki Khushion Bhari Offer: 45 Paisas/30 Seconds

Terms:

  • Customer will have to switch to Jazz Budget to avail this offer by dialing 123 from their Mobilink numbers.
  • Offer is recursive meaning that the customer will be automatically subscribed to the offer every day unless he/she un-subscribes himself or due to low balance
  • 19.5% tax applies on the above mentioned rates

How to subscribe:

Once you are on Jazz Budget Package – subscription to this offer will be done by sending *108#

How to Un-subscribe:

Dial *108*4# for unsubscribing this offer

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Pakistan Cricket Board Facebook, Twitter Banned for Pakistani Cricket Players


Pakistan Cricket Board has strictly asked all its members of the national cricket team to not to use any social networking website, especially Facebook and Twitter.

The crackdown comes in the wake of Zulqarnain Haider’s recent Facebook updates when he went missing in Dubai during one-day series against South Africa.

He had updated his status on Facebook mentioning that he was facing some kind of pressure.

The board has added a clause in the contract for players, saying that no one can use Facebook or Twitter during the contracted period.

Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam confirmed the directive, but maintained the ban was part of a clause in the players’ contract with the board.

“There is a clause in their contracts which states clearly they can’t use these social network sites or discuss cricket issues while under contract,” Alam said.

“It is for their own good so that they don’t get entangled into controversies.”

He subsequently announced his retirement from international cricket which followed his central contract being suspended by the board.

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Submarine Cable Announced to Link Asia-Europe Soon

The launch of IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe), a fiber optic submarine cable system which links India & Europe via Middle East was announced today in New Delhi.

The 13,000 km long three pair fiber optic cable named IMEWE (India- Middle East- Western Europe), has a design capacity of 3.84 terabits per second.

Backed by Bharti Airtel and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent, IMEWE is result of a consortium of nine partners comprising leading global telecom operators from South East Asia and Middle East.

Internet Service Providers and Network Operators hope to utilize the additional bandwidth to support high-bandwidth peer-to-peer IP-based broadband services such as multimedia streaming, broadband Internet and voice/video telephony.

The cable system will ease connectivity requirements of Middle East and European countries to Asia and vice versa. The IMEWE will also help provide alternate routes for meeting bandwidth requirements.

The IMEWE is funded by nine major telecom companies:

  • Bharti Airtel (India),
  • Etisalat (UAE),
  • France Telecom-Orange (France),
  • OGERO (Lebanon),
  • Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (Pakistan),
  • Saudi Telecom Company STC, (Saudi Arabia),
  • Telecom Egypt (Egypt),
  • Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy),
  • Tata Communications (India).

IMEWE has following landing points:

  • Mumbai (India) (two landing sites)
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Fujairah (UAE)
  • Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
  • Suez (Egypt)
  • Alexandria (Egypt)
  • Tripoli (Lebanon)
  • Catania (Italy)
  • Marseille (France)

Other functional submarine cables for same route includes

  • SEA-ME-WE 3 and
  • SEA-ME-WE 4
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Symbian Handsets Get Upgraded Skype Mobile Client


Skype VoIP Provider, has released an updated version of its mobile client for Symbian OS adding support for high-end mobiles like N8, C7 and E5.

It uses SILK support which is company’s high quality audio codec. SILK ensures that voice calls are crystal clear even when subscribers are in low-bandwidth area.

New version promises to bring along interface changes, easier way to add contacts & photo to profile and set mood message. Improved menu navigation and user interface updates to fit larger screens are also among the enhancements.

Given below are the salient features of Skype VoIP client with snapshots of application running on Symbian^1 (S60v5 OS 9.4) Phone:

Free Skype-to-Skype calls and IM on 3G or WiFi (Mobile to PC & vice versa are also supported)
Save money on calls and texts (SMS) to phones abroad.
Share pictures, videos and other files from your phone.

Call & IM to Skype Contacts Free

If you already use Skype on a computer, you’ll see your full contact list when you sign in to Skype on your Nokia or Sony Ericsson. Call free Skype-to-Skype on your mobile, and send and receive instant messages (IMs) one-to-one or with a group.

Calls & Texts to Phones Abroad

Call and text people who don’t have Skype at really low rates. It’s especially great value if you’re calling or texting people who live abroad. Simply dial the number in Skype and pay with Skype Credit or talk unlimited with a subscription. When you’re abroad, connect to a Wifi zone and avoid roaming charges on calls and texts. This applies to Skype-to-Skype calls, plus calls and texts to phones.

File Sharing

It’s also free to send and receive pictures, videos, and other files so you can share your experiences and stay in touch when you’re away from a computer. Take a picture with your built-in camera and send it to friends on Skype.

Change Log:

  • Added support for the new Symbian phones, including the Nokia N8, C7 and E5,
  • Included SILK, high quality audio codec, which should help make sure your calls are crystal clear, even when you’re on a low-bandwidth connection,
  • Number of interface improvements, making it easier to add contacts, navigate, add a photo to your profile and set your mood message.
  • Updated the interface to better fit larger screens
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    Where To Download

    To download new version of skype client visit http://skype.com/m from mobile or alternatively download it from here

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    Mobilink’s HTC HD7 Blogger Meet-up in Islamabad: Review in Photos

    Yesterday On 7th December Mobilink organized a Blogger Meet-up at Rendezvous, Islamabad to launch the new HTC HD7 smartphone especially in the blogging community.

    Near about 45 bloggers many from Islamabad but some from Karachi and Lahore attended the event. The meet-up was interactive and had a lot of online activities to keep the blogging community active and give them chances to win prizes during the blogger meet-up.

    A brand new HTC HD7 smartphone was also given away by Mobilink to one of the bloggers through an online Facebook competition.

    All participants were asked to take write a message in an empty HTC HD7 phone frame on paper, take a photo and upload it on their Facebook pages with a caption to encourage their friends to help them win the free smartphone by Mobilink. Instantly, all bloggers started taking photos and uploading it on Facebook. The winner at the end of Meet-up was Redmond Pie from Karachi who managed to get over 300 ‘likes’ in just 25 minutes. As of today, the ‘likes’ to that photo have crossed 2,000 likes.

    ProPakistani doesn’t use Facebook and hence didn’t participate in the contest.

    Another blogger from Solo Smart, Lahore won the Twitter contest while Propakistani and Telecom News Bulletin won prizes for blogging about Mobilink’s HTC HD7 launch in Pakistan and writing a review about the HTC HD7 phone, respectively.

    The evening concluded with a lavish hi-tea. Mobilink always strives to not only provide their customer the best connectivity with the most affordable packages but also strongly believes is keeping up with the latest trends in mobile phone technology.

    Previously, Mobilink had introduced BlackBerry and Milestone, the android phone in Pakistani market and with this latest launch of Windows Phone 7 powered HTC HD7 smartphone, Mobilink brings to its customers a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing the best smartphone for quality connectivity on the go.

    Here is a collection of some photos from Mobilink’s Blogger Meet-up.

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