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BlackBerry Z3 and Q20: Specifications and Price Details

BlackBerry has unveiled its first line of Foxconn-built smartphones, the BlackBerry Z3 and Q20. The BlackBerry Z3 is a full touch smartphone offered at an affordable price of $200. The Q20, on the other hand, is a more full-fledged business phone featuring a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. Both these phones are expected to become available in the month of April.

Coming to the specifications, the BlackBery Z3 comes with a 5-inch qHD display and is powered by a Snapdragon dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. The phone also features 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 5 MP primary camera and a secondary 1.1 MP front-facing camera. The phone also comes with FM radio.

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The most desirable feature of the BlackBerry Z3 is its price. At a price of $200, it may be a hit in the mid-range smartphone segment. It definitely offers a competition to other smartphones made by Samsung and Nokia.

The other phone launched by BlackBerry, the Q20 comes with a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. The phone will pack a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. The phone looks very similar to the older BlackBerry business phones which were a hit with the business community. Price details are currently not available.

On the software front, both the phones will run on BlackBerry 10 and have features such as BlackBerry Hub, and enterprise connectivity with BES10.

With these phones, BlackBerry may regain some of its lost market share. Many view the announcement of these phones as a desperate last attempt by BlackBerry to stay competitive in a market that is currently dominated by Samsung, Nokia and others.


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What is Tizen?

Tizen is a mobile operating system based on Linux. It is designed to run on smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart TVs, and smart cameras. Providing a consistent user experience across multiple devices is one of the goals of the project. Tizen is based in Samsung’s Bada project and borrows many features from it.

What is Tizen: A New Mobile OS

Tizen is being developed by Samsung and Intel along with other backing companies: Fujitsu, Huawei, KT, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic Mobile Communications, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone. Tizen currently has a total of 51 members as part of its partner program.

Tizen comes with application development tools based on the JavaScript libraries jQuery and jQuery Mobile. Tizen 2.0 comes with a native application framework that is based on Open Services Platform of Samsung’s Bada platform.

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Advantages of Tizen

When compared to other mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, Tizen has many advantages and benefits— for both end users and original equipment manufacturers. One of the key advantages is that the operating system is highly optimized around HTML5. This may make apps more feature-rich and also easy to develop. As for manufacturers, Tizen may allow them to make better phones within low price ranges.

Has Tizen come into the Market?

Tizen Devices made by Samsung were expected to become available in August or September of 2013. However, the date was postponed to early 2014. However, as of February 2013, no announcements have been made by either Samsung or Intel about releasing Tizen on actual devices.

Expected release date

Tizen based devices may become available in the first quarter of 2014. The Samsung ZEQ 9000 will be the first commercially available device running the operating system. There are also some reports which indicate that Tizen could land on Samsung’s next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5.


Nokia 206 Phone Review

There was a time when Nokia was the leader in the mobile phone market. In fact, it was the company which brought mobile phones into common usage. In those years, almost all phones in the market were made by Nokia. However, this is no longer the case now. Other companies such as Samsung have overtaken Nokia’s market share. The company is now struggling especially in the smart phone segment. However, Nokia has launched a few promising smart phones which may change its fortunes and bring it back to the top of the market again.

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These days, Nokia is largely concentrating on entry-level feature phones. The Nokia 206 is one such feature phone which combines many good features with sturdy hardware. The phone is also effectively priced at Rs. 3800 (approx.) which makes it a good choice if you are looking for low-cost mobile phone.

Key specifications of Nokia 206:

- Dual SIM support (GSM + GSM)
- 1.3 MP camera
- support for GPRS and EDGE
- expandable storage of up to 32 GB
- FM radio with recording feature
- alphanumeric keyboard
- 2.4 inch LCD screen

Review

For an entry-level phone, the Nokia 206 turns out to be a clear winner. The features provided by this phone are good enough if you’re looking for something extra apart from making calls. The phone is also a well constructed. The hardware is very sturdy and will sustain some rough handling. The phone also comes with dual SIM support.

Design

The design of the phone is very ergonomic. The keypad is well spaced which makes it very easy to type text and numbers. If you send text messages a lot, you’ll find that keypad of this phone very convenient.

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Screen

The 2.4 inch screen of the phone is another plus point. The screen is very bright and crispy and provides nice clarity. You won’t have to strain your eyes while reading text on the screen. Though the screen of this phone cannot compete with that of a mid-level smart phone, it is good enough for an entry-level feature phone.

Software and apps

Coming to the software specifications, the Nokia 206 comes pre-installed with a number of apps such as Facebook, Twitter and eBuddy. It also comes with Nokia Xpress Browser which is fast and easy-to-use for surfing the Internet. You can also share photos and music files with other phones.

Camera

The camera of the phone is not high end but it gets the job done. Its 1.3 MP resolution and features such as auto white balance, full screen viewfinder, self timer and an inbuilt image editor make it good enough for casual snaps but nothing more.

Battery and talk time

The Nokia 206 is powered by a 1110 mAh lithium-ion battery. The battery provides 20 hours of talk time and 680 hours of standby.

Conclusion: Overall, the Nokia 206 is very good in terms of the features and construction. It is well priced for entry-level feature phone. If you’re looking to buy a mobile phone and your budget is less than Rs. 4000, the Nokia 206 is definitely a good candidate.