Stress Testing the iPhone 4, HTC Desire

A new website has launched that puts popular smartphones through a series of controlled stress tests to see how they fare. takes smartphones and sets out to put some serious hurt on them, then evaluates them using a ranking system so consumers can tell how each phone stacks up against the competition. They run a series of drop tests that are particularly good at showing what happens when phones hit the carpet, and worse, the tile floor.

Of particular note are the stress tests run on the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire, two popular smartphones selling at a brisk pace. The videos recorded of the tests are embedded below for your viewing pleasure. I won’t spoil the fun, but am impressed how well the iPhone 4 did on the drop tests. Satisfy your inner klutz with the two stress tests, and visit their site to see a few more.


Africa has more mobile phone subscribers than North America

I wasn’t expecting something like this, but Total Telecom came out with a report saying that  has more  than North . Could that be the cause (picture) ?
Quoting Wireless Intelligence, “The number of mobile phone users in exceeded 280 million in the first quarter of this year and will reach the 300 million mark next month“. If we count US and Canada together they have some 277 million subscribers so here’s  slapping North …

Best ways to Transfer Contacts from one Cell Phone to another

Did you just buy a new cell phone? The first thing that you’re probably looking to do is copy all the phone numbers and other contact information from the old phone to your new one.

How to Transfer Contacts to your New Phone

The process may vary depending upon the model and OS of your phones but broadly, there are three options:

1. SIM based transfer

If the address book of your old phone is relatively small and you only want to copy the phone numbers to your new cell phone, simply use the SIM card.
Just copy the phone numbers from the old phone’s memory to your SIM card, insert this SIM card into your new phone and then copy the phone numbers in your new phone’s memory.

2. Transfer Contacts via your Computer

The SIM card based approach is good only for transferring basic phone numbers but if your phone’s address book includes long names, email addresses, and other details of your contacts, you need some sort of software to help you with the transfer process.
For instance, if you have a Nokia phone but are shifting to a BlackBerry or an iPhone, you may use Nokia’s Ovi Suite application to copy your phone’s address book to Microsoft Outlook on your desktop computer. You can then use BlackBerry’s Desktop Managersoftware, or iTunes in the case of iPhone, to transfer contacts from the PC (Outlook) to your new phone’s address book.
Windows Mobile users, like Samsung Omnia or HTC HD2, may again use Microsoft’s Device Center (or ActiveSync for XP) to copy their phone address book to the desktop via Outlook. If you are simply switching from one Windows Phone to another, you can transfer contacts via the cloud itself using Microsoft’s My Phone service.
If you have an old CDMA based mobile phone from, say Samsung or LG, you can use the free BitPim utility to copy the phone book to your computer. BitPim is available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines and it can export address books in standard vCard format (.vcf) that you can easily import into Outlook and other contact managers.

3. Transfer Phone book “Over the Air”

If you have an Internet enabled phone, you can easily copy contacts from your old phone to the new phone over-the-air without even requiring a computer.
An online service called Mobical is free and it works with most mobile phones from Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and so on. You first need to setup Mobical on the old phone and it will create a backup of your phone contacts in the cloud. Now setup Mobical on the new phone using the same credentials and it will automatically download all the contacts from the cloud to your new phone.
Then there’s Google Sync, a cloud based service that works with BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia  and most other mobile phones that are SyncML capable. Google Sync keeps your phone’s address book in sync with your Google Contacts. Therefore, if you now install Google Sync on both your old and new phone, they’ll have the same phone book entries automatically.
Android based phones can sync with Google Contacts out of the box – you can then export Google Contacts out as a CSV file and copy it to any other phone manually via the desktop tools. HTC even offers a desktop utility called HTC Sync that you may use to synchronize Outlook contacts with your Android phone. This will be handy when you want to copy your HTC’s phone book to another phone that is not web-enabled.
PS: Previously mentioned Zyb is now part of Vodafone and is no longer accepting new users.

Garmin Asus A10: Android Phone in India

Just before the split between Garmin-Asus they launched a new Android phone in India, the Garmin Asus A10.
Bearing the tag of Garmin, the smartphone will no doubt be the best navigation device your smartphone can transform into. Other than navigation, this smartphone has decent features like:
  1. 3.2” TFT Capacitive Display with a resolution of 320×480
  2. 5MP Camera with Auto Focus and Geo tagging capabilities.
  3. The phone boasts of 512 MB RAM and 512MB ROM.
  4. The smartphone runs on Android 1.6 .
  5. It is powered by Qualcomm 7227 600MHz processor.
  6. The Phone also has Internal Storage of 4GB.
  7. The phone sports Bluetooth and USB for connectivity.
  8. The most disappointing thing is that the phone does not have Wi-Fi.
  9. The Garmin Asus A10 will rock with GPS (Garmin Navigation).
  10. A 1500mAh Battery powers the phone for adequate talktime and standby time.
The Garmin Asus A10 is available in the Indian Market with a price tag of 18,990 INR.

New Waterproof Cellphones with Fingerprint scanner by Fujitsu

Fujitsu has been showcasing their own mobile phones at a Tokyo press conference today. All phones in the lineup are completely waterproof with a clamshell based design and fingerprint scanner.


A high-spec model, with a 3.4-inch touchscreen and a 13.2 megapixel camera.


The stylish model of the pack, with a 12.2-megapixel camera and a collaborative gold-color version with Anteprima, a Japanese brand operating out of Italy.


More business-oriented than the first two, this camera has a 12.2-megapixel camera and a 3.3-inch screen, as well as a 2.0-inch display on the front cover with quick access to mail, schedules, bookmarks, music, TV, and camera.

6 Steps to change iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Icons Without Jailbreak

UNEASYsilence has just worked out a way to change icons on iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). It’s simple, works on both Mac and PC, and best of all, you don’t have to jailbreak your device to get it to work.
Here’s how it works on an iPhone 4:
  1. Install iPhone Explorer (free, Mac/PC).
  2. Plug in your iPhone and launch iPhone Explorer.
  3. Navigate to “phone name/Apps/appname/,” replacing the italicized values with your own, of course.
  4. Backup the “icon@2x.png” file you find there by dragging it to a directory of your choice in Finder.
  5. Name your replacement icon (which must be a .PNG file, size 114×114, 72 PPI with no transparency and no layers) “icon@2x.png” (case-sensitive).
  6. Drag your replacement to that folder in iPhone Explorer, delete the original file, and manually power down and power back up your iPhone.
For users who have iPhone 3G or 3GS, instead of looking for and replacing filename “icon@2x.png,” you’ll be working with “icon.png” and your replacement should be 57×57, not 114×114.
If your Device is already Jailbreaked then follow this Video.

Google on the Edge to launch Chrome Netebook !!

Google Chrome OS is one of the most eagerly awaited entities in the world of tech. Just like most Google services (remember Gmail remaining in BETA for well over 3 years), Chrome OS is also taking its time. But going by the present news, the OS may materialize sooner than we expect.

Many news sources, most emphatically the Taiwanese Digitimes, are equivocating views of hardware manufacturers shipping Chrome powered netbooks quite soon. And if the rumours are to be believed, those thinking of launching Chrome netbooks include Acer and HP, among many others.
But what catches the eye is the fact that Google itself may have plans of launching the first ARM powered netbook by the end of November (or perhaps early December). Sounds similar? Yes, Google adopted a somewhat similar strategy with its Android powered Google Nexus One.

More on Netbook by Apple and Samsung

BlackBerry Bold 9650 gets bolder with CDMA version for Indian users

CDMA users finally I have a reason to have the BlackBerry Bold 9650. Tata Indicom has introduced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 the first of its kind that come with the option to double 3G GSM and CDMA. The smartphone will use the Tata Indicom CDMA network at the same time, if users want can be passed to the GSM network.

The Bold 9650 still houses the 3.2 MP autofocus camera with LED flash support. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 3G not only ready but also works with EV-DO (high-speed Internet network in CDMA).
BlackBerry Bold 9650 comes with a bolder version for CDMA users in India
Frenny Bawa, Director General of India, Research in Motion, said “We are delighted to work with Tata Indicom theBlackBerry bring this powerful new Bold 9650 smartphone to customers in India.”
BlackBerry Bold 9650 with Tata Indicom offers you also get some out. With all the bold phone customers get 2 months of data packet with 500 MB / month modem connected data usage worth Rs. 900 per month, accounting for the free use of Rs.1800 for two months. Blackberry customers will also have access to television Tata photon.

Tata Indicom customers can upgrade to BlackBerry Bold 9650 for just one of 25,190 enjoy 2 months free offer data usage with 299 MaiLite Pack.

Make Yourself a mobile stand with your unused Credit card or Loyalty Card

Here’s the Video guide to make a cool mobile phone stand .

here he  used a “weather-proof” lighter which gives a hotter and cleaner flame.
If you are using a conventional lighter, then you’ll want to hold the plastic above the lighter, and use the heat from the rising hot gasses (and I repeat: not the flame).  As long as you don’t burn the plastic, there won’t be any burning plastic smell.

Be safe around fire and don’t set fire to yourself, your things, or other people!