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How to maximize your battery in your Samsung S3

Power Saving Option
If you’ve had the S3 for a while now, or jumped in and played around– you probably already know all about the Samsung Galaxy S3′s Power Saving options. Enabling this mode will limit the maximum CPU speed, change background colors throughout your system apps and lower the screen power.
Go Dark with the Colors
Some screen profiles actually use a bit more power than others, particularly choosing a profile that is darker in color isn’t a bad idea. Using darker backgrounds can also help a little.
Also, you might want to head over to Settings>Display>Brightness and bring things down a bit.
Don’t go too crazy here though, as getting a little better battery life probably won’t mean much if using your phone becomes a pain because you are straining your eyes just to see what you are doing.
Screen Time Out
The Galaxy S3 has a special “motion detect” method that should automatically know whether you are looking at your phone or not and have your screen dim out according. Make sure this setting is on. If not, you can also go to “Screen Timeout” and make it so the screen turns off after a certain amount of time.
Turn Off Wi-Fi/Bluetooth When You Don’t Need Them
When you have no real need for extra radios like Bluetooth, turn them off. If they are on, they are constantly scanning and could be putting extra pressure on your battery.
Interactive Wallpapers and Fancy Ringtones
Believe it or not, both of these things can suck out extra juice from your battery. Turning off the interactive wallpaper can add a little extra life if you need it.
Additionally, use beeps and short tones for your ringer as opposed to vibrate or a long musical tune.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Developed to redefine the way we live, the GALAXY S4 makes every moment of our life meaningful. It understands the value of relationships, enables true connections with friends and family, and believes in the importance of effortless experience.

Highly crafted design with a larger screen and battery, thin bezel, housed in a light 130g and slim 7.9mm chassis. The new Samsung GALAXY S4 is slimmer, yet stronger.

The GALAXY S4 gets you closer to what matters in life, and brings your world together.

Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530 Phone/ Smart Phone

Spice launched the Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530. This is dual-SIM device (3G+3G) runs on Android 4.0 and is upgradable to Jelly Bean.
The Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530 is a big phone, not just in terms of the screen size but also in terms of the phone's overall appearance, its dimensions and weight. It doesn't feel flimsy and the overall
Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530
build exudes a feeling of sturdiness and durability.

The screen is 5.3 inch which is covered by black tapered glass. The three capacitive touch buttons for navigation are located below the display and the marking is a little different compared to other phones that sport capacitive buttons.
The outer shell and back cover of the phone are of bronze colour and not black. The smartphone has curved rounded corners. The volume rocker and a hardware key for the camera is located on the right side, while the power/screen lock key sits at the top.
The back panel has a rubberised feel, which makes it comfortable to hold in the hands. The rear camera lens is located towards the upper part of the back, and protrudes out a little. There's a dual-LED flash just next to the lens and a noise cancellation microphone. There's some Spice branding towards the bottom and a speaker outlet.

Opening the back cover reveals the battery compartment with slots for 2 SIM cards and a microSD card located just above it. None are hot-swappable because of the placement of the slots.

The Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi 530 comes with a 5.3-inch qHD IPS screen that has a resolution of 540x960 pixels and pixel density of 206ppi, which is decent and graphics and text appear sharp. The viewing angles looked good, and the under-sun visibility on the phone was decent, and the screen is not very reflective. Videos and pictures looked good albeit a little less vivid compared to AMOLED displays but then again AMOLED displays offer saturated colours.

The 8-megapixel autofocus shooter takes good images in daylight we noticed that there's a very minor lag. Also, we observed that pictures taken in low-light conditions and indoors (without the use of the LED flash) were a bit grainy. The dual-led flash fulfills its intended purpose. The phone can record HD videos but we found that the quality of videos captured through the back camera was average.

The camera app offers a multitude of settings and options including settings for exposure, sharpness, hue, saturation,brightness, contrast, ISO, and picture size among others. It offers different scene modes and colour effects, white balance modes, in addition to an HDR mode.The camera also offers a Panorama mode and a burst mode with the option to click 4,8 and 16 continuous shots.

What's worth pointing out is that the phone features a 5-megapixel front facing camera which also features auto-focus. The front camera takes above average shots and is great for video calls. Overall, we feel that the phone's pretty good for casual photography.

Software/ Interface
The Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi 530 runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) though Spice claims that it's upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Update: Spice informed us that the Jelly Bean update is now available for the phone and customers can get their phones updated by visiting a Spice service centre.

Spice has not skinned the OS in a major manner barring some elements of the user interface, such as the background colour of the app launcher and the notification tray. The notification tray includes toggles for settings such as Wi-Fi, Brightness, Rotation, Bluetooth, GPS, Data and profiles (for alerts and other notifications). Similar to other ICS devices, there are five customisable home screens that can be filled with app shortcuts and widgets. There are five colour accent themes that change the look of the menu lists and some other elements. The phone also offers a Gesture screen lock allowing users to create and enable their own lock screen gestures.

The handset sports three capacitive buttons - a Menu key, Home button and a Back key. Long pressing the Home key opens the app-switcher for switching between open/previously accessed apps. As we pointed out in our earlier reviews, we find the contextual menu button redundant. Perhaps, Spice could allow users to use the menu button exclusively as the app-switcher, on the lines of newer HTC phones.

Spice has also included some of its own apps including the NQ Mobile Security app, a BSE/NSE Stock watch app, Documents To Go documents editor, a File Manager, HiConnect for accessing phone data on the PC via Wi-Fi, M Tracker, Nimbuzz messenger, Spice Gang, Stringo, the Times Of India app, a Vault app and a download link for WhatsApp messenger. The handset also offers FM Radio.

In addition to standard features, the phone also features certain gestures similar to the Galaxy S III, that can be enabled via the Call Settings menu. These include Direct, which automatically dials a number on the screen when you pick up and bring the phone closer to the ear, Intelligent Answer that lets you pick up a call by bringing the phone close to the ear, flip to mute that mutes the phone if it is flipped when a call comes.

Price Rs.13,500.

'Facebook phone' may ring true April 4

As per PTI, Facebook may launch its own mobile phone after the leading social network.
Shortly after the Facebook invitation went out for the April 4 event, the technology news site TechCrunch reported the announcement would be a modified version of the Google Android operating system with "deep native Facebook functionality."
Facebook's invitation said only "Come See Our New Home On Android."
The reports, if accurate, could explain the long speculation about a "Facebook phone" to help the social network better monetize its mobile platform by featuring Facebook prominently on the phone.
Facebook has long held firm it has no intention of building its own smartphone, saying instead it would rather weave access to the social network into software running the gamut of handsets.
News of the April 4 event at social network's main campus in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park came as the research firm IDC released a Facebook-backed study showing that smartphones have become people's close friends in the US.
US smartphone owners tend to be connected from the instant they rise until they fall sleep and revel in every minute of it, according to the study.
A weeklong IDC survey of more than 7,000 people ranging in age from 18 to 44 years old with iPhones or Android-powered smartphones showed that four out of five check their handsets within 15 minutes of waking.
The top three applications used were for messaging; Web browsing, and Facebook, in that order, according to IDC.
"People have a universal need to connect with others, especially those they care deeply about," IDC researchers said.
"This coupled with mass market adoption of smartphones means that social engagement via phones has become mainstream."
At a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco in September, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said the social network giant is focused on mobile devices.
"It is really clear from the stats and my own personal intuition that a lot of energy in the ecosystem is going to mobile, not desktop (computers)," Zuckerberg said during an on-stage interview.
"That is the future," he continued. "We are going to be doing killer stuff there."
Facebook has made a priority of following its more than one billion members onto smartphones and tablet computers, tailoring services and money-making ads for mobile devices.
"Now, we are a mobile company," Zuckerberg said at the conference.
Zuckerberg rejected suggestions that Facebook would make its own smartphone, adamant that the company had no intention of stepping into the fiercely competitive handset hardware arena.
"Apple, Google, everyone builds phones we are going in the opposite direction," Zuckerberg said at the time.
"We want to build a system deeply integrated in every device people want to use."

Nokia 206 specifications
  • 2.4-inch 65k colour QVGA TFT display
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm AV connector
  • Up to 10MB internal storage; up to 32GB micro-SD card support
  • 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Series 40
  • Nokia Slam  
  • 116mm x 49.4mm x 12.4mm
  • 91.0g (including battery)
  •  25 days standby / 20 hours talk-time (Dual-SIM)
Nokia announced the Nokia 206, along with the Nokia Asha 205, in November, last year. While both phones offer a dual-SIM option, the 206 does not feature a QWERTY keyboard. The Nokia 206 is also one of the first phones from Nokia to feature Nokia's new Slam technology, that lets users share files over Bluetooth without first having to pair their devices. We try to find out how capable the 206 is when it comes to being a budget dual-SIM phone.

The phone has rounded corners, and a plastic back cover. It is available in white, cyan, magenta and yellow  & black colours.
It has 1110mAh battery. 1.3-megapixel camera is located at the back, and takes average quality photos and videos.  The phone offers easy Bluetooth file transfers through 'Slam' that allows users to share multimedia content like photos and videos without the need to pair devices, and without the recipient needing to also have Slam. 
The Nokia 206 runs Nokia's Series 40 operating system, and comes with about 10MB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. The phone comes with the usual Nokia apps including Nokia Life (erstwhile Life Tools), Nokia Nearby, Facebook, Twitter, a chat app, eBuddy IM app and mobile messenger, Viber, among others. Nokia also offers gift pack of 10 free, premium content items that can be downloaded through the Nokia store, with the Nokia 206. The phone doesn't offer Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity.

The Nokia 206 also features an FM radio tuner and comes with the ability to record FM broadcasts on the memory card. Users can control the brightness and backlight timeout of the phone through its Settings menu.

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